Portland PlacePhoenix, AZ
Located in the Roosevelt Historical District of downtown Phoenix, this high-end residential condominium project offers contemporary calm along with urban lifestyle amenities. Adjacent to Margaret T. Hance Park, the Ro Ho En Japanese Friendship Garden and Portland Park, Portland Place includes a six-story condominium tower, dual two-story brownstone buildings, and a below grade secured parking garage with accommodations for up to 91 resident vehicles. The condo tower is supported by a post tension concrete structure and features a glass, stucco, and masonry veneer. The tower houses boardrooms, conference meeting rooms, and 46 condominium units ranging from 950 to 2,550 square feet each with its own private wrap-around balcony. The condominium tower’s rooftop (or 7th floor deck) boasts a pool with party deck that include BBQ entertainment areas and an exceptional panoramic view of the Metropolitan Phoenix skyline. The dual brownstone buildings flank the entrance of Portland Place and encase a plaza-level courtyard with desert landscaping. Composed of masonry and wood frame structures with a glass, stucco, and masonry veneer skin, these brownstone buildings house a total of eight units and also include walk-out roof decks and private patios. Interior finishes include stone countertops and Terrazzo tile entries.
Building the WeitzWay
Because of Portland Place’s historic neighborhood location, several Historic and public concerns needed to be addressed. The Weitz Company worked with the Roosevelt Historic District in order to accommodate requirements for acceptable building aesthetics. Several design adjustments were made including collaborating with the Developer and Design Team to find an energy-efficient, low-E, double-pane, clear glass. In addition, building material selections and colors were reviewed with the City of Phoenix to assure their conformity to Roosevelt’s Historical District requirements and standards. The initial building’s heights and set-backs were also changed to address the Japanese Gardens concerns about privacy, as were extra gates and fencing added to address City, Neighborhood, and Japanese Garden concerns about security and screening construction activities and materials. An open dialogue, active communication with the Residents of Portland Place, and invitations to the jobsite for a Grand Opening Tour alleviated resident concerns regarding parking, noise, and dust.