Seismic upgrade highlight of bar to school transformation

Working with Portland-based CIDA Architects, a 4,000 SF beloved neighborhood bar and restaurant in SW Portland was transformed into the Guidepost Montessori School. Serving infants to elementary grades, programs at Guidepost are defined by the practical application of sensory-based and self-directed learning through the authentic Montessori Method.

The original circa 1973 building was solid, but several cost-cutting additions throughout the years created a few construction challenges. Interior elements of a kitchen, bar, and massive stone fireplace also needed to be removed for young childhood classrooms and administrative offices. The current roof and framing structure was not seismically safe so JHC added new steel beams to replace some load-bearing walls along with some sheer walls in several areas. After four decades of kitchen grease, steam and humidity some of those steel and wood walls also required complete replacements.


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