Campbell Global Offices – Portland

  • Client Campbell Global,
  • size 15,200 sqft
  • Year 2020
  • Location Portland, Oregon, United States,
  • Industry Financial / Investments,
  • GBD Architects designed the Campbell Global offices with an industrial modern feel in Portland, Oregon.

    After 30 years in the same building, Campbell Global sought to renew their image on the 32nd floor of the Wells Fargo Tower in downtown Portland. Situated a few blocks west of their original office and 24 stories higher, their new space offers expansive views of Portland and the surrounding landscape that provide a meaningful connection to the forests that are so vital to their business.

    A leader in sustainable timberland and natural resource investment management, Campbell Global wanted to exhibit the beauty and versatility of wood throughout their headquarters. The design team explored several strategies and selected CLT – cross laminated timber panels – typically used for structural applications in new buildings. In a unique twist, the CLT was integrated as a ceiling finish material. The 4” thick panels serve a framework to define spaces while providing a visual reminder of the product’s lineage. The material was sourced from one of Campbell Global’s Oregon forests and subsequently fabricated by a mill that utilizes their timber. Since CLT panels are a heavy structural material, their use as an interior finish provided some interesting detailing challenges and resulted in each of the 80 panels having a unique size. The planar character of the panels are paired with a hedgerow of plants to create the sense of a forest canopy overhead.

    The main goal in the planning phase was creating a central space that could be flexible enough for large staff gatherings & events, but also be a functional space for employees to work. This concept led to a series of open spaces defined by a variety of furniture and the CLT ceiling clouds.

    The finish selections build off the rough texture and warm tones of the CLT. Using texture and pattern was important to create a feeling of authenticity and depth. Brass accents in the hardware and lighting help to elevate the material palette. Shou Sugi Ban wood paneling in the elevator lobby creates another layer of texture and contrast in the space while providing a visual connection from the elevator lobby to the open areas off reception.

    Design: GBD Architects
    Design Team: Eliza Balen, Scott Brown
    Contractor: Swinerton Builders
    Photography: Jon C Meyers