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July 23, 2020


Photo by Paul Adelman
At the Hyatt Regency Portland Convention Center, Performance Contracting faced unpredictable weather and wind gusts.

Hyatt Regency Portland Convention Center

Location: Portland

Contractor: Performance Contracting Inc.

Architect: ESG Architecture & Design

Team: International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters, CWallA, GTS Interior Supply, Spears Construction Supply, Armstrong World Industries, CertainTeed Gypsum, Hamilton Drywall Products, HILTI, SCAFCO Steel Stud Co.

The Hyatt Regency Portland Convention Center is a 600-room hotel, north of the Oregon Convention Center, with 32,000 square feet of rooms, meeting venues, bar, restaurant and fitness center.

Performance Contracting’s scope included framing, exterior sheathing, weather barrier, drywall, finishing, expansion joints and window installation. Two types of panels were installed: 230-tall bypass panels on the podium level and 700 slab-to-slab panels on the tower.

The site was surrounded by several potential hazards and limitations: heavy traffic, a MAX Light Rail stop, adjacent power lines and lack of storage space. The first challenge was limited crane time because of prescheduled concrete pouring. Another challenge was unpredictable weather and wind gusts affecting the flying of panels. The solution was to use the shape of the building for wind protection for crew members walking panels to taglines up to 90-feet long.

The windows were a prominent design feature and had to be installed on 15 floors with a perfect sight line. Every window was measured and adjusted during the manufacturing process. With a limited installation schedule, PCI hung 300 panels in nine working days. This created a dry environment for the interior phase of the project, and ultimately almost five weeks were saved in the final schedule.

Judges’ comment: “The Hyatt project is an outstanding example of the benefits of panelization. The speed and precision of the PCI team on the installation of the exterior were remarkable.”

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