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May 6, 2022
Patricia Reser Center for the Arts
Contractor: Anning-Johnson Co.
Architect: Opsis Architecture
Team: Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters; CWallA; GTS Interior Supply; Knez Building Materials Co.; Georgia-Pacific; Scafco Steel Stud Co.; Simpson Strong-Tie; STI Firestop
Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, which opened as The Reser, is the first project of its kind in the Portland area in over 30 years. The Reser is a worldclass, multidisciplinary arts center that enhances the cultural and economic vitality of Beaverton and the greater region by providing more access to arts, entertainment, and educational programming for residents and visitors.
Anning-Johnson completed the exterior framing, rough carpentry, structural supports for the theater clouds, thermal insulation, self-adhered weather barrier, spray-applied waterproofing and fire-resistive joint systems. The team also completed expansion control, access doors and panels, gypsum-board assemblies, acoustic ceilings, fiber-reinforced plastic wall coverings and the art hanging systems.
Along with the many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Anning-Johnson had a very small footprint that required the team to take a creative approach to framing and panelizing as much as it could early on. Most walls and soffits had unique angles and radii that made the layout challenging, and since the team had significant specialty work, it did mock-ups to ensure that the final installation in the field met or exceeded expectations. The theater was a very tight workspace with many trades working at once, and this took a considerable amount of coordination from the foremen. While this was a very challenging project, it turned out beautifully.