Breathe Building

A Dynamic Urban center designed to foster community and connection.

Location  |  Portland, Oregon

Project Type  |  Adaptive Re-Use /Renovation/Addition Mixed-Use Commercial
Size  |  10,000 sf  
Completion  |  2014  

Owner | Chris Calarco
Contractor  |  Michael Schuster, Superintendent
Project and Sustainability Engineering  | Lina Menard  
Structural Engineering | Miller Consulting Engineers 
Interior Design | 2Yoke Design 
Architecture Team | Green Hammer Design-Build; Jan Fillinger, lead design architect; Erica Dunn, construction project architect; Katie Culp and Linda Eidemiller, team


The owner of the Breathe Building wished to create the healthiest and most eco-friendly wellness center possible. The new design transforms an existing 10,000-square-foot industrial building into a warm and welcoming yoga studio, alternative health education and wellness center, and organic and local food restaurant. 

The new complex enhances both the practice of yoga and the connection to the local neighborhood community through gathering spaces such as the large beautiful public courtyard, an organic restaurant, and a rooftop event space.  Additionally, the expansive new spaces are used for community occasions and educational events. 

The project aimed for the highest level of sustainability, imprinting many of the principles of the Living Building Challenge, the most rigorous building certification program in the world today. Using up to 70% recycled wood – harvested from the demolition work – the project emphasizes toxin-free materials, energy-efficient technology, renewable energy, as well as an exterior mural by a local artist. 

The Breathe Building received Earth Advantage Silver Commercial Certification and won a Top Project award from the Daily Journal of Commerce in 2016.

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