94: NLT | I&E Construction Headquarters

55m 48s | 2024 May 10
In this episode, Cherise is joined by Dave Hardister, Principal, and Andra Riegler, Project Manager/Architect from Woodblock Architecture in Portland, Oregon. They discuss the I&E Construction Headquarters in Wilsonville, Oregon.

The newly renovated headquarters of I & E Construction is the product of a design-build and adaptive reuse project. What was once a nondescript nursing school from the 1970s has undergone a significant makeover, showcasing modern design and functionality.

Woodblock Architects focused on overhauling the building layout by repurposing a neglected courtyard and incorporating NLT, or nail-laminated timber, throughout the interior.
Photo Credit: Lincoln Barbour Photography and I&E Construction

Project Name and Location: I&E Construction Headquarters Wilsonville, OR

This 27,000 SF adaptive reuse project consisted of a complete gut and remodel of a former nursing school built in the 1970s as a new headquarters for a rapidly growing construction and development company. The existing building was comprised of a V-shaped floor plan with two wings flanking an uninviting outdoor courtyard.

This courtyard created an opportunity to capture building square footage to create a dynamic lobby as the first impression for visitors.

A new 2-story volume was created within the footprint of the former courtyard. This 2-story mass linked the existing wings with an atrium constructed with Nail Laminated Timber (or, NLT) panels and glu-lam beams. The NLT roof structure informed the interior design including floating wood slat ceilings and wall treatment.

The program includes:

  • Offices
  • Conference Rooms
  • An expansive employee lounge
  • Fitness Space
  • Training Space
  • A small warehouse,
  • Mono-stringer stair; and
  • 2-story graphics created with perforated metal panels on the Interstate 5 facing façade.

  • The extremely tight project schedule made for a perfect fit for the design/build project delivery method. A quote from Cory Riedel of I & E Construction: “Woodblock’s creativity and innovation has resulted in a workplace environment our staff and team celebrate and appreciate daily. We are very grateful and proud to have had Woodblock and their design partners be such an integral part of the success and outcome of our new home.

    Additional Information:

    Project Team List:

    Owner/Contractor: I&E Construction
    Architect: Woodblock Architecture
    Structural Engineer: DCI
    Interior Design: Brooke Bauer/Bauerhaus Design

    Dave Hardister, Principal, Woodblock Architecture

    Dave has 36 years in the AEC industry with 30 of those years as a licensed Architect and he is a 1987 graduate of NC State School of Design. Dave is one of the 4 founders of Woodblock Architecture which was established in 2015.

    Prior to Woodblock, Dave was a part owner of a Design/Build company for 11 years as the principal in charge of the Architecture component of the business.

    Dave has a diverse background in project typologies including multifamily, hospitality, adaptive reuse, and fire station design. Dave’s primary role is in project delivery and working directly with staff.

    Andra Riegler, Project Manager/Architect, Woodblock Architecture

    Andra is a newer resident to the Pacific Northwest moving to Portland in 2018 from Atlanta Georgia where she worked at a large scale multifamily focused firm in Buckhead.

    She brings many years of experience in multifamily architecture and since starting with Woodblock her portfolio of work has gained diversity in typologies such as retail, adaptive reuse, medical offices, and hospitality.


    Cherise Lakeside, FCSI, CDT  image
    Cherise Lakeside, FCSI, CDT
    Senior Spec Writer | RDH Building Science
    Dave Hardister image
    Dave Hardister
    Principal | Woodblock Architecture
    Andra Riegler, RA, LEED AP image
    Andra Riegler, RA, LEED AP
    Project Manager/Architect | Woodblock Architecture