18: Composite Super Columns | Multnomah County Courthouse

43m 31s | 2022 Jul 08
In this episode, Cherise is joined by JD Deschamps, Senior Project Manager for Multnomah County Facilities and Property Management and Josh Durham, Owner of Gamut Project Solutions and formerly Project Manager at Hoffman Construction. JD and Josh share their experience working on the Multnomah County Courthouse - JD providing the owner perspective and Josh highlighting the construction teams insights.

Located in downtown Portland, Oregon, the 17-floor courthouse is 460,000 sf and includes the historic 20,000 sf Jefferson Station, a former power substation remodeled to house hearing rooms. If you’ve walked by the building, you can’t miss the massive round concrete columns known as the “The Pillars of Justice," which stand at 40-feet tall, several feet in diameter, and occur both outside the building and within the 3-floor atrium lobby space. To see project photos and details discussed, visit arcat.com/podcast

This project provided unique challenges and opportunities - this was the first building in Portland constructed using Performance Based Design, the project implemented a trauma-informed design approach, wide-ranging stakeholders and users added complexity for design and construction, and much more.


Cherise Lakeside, FCSI, CDT  image
Cherise Lakeside, FCSI, CDT
Senior Spec Writer | RDH Building Science
JD Deschamps
Senior Project Manager | Multnomah County Facilities
Josh Durham image
Josh Durham
Owner | Gamut Project Solutions