WILLAMETTE CENTER: AN OVERSIZED PANELITE SLIDING DOOR ADDS COLOR AND LIGHT ON A BUDGET
The Willamette Center is a shelter and service center for women and couples experiencing homelessness in Portland, Oregon. In 2016, Merryman Barnes Architects were tasked with a fast-track renovation of the building.
Panelite’s Bonded Series (B-TCOT) was prominently used as a sliding door at The Willamette Center’s main gathering area.
The sliding door, as a focal point, attained design and utility goals through:
- Translucency: opened up the gathering area for light and visibility.
- Enhanced space: compared to glass, the honeycomb in Panelite’s Bonded Series created dynamic views and light effects.
- Budget: budget requirements were met without sacrificing style and function.
Additionally, the renovation project took only 6 months from design start to occupancy in order to meet the need to provide shelter. Panelite provided panels for the design team with sizes and colors that were immediately available.