Mar 19, 2024 - News

🪴 1 photo to go: Field Office sits waiting

A small wooden diner, The Dockside, nestles in a larger modern office building The Field Office in industrial NW Portland.

Dockside Saloon owners refused to move when Field Office was designed. Six years and one pandemic later, the LEED Platinum office complex is half empty but the Dockside is again open seven days a week. Photo: Joseph Gallivan/Axios

When Field Office on industrial NW Front Avenue opened in 2018 it was praised for its greenery inside and out.

Why it matters: This spec office building embodied design thinking and welcomed tech optimists such as Adpearance — a digital marketing agency — but stands half-empty six years later.

What we're watching: With workers reluctant to return to office life post-pandemic, office vacancies in Portland's central city are at 24-29% by some estimates, while research firm Colliers thinks they could hit 40% this year as leases expire.

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