Location

Newport, OR

SCALE

38,640 Sq Ft

Service

Design+Build

Program

Hotel/Commercial

Completion

2024

Teams

O’Brien & Company

Open Concept Architecture

Family-owned since 1979, Oregon’s Whaler Hotel overlooks one of the most scenic beaches on the Pacific Ocean. Each of the Whaler’s quiet and spacious rooms comes with a great ocean view and easy access to spectacular Nye Beach.

For nearly 30 years, there have been plans to expand the Whaler to the north to take full advantage of the amazing ocean views. In 2023, we officially kicked off an $11 million design + build addition to the original Whaler Hotel’s 73 rooms and three ocean-front rental houses. Our team designed and is now building 26 new units, a new amenity spa, updates to the existing pool, a new sauna, hot tub, gym, and outdoor fire pits.

With its massive post-tensioned concrete slab foundation, The Whaler Expansion build is using O’Brien’s 4k image capture and photogrammetry to save oceans of time and money.  A few hours of drone scanning produced detailed as-built records that diminish time-consuming review tasks and reduce the potential of expensive rework by providing simple and easy to read digital layouts to designers and builders.

The Nicholas Residence at LucidWild Estate

Location

Dundee, OR

SCALE

6000 Sq Ft

Program

Residence

Completion

2023

Teams

O’Brien & Company

Anacapa Architecture

We worked with LJ and Blair Nicholas, owners of LucidWild Estate, to renovate the estate’s residence and provide them with an exceptional home overlooking their beautiful 35 acre vineyard and the rolling Dundee Hills. LucidWild Estate is a family owned and operated winery in the heart of Oregon wine country, a shining example of the diversity and hard work that makes Oregon wine country one of the most prominent wine regions in the country.

This renovation involved a complete remodel of the existing tasting room and residence, beginning with demolition. Most of the walls were removed, leaving only the necessary structural foundations. On top of building the residence essentially from the ground up, we also built a two-story addition of a garage with a master suite above.

The owners chose real, high-quality wood for much of the project, from thermory ash for the deck and siding, a hemlock ceiling, and soffits flooring. They were also very happy with the concrete work we did, giving the residence a nicely rustic and textured floor.

Given the overall complexity and nuance of this residence’s design, this construction was a true accomplishment, achieved thanks to the hard work of all our team members and subcontractors who worked on this project.

Location

Portland, OR

SCALE

30,000 Sq Ft

Completion

2025

Architect

Open Concept Architecture

Engineer

Eclipse Engineering

HVAC

Jacobs Heating & Air Conditioning

Other SUbcontractor

ADK Electric

CH Kruse Plumbing

RWDI

NV5

MFIA Engineers

Our work with Accretech goes beyond the production of precision measuring systems and focuses on the people who make them. A biophilic design that centers wood elements creates a space where people enjoy working while using sustainable materials and building systems.

Communication across cultures and disciplines defines our work on this project. Working with Accretech, we came to understand form, function, and human well-being not as separate concepts, but as parts of a holistic approach to their work.

Rendering of the main entrance to the Accretech Facility, framed and accented by wood elements.
A cross section view of the Accretech facility, showing the first-floor production level, offices on the second floor, and its mass-timber construction.
A CROSS SECTION VIEW OF THE ACCRETECH FACILITY, SHOWING THE FIRST-FLOOR PRODUCTION LEVEL, OFFICES ON THE SECOND FLOOR, AND ITS MASS-TIMBER CONSTRUCTION.

Process

Breakside Brewery NW Slabtown

Location

Portland, OR

SCALE

5,000 Sq Ft

Program

Brewery Hospitality

Completion

2017

Teams

O’Brien & Company

We partnered with Breakside Brewery to complete their NW Slabtown location. Built inside a retail space with a rooftop deck for outside dining and a high-end bar, the build-out also featured Breakside’s unique ten-barrel brewing system and a full-production kitchen, all within a relatively small footprint.

O’Brien took over from another company and finished the project quickly. We were honored to contribute to the space, which is a standout among Portland’s microbreweries, and we are currently partnering again with Breakside on a couple of their upcoming new buildings.

Process

Location

Newberg, OR

SCALE

4,500 Sq Ft

Program

Winery

Completion

2021

Teams

Open Concept Architecture

O’Brien & Company

This unique project involved converting an agricultural building into a new winery. The new property offers 25 acres of plantable land, a gravity-flow facility, state of the art equipment, two temperature controlled barrel rooms, and a tasting room where visitors can do wine tastings and enjoy the 360 degree views of the Dundee Hills. When you walk into the winery, you are welcomed by an open kitchen, lounge, a wood-burning fireplace, and large tables for seated tastings. Much of the furniture including the floorboards and the long tables were milled from trees from the property.

Location

Cannon Beach, OR

SCALE

1,200 Sq Ft

Program

Winery

Completion

2016

Teams

Open Concept Architecture

O’Brien & Company

Previous Head Winemaker of Archery Summit approached our firm with the idea of creating a high-end members lounge in their wine barrel production caves. Sitting 50 feet below the ground, these caves weren’t permitted for commercial or public use. Our Open Concept team worked with the Winemaker to create the attractive wine cave tasting room concept and received proper permitting to complete the design-build project.

The design included unique elements such as hanging wine library racks, a custom glass entry, board formed concrete tasting bars, a wine root chandelier hanging from the ceiling, and small pods for guest to have intimate wine tasting experiences.