Nu-Tech Machining Inc.

Location

Vancouver, WA

SCALE

Building A:

25,000 Sq Ft

Building B:

12,000 Sq Ft

Completion

2023

Architect

Open Concept Architecture

Since 1979, Nu-Tech Machining Inc. has provided precision machining services in the Pacific Northwest to Aerospace, Food, Electronics, Semi-Conductor, and Transportation Industries.  The company supports these businesses through prototyping, development, and construction of special handling and processing equipment.

High demand for the company’s products, particularly those used in computer chip production and testing, led to Nu-Tech purchasing a 3.25-acre surplus property site located at the Port of Vancouver USA.

In 2023, O’Brien’s team completed two new buildings totaling nearly $5 million on the site. At 25,000 SF, Building A serves as the company’s new machining center. Building B provides 12,000 SF of leasable space for a complementary tenant. The company plans to employ up to 30 full-time people at the new Vancouver facility.

Salt & Straw Manufacturing Kitchen

Location

Portland, OR

SCALE

28,000 Sq Ft

Completion

2017

Architect

Sum Design Studio

Move over Willy Wonka, Portland’s own Salt & Straw’s Manufacturing Kitchen was specifically built as an exploration and celebration of food innovations. The new $2 million building is mainly for “kitchen stuff, to make the best ice cream and create a lovely working environment for our team,” says Salt & Straw co-founder Kim Malek.

Located in Portland’s eastside Enterprise Zone (E Zone), the Salt & Straw team makes up to 100 batches of ice cream every day to be distributed to Scoop Shops nationwide. And if that’s not impressive enough, eighty percent of everything that goes into their ice cream— chocolate, coffee, jam, spirits, and other mix-ins—is made right here as well.

Because of their amazing expansion, Salt & Straw needed a much larger production, R & D and administrative HQ space. The generous commercial kitchen features an enormous freezer that holds product at negative 40 degrees, and workstations filled with buckets of fresh Oregon berries and jugs of cream.

“We are moving our exact ice cream makers over to this new facility,” Malek said. “We make our ice cream five gallons at a time and we hand pack every single pipe — in fact, if you turn it over, they sign the bottom and you can see who put each brownie and handmade caramel in.”

Location

Portland, OR

SCALE

30,000 Sq Ft

Completion

2025

Architect

Open Concept Architecture

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

CBD Extraction, Refinery, and Packaging Facility

Location

Estacada, OR

SCALE

23,000 Sq Ft

Completion

2018

architect

Rogue Architecture

When approached to complete a CBD extraction/refinement facility, we were excited to partner with a company that is making a meaningful impact on our community.

According to a Forbes Health article, benefits of CBD oils include offset of anxiety and depression, treatment of select epilepsy syndromes, reduction of PTSD symptoms, alleviation of ALS symptoms and more.

Built in the small town of Estacada, this $1.1 million CBD extraction and refinement facility transformed a pre-engineered metal building and provided seismic retrofit of the existing two-story building. The build began with construction of a new internal structure to support the necessary overhead equipment.

Other elements included the construction of a complete C1D1 CBD extraction, short path distillation and refinement facility with an industrial kitchen, as well as packaging, shipping, and receiving areas.

Along with a full ethanol extraction lab, the building also contains a chemical storage/refinement suite, and a packaging/shipping facility. The new 23,000-square-foot facility includes additional finishes of the property such as a freezer room, a testing/compliance room, administrative offices, restrooms, corridors, and equipment platform.

Process

Location

Tualatin, OR

SCALE

50,000 Sq Ft

Completion

2018

ARCHITECT

EMA Architecture

We have completed a variety of projects for Brew Dr. Kombucha over the last few years totaling up to $14.5 million.

Outgrowing their original space, Brew Dr. Kombucha looked to our firm to help renovate a 50,000-square-foot warehouse into a new kombucha processing facility with distilling in Tualatin, Oregon.

The facility included the installation of three Spinning Cone Columns (SCC stills), a massive cooler, more than 80 large fermentation tanks, and other brewery equipment. This unique distilling system was brought from Australia to completely extract the alcohol from the kombucha. No one else in the U.S. is doing this currently, making Brew Dr. advanced in their process and producing a quality product. Construction of a new bottling and canning line and administrative offices was also a large aspect of the new facility.

During the build, our project team developed solutions from cost-saving reusable air ventilation to complex mechanical configuring to promote the most efficient and profitable output for the operation.