Starting off 2024 with a BANG as we were notified on January 9th that O’Brien’s build team was selected by the City of Astoria as the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CMGC) for the Astoria Public Library Renovation project. This will be our first major project in downtown Astoria as well as our first CMGC collaboration with Hennebery Eddy Architects.

Led by Astoria-native Derek Salo as Project Manager teamed with David Weathers as Superintendent, this dynamic duo carried the interview with themes that we are LOCAL, EXPERIENCED, and COLLABORATIVE.

Speaking of collaboration, our marketing team developed the “project placemat” shown above to help guide and focus the 1-hour interview. We used the placemat to respond directly to the questions we had been provided in advance and to summarize key aspects of our team, relevant experience, and ongoing support of coastal communities here in Oregon.

It is great to kick off the New Year with this big win! Preconstruction begins immediately and the build is scheduled to start in September of this year. 



Starting off 2024 with a BANG as we were notified on January 9th that O’Brien’s build team was selected by the City of Astoria as the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CMGC) for the Astoria Public Library Renovation project. This will be our first major project in downtown Astoria as well as our first CMGC collaboration with Hennebery Eddy Architects.

Led by Astoria-native Derek Salo as Project Manager teamed with David Weathers as Superintendent, this dynamic duo carried the interview with themes that we are LOCAL, EXPERIENCED, and COLLABORATIVE.

Speaking of collaboration, our marketing team developed the “project placemat” shown above to help guide and focus the 1-hour interview. We used the placemat to respond directly to the questions we had been provided in advance and to summarize key aspects of our team, relevant experience, and ongoing support of coastal communities here in Oregon.

It is great to kick off the New Year with this big win! Preconstruction begins immediately and the build is scheduled to start in September of this year. 



Visit https://www.oregoncoast.org/art-trail/ for your free Lincoln City Art Trail Digital Passport, which features this colorful mural at The North Haven, as well as other artful discoveries for both residents and visitors in this charming coastal community.

Located adjacent to what is arguably billed as THE WORLD’S SHORTEST RIVER, our current project renovating The North Haven is interesting for its colorful exterior art wall, and for providing our team with the challenges of transforming the building’s use and its physical environment.

Built originally as The Inn at Lincoln City at D River, this 57-room hospitality gem was purchased by a community-minded developer who turned it into temporary housing for people displaced by the 2021 fires at the nearby town of Otis. Now that the temporary use is no longer needed, O’Brien is converting the former hotel into condominiums with a complete building gut and remodel, new framing to repair weathering issues, and new living units replacing the former hotel lobby.

O’Brien Superintendent Dakota Weathers said that due to the building envelope’s poor condition, the team had to tear off and replace one entire exterior wall, while simultaneously constructing new gravity walls for the project’s demolition and reconstruction. “We had to build a whole deck system put up to the joists and then build walls to support the next floor up above so that we could rip out and replace the rotten wood,” Dakota explained.

However, our team is not making any changes to the building’s most unique exterior feature, its vibrantly colored mural which depicts two octopi swimming towards each other, tentacles outstretched. The mural was created within a 47-hour time span by artists Goonie Wolfe, Anthony Ortega and TME Crew. Anthony Ortega is a fine artist and tattoo artist based out of Reno, Nevada with a heavy background in large-scale art installations.



Visit https://www.oregoncoast.org/art-trail/ for your free Lincoln City Art Trail Digital Passport, which features this colorful mural at The North Haven, as well as other artful discoveries for both residents and visitors in this charming coastal community.

Located adjacent to what is arguably billed as THE WORLD’S SHORTEST RIVER, our current project renovating The North Haven is interesting for its colorful exterior art wall, and for providing our team with the challenges of transforming the building’s use and its physical environment.

Built originally as The Inn at Lincoln City at D River, this 57-room hospitality gem was purchased by a community-minded developer who turned it into temporary housing for people displaced by the 2021 fires at the nearby town of Otis. Now that the temporary use is no longer needed, O’Brien is converting the former hotel into condominiums with a complete building gut and remodel, new framing to repair weathering issues, and new living units replacing the former hotel lobby.

O’Brien Superintendent Dakota Weathers said that due to the building envelope’s poor condition, the team had to tear off and replace one entire exterior wall, while simultaneously constructing new gravity walls for the project’s demolition and reconstruction. “We had to build a whole deck system put up to the joists and then build walls to support the next floor up above so that we could rip out and replace the rotten wood,” Dakota explained.

However, our team is not making any changes to the building’s most unique exterior feature, its vibrantly colored mural which depicts two octopi swimming towards each other, tentacles outstretched. The mural was created within a 47-hour time span by artists Goonie Wolfe, Anthony Ortega and TME Crew. Anthony Ortega is a fine artist and tattoo artist based out of Reno, Nevada with a heavy background in large-scale art installations.


O’Brien Design+Build has opened a new office in the heart of Newport!

A full remodel of the office space included the addition of new walls, doors, and blinds, as well as all new electrical. The double garage is used for equipment storage, and tools can be checked out of our tool room, run by Jim Bennett of the equipment team.

The remodel was led by Shane Curl and Stephanie Phillips with the help of the coast team. Shoutout to Andrew Adams for doing a lot of the remodel work, and Heriberto Velazquez who did much of the finish work, the cabinetry, and the doors.

We’re subleasing a part of our downstairs office to Inland Electric, one of our subcontractors. They did all the electrical in the new office.

Before

After

We also just joined the Newport Chamber of Commerce! Rian Martinsen will be leading the way in getting us more involved with the Newport community. Rian is a former board member, and this effort will give us great visibility and more opportunities for work in Newport.


We have two office rooms that are fully set up and stocked with supplies and printers. Anyone in the company is welcome to come work at our new offices!

There is a large conference room, a new kitchen area with a fridge and microwave, lots of storage, and 3 bedrooms for employees to stay in when they travel to work in Newport.


O’Brien Design+Build has opened a new office in the heart of Newport!

A full remodel of the office space included the addition of new walls, doors, and blinds, as well as all new electrical. The double garage is used for equipment storage, and tools can be checked out of our tool room, run by Jim Bennett of the equipment team.

The remodel was led by Shane Curl and Stephanie Phillips with the help of the coast team. Shoutout to Andrew Adams for doing a lot of the remodel work, and Heriberto Velazquez who did much of the finish work, the cabinetry, and the doors.

We’re subleasing a part of our downstairs office to Inland Electric, one of our subcontractors. They did all the electrical in the new office.

Before

After

We also just joined the Newport Chamber of Commerce! Rian Martinsen will be leading the way in getting us more involved with the Newport community. Rian is a former board member, and this effort will give us great visibility and more opportunities for work in Newport.


We have two office rooms that are fully set up and stocked with supplies and printers. Anyone in the company is welcome to come work at our new offices!

There is a large conference room, a new kitchen area with a fridge and microwave, lots of storage, and 3 bedrooms for employees to stay in when they travel to work in Newport.


If you want to stay in our Newport office, make sure you check in with Stephanie.

There is an active alarm, so don’t enter the building without checking with Stephanie or another team member with access codes.