Slabtown Creative Office Repositioning

Portland, Oregon

How do we envision a new multi-tenant creative design space for an oversized office superblock?

As a design study, FFA looked at new design ideas for this large, four-story office building formerly owned by Con-Way, Inc. As a part of its corporate headquarters, Conway (now XPO Logistics) has been the sole occupant of the property since its construction in 1988. Since the company’s master-planning effort in 2012, they have vacated the building and it presents an extraordinary opportunity for a repositioning in one of Portland’s fastest-growing neighborhood developments.

With a strong foundation of large, efficient floor plates, 13′ ceilings, and a grand double-height lobby, the design team was able to focus on areas that could truly enhance future tenants’ experience: the main entry plaza and a potential future roofdeck overlooking the West Hills. By keying in on these focal components, FFA studied opportunities to enliven and activate existing and future shared amenity spaces.

Year Completed:
2017 study
150,000 sf
Project Contact:
Richard Grace
Associate Partner, Commercial Market Lead
Existing Building
Building Opportunities
Creative Office Design Sketch
View from new Pedestrian Accessway
Reactivated Entry Plaza


This site is positioned within the Con-Way Masterplan and its transformation from a sea of parking to a vibrant mixed-use community is well underway with over 900 multi-family housing units newly constructed or in-process, hundreds of thousands of repositioned office space, a variety of retail and restaurant spaces, and a recently-opened New Seasons Market.

Proposed roof deck with sweeping views of Portland’s West Hills