Home Forward Bud Clark Commons

Portland, OR

Our firm was responsible for the furniture budgeting and procurement for this 107,000 sf, $29 million project that opened in summer of 2011. The Bud Clark Commons set a new standard for services by combining housing with a community resource center. Located adjacent to Union Station and bordering the Pearl District, Bud Clark Commons achieved LEED Platinum certification through its extensive use of energy-efficient technologies and other sustainability measures.

The mission of Bud Clark Commons is accomplished through three fundamental components; a 90 bed transitional and temporary shelter for men, a walk-in day center that provides a range of services including shower facilities, free clothing for interviews, and job training skills, and 130 efficient studio apartments fully furnished for single women and men seeking permanent housing.

In addition, over 30 administrative offices for Transition Project Inc. and Home Forward are located at Bud Clark Commons.

Furniture was selected to meet stringent requirements due to issues of communicable disease control and bed bug infestation. Furniture had to be easily cleanable, repairable, durable, and safe. Equally important was the desire to select furniture that would create a warm, inviting, and uplifting environment. For example, bright green polypropylene chairs bring bursts of color to each space while being easily cleanable and incredibly sturdy. Locally manufactured custom colored ‘bed bug resistant’ beds were used in the shelter and apartments. Lamps in the shape of cubes are located in each unit and can double as a seat and/or coffee table while bringing light to the space. In addition, public space furniture is flexible and easy to reconfigure to help support a range of activities.


Architect:  Holst Architecture
Photographer:  Sally Schoolmaster