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OUR MISSION IS TO PROVIDE DEVELOPERS, PROPERTY OWNERS, INVESTORS AND MANAGERS

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ANCHORS OUR LONG TERM PARTNERSHIPS. OUR VISION IS TO PROVIDE A SEAMLESS AND PROFITABLE

PLANNING, DESIGN AND BUILDING EXPERIENCE

WHILE ENRICHING THE LIVES OF OUR STAFF, CLIENTS AND THOSE THAT

Lead Architect

Art Direction + Design

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Dan Roach, AIA

Russ McIntosh, Studio Absolute

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Project Client List

Creative Direction

Chucks Produce & Street Market

Cheryl McIntosh

Colson & Colson General Contractor, Inc.

Kristin Newland

Community Action Agency

Production Designer

Hampton Inn & Suites (a Hilton Franchised Property)

Caitlin Moriarty

Hawthorn Retirement Group

Copywriting

JEA Senior Living

Cheryl McIntosh

Rediscover Sunriver

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Rood Investments

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Sunriver Brewing Company

Cheryl McIntosh

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t h e l e n i t y way

As a full service firm, Lenity Architecture employs over 40 architects, engineers, drafters, site planners, permitting experts and administrative staff.

name by being mild and gentle towards others. It means the

The wealth of expertise between our Salem and Bend offices

force behind Lenity Architecture.

simple belief that doing projects together should be fun! This is what we call “The Lenity Way” and it is the driving © Paula Watts Photography

entire process is designed to be seamless from start to finish.

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THE LENITY WAY

mean that solutions come quickly, accurately and that the

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With a portfolio of nearly 400 senior living projects and decades of experience between the shareholders and staff, we understand how to provide our clients the most value while creating a comfortable extension of home for seniors. As we’ve continued to build our team, our range of expertise has expanded beyond senior housing to also include commercial architecture and tenant improvements. That is what we do–this is who we are… The collective experience of the Lenity Architecture family represents decades in the industry and hundreds of projects– but most importantly–our experience represents years of building meaningful relationships with clients, city officials and the communities our projects are located in. These relationships contribute beyond measure to the success of a project and a shared sense of reward upon its completion. A spirit of willingness, enthusiasm and respect are at the communication throughout the course of a project and receptiveness to feedback. It means that while we take pride in what we do, we also strive to live up to the definition of our

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LETTER FROM THE SHAREHOLDERS Salem and Bend, Oregon

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is built upon handshakes and high fives. We thrive on the wins–both big and small. Cheers erupt in our office when permits are secured, when a design challenge is solved, and when our team collaborates to successfully meet a tight deadline. We are all in this together and that philosophy yields relationships built on unshakable trust, respect and mutual enthusiasm for our next project together. We welcome you to explore the pages ahead with a sense of inclusion knowing that you are an integral part of the Lenity Architecture story. Decades of experience have taught us that regardless of the project size or complexity, there is great reward in seeing it through as a team–shoulder to shoulder with our clients. Let’s build something great together.

Dan Roach AIA

Kristin Newland

Marcus Hite, Associate AIA

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DAN ROACH aia, shareholder

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Dan’s passion for architecture began with a romantic idea of all it represented and evolved into a sense of deep appreciation for the relationships that happen along the way. As Dan observed his well-dressed relative traveling to exotic places like China and Saudi Arabia he thought that was the life for him. Through school, the study of architecture instilled in him the appreciation of design of space and buildings but as his career evolved, so did his passion and source of inspiration. “It’s always been about the personal relationships that I’ve had throughout my career. To me, it’s more about the people than the objects. I enjoy the interactions with people throughout the entire process–the clients, the staff and the people who’s lives we impact through these buildings. It’s about the lives that seniors have inside the buildings that we’re a part of. The objects are important too because architecture inspires us to think about creating a space on a very personal level that people can enjoy. I think that’s what we all find exciting around

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Early on in his career, Dan worked at a design firm in North Carolina focusing on coastal architecture. In 1992, Dan moved to Oregon from St. Louis, Missouri. In 1994, he began working with Curry Brandaw Architects–initially as an intern focusing on apartment design. In 2002, Dan accepted an opportunity to work with Hollywood Entertainment as the Manager of Architecture. In 2004, he returned to Salem where he worked again with Cliff Curry. In 2010, Dan purchased the firm along with shareholders Kristin Newland and Marcus Hite and together they founded Lenity Architecture. Design and building is the theme of the Roach household. Dan’s children are two and four and his oldest is already interested in construction. Whether it’s their own remodel or out on a job site, he’s constantly exposed to the industry. Dan’s wife, Gillian, is an interior designer and the two of them met designing video and game stores for Hollywood Entertainment. “I have the smartest and most beautiful children that have

here. Everyone is invested in who we’re serving and that’s

ever been born or ever will be born and I’ve got the greatest

what drives how good our buildings are–what our design does.”

wife that a man could ever have.”

Dan gravitates towards the development side of the business

Dan is a self-proclaimed geek, a snowboarder and traveler

where he finds the most opportunity for engaging with peo-

at heart. He has logged over one million air miles to date.

ple. Always one to break the norm, Dan enjoys talking with

If Dan could be any sound, he would be the distant beep of a

attorneys in particular. “I enjoy how they deal with words and

satellite. It reminds him of being on the road at night, under

concepts. They’re very deliberate. That’s one of the things I

the stars, and enjoying the quiet solitude of the open road.

enjoy about architecture. It’s a very deliberate thing–to take words and ultimately create buildings.”


WHETHER YOU THINK YOU CAN,

OR YOU THINK YOU CAN’T

–YOU’RE RIGHT. henry ford


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KRISTIN NEWLAND

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Kristin grew up in Silverton, Oregon and studied English Literature and French at the University of Oregon, Western Oregon State College and the Universite de Poitiers in Poitiers, France. As Lenity’s resident fashionista, Kristin’s early European influence is clearly manifest in her passion for style–shoes in particular.

with two other shareholders, Dan Roach and Marcus Hite and together they founded Lenity Architecture. “If you asked me where I would be in my career 17 years ago, there is no way I would have answered with ‘As an owner of an Architecture firm.’ Looking back over my career, I’m proud of what I have accomplished. I’ve worked hard, been

Kristin credits her business sense from her father who owned

dedicated to the relationships I’ve built and learned every-

a small farming implement business for over 45 years. She

thing I could, short of designing and drafting. I leave that to

spent summers working at the shop and learned firsthand

the professionals although I do like to give my 2 cents every

what it took to run a family business. Growing up, she imag-

once in a while. I learn something new every day which keeps

ined herself as a “Big City” girl living in Seattle or Chicago.

me energized.

Little did she know Salem, Oregon would be her future home where she would one day raise a family and own a successful architecture business. After Kristin’s extended period of study, she had envisioned herself as an English Lit teacher. However, towards the end of her schooling, she realized her passion wasn’t for teaching after all. In 1996, Kristin interviewed at Curry Brandaw Architects, a small architecture firm specializing in senior

Whether it’s with our clients, city officials, or fellow staff members, I always strive to put my best forward to ensure each interaction is a positive one. I have the best partners. I wouldn’t want to do this without Marcus and Dan. Every day we challenge each other to be and do better. We trust each other and that is the key to our successful partnership.

housing. Contrary to her original plans, Kristin knew this was

I truly love what Lenity Architecture is all about–our team,

the industry and the firm where she wanted to be. She didn’t

our clients and the dedication we have towards building last-

get the job on that first attempt–but she never gave up. A

ing relationships. We have created a work environment where

second position opened as a filing clerk and she took it to

our team enjoys the work they do and have fun doing it. We

get her foot in the door. Her career quickly skyrocketed

strive to empower staff to be great and do what inspires them.

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in 2007, Kristin became the CEO of Curry Architecture until the end of 2009. On January 1, 2010 Kristin bought the firm

We’re also in a unique position to work with some of the best people in the industry who share our values. The developers we work with want the same thing for seniors as we do–to


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I TRULY LOVE WHAT LENITY ARCHITECTURE IS ALL ABOUT

live out their lives in comfort, safety and enjoy the communi-

in France in 1994, he finally saw the light. With a little help

ties we design as an extension of home. Senior housing de-

from me in the beginning, we have been married now for

sign is meaningful, important work that directly impacts the

18 years.

lives of seniors and I’m honored to play a role in that. At the end of the day, our business is driven by relationships–those we have with each other as a team and with our clients. What fortifies those relationships is the genuine caring we share for the people that enter the walls we help build.”

Family is incredibly important to me. I grew up with two brothers, a sister and the most amazing parents ever. I have

My husband and boys are the things that inspire me the most.

to–client relations, human resources, financial management

There is nothing better than seeing their blue eyes sparkle

and marketing. She is also the head trend-setter and keeper

with laughter and love. My heart is always full when I’m

of the peace.

with them.”

Alexander is 15 and a soph0more at Sprague High School. He has played the cello since 4th grade and is currently in the Strings Ensemble at Sprague. He just completed his first season of the Sprague Golf Team. Nathaniel is 13 and is in the 8th Grade at Crossler Middle School. He has a passion for drawing and building. His dream is to become a video game designer, but his mom wants him to focus on the architecture/ construction world. Imagine that! Both of the boys are avid video game players which is one talent their mother is not too keen on.  “I met my future husband in 1992 and knew immediately I was going to marry him–it was love at first sight. However, Aaron didn’t quite know it at the time. After I spent a year

TOWARDS BUILDING LASTING RELATIONSHIPS.

cousins to count. Most of us live within 3 hours of each other. They support and love me and make each day a blessing.

and together they have two boys–Alexander and Nathaniel. 

AND THE DEDICATION WE HAVE

a huge family with 12 sets of aunts and uncles and too many

Kristin’s responsibilities at Lenity include–but are not limited

Kristin is blissfully married to her husband of 18 years, Aaron,

–OUR TEAM, OUR CLIENTS

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His father was an architect and grandfather was a home builder and consequently, Marcus was no stranger to child labor growing up. “My grandfather would take me to job sites and have me

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into his career and passion. Early on in Marcus’ career, he had the opportunity to work alongside several of the most influential people in Salem’s architectural landscape. It was these relationships that continued to inspire and direct his career path and ethos. Marcus credits Bill Colson in particular who he considers the second most influential person in his life next to his father. Marcus believes Bill’s business attitude,

pull nails and put them in a coffee can. Then he’d have me

the way he treated people and his approach to life was instru-

straighten them out so he could use them later for framing.

mental in shaping Marcus’ values as a professional.

I’d be in the garage for hours.

“I watched what my dad and Bill Colson did for years and I

When I was growing up, my dad had an architectural practice

feel it’s about providing those services and carrying it forward.

in Salem. He’d have me draw title blocks for him and pay me

Those are all the values that drive the team at Lenity Architecture

.25 for each one. Ten sheets and I was rich! He would always

as well as the people we surround ourselves with. I was bred

take me out to the job sites and my most memorable one was at

with those values. I live and breathe them and strive to carry

ten years old when we visited a remodel at the state penitentiary.

on that tradition.”

Years later I asked why he took me out there and he said ‘Well I figured if you got to see the inside, you’d never want to go back.’”

Marcus attended CCC for nearly two years and aced the architectural classes. He realized he’d been doing all this since

Marcus’ father, Lawrence Hite is retired now and living in

he was 10 with his father and the classes became redundant.

an assisted living home. Marcus attributes everything he’s

He decided to move to California where he worked in the oil

learned about business ethics to his father. He always went

fields as a derrick hand. After six hard months of 12-14 hour

the extra mile and it was always about the client relationship.

days in the heat doing dangerous work, he decided to try that architecture thing out again. He was 20 and began working

21 years ago, Marcus was a new father and needed some extra money for Christmas. He was working for his father

for a California architecture firm where he was in charge of a group of staff ages 25-40.

at the time when he heard that Cliff Curry was looking for

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someone to do drawings for a project. Upon the project’s

Marcus returned to Oregon in 1990 and after many years

completion, Cliff asked him to stay on with him. With that

doing what he loved with the same people that inspired him

offer and his dad’s blessing, Marcus’ temporary job evolved

from the beginning, Marcus founded Lenity Architecture


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WHEN YOU WALK INTO A

SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY AND SEE

with Kristin Newland and Dan Roach. Today Marcus oversees

Marcus has three great children–Brittany, Brianna, and Blake–

designs, construction docs, construction and client relations.

as well as three dogs and a cat. Marcus enjoys hunting, fish-

“I’m passionate about construction and seeing things happen. I always enjoyed driving down Lancaster with my dad where he designed half the buildings. That’s what I strive for today–people driving by our projects and saying, ‘By God, that’s a beautiful building!’ It’s rewarding to be a part of that. Or when you walk into a senior living facility and you can see

ing, golf and traveling with his family. Together they try to spend as much time as they can at their new vacation home in Sunriver, OR.

THAT EVERYONE IS HAPPY

AND ENJOYING THE SPACE–

THOSE ARE THE MOMENTS THAT MAKE ME

PASSIONATE ABOUT WHAT I DO.

that everybody’s happy and enjoying the space–those are the moments that make me passionate about what I do.” marcus hite


the team

WORKING WITH LENITY IS LIKE A

BREATH OF FRESH AIR —PROFESSIONAL, DETAILED

AND ON THE BALL.

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AARON CLARK aia or

Aaron is a project architect, manager and designer for commercial and specialty projects.

likes sunsets is far too cliché. Aaron’s crowning accomplishments as a father thus far:

He provides architectural and design support for senior living

Watching the entire collection of Disney princess movies with

projects and is currently leading the remodel of a large com-

his daughter, Alice, and perfecting the hum of various movie

mercial project–The Village at Sunriver. His responsibilities

theme songs for his new son, August.

include client consultation, scheduling, consultant coordination, planning, design, construction documents and construcclient statement

tion administration. Aaron models the Lenity Architecture values by developing and strengthening relationships with the entire project team and the community. “I try to develop genuine relationships with the people I work with in all areas. I like to discuss a project early on with building officials, for example, so they know what is coming up and what’s going on in the community. Allowing everyone involved in the project an early look, asking for their opinion, and listening to their comments helps them to become vested and excited about the project.” Originally from the Australian coastline, Aaron met his wife Sarah in the U.S. before attending school at the University of Adelaide, South Australia for his Bachelor of Design Studies and Architecture. He enjoys music and plays the guitar and piano although he claims to be a novice. He’s also a science aficionado, plays basketball, and of course loves everything about architecture and design. Always one to break the mold, © Paula Watts Photography

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ANDREW MONTGOMERY

BARB SANDBERG

senior drafter

drafter

Andrew’s primary role with Lenity Architecture is–simply put–turning preliminary designs into working projects.

Barb has been a CAD drafter at Lenity Architecture for 2 years, but her history with the company originally dates back to 2000-2008.

He particularly enjoys the structural drafting aspect of his position. Andrew oversees the daily production of structural

Today, Barb works with the Engineering Department at

and architectural drawings for the Retirement Program

Lenity putting together new project drawing sets, providing

and coordinates with mechanical and electrical to make sure

the initial mechanical, plumbing and electrical design layouts,

needed spaces are provided.

and handling all general drafting for the department.

Andrew joined the original team over 20 years ago (and has

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“I appreciate the people and the purpose at Lenity. There

provided the entertainment ever since). He provides our cli-

is a family-like atmosphere that makes for a positive work

ents fast and accurate service and has an eagle’s eye for detail.

environment with goals toward helping make more pleasant living conditions for seniors.”

Andrew is a single dad with five kids and together they enjoy all things outdoors–hiking, hunting, fishing and spend-

Barb believes in working hard while living a balanced life and

ing time on the Oregon coast. His other year-round job is

enjoying hobbies. She and her husband live in the country on

providing transportation for his kids and attending their team

5 acres. She owns 2 horses and has been showing horses for

sports games. Andrew’s a fan of computer games, good

14 years. Her current ride is an 8 year old quarter horse which

movies and music.

she bought as a 6 month old and personally trained. “It is so rewarding to see him learn new events and we have formed an amazing bond as a team.” Barb and husband celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2013. Most weekends they can be found working on their property, growing a garden, small orchard and lots of flowers. They are very involved in their church and with their grown children.

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mechanical electrical engineer

permit manager

Originally hired in 1999, Bob is already an accomplished engineer. His experience in senior housing alone sets him apart as an expert in his field.

Don’t let Brian’s guilty pleasure of gaming fool you–he’s a serious guy with serious talent.

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After all, running the “Tricycle Alley” theme camp at Burning

Bob oversees a mechanical designer, an electrical designer

Man or competing in Portland’s Sand in the City sand sculp-

and a drafter. Together, they produce electrical, mechanical

ture competition is not for the faint of heart! His playful spirit

and plumbing plans for all of Lenity Architecture’s projects.

combined with a love for hard work, passion for the business

Bob is licensed in 38 states bringing a breadth and depth to

and a healthy dose of perfectionism make Brian an integral

the service Lenity Architecture is able to provide.

part of the Lenity Architecture team.

Bob’s passion is helping others and when he saw the Martin

Brian’s razor sharp eye for detail is made manifest through

Luther King Jr. quote in an airport one day in 2006, “Life’s

his tireless efforts on production drawings, code reviews,

most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing

construction admin, observation reports, permitting, and li-

for others?’”. He took a hiatus to do just that. For two years,

censing. Brian plays a key role in project approval and overall

Bob conducted seminars for at risk teens and their families

success.

while writing and publishing the book, Dads Matter.

Growing up on a farm, Brian appreciates seeing projects

Bob and his wife Sherry have been married for 38 years and

through to completion, building lasting relationships and

have two sons, Keith and Jesse. Jesse is a registered nurse

working with his hands. From early childhood, Brian has en-

living in Corvallis and Keith and his wife Joy are MD/PhD’s

joyed creating things and started designing houses in middle

specializing in pediatrics. They are residents at Children’s

school. His calling was realized in full when he graduated

Hospital Colorado in Denver.

from University of Idaho with a degree in architecture. With strong family values, Brian and his wife Shannan hope to

While hesitant to say he’s passionate about golf, he has picked

impart the same desire to follow the pursuit of life’s passions

the sport back up from his interests as a teen and is enjoying

to their little girl, Zoe.

his time on the greens.

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BRIAN LIND

CHAD MATTSON

landscape architect

chief of technology

Brian’s strengths and experience plays an important role in Lenity Architecture’s goal of streamlining all professional design services under one roof.

Chad is Lenity Architecture’s Chief of Technology. He is responsible for technology and maintenance, purchasing and research. Chad ensures that our processes are continuous–you could say he’s the cog in Lenity’s wheel. 

Brian is responsible for all landscape architectural services and assists with site planning and design. He is CLARB

“My biggest fear is of something going down, so I work hard

Certified (Council of Landscape Architectural Registration

making sure I can catch any issues before that happens. For

Boards), an ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects)

me, it’s more about the daily, monthly and yearly process

member, and licensed in 15 US states as well as Ontario,

than the outcome of the product.”

Canada.

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is now attending school in Colorado. Chad and his wife have been married 29 years. In his spare time, Chad likes to head out of town once in a while and look at the stars. He claims to know two truths about astronomy: 1. It’s unimaginable how much color there is in space; and 2. You can never have a big enough telescope.

Chad admits that’s one thing he misses about construction–

“My experience in several regions is an asset due to our nearly

being able to stand back after a day’s work and look at a tan-

nationwide location of projects. I enjoy creating places of

gible finished product. Chad originally started in concrete and

interest, beauty and new and unexpected experiences for our

carpentry work before attending school at NDSS in pursuit

residents. My father is a resident of an independent living

of an AAS in architectural drafting and estimating. Later, he

facility so I have a personal interest in providing a safe and

received his AAS in computer science at Chemeketa then con-

enjoyable exterior living environment.”

tinued to take additional courses particularly in CAD design.

Brian enjoys the collaborative work environment at Lenity

Chad began with the team that is now Lenity Architecture in

Architecture. His early influence helps our team to approach

1985. He has seen the company, the economy and the indus-

a project with a perspective towards the preservation and

try go through major changes but through thick and thin, he

enhancement of the native environment.

still loves his work and he loves being a part of the team at Lenity Architecture. 

Brian was born and raised in Southern California and attended California State University Northridge where he played

Outside of the office, Chad is passionate about his family,

intercollegiate volleyball for the Matadors. Brian and his wife

old cars and astronomy. He has two daughters and a son. His

Joanne met there, married, and went on to raise three sons.

oldest daughter graduated from the University of Oregon and

Brian enjoys spending time with family, nature, hiking, ski-

works in the field of brain study. She recently went to work with

ing, golf, college football and the company of friends.

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Cheryl began her marketing career at 7 years old, pedaling her artwork around the neighborhood. She knew early on she wanted to market for the creative sector–and that great work sells itself.

Lenity team where she is now her husband’s favorite client.

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production manager

Dan oversees a team of staff who produce Lenity Architecture’s working drawings.

Cheryl and Russ have two brilliant children–Sedona and Brenner. Sedona is a talented musician and singer/songwrit-

Dan plays an integral role in ensuring drawings meet local

er with an aptitude in medicine. Brenner, like his dad, is an

code requirements and Lenity Architecture’s own high stan-

Growing up, Cheryl’s mother was a top selling broker in Lake

avid fly fisherman and is known for his hilarious mishaps on

dards. He works closely with site superintendents and often

Havasu, AZ and her dad owned a drywall business. Chan-

the river. Together, they’re always on the go and as good as it

walks the buildings with them during site visits.

neling her mom, Cheryl still gets fired up by business that

might smell–will never be caught watching the mud dry.

“By working with the client and keeping tabs on the ever

evolves naturally out of strong relationships. And she still

changing building codes, I’m able to turn problems into

loves the smell of drywall mud. It’s irresistible.

solutions by constantly refining our working drawings. This

Along her career path, Cheryl managed a real estate agency,

in turn contributes to a seamless building experience for the

sold building materials, and even dabbled in technology, but

client. Personally, I strive to be a man of integrity which is

her moment of truth was in resource development for the

key to building trusting relationships with our clients and the

Boys & Girls Clubs. Here, she saw the good that comes from

people we work with.”

raising awareness for what people already want to be a part

“Lenity hired me because I drew the best foundation detail for

of–they just don’t know it yet.

my drafting test. Other than that, I don’t know what they were

Years later, Cheryl applied for a position with a globally rec-

thinking. I guess they just wanted a young impressionable

ognized book design firm as a studio manager so she could

person that could be molded into whatever they wanted.”

apply her passion for creative more directly. She was awarded

(We actually hired Dan for his sense of humor.)

the position when, during an outdoor interview, she flicked a

When he’s not cracking jokes around the office, Dan enjoys

giant hornet off her shoulder like it was nothing.

hunting, hiking, backpacking, camping, boating, and shout-

As the depth of her appreciation grew for design, so did her

ing “GO DUCKS!” at every opportunity. Otherwise, you can

love for branding. In 2009, she was engaged to the love of

usually find him snuggled next to one of his girls reading a

her life, Creative Director + Designer, Russ McIntosh. A few

good book or playing blanket monster.

months later, they were married, quit their jobs, and launched

“I am truly passionate about being a Father and Husband. My

the branding agency–Studio Absolute. This in turn led to a

family means the world to me. Being a father is truly the greatest honor I have.”

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shareholders, Kristin Newland. In 2013, Cheryl joined the

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fortuitous meeting with one of Lenity Architecture’s future

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director of marketing

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GREG ELMORE

HOLLY BENTON

program leader

director of accounting

Born and raised in Texas, Greg attended Texas A&M University before moving to Oregon for what was supposed to be 3 years while his wife attended law school at Willamette University. 20 years later, Greg and his family have officially unpacked the boxes and are here to stay.

lover, his tastes are generally whatever his kids are playing in the orchestra, on the piano, or listening to on the radio. He also enjoys most sports–particularly watching his son play baseball and his daughter play volleyball. His food-love is currently transitioning from quantity to quality–but the spicier the better.

Holly brings over 23 years of experience to the Lenity Architecture team and is responsible for the full spectrum of accounting duties.

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I still enjoy going to work every day; I cannot wait to see what the future brings.”

As Director of Accounting, she handles everything from reviewing accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, taxes, financial reporting–the list goes on! It would be an understatement to say she plays an important role not only for

Greg began working in healthcare architecture in 1992

Lenity Architecture, but for our vendors and clients as well.  

including hospitals, medical clinics, etc. He designed his first assisted living facility in 1995 and completed the design,

Holly’s left brain tendencies are evident in her accuracy and

construction documents, and construction administration on

rapt attention to detail but her radiant personality and sense

40+ senior housing facilities between 1995 and 2011. The

of humor betray any accountant stereotypes. Holly may be

majority of those were in Oregon and Washington, with oth-

the enforcer when it comes to the company’s finances, but

ers in California, Idaho, Colorado, Nevada, and Montana.

her dog Riley is a mamma’s boy and has Holly “wrapped around his paw.” 

Greg joined the Lenity Architecture team in March of 2011 as Senior Project Manager (which he understands to mean both

Holly is married to her best friend and husband of 19 years,

senior housing and old). As project manager, he is a primary

Russ, and together they’ve raised a wonderful young man,

client contact and responsible for the project schedule from

Ryan, who is now 23. Holly has a large family that lives in or

start to finish. His focus is on the early entitlements and

near Salem and she enjoys spending as much time with them

approvals from local jurisdictions and states, but he also

as she can. Holly and her husband enjoy camping, boating,

provides support for the production phase and construction

family get-togethers and traveling to Hawaii as often as possible.

administration.

“My goal is to assist in the growth and longevity of Lenity

have been married for 22. Together they have two brilliant

pany like I would my own family’s. The inspiring personali-

children, Cameron and Chloe, who are both talented musi-

ties, family atmosphere and inherent challenges of a growing

cians and athletes. Greg is very proud of his family and his

company makes Lenity an amazing place to work. After 9

hobbies center around spending time with them. A music

years of working with the Lenity team, I can honestly say that

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JACOB ANDERSON

JACOB (JAKE) BUCK

architectural intern

structural drafter

Jacob was brought onto the Lenity Architecture team as a drafter and is working toward being a fully licensed architect.

Jake oversees structural drawings for the Hawthorn team and provides marketing assistance for their properties.

He drafts construction documents, creates renderings and

Lenity Architecture and Hawthorn Retirement Group have

in September of 2014. “Erica’s skills at motherhood are

computer models with a little design thrown into the mix.

been partners for 35 years–thanks in part to the service and

breathtaking–by far one of my favorite things to watch! Her

attention to detail that team members like Jake have provided.

passion for life and her kids is fantastic. Did I mention her

Jacob’s personal values reflect the feelings of the Lenity Architecture team as a whole. “Producing high quality work

Jake’s portfolio is diverse and ranges from fabrication draw-

for a client is very rewarding. A strong work ethic is impor-

ings of sky scrapers to single and double wide homes. His

tant on a number of levels–from societal down to personal.

tenure as a general contractor gave him a broad view of all

Whatever you aspire to achieve in your life, your goals should

aspects of residential construction and he still enjoys doing

be attacked with a work ethic that will ensure your best

small projects for friends and family.

chance for success.”

“Freight Train of (Whatever Competition He’s Trying to Win).” Jacob is engaged with plans to marry his lovely fiance, Erica,

smile? It makes my heart melt every time she smiles!”

“I love how buildings are put together structurally–one of the

Jacob’s ingenuity and creativity makes him a great fit at

best puzzles out there! I have a wealth of knowledge regard-

Lenity–and in his home brewery. In 2011, Oregonians pur-

ing the program we currently use to draw and I’ve already

portedly consumed 2,794,541 barrels of beer. Jacob is proud

started implementing procedures that are saving Lenity–and

to contribute to that growing figure as a home brewer.

our clients–time and money. My hope is that I can streamline the drafting process even more than it already is.”  

Jacob recently tied the knot with Danielle Peterson–a photo journalist and multi-media producer for the Statesman

Jake’s life outside of Lenity Architecture is equally as diverse

Journal. It goes without saying that Jacob provided the beer.

as his professional portfolio. He began surfing at the age of 12 and has surfed around the globe in places like Puerto Rico and Bali, Indonesia. He started making his own surfboards “Buck Surfboards” back in 2001 and continues to build boards out of his shop in South Salem. When he’s not at Lenity Architecture or his surf shop, Jacob’s camping on the beach with his fiancé, Erica and his 3 kids–the light of his life and true center of his happiness. © Paula Watts Photography

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JAHAZIEL GALINDO

JASON DIORAZIO

drafter

drafter

Jahaziel enjoys working on a range of different projects and tasks.

Lenity Architecture knows talent when they see it. We hired Jason fresh out of college–ready to learn and dive headfirst into the architecture industry.

He is a fast learner, driven and conscientious about the timeliness, quality and appearance of his work–all characteristics

Jason is a CAD drafter by trade but his expertise extends to

that make him a good fit with the Lenity team as a whole.

every aspect of preparing accurate and timely construction

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documents. A typical day at the office involves everything

“I am committed to being the best I can in all aspects of my

from preliminary elevations to picking up review comments.

life. I take pride in being part of a team that strives to provide

Although his focus is generally related to architecture, Jason

their clients and partners the highest caliber service and prod-

has contributed to structural, electrical and mechanical/

uct in the business.” 

plumbing planning and design.

Outside of work, Jahaziel is very involved with his church

Jason was born and raised in a little town called North East,

and serves as a pianist, a bass player, a sound guy and most

Pennsylvania and moved to Oregon to begin a career with

recently, the church’s electric guitar player. He learned to play

Lenity Architecture at the age of 19. Back home, Jason has

the piano at age 11 and–as with his professional interests–

both parents, an older brother and younger sister. Here in

Jahaziel is constantly seeking to learn and grow in his passion

Oregon, he enjoys spending time with his lovely fiancé,

for music.

Kendal. On April 5th of 2014, Kendal made Jason the happiest guy in the world by accepting his proposal.

Jahaziel is engaged with plans to marry his fiancé, Danica, in August of 2014.

“She’s more than I could have ever asked for, she is my best friend and soul mate. She is beautiful, smart, caring, funny

“Danica is a very sweet person who cares a lot about others. She’s also a great tap dancer! Danica has always been support-

and perfect for me. I’m lucky to call her mine and I’m ex-

ive of my career and church involvement and encourages me

tremely excited to spend the rest of my life with her.”

to keep going.”

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JULY THOMAS

mechanical designer

accounting associate

Jerry’s knowledge and 15 years of experience in an engineering consulting firm specializing in commercial tenant improvements equipped him for Lenity Architecture’s growing commercial division.

Lenity Architecture’s July Thomas is more than an accounting associate who ensures that our bills are paid on time and to the right people–she’s an administrative guru that makes Lenity Architecture run like a welloiled machine.

His background in designing residential living on a commercial scale was also a perfect fit for several of Lenity’s existing

The management team relies on July’s ability to troubleshoot

clients in the senior living sector.

even the most complex administrative issues with a spirit of

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JERRY VANDERPOOL

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creativity and determination. 

For projects under construction, Jerry is a priceless client resource for equipment approval, general construction ad-

Outside the office, July enjoys photography, scrapbooking,

ministration and site evaluations. He helps determine HVAC

crafts and sports. July is recently married and still basking

and plumbing layouts that compliment the client’s needs

in the honeymoon stage. Her husband and kids are the light

while coordinating between trades to provide working sets of

of her life. When her kids are not asking for rides to sports

construction drawings.

events, they are moonlighting as stand-up comedians.

One of Jerry’s greatest strengths is in finding the balance be-

Lenity Architecture appreciates July for the skills and experi-

tween architectural beauty and mechanical functionality. His

ence she brings to the table but also the ability to switch back

goal is to select product that compliments the architectural

and forth between the right and left brain. Her creativity and

design while blending into the interior as if it was designed

quick wit make her a great fit for our team and the valued

to be there.

associates we do business with. “From the very beginning, Lenity felt like a place where I needed to be.” When consider-

Jerry’s spare time these days are working a small hobby farm

ing how her values align with Lenity Architecture’s, July says,

of 4 acres where he has begun a breeding program for Boer

“I am passionate about helping others. I think that everyone

goats and selected poultry. When time allows between work

needs a little help sometimes and I love to help where I can.”

and farm, Jerry enjoys ocean fishing and traveling with his lovely wife.

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KRIS MCBRIDE

KRISTI NEZNANSKI

c o n s t r u c t i o n a d m i n i s t r at i o n spec i a l i s t

associate project manager

Kris has an uncanny ability to organize and manage systems and plays a key role in ensuring that all the moving parts of the Lenity Architecture system keep moving.

of a more comfortable sleep. We feel like after the hard work she puts in at the office, she’s deserved it!

Kristi plays an important role coordinating with local jurisdictions through the land use process and with civil engineers through site development. 

As the Construction Administration Specialist, she oversees

She works with the in-house production and engineering

duties for the construction admin phase of Lenity projects.

teams through design development and with the permitting

serves on the City of Salem’s Historic Landmarks Commission as well as on the board for the Salem Chapter of the AIA. She is a founding member of the AIA Salem’s DesignOpine young architects group and volunteers with Salem Harvest and Chickens In The Yard.

persistent encouragement keeps projects on schedule and

cess incoming and outgoing requests for information and

within budget. Kristi’s attention to detail combined with a

approvals, she prepares the information to seek building

background in architecture, design, and development makes

permits, and communicates with the city regarding plan

her an asset to her team.

submissions. As the chair person for Lenity’s safety committee, Kris’ role is of critical importance to the success of both the

“I’m excited to be part of a growing, progressive company and

process and end result. She is also assistant to Marcus Hite

hope to be instrumental in positioning Lenity as a leader in

and the lead contact for site superintendents. 

the field of architecture and development. I have a passion for knowledge and thrive on each new experience. I work to

Kris has an impressive work history that includes stream-

serve our clients well by negotiating on their behalf, working

lining processes in a doctor’s office which led to a 300%

efficiently to save them time and money, while always taking

increase in revenue over 3 years. Lenity Architecture prides

care to give them the kind of service and attention that will

itself on a seamless and profitable system for our clients and

keep them coming back to Lenity.” 

Kris’ natural strength in this area makes her an ideal fit for our team.

Kristi and her husband Matt recently celebrated their 10th year of marriage with the birth of a beautiful baby girl, Hazel

Kris has been married 15 years (and counting) and has 2 boys

Marie. As a family, they enjoy spending time on the Oregon

ages 8 and 14. Her lifelong passion is singing and recently

coast, camping and exploring the Pacific Northwest. In her

won first prize in a major karaoke competition. Her sing-

spare time, Kristi enjoys cooking, is an avid gardener, and has

ing can often be heard on the highway as her and her family

a serious book habit. Her long-term plan is to retire with her

make their way down the road in their new motorhome.

husband on a sailboat in the Caribbean–book in hand. Kristi is active in the architectural community and currently

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team until construction begins. Simply put, her gentle but

Kris works with the Lenity Architecture team heads to pro-

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the team

LEE GWYN

MARK LOWEN

associate architect

land use manager

Lee Gwyn set his sights on a career in architecture early on. At age seven, he vividly remembers presenting crayon sketches for a new family home that his parents were in the process of building.

Mark joined Lenity Architecture in December of 2005 as a part of the “front end department” adding to the team’s scope of experience by incorporating his background in real estate, land development, title and survey knowledge.

In third grade, one of his school work assignments asked the

He works together with the project managers, site develop-

question, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” Lee’s

ment, design, and permit teams and consultants to acquire

response was, “I want to be an architect.” His mother saved

the necessary approvals and entitlements needed for site

the assignment and Lee has it to this day.

development.

With that same singleness of purpose, passion for design,

Prior to joining Lenity, Mark had compiled 25 of years of

and commitment to clients, Lee felt right at home with

experience in the real estate brokerage/development, finance,

the team at Lenity Architecture. “Bottom line, it was the

title and escrow fields. Born and raised in Salem, Oregon,

people. Marcus, Dan and Kristin share the same passion and

Mark grew up in a hard working family immersed in resi-

commitment that I’ve always had for my clients. I’m willing

dential real estate development and the construction industry.

to do anything for my clients and I could tell they shared the

He grew up understanding the value of well designed and

same desire.” 

carefully thought out development that provides quality resi-

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Mark’s wife is a special education teacher working with elementary students with special disciplinary needs in the Salem Keizer School District.

dential options for the local community. This developed into

Lee brings a diverse background in all aspects of the architec-

a passion for investing in the future by helping to provide

tural profession and he is currently leading the commercial

quality housing opportunities for all stages of life.

division at Lenity Architecture.

Values such as integrity, dedication and initiative are the

When Lee’s not arriving early or staying late to get the job

cornerstones of Mark’s professional and personal life. He

done on time and under budget, his life is focused around

has been married for nearly 30 years (to the same wife) and

his family and Christian faith. His hobbies include spending

has had the privilege of watching two extraordinary children

time with family (including an identical twin brother), work-

mature into equally extraordinary adults. His son is currently

ing in the garden and on anything related to architecture.

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MAX PLUKCHI

MICHAEL BROWNE

drafter

drafter

Max is part of Lenity Architecture’s commercial division where his focus is primarily tenant improvements and new buildings.

Michael is one of Lenity Architecture’s secret weapons. Whether it’s poker or a day at the office, he’s all in.

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From prelim, construction documents, architectural, struc-

Max provides critical assistance to the architectural team

tural or site plans–Mike’s greatest strength is in his ability to

through preparation of construction documents, client, con-

move between projects and responsibilities with ease. Mike

sultant and contractor correspondence, site measurements

is constantly striving for perfection in working drawings and

and photos, and 3D modeling.

believes in “no loose end left behind.”

Don’t let Max’s reserved demeanor fool you. As his wife says,

Mike’s wide range of drafting skills and experience include

he may seem quiet on the outside, but inside he’s brimming

existing, demo, new construction, commercial, churches,

with ideas, dreams, desires and compassion towards others.

food, residential and senior housing. As Lenity Architecture’s Production Specialist, Mike’s attention to detail, versatility

“I’m passionate about my family, church, cars and the love for

and sense of humor make him like the corner piece in a com-

an open road. One of the reasons I love Oregon is the beauty

plicated puzzle–we want to start and complete our projects

and diversity that you get to see when you drive off road. Driv-

with his expertise in place.

ing inspires me to dream, imagine and design. I’m passionate about design, style and giving buildings personality; it is

Mike enjoys a good joke, Japanese food, playing cards and old

so satisfying to think of something and watch it come to life.”

sci-fi movies. After a week of intense deadlines and mindbending work, he enjoys doing absolutely nothing on Sunday

Max strives to practice the definition of Lenity–the quality or

mornings in the company of a strong cup of coffee with his

state of being mild and gentle towards others–in his own life.

wife, Sam.

“I value integrity, honesty and quality. It naturally translates into what I do and the Lenity Architecture mission.”

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MICHAEL FULLER

NAOMI ATKINSON

aia california

office manager

Michael has been an architect since 1982 and worked in varying aspects of construction most of his life.  He is responsible for site and building design for all related senior retirement, assisted living, and memory care facilities.

Naomi is part of the fabric of Lenity Architecture and has been with the company for 17 years.  

been married 39 years and are proud parents of 6 children and 13 grandchildren. Michael plays the guitar, banjo and mandolin and has led worship at his church for over 36 years. His shares his love of the outdoors with his family and together they enjoy hiking and backpacking whenever they can.

Michael has an innate ability to quickly analyze all informa-

“Lenity feels like my second home. I work with amazing

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dedication she has demonstrated year after year–but most importantly for her remarkable attitude in the face of challenge that continues to be an inspiration to all.

people and everyday is a new experience. You never know what will happen.”

tion pertaining to a site and design a building that addresses

Naomi plays a key role in keeping a sense of organization

constraints while satisfying the client’s needs. He consistently

in the office, keeping track of projects as well as organizing

dedicates the same level of care and attention to detail regard-

and shipping out drawing submissions. Every year she looks

less of the project’s size or budget.

forward to organizing our Christmas party and we cant wait to see what creative surprises she has in store for us! 

“I love all aspects of design and I feel that there is no project too small to warrant good design.”

Life outside the office is dedicated to Naomi’s home and family. She loves to work in her yard, considering it both good

Originally hired in 1995 and with 16 years of collective experi-

therapy and the perfect place to daydream. Currently she is

ence with the firm, Michael has seen Lenity Architecture

researching ideas to incorporate into the secret garden that

grow and evolve. After his long history with the firm, he is

she began working on last summer and plans to have com-

still driven by Lenity’s mission and vision to provide a seam-

plete by this September.

less and profitable planning, design and building experience while enriching the lives of our staff, clients and those that

Her three grown children and three grandsons are the light of

enter the walls we help build.

her life and she considers herself very fortunate to live within ten miles of all of them. Naomi comes from a family of 8

“I love coming to work with the Lenity team and collaborating

children. She has only one sister, Rachel, who she considers

to satisfy the goal of developing properties that uplift and

to be her best friend.

enrich our clients. Our architectural team is second to none. I know we will be able to progress forward as a team exceed-

Naomi enjoys traveling on occasion. Charleston, SC, where

ing all expectations.”

her sister lives, is her most frequent destination. 

Michael is passionate about music, the outdoors, but more

We consider Naomi a precious member of the team and of the Lenity family. We’re grateful for the hard work and

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the team

RACHEL RUDIGER

RON JACKSON

project manager

permit supervisor

Rachel’s organization and communications skills play an important role within the multifaceted phases with projects at Lenity Architecture. 

As Lenity Architecture’s permit supervisor, Ron visits project communities and secures permits for Building, Mechanical, Structural and Licensing.

She is responsible for coordination of projects at a planning

He also manages the civil engineering to ensure permitting is

level, attending meetings for approvals and assists with site

secured within project deadlines. Ron views every project as a

planning and design. Rachel is currently in the process of tak-

learning opportunity and constantly strives to provide the best

ing her architectural registration exams which will lend her

service and experience for our clients. He believes that this

the opportunity to be a licensed architect in the near future.

spirit of constant improvement not only benefits our clients,

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but it strengthens the bond Lenity Architecture has as a team.

“I enjoy working at Lenity architecture because there is a sense of unity within the workplace. We all work toward

“The team at Lenity Architecture is like a family. Many

something bigger than ourselves and as a team. In many

people on the team have been here for 5, 10, 15 years and we

ways, our work place and fellow colleagues become our home

all grew up in the industry together. It’s been a great experi-

away from home. I couldn’t ask for a better one.”

ence watching people grow personally and professionally over the years. I think the strong work ethic and the way we

Rachel was born and raised in Minnesota and attended North

conduct business is unique to the industry and brings our

Dakota State University where she graduated with a Bach-

team even closer.”

elors of Science in Environmental Design in 2006 and a Masters in Architecture in 2007. Rachel enjoys spending time

Prior to joining the team at Lenity Architecture, Ron owned a

working out, venturing into the outdoors, staying connected

drafting and design business. He later worked in the industri-

with family and friends and cooking some good ole Midwest

al and steel industries as a consultant and informant for work

hot-dish concoctions!

crews across the United States. Ron is passionate about his family, living life to the fullest and making an impact of his community. He has been married for 24 years and has three beautiful and remarkably intelligent children. © Paula Watts Photography

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SARAH CLARK interior designer

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SIERRA HENDERSON /

eyre interiors

associate project manager

An innate ability to marry colors, patterns and textures with form and structure make Sarah’s voice an influential one throughout the design process.

As an Associate Project Manager, Sierra’s day includes assisting the Project Manager, researching zoning codes and development fees, coordinating with local jurisdictions, civil engineers, utility companies and teams within Lenity to help move each project through the land development process.

Sarah assists with choosing exterior materials, Photoshop mock-ups, and creating marketing packages. She has had the honor of contributing to such important projects for Lenity

Sierra’s positive and friendly personality, love for learning

Architecture as The Sunriver Village Bar & Grill and the

and attention to detail make her an integral part of Lenity

Salem Community Action agency as well as several senior

Architecture’s daily operations.

living projects.

“I am grateful that I get to work in a place that has such high

“I became interested in design and architecture with the end

standards. Everyone really cares about what we do.” 

user in mind–helping to create spaces that not only fit their

Sierra is originally from central Oklahoma and moved to

needs, but are comfortable and inspiring as well. I value Lenity

Oregon with her husband, Steve, in July 2012 along with their

Architecture’s focus on enriching lives of staff, clients and espe-

furry kids–Bella the Dog and Roger the Cat. 

cially the people who use the spaces that we help to create.”

Sierra loves watching old movies, listening to podcasts

Sarah’s professional and home life often centers around de-

(Radiolab, Marc Maron, The Moth and This American Life

sign. Sarah received her Bachelor’s Degree in interior

are her favorites). She never tires of David Sedaris audio

design from OSU and is married to Aaron Clark, a Lenity

books and loves reading anything related to neuroscience.

architect. As designers, they are always looking for inspiration,

She has too many music favorites to list, but has a soft spot

following lines with their eyes, and finding symmetry and

for David Bowie and she will always be an Oklahoma Soon-

art in the details. 

ers fan. Around the office, we know when Sierra is talking

In addition to art and design, Sarah enjoys music, fancy cheese,

because it generally involves copious hand gestures and y’all’s.

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TODD COUGHRAN

ZACH MORSE

construction production manager

electrical designer

Todd brings over 25 years of experience in architecture and construction to the Lenity team.

Zach works with engineers, production staff and fellow team members to create a cost effective and efficient electrical system for buildings.

His background with large scale governmental projects and high end casinos and resorts brings a fresh and multifac-

One of Zach’s strengths is in creating clear and concise draw-

eted skill set to the Lenity team. From planning and zoning

ings featuring lighting, power system, and low voltage design.

through to production, plan submission, and construction–

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Zach’s integrity and attention to detail are evidenced in his

Todd manages nearly all aspects of a project through to com-

passion to provide project owners the ideal experience and

pletion. He is instrumental in client and contractor relations

end result.

as well as ensuring projects stay on or ahead of schedule.

“People call me the Oracle around the office because I have an

“I have a strong drive to make sure things get done on time

uncanny ability to remember details about all of the projects

no matter what it takes. I believe there is always room for

that I have worked on. Co-workers come to me to recall items

improvement and a chance to learn and do more.”

that were discussed in meetings or why we did something on

Todd and his (as he would say, very patient) wife of 23 years,

a project in the past. But my wife would have a completely dif-

have two boys and a girl. His interests include fishing, soft-

ferent view of my memory.”

ball and motorcycles. An avid rider most of his life, Todd is

Zach’s primary focus is family and church. He and his lovely

currently placating his two-wheeled obsession with sports

and supportive wife, Andrea, and their two children are

cars until his next bike.

generally either at church, a family get together, or a sporting

“I love working here–the people, the atmosphere–it’s truly

event every weekend. Zach volunteers time for his church

the best job I’ve ever had and one that makes you want to

on the Building and Land Use Committee and is an active

come to work day in and day out. Not every day is perfect and

member of several others.

there are stressful times of course but when someone asks

“My goal is to provide efficient design and a product the owner

the simple question, ‘How you doing?’ they really want to

and residents can and want to live with for many years.”

hear the answer. Lenity is an amazing place to work and I am thankful to be a part of it.”

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DESIGN, STRUCTURAL,

CITY PERMITTING–

THERE WAS ALWAYS AN EXPERT

AVAILABLE TO HELP US. client statement

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Parkwood Assisted Living Surprise, AZ


projects

SETS THEM APART. THERE ARE VERY FEW FIRMS THAT HAVE

THE EXPERIENCE THEY HAVE.

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THEIR EXPERIENCE IN SENIOR HOUSING

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memory care

Surprise, AZ

The Rock Creek Alzheimer’s Special Care Center is a 33,000 SF building featuring 66 beds, private rooms, and semiprivate rooms. Lenity Architecture provided full architectural services from land use to Certificate of Occupancy and licensing. The Rock Creek community was the first project in a 22 acre planned

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unit development for senior housing. Lenity Architecture set the standard for the design and character of the buildings to follow. JEA, Lenity Architecture’s client, has an in-depth understanding of the needs of the residents in an Alzheimer’s and Special Care Facility. Special care is taken to ensure residents are comfortable and most importantly–safe. It is Lenity Architecture’s job to design the site with the same care as the interior of the building. Our goal is to create an environment where fall risk is reduced and seniors have quick access to assistance no matter where they are in the building. The seniors that live in our buildings are an extension of the Lenity family and every detail is accounted for to ensure their quality of life is preserved to the fullest extent possible.

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DESERT SPRINGS independent living

Oro Valley, AZ

The community features 125 tastefully designed units and seven cottages a short walking distance from the main building. The building, cottages and even the landscaping are designed to capture the essence of the desert’s beauty while encouraging whole mind and body health for residents. The cottages provide residents with a greater sense of independence while pathways connect them easily with the main building. Easy access to all of the main building’s amenities and activities encourages seniors to venture out of their homes and engage with the entire community.

custom landscape art that pepper the landscape’s meandering pathways. The regionally renowned welding artist commissioned for the artwork designed and built iron swings, trees, animals, gazebos as well as iron work embedded in the concrete. Hundreds of existing native plants were preserved during the grading process and later transplanted for use in the landscaping. The striking artwork and native plant life

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The Desert Springs Gracious Retirement independent living community harmonizes with the natural environment while providing seniors a comfortable and thoughtfully designed extension of home.

invite residents to stay active and engaged in their desert environment. Desert Springs is set against the backdrop of breathtaking desert and mountain views. The neighboring communities cherished their view and one of our priorities was to ensure it remained the focal point. We met with neighbors and the local jurisdictions several times over the course of the project to address the needs of the community. Steps were taken

Desert Springs features amenities designed to foster

to preserve the views and breathing room that draw people

friendships and provide mental and physical stimulation.

to the desert. The main building was kept to two stories in

Activity and common areas are purposefully placed in an

height and special care was taken to locate it further back

effort to draw people out, encourage movement and engage

from the neighborhood. Common areas were strategically

with others in conversation and activities. Amenities such as

placed in order to maximize our own exposure to the beauti-

the comfortable theater room, bistro, outdoor fire pit and pool

ful mountain views. Additionally, each unit features a shaded

help make the soft transition to independent living an enjoy-

deck or patio so that residents may comfortably appreciate the

able one.

views from outside of their suite.

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THE QUARRY

assisted living

assisted and independent living

Vancouver, WA

Vancouver, WA

The project goal was to enhance the quality of life among residents by expanding living areas in the new assisted living wing, fortifying meal services through the kitchen remodel and elevating the wellness program and facility experience. This three-part renovation included the addition of a three story assisted living wing, a kitchen remodel and the addition of a wellness center/gym. The design objective for the new wing and gym was to integrate the aesthetics of the new construction with the 12 year old original building. The facility owners requested that the two wings mirrored each other exactly from

One of the greatest challenges was to keep the road usable during and after construction. The gym’s elevation and large windows surrounding much of the facility creates a light and bright environment with a view of campus activity. The exposed duct work between the Armstrong Cloud Ceiling and roof was blacked out to create the illusion of a floating ceiling. In addition to creating an interesting visual–one that compliments the theme of being suspended in the air–the design

As part of the original long term building plan for The Quarry at Columbia Tech Center, a second wing was added to the main building offering independent and assisted living–internally referred to as The Terrace Independent Living and The Terrace Independent Living Plus.

construction in 2006, the addition required several new design and engineering solutions throughout. With acute attention to detail–materials, colors, finishes and overall design was matched throughout the interior and exterior to provide a perfectly seamless end result.

The independent living component is the newest in the local competitive market in over five years.

also helps to minimize volume and echoes while creating a

The renovation’s 4 story wing completed the U-shape of the

more pleasant atmosphere for exercise.

existing retirement community, The Quarry at Columbia Tech Center. The first three floors are one and two bedroom

the outside although the new units featured greater square

assisted living apartments and the 4th floor features one and

footage than their opposite wing counterparts. Great care was

two bedroom independent living suites.

taken to match paint, trim, carpet and even landscaping.

The amenities offered in the new wing are considered pre-

The objective of the kitchen remodel was to increase pro-

mium in the national market and are completely unique to

ductivity, streamline food service and enable the facility to

the regional market.

offer extended meal times. As the main kitchen for the entire campus, ensuring downtime was kept to a minimum was of

Both independent and assisted living unit amenities include

critical importance. Our efficiency as a team was imperative

spacious walk-in closets and balconies. Assisted living apart-

in handling impromptu design changes resulting from the

ments also feature kitchenettes–some with stoves and dish-

inherent unknown of a major remodel.

washers. Independent living units also feature fully equipped kitchens, a washer and dryer, and high quality materials

Space on the campus was limited so the wellness center

throughout such as stainless steel appliances and granite

necessitated an innovative and resourceful solution. What

countertops.

started out as a seemingly whimsical idea to put the gym took on life as the ideal solution to serious space limitations.

its twin on the opposite side of the building’s U-shaped

The center sits atop concrete pillars three stories over a busy

design. Due to changes in floor plan design, building codes, and seismic requirements since the building’s original

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PARKWOOD assisted living

Surprise, AZ

At Lenity Architecture, we believe that thoughtfully designed buildings have the power to inspire, stir the soul and spark meaningful dialog.

ventional design is intended to do just that.

adjacent to a tranquil fountain, multiple activity and game rooms throughout the building, a library/reading room with an extensive book collection and multiple smaller reading

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Every square inch of the Parkwood Assisted Living’s uncon-

height, covered exterior patio with fire place and mist system

rooms both open and semi-private.

Its interlocking arches, warm common areas and light play throughout the building create an environment that draws people out–igniting conversations and creating spacial opportunities for quality interaction among residents and staff. Responding to the natural curve of the property lines, the Parkwood Assisted Living building is designed around a curved arc system. Three interlocking arcs combine to maximize solar shading and create intimately scaled courtyards. The multiple angles provide visual interest and common, livable spaces throughout the community. The sweeping roof lines and use of natural materials throughout the building create a warm and inviting atmosphere inside and out. Natural light floods the interior while awnings and trellises work reduce the desert sun’s intensity. The Parkwood Assisted Living community is designed to be a safe and comfortable extension of home but with the all the amenities of a luxury resort. The community features state-of-the-art projection and sound system, television and room, dining room with vaulted ceilings exceeding 30’ in

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CALEO BAY

memory care

memory care

Tuscon, AZ

La Quinta, CA

The Copper Canyon Alzheimer’s Special Care Center is a 33,000 SF building featuring 66 beds, private rooms, and semi-private rooms. Lenity Architecture provided full architectural services from land use to Certificate of Occupancy and licensing. There is a slope easement for all natural topography in Tuscon and the land Copper Canyon Alzheimer’s Special Care Center was built upon could only be disturbed from its natural state

In a short walk around the new facility, it is evident that the natural environment has not only been preserved to the fullest extent–but it is thriving on nearly every square foot of the property. The stunning mountain views, rich variety of desert wildlife and successfully transplanted saguaro cacti all speak to the special care that was taken to make Copper Canyon a beautiful and comfortable extension of home for memory care residents.

within strict limitations.

Caleo Bay Alzheimer’s Special Care Center is located at the base of the Palm Desert mountains between an active neighboring community and commercial use property next door. Caleo Bay was deemed a transitional use property necessitat-

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with the client to ensure the local jurisdictions understand resident needs. We believe that successful projects are the result of designing a building and site plan with the needs of the residents as the main focus.

ing approvals from both an HOA and BOA. In addition to

Through close collaboration with neighboring communities

facilitating the approval process from the neighboring own-

and local jurisdictions, we help turn a project into a meaning-

er’s associations, Lenity Architecture also spearheaded the

ful opportunity for the entire community to become good

city’s detailed approval process. For Caleo Bay and every one

stewards of senior care.

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RIO GRANDE

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Rio Rancho, NM

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by creating an environment that stimulates both mind and body. The design and layout of the building is intended to encourage seniors to venture out of their rooms and enjoy the company of others. The entire building is designed to feel like home. An unparalleled range of high quality amenities encourages whole mind and body health. A sampling of these include a theater room with comfortable theater seating, bistro & coffee bar, exercise room, library, large sitting areas with covered porches and an outdoor fire pit, private dining room, floor to ceiling atrium and a community garden. Unique to comparable facilities, each unit features a private deck or patio and a kitchenette with a full size refrigerator. The stunning views of the mountains and city lights are captured by the design and layout of the building with many of the units and activity areas positioned to maximize the views. Many of our outdoor recreation areas were placed adjacent to the park to take full advantage of the open space views while encouraging exercise. Additional shared covered patios and seating areas allow seniors to enjoy the climate and views increased the setbacks from homes and added one story © Paula Watts Photography

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We’re often asked what separates Lenity Architecture from our competition and we respond that it’s ultimately about how we care for our clients, staff and the people that enter the walls we help build. Decades of experience and hundreds of successful projects have taught us that at the end of the day, relationships and a culture of caring are more valuable than all the design awards in the world.

“The point people to our project were always available. Either weekly meetings, phone calls, texting–it made us feel like we were being cared for as a client. We could always get feedback and guidance throughout the project which was great. I think everything was far beyond my expectations. We’re a touchy feely kind of organization. To have a firm that understood what we do and why we do it, and understand who we are as a business really helps. The way we communicate is very face to face–that constant contact is our world and they fell into

We know that whether it’s our client’s first project or their

that world very easily. It felt great.”

100th, each set of plans is an important chapter of our client’s

–cyndi

story. Being entrusted to tell that story is a great honor–one that begins with a handshake and is celebrated with cheers and high fives upon completion. Every project also has its own unique set of challenges which is why caring for our clients means our team is easily accessible and an advocate throughout the process. To us, caring for our clients means looking out for their bottom line, working quickly and

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A culture of caring begins within the Lenity family–several members of which have been a part of the team for 10, 15, even 20 years. It would be an understatement to say we genuinely care for each other and the work that we do. Our legacy is being written by a team that wholeheartedly embraces each win for the company as a shared success with our clients.

accurately, and always seeking opportunities to make the

As a team, we have witnessed the intoxicating highs and

experience seamless and fun.

sobering lows of the industry economy and it’s taught us to

“We were looking for the ability to move quickly and be comprehensive and they have done that. They are quick to respond, carry out a plan and they act with speed. That’s not true of all architects. Their understanding of the entire scope of due diligence, land use, permitting and construction docu-

cherish our relationships with each other and those we serve. Experience has also shown us the value of keeping what we have by giving it away. The Lenity family currently serves nearly 30 Salem and Central Oregon nonprofits with their time and resources and the list continues to grow alongside the need.

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ments has also exceeded our expectations.”

This spirit of caring extends to the planning and design process

–carl

by putting usability and value at the forefront of each project.

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By carefully considering how our buildings will be used and

At Lenity Architecture, senior living communities are not

the needs of those using them, particularly with senior living

just buildings–they are friendships and memories waiting

communities, we are able to bring costs down for our clients–

to happen.

and ultimately seniors–without compromising on comfort or safety. With experience designing nearly 400 assisted, independent and memory care facilities, we are mature in our ability to see a project through with ease and cost effectiveness.

Planning and architecture with genuine care. This is who we are and what Lenity Architecture has always stood for. It is a way of doing business that has always guided our path. It’s the future of our successful business and yours.

We believe a senior living community should be a comfort-

OUR BUILDING WAS DESIGNED TO BEST

SERVE THE PEOPLE

IN IT. SAFETY, COMFORT,

AND QUALITY

IS EVIDENT IN EVERY DETAIL.

able and safe extension of home that allows residents to live life with dignity in the company of friends. This belief is made evident in all aspects of the design process. We con-

c o p p e r c a n y o n a l z h e i m e r ’s s p e c i a l c a r e c e n t e r s t a f f

sider how to draw seniors out of their rooms and into common living areas where they can find fellowship. We look for opportunities to safely promote active minds and bodies with landscaped, meandering pathways and building features such as strategically placed hallways and that encourage interaction and exercise.

Non Profits Supported by Lenity Staff Advertising Federation of Central Oregon

Chickens in the Yard (CITY)

Liberty House

Salem Boys & Girls Club

Antioch Church

FAA

Marion Polk Food Share

Salem Harvest

Bend Humane Society

Family Building Blocks

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Salem House of Prayer

Camp Attitude

Foster Parent Night Out

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church

Table of Plenty

Central Oregon Builders Association

Program Goodwill Industries

Redmond Habitat for Humanity

Teen Challenge

Central Oregon Board of Realtors CID

Kingwood Bible Church

Redmond School District

World Vision

Central Oregon Community College

KMUZ

Rotary Club

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THE VILLAGE AT SUNRIVER commercial architecture

Sunriver, OR

The remodel of The Village at Sunriver restored what has long been considered a significant and meaningful piece of Sunriver’s history.

maximize visibility for retailers and create comfortable spaces

The resort community of Sunriver and the original Sunriver

The first phase of The Village at Sunriver renovation initially

Mall was established in the late 1960’s. Sadly, the Sunriver

included seven remodeled buildings and three new buildings.

Mall had fallen into disrepair over the years and was not liv-

The renovation included 48,000 sq. ft. of exterior remodel,

ing up to its potential as a shopping and recreational hub for

26,000 sq. ft. of new building design, and 22,000 sq. ft. of

the Sunriver community.

tenant improvements ranging from restaurants, office and

a trendsetter in the way of environmentally conscious design and building. The community was designed with the intention of reducing impact to the natural environment. Contrary to popular building practices of the era, the original design promoted open spaces and conserved natural resources. In keeping with this original vision and honoring the community’s environmentally conscious values, Lenity Architecture’s plan for The Village at Sunriver was to leave a small development footprint. Tree conservation and green building practices were implemented whenever possible. To compliment the natural environment, the design of The Village is based on the concept of a modern lodge aesthetic with simple forms and natural materials. Cobbles, shingles, and real stone were

rate what had once been the heart of the Sunriver community.

retail space. The overall site is 16 acres and the designed master planned portion of the site to date is 8 acres. New individual buildings included The Village Bar & Grill, Sunriver Brewhouse and two retail/office buildings–one with a tower feature and sundial monument signage. The previous lack of consistent and clearly visible signage had been disorienting for visitors and frustrating to tenants. To address this issue and to reintroduce the mall as fresh and exciting, the Sunriver Mall was rebranded to The Village at Sunriver. In the process, all signage was redesigned and replaced to modern standards. Way-finding and monument signage consistent with the new brand was placed throughout The Village so that visitors can easily find their way around whether walking or driving. The new buildings create a central walking boulevard with

and textures of the surrounding environment.

space for recreation and relaxation. In addition, a central

of Central Oregon, address problematic way finding issues,

courtyard acts as another outdoor activity area with play rocks anchoring the space both visually and functionally.

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used throughout the property which blend with the colors

The design intent of the remodel was to capture the essence

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In the 1960’s and 70’s, the resort community of Sunriver was

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THE VILLAGE AT SUNRIVER (CONTINUED)

Home Owners Association (SROA). This is the first building

rocks serve as interesting art pieces that mimic the natural

of its kind approved for The Village at Sunriver and demon-

beauty of Sunriver. Trees in the courtyard were preserved

strates the community and SROA’s faith in Lenity Architecture’s

with seating walls that allow parents to relax and observe their

ability to plan and execute a solution that meets the aesthetic,

children at play.

functional and unique needs of the community.

The new building designs give The Village at Sunriver

The Village at Sunriver was a finalist for the 2014 DJC

distinct frontage with notable entry and exit points. We also

TopProjects Awards.

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When not being jumped over and climbed on by children, the

conducted a thorough vehicular/bike/pedestrian analysis and moved the main entry a safer distance from the intersection and reconfigured bike paths for safety. The contagious energy of an economy slowly gaining its footing can be felt at The Village at Sunriver where this major renovation has sparked interest in both new tenants and business owners. The Village at Sunriver is currently 92% occupied with 39 tenants–several of which have been in The Village for close to 20 years and have watched the transformation take place first hand. A key part of the planning, remodeling and building process was ensuring the tenants could continue doing business with little or no downtime during the remodel or when moving to a new location. For example, The Village Bar & Grill moved all contents from their previous location into their new building and was open for business within only 3 days. © Paula Watts Photography

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COMMUNITY ACTION ACENCY

commercial architecture

non-profit architecture

Sunriver, OR

Salem, OR

for future expansion which would effectively almost double the space in readiness for the business to go to the next level. “The conference room has views of the production area so it is

The Community Action Agency works with partner agencies, local leaders and government officials to identify community needs and direct resources where the need is greatest.

The remodel included ripping up the concrete slab to accom-

in the frame during meetings, and a big thrust for the design

The agency is a crucial hub of resources to help prevent and

modate trench drains, installing new mechanical and plumb-

was the ability to see the brewing process from a large pro-

alleviate the effects of poverty in Marion and Polk Counties.

ing systems, and adding offices and a conference room.

portion of the space including using roll-up garage doors and

The building can also accommodate future plans for the addition of a tasting room and kitchen area, but for now the main focus is on rolling out new beer, first up being signature dark

developing view openings wherever feasible, so there is quite an intimate connection with the work in progress. “It was a great team to work with and we enjoyed a strong design process, and I think their pride, dedication and full

rupt the agency’s invaluable service to local families.

which will also be available for distribution to the wider market.

involvement really shines through in the finished product.”

As a first step, brews were concocted off-site but co-owner

Brian Cameron, owner of the Sunriver Brewing Company,

elements while making the offices appear newly built. Exist-

Brian Cameron said the bigger vision called for a proprietary

comments on his experience working with Lenity Architec-

ing flying roof lines helped drive the new design elements.

production system which has come to fruition via the 12,500

ture. “Lenity Architecture was a great group to work with in

New roof lines were added to bring balance to the overall

square foot revamped commercial building in Sunriver Busi-

the initial design of Sunriver Brewing Companies Brewhouse

design. A new exterior skin of cement board siding and stone

ness Park, to service both the pub and an expectant wider

located in The Village Mall. In fact the architect with Lenity

work with exposed timber accents give the building a modern

beer-loving market.

that we worked with, Aaron Clark did such a good job keep-

design with a Northwest theme. While staying within the

ing things moving and working on issues as they arose that

original building’s footprint, the interior of the building was

when it came time to designing the floor plan of Sunriver

also reconfigured to allow for more meeting space.

overhaul of the space, including demolishing the entire

wanted Aaron on our team to get things done right.”

concrete slab to accommodate drainage needs.

astley, caa deputy director.

The objective was to leverage the building’s existing design

“The remodel is saving us $10K annually in utilities including water, electrical and gas. We’re not paying for the building anymore–we’re reinvesting in client services and it’s a direct result of the building being greener. People come to our

“It was also interesting from an architectural standpoint to

agency because of some hardship they’re in and the building lifts their spirits. Paraphrased from “Sunriver Brew Flow Levels Rise”, Cascade Business News

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design different program areas to maximize the use of the space and incorporate the different elements, including areas

–cyndi

sues encountered during demo and construction had to be

including amber, pale ale, IPA and lager, as well as seasonal ales

Brewing Companies actual Brewing Facility we knew that we

of the building has changed the emotional climate.”

remodel of their 70 year old building. The multitude of isaddressed and any problems solved quickly so as not to inter-

construction administration, added: “This was quite a radical

their situation. The light that’s streaming in and the warmth

Agency to remodel the 17,000 sq. ft. exterior and interior

working relationship. The clients were really engaged in the

with Deschutes County planning department approvals and

It’s open, it’s light and people don’t feel as overwhelmed by

Lenity Architecture worked alongside the Community Action

ale “Base Layer Black Ale”, to be followed by other iterations

Project architect Aaron Clark, of Lenity, who also assisted

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CHUCK’S PRODUCE commercial architecture

Vancouver, WA

Completed in August of 2013, the Salmon Creek Chuck’s Produce is Vancouver’s second location.

owned grocery store and builds on a moving trend toward

It is one of the first buildings built to the Highway 99 overlay

Chuck’s Produce was a renovation finalist for the 2014 DJC

standards for Clark County and serves as a catalyst for future

TopProjects Awards.

local, fresh, community based food sources.

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improvements to the area. The design satisfies the goal of creating an active, pedestrianoriented corridor with retail shopping facing Highway 99. To enhance the overall appearance of the building while providing a more human scale to the exterior along the highway, dining area roofs have been stepped down which in turn creates more intimate interior spaces. The exterior design is based on a country barn distilled to its most basic form. As expressed in the overall vaulted forms, detailing and stage set features, the interior is an eclectic fusion of country barn, contemporary craftsman and retro with timber framing throughout. Together, these design elements signal fresh, organic and wholesome– qualities that speak directly to Chuck’s discerning and ingredient conscious shoppers. Energy efficient appliances and heating and cooling practices are part of the long term plan to control energy consumption in Chuck’s Produce stores. Features such as the daylight harvesting skylights and lighting control system contribute to the store’s energy efficiency while complimenting the street

values of the original store. Chuck’s is a locally inspired and

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HAMPTON INN commercial

Vancouver, WA

The Hampton Inn in Vancouver, WA is a sophisticated and modern luxury hotel appealing to the business class traveler. This four storied, 99 room hotel features an indoor swimming pool and other conveniences appealing to the health conscious traveler. As a Hilton franchised property the corporate design guidelines were strict, although Lenity Architecture was given a high level of creative liberty throughout the process. Through close collaboration with the client, franchisor and the architectural team, the end result reflected a harmonious blend of Hilton’s corporate brand standards and Lenity Architecture’s unique perspective. Lenity Architecture’s vision for the Hampton Inn and every project we partner on is to provide a seamless planning design and building experience for our clients. For the Hampton Inn, that meant integrating our design with existing corporate requirements and communicating through every step of the process.

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government architecture

commercial architecture

Salem, OR

Salem, OR

Lenity Architecture partnered with White Oak Construction on the major renovation of a 20,000 SF building intended as the future home of the Oregon Department of Human Services. The building had been previously used as a computer wafer manufacturing facility and the improvements needed to transform the space into offices and bring the building up to current state code.

old fashioned hard work between the design and building teams enabled our teams to meet and even exceed timeline expectations. The lease was signed in late June of 2013 to occupy the building which at that time had no working systems. Seventy person crews were able to begin construction within about one week and worked 6-7 days each week afterwards to meet the aggressive project timeline. Thanks to a team effort between Lenity Architecture, the City of Salem, and White

The renovation included a facelift of the entire building, seis-

Oak Construction, doors opened 15 days ahead of schedule

mic upgrades, new exterior canopies, a new parking lot, site

and a mere 72 days from the project’s start date.

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Lenity Architecture had the privilege of helping MOR Furniture, the West Coast’s largest family owned furniture store, grow their presence in Salem, OR with the commercial remodel of an existing retail building. MOR Furniture sought out a building that would lend itself to existing prototypical architectural design elements within a conservative remodel budget. They identified a 25,000 square foot retail space in a highly visible location on Market Street. The primary design objective was to implement an established architectural look and feel–and in the process, breath

lighting and landscaping. The building was left in its original

life into a dated 1970’s building.

state when the manufacturing company abandoned its operations leaving behind a significant amount of massive equip-

Lenity Architecture focused on the exterior of the building

ment. 60 tons of steel equipment was removed from the roof

while MOR’s interior design team extended the look and feel

alone and other hazardous waste and overgrown landscape

of the brand throughout the store. The remodel included the

needed to be disposed of as well.

addition of two new entry marquees and a large architectural cornice detail to conceal lighting and add visual interest. A

The project cost was $2.8 million and would have taken five

new paint scheme and prototypical architectural details were

months under a normal schedule–but in this case, Lenity

also incorporated as well as landscaping elements and ADA

Architecture and the building team only had a few months to

approved parking.

complete the project from start to finish. A renovation of this level would have been challenging with a typical timeline due

The project was on the fast track and construction began in

to the inherent variables of a major commercial remodel.

mid November after permits were pulled in only 10 short

Lenity Architecture’s strong relationship with the City of

days. Working closely with MOR Furniture’s construction

Salem and an expedited permitting process helped put the

team, Lenity Architecture was able to help MOR open their

project on the fast track. The benefits of having a full service

doors to the public by their goal of the first of the new year.

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