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Summer 2021


Portland State University. School of Business Administration. Center for Real Estate, City planning -- Washington -- Vancouver


In response to the City of Vancouver’s Request for Quote (RFQ), Harbor Development Partners, LLC (HDP) is proud to present The Anchor District: A gateway master plan development that will anchor together Esther Short Park, the historic core, and the new Waterfront District. The theme of this new district is an experiential celebration of the rich culture and history of Vancouver, by way of expansive pavilions, enhanced transit hub, community-centric buildings, placemaking lighting, and an inner-urban promenade that promotes access and blurs the line between private and public spaces. All paths are designed to lead to the centric point of the district- the heart of our proposal: The Center for the Arts.

A celebration of culture. The Center for the Arts (CFTA) will be an 800 seat state-of-the-art performance hall and plaza that is synergistic with the City’s vision of creating a destination for locals, employees, and tourists. CFTA will be designed with agility to host symphony, opera, theatre, dance, magic, and more. It will complement the expansion of the convention center, provide performance space for schools and community organizations, and create employment opportunities.

A response to community needs, with bonuses that serve the city. In direct response to the RFQ request for housing options for persons with a variety of income levels, 269 new residential units, consisting of 125 affordable units and 144 market rate units, will be constructed in two complementary towers attached by a public/private pavilion. Approximately 6k square feet of ground floor retail under the market rate tower will entice guests into the district, and two large parking structures located on both ends of the district will provide ample and convenient parking for all district uses. 46k sf of ground floor medical office space below the Convention Center Expansion will provide essential services and employment opportunities.

A place where nature blends with art. Elements from nature carried-thru from Esther Short Park, expansive sustainability features, and public art will be integrated throughout the Anchor District to establish a sense of place and identity. An ‘Art Alley’ will eliminate blank walls on the CFTA and offer passerbyers a glimpse of digital and stationary artwork. Digital screening around generators that currently service City Hall will highlight CFTA, Convention Center, and community events. These features will be set within an expansive pavilion, with a bioswale farm that conceals existing well equipment.

A quilting of old and new. Prevalent within the RFQ is the desire for this new district to celebrate the Waterfront development, while honoring and re-engaging the historic downtown core. Traditional building materials, complemented with contemporary building lines will help to blend old and new architecture. An expansive overhead lighting network will connect future downtown lighting with the Waterfront overhead lighting- creating a seamless starry-nite across Vancouver. A waterfall along the railway berm will soften a stark separation, and offer tourists, residents, and employees a calm sensory experience that celebrates Vancouver’s rich history as a town intimately connected to the Columbia River.


Each winter and summer, a team of students from Portland State University’s Master of Real Estate Development program are tasked with creating a development program for an existing site in the Portland or Seattle region. These teams produce a development concept through ingenuity, research, and consultation with experts in the real estate industry. NAIOP has generously sponsored our team and provided a venue for us to present our plan to the public.

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