October Program

October 12th 2017
Time: 11:45 am
Location: Multnomah Athletic Club

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Underneath the Facade: A Panel Discussion on Historical Renovation and Adaptive Reuse Projects
If you've ever wondered what it's like to develop, design, lease and occupy a newly renovated historical or adaptive reuse building, then please join CREW Portland for lunch Thursday, October 12th, when a panel of industry experts will share the ups and downs, plus the extraordinary effort it takes to renovate and adapt aged structures for today's modern world.  

From the early stages of identifying a property and studying feasibility, to developing, planning, constructing and modernizing outdated buildings, the speakers will hold a moderated discussion covering a variety of perspectives. They will reveal the ins, the outs, and the challenges they have encountered throughout the course of their real estate careers.
Property assessors, financiers and developers, as well as general contractors, architects, designers, tenants and everyone in between should find this CREW program relevant and engaging as the panelists cover the gamut of behind-the-scenes insights, stories and details of various recent and past projects from around the Portland metro area.

Guest speakers to include:

Project Manager/Historic Rehab Specialist, VENERABLE PROPERTIES

Jessica Engeman joined Venerable Properties in 2004 and has provided her historic redevelopment expertise on numerous projects throughout Portland including the White Stag Block, Washington High School, and the Sovereign Building. In addition to her project management role at Venerable, she offers historic tax credit and design review consulting to other local developers and architecture firms. Jessica holds degrees from the University of Oregon in architectural history, historic preservation, and community and regional planning.

Venerable Properties


A seventh generation Oregonian and graduate of the University of Oregon, Brian has 21 years of experience and a passion for all things Oregon. When he founded Emerick Architects in 2000 with his wife Melody, the adaptive reuse of historic buildings was a concept still on the fringes of the local design scene, but giving new life to forgotten buildings has been central to his company’s approach from the start. Dedicated to the continued improvement of our city, Brian is a former Chair of the Portland Historic Landmarks Commission, led Metro’s “Street Smart” seminars, participated in the Mayor’s Planning & Sustainability cabinet, and is currently part of the URM Seismic Retrofit Project.

Emerick Architects

Retail Brokerage & Tenant Representation, COMMERCIAL REALTY ADVISORS, NW

As a retail broker, Ashley specializes in retail sales, consulting and tenant/landlord representation, with a specific focus on high-profile retail tenants and urban, close-in neighborhoods including adaptive re-use properties. Her intimate knowledge of Portland’s close-in neighborhoods provides the framework to identify opportunities that work best for retail and restaurant clients. Ashley is tuned into the pulse of Portland and works actively to continue to transform Portland’s retail landscape. From multi-block mixed-use projects, such as the Brewery Blocks, to single tenant adaptive re-use properties in Central Eastside, and everything in between, she and her business partner, Kathleen Healy, have leased and sold over 1,500,000 square feet of ground floor retail in Portland.
Commercial Realty Advisors NW LLC


Brent is the president and co-founder of Bremik Construction. He provides the firm and clients with 34 years of commercial construction expertise in strategic planning and constructing historic renovations, adaptive re-use and new commercial facilities. His ability to manage challenging projects, coupled with strong leadership and communication skills, provide a solid foundation from which to lead the firm. Prior to founding Bremik in 2004, Brent served as vice-president of P&C Construction and project manager at Skanska after graduation from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering Management. He currently serves on the Urban Land Institute NW Product Council and the Advisory Board for Urban Asset Advisors. Brent has balanced a deep passion for Oregon’s environment with an intelligent approach toward the enduring preservation and development of its communities.

Bremik Construction

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