Viewpoints on a Sustainable and Supported Growing Community
Ultra Architecture, is a full-service architecture firm, launched on January 1st 2016 through the vision and guidance of RJ Johnson, founder and principal-in-charge. The principles of the firm are straightforward, provide architectural and sustainable services focused on the residential, commercial and the industrial sectors, to consistently seek improvement in the design and built environment we live in; and to execute with collaboration, innovation and sustainably as core values.
One-year later, Ultra has several accomplishments and achievements; its first custom residential project under construction in Northwest Crossing; completion of The Harding Building, a contemporary 2-story commercial storefront improvement project; witnessed the first Humm Kombucha being bottled in Humm’s new Sustainable and State-of-the-Art Industrial Brewery here in Bend; and now leading a 4-story Mixed-Use custom Residential Condominium and Retail/Commercial building near the university. In addition, RJ and DE Rink Construction received seven out of eight COBA awards for an exquisite contemporary home he designed in the 3Pines Neighborhood.
These projects are notable to our region for several reasons, all which date back to a series of articles RJ wrote for Cascade Business News in 2012 and 2013. The ideals are widely known within the planning and architectural communities, however; it is refreshing to see Adaptive-Reuse of an existing underutilized building that is now Humm Kombucha’s Brewery, the Harding Building’s revitalized façade, which re-energized the streetscape by improving the buildings storefront, or the future Urban Infill Mixed-Use project which supports the newly adopted UGB re-zoning near the university, helping to create a new synergy in this evolving sustainable neighborhood.
These types of healthy, sustainable and invigorating projects can be witnessed throughout our region whether it be new efficient affordable housing in Prineville and Sisters, adaptive-reuse in Redmond and Bend, or smart urban infill which supports the UGB. These important and much needed projects are still not enough, as there is much work to be done. In Bend, the pivotal connection between east and west with the development of Midtown, primarily between the Parkway and third Street; or establishing nodes and connections within our existing neighborhoods providing the opportunities to walk or ride to amenities which support our daily routines and enhance our livability as a community. In the near future, conceptual projects will emerge which will showcase possible designs and development outcomes for our community; and yes, challenges and solutions exist within each one of them.
In closing, I ask your support in these pivotal ideals. Get involved, provide important feedback and champion them, as their importance is immeasurable to the livelihood and livability of our emerging city and connected region. Ultimately, you will be creating an experience for our rich community and helping to create a legacy for our future generations.
RJ Johnson of Ultra Architecture has been balancing his architectural chi for 25+ years, overseeing super-cool, large-scale projects on one side, with intimate projects on the other, and most everything else between. He has a great head for the details, an eye for the aesthetic, and a passion for a sustained built environment. For him, residential mixed-use urban infill and adaptive reuse are beautiful things. RJ can be reached at 541.419.6183 or firstname.lastname@example.org