Meyer Memorial Trust

The new headquarters for one of Oregon’s largest private funders is designed to support nonprofit organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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Client: Meyer Memorial Trust
: Portland Oregon
: 20,000 square feet
: 2020
: Corporate


Meyer Memorial Trust
was created by the late Fred G. Meyer, founder of a chain of retail stores bearing his name throughout the Pacific Northwest. Over the years, the trust has awarded roughly $840 million in grants to more than 3,380 organizations in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

The construction project for Meyer's home has office space for more than 40 employees and features a library, educational garden and large multipurpose meeting space for community partners.

Meyer Exterior


The entire project team from PacificWRO – in collaboration with Meyer, project^, and LEVER Architecture – adopted an intentional approach to deeply reflect the organization's equity and inclusion values in the design and furnishing of the new building.

Typically, architecture in philanthropy is hierarchical, with the best spaces reserved for executives. But as a justice foundation that places a premium on equity, it was important to give every employee access to windows and natural light and to make the most desirable office space accessible to everyone." -Michelle DePass, president and CEO of Meyer Memorial Trust
Open Office


Lobby and Ancillary Seating Areas
Reception Desk & Workstation
Community Meeting Room
2 Large Conference Rooms
4 Small Conference Rooms
7 Private Offices
44 Open Office Workstations
4 Focus Study Rooms
Breakroom & Kitchen
Wellness Room
Lockers and Utility Room

Community Room
Conference Room

Project Partners:

: LEVER Architecture
Design Firm
: project^
General Contractor
: O'Neill/Walsh Community Builders
: Jenny Mano Price


Portland Business Journal. October 22, 2020. Meyer Memorial Trust's new headquarters opens

The Oregonian. March 23, 2018. Meyer Memorial Trust to build new headquarters on North Portland tow lot

Making a Positive Impact

One of our core values is to leave our community better than we found it. To that end, we are honored to partner with nonprofits, foundations, and funding organizations who share this value. Let's work together!

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