Lenity Architecture Welcomes Three New Professionals

Lenity Architecture is excited to welcome three new professionals to our team–Steve Hockman, Sam Thomas and Brittany Phipps.

Steve Hockman is joining the team as Construction Administration Manager. Steve graduated with a BA and BS in Architecture from North Dakota State University and has 28 years of architecture and construction management experience. An 11 year resident of Central Oregon, Steve will be based out of Lenity Architecture’s Bend office and traveling as needed. He is an Oregon licensed and LEED Accredited Architect with senior-level management experience in higher education, medical, airport, electric utility, large commercial architecture projects and senior housing design.

Sam Thomas will be joining the Salem office of Lenity Architecture as Project Manager. Sam brings with him an extensive background in community development and land use planning. He achieved his MA in Geography from the University of Cincinnati where he studied geographic information systems and science.

Brittany Phipps will also be joining Lenity Architecture’s Salem office. Brittany was born and raised in the construction industry and is excited to carry on the family tradition as an architectural drafter at Lenity Architecture.

Lenity Architecture is driven entirely by relationships–those we have with each other as a team and with our clients as well as genuine caring for the people who enter the walls we help build. These ideals are the common thread among our staff and the qualities we look for in each new hire. Every member of the “Lenity Family” is in this business for more than a paycheck. They are passionate about their profession, who they are serving and why. When our staff team walks in the door each morning, they know that the projects they are working on impact people’s lives. They enjoy working here because the relationships we build as a team and the values that guide us are lasting, meaningful and important.

Lenity Architecture has built a team of professionals that excel at every stage of the planning, design and building process. With a growing team of architects, engineers, designers, draftspersons, land use and permit specialists, construction administrators and administrative support staff–we are able to meet the complex and ever-evolving needs of our clients. We are always interested in meeting qualified professionals that share our people-first company values and encourage interested candidates in checking our website regularly for current openings.

Lenity Architecture’s Bend Office Hosts Open House


Lenity Architecture is hosting an open house to celebrate their first year in the downtown Bend office. The public open house is during the First Friday Art Walk, August 1st from 6:00-7:30 at 1000 Wall, Suite 240.

Lenity Open HouseNationally recognized Paula Watts Photography will be showcasing color and light from around the world with a gallery of fine photography at the open house. In keeping with the exotic flavors of Paula’s part time home in India, light appetizers and beverages will feature spices fresh from Kashmiri marketplaces.

Lenity Architecture is one of Oregon’s fastest growing companies, is a full service firm employing over 40 professionals with expertise in planning, management, mechanical engineering, landscape architecture, interior design, land use entitlements and permitting. Lenity Architecture’s main office is located in Salem, Oregon and the Bend office was opened as an extension of the firm’s fast-growing commercial division. 

Lenity Architecture’s experience spans over 35 years and ranges from commercial and medical architecture to senior living planning and design. Recently completed and ongoing regional projects include the major renovation of The Village at Sunriver, the remodel of the Sunriver Observatory, design of Bend and Redmond Dairy Queens and the World Sanford Clinic in Klamath Falls. Lenity’s senior living portfolio spans the US, Canada and England and includes nearly 400 communities.

Paula Watts Photography a Bend-based professional photography company specializing in architecture and advertising imagery. Paula’s travels from the Northern heights of the Himalayas to the bottoms of the Australian ocean floors help provide a constant stream of inspiration for her work in the states. In an awe-inspiring journey of culture, beauty, adventure and life, Paula will be showcasing photography from around the world–including her most recent adventures in India.

For more information about the open house, please contact Lenity Architecture’s Director of Marketing, Cheryl McIntosh, at 541-280-0086 or cherylm@lenityarchitecture.com. To learn more about Lenity Architecture, visit the website at www.lenityarchitecture.com. For a preview of Paula Watts Photography’s work, visit www.paulawattsphotography.com.

Sunriver Brewery Production Facility

Feb 04, 2014 

By Simon Mather

Sunriver Brewing Company launches new production facility. The brew is home again for Sunriver Brewing Company as its brand new full scale production facility is up and running in the resort community’s own backyard, recharging taps with an upcoming slate of in-house ales.

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The company’s Brewhouse restaurant in The Village at Sunriver has became a popular fixture since opening in the summer of 2012, garnering a growing reputation for handcrafted beer, exceptional locally sourced food and service in a fun atmosphere.


As a first step, brews were concocted off-site but co-owner Brian Cameron said the bigger vision called for a proprietary production system which has come to fruition via a 12,500 square foot revamped commercial building in Sunriver Business Park, to service both the pub and an expectant wider beer-loving market.

Cameron noticed the masonry buildings on Venture Lane for sale soon after the launch of the Brewhouse, and along with his partners took the plunge to purchase the property, utilizing his extensive construction background to imagine how it could be repurposed.

Since last summer, a wholesale remodel has been taking place, including ripping up the concrete slab to accommodate trench drains, installing new mechanical and plumbing systems, and adding offices and a conference room. General contractor for the project was R&H Construction, while design was led by Salem-based Lenity Architecture, which also worked on the Brewhouse and the ongoing renovation of the Village mall area.

The production facility now houses an array of 30-barrel and 15-barrel fermentation and conditioning tanks, and a three-barrel experimentation set-up (dubbed the “mad scientist area” by Cameron) as part of a 15-barrel and 3-barrel brewing system.

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 ale “Base Layer Black Ale”, to be followed by other iterations including amber, pale ale, IPA and lager, as well as seasonal ales which will also be available for distribution to the wider market.

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Another key part of the puzzle was the bringing on board of award-winning Head Brewer Brett Thomas, formerly with Bend’s Silver Moon Brewing, who was hired in time to provide valuable input in the construction and design process.

Thomas said: “It was particularly appealing to me to be involved in a ground-up project and be a part of it from the outset.


“We have also been communicating closely with the local water authority as part of wanting to be a responsible partner, and have worked with them to mitigate wastewater outflows. We have installed an equalization tank, with room for more capacity as we expand, to remove solids and for rebalancing levels before sending wastewater for treatment.

“We are also going to take solids like spent grain to local farms for use as livestock feed and compost.”

Cameron added: “We researched efficiencies, and decided to go with a boiler-driven system as optimal.

“Previously, we were brewing offsite, but developing our own production facility allows us to be more hands-on with quality.

“We want to create something great in the market, and Brett is a key part of that moving forward. We will be getting the word out to the wider craft beer audience, including through entering competitions. I think we have assembled a great team, and have a lot of ideas for the future.

“We actually have been without our in-house beer at our Brewhouse for a couple of months, and ran with guest taps while we put the finishing touches to the new facility. It’s good to some extent to have people miss our beer and its return is to be even more of a cause for celebration!”

Ryan Duley, director of sales and marketing for Sunriver Brewing Company, who also operated as General Manager of the Brewhouse until earlier this year, commented: “We are proud of the quality that we put out at the Brewhouse in terms of outstanding customer service and want to continue that with the production facility.

“We know that relationships are valuable and want to play our part in the growth of craft brewing in the region, which national media such as the New York Times has likened to the evolution of California’s Napa Valley in becoming a prominent wine producing area.

“Our mission statement is ‘Outstanding Best in Class Customer Service, Great Food and Awesome Craft Beer’ and it is important that everyone on the team is on the same page and we also staff adequately to maintain those high standards of customer service.”

Thomas added that another unique factor in the evolution of the industry is that Oregon consumes more of the beer it produces than other states and maintains a proud culture of supporting local product.

Project Architect Aaron Clark, of Lenity, who also assisted with Deschutes County planning department approvals and construction administration, added: “This was quite a radical overhaul of the space, including demolishing the entire concrete slab to accommodate drainage needs.

“It was also interesting from an architectural standpoint to design different program areas to maximize the use of the space and incorporate the different elements, including areas 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 in the frame during meetings, and a big thrust for the design was the ability to see the brewing process from a large proportion of the space including using roll-up garage doors and 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 working relationship. The clients were really engaged in the design process, and I think their pride, dedication and full involvement really shines through in the finished product.”

* The original story can be found on the Cascade Business News website: http://www.cascadebusnews.com/news-pages/e-headlines/4901-sunriver-brew-flow-levels-rise-

Owner, Brian Cameron reiterated after this article was released how pleased he was with the experience of working with Lenity Architecture.

“Lenity architecture was a great group to work with in the initial design of Sunriver brewing companies Brewhouse located in the village mall. In fact, the architect with Lenity that we worked with, Aaron Clark did such a good job keeping things moving and working on issues as they arose that when it came time to designing the floor plan of Sunriver Brewing companies actual Brewing facility we knew that we wanted Aaron on our team to get things done right.”


Local Architects on the Drawing Board with Cascade Business News

Lenity Architecture was recently mentioned in the January issue of the Cascade Business News–Central Oregon’s go-to publication for the local business scene. The article, “Local Architects on the Drawing Board” looks at Central Oregon’s growth in real estate development, construction and architecture from the perspective of local architectural firms.

Below is an excerpt from the article, and you can read the full piece here: http://goo.gl/XQwmrM

“We are excited to see property values going up in Central Oregon and are feeling optimistic about the upward swing of commercial development in the area,” says Cheryl McIntosh, Director of Marketing for Lenity Architecture. “The contagious energy of an economy slowly gaining its footing can be felt at The Sunriver Village where the recent major renovation has sparked interest in both new tenants and business owners.

The renovation initially included seven remodeled buildings and three new buildings. A new commercial space with a drive through, located near the Sunriver Country Store, is also planned and has already been through the appropriate approval process with Deschutes County and SROA. Also in the works is the Sunriver Brewing Company’s new brewing facility located in the Sunriver Business Park. When completed, it will house their offices and primary brewing facility. The newly remodeled restaurant will remain in its current location in The Village at Sunriver.”

Most of Lenity’s commercial work is in Oregon and Washington and the firm is also in various stages of completion on multiple senior living projects across the United States and Canada. Other projects include the recent completion of the Westriver Dental tenant improvement in the Mill Quarter Building, as well as the 20,000 square foot Sanford World Medical building (new construction) in Klamath Falls. “We’re also thrilled for the recently completed Chucks Produce Grocery Store in Vancouver and the Vancouver Hampton Inn which is currently under construction,” adds McIntosh.

“When considering trends and the outlook over the next several years, there’s no way to put a blanket prediction over how the industry as a whole will respond to the hurdles of the new economy,” says Marcus Hite, shareholder with Lenity. “What we do know is that by staying true to our company values, our mission and by continually putting the needs of our clients first, we’ve been able to weather the storm just fine so far.”

Lenity Architecture recently expanded into a larger office in Bend to accommodate additional staff including the most recent hire, Larry Wright, founder of Tekneek Architecture in Bend.


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