Market Sector Homeless Navigation Centers

Oregon Harbor of Hope Homeless Navigation Center



  • Portland, Oregon and Columbia sportswear CEO Tim Boyle


  • City of Portland has been experiencing increased homelessness.


  • After touring several sites in San Diego and San Francisco, Columbia Sportswear Tim Boyle elected to fund the construction of a 60’ wide by 165’ long fully insulated Sprung Structure. This facility includes Dupont Tedlar Forest and Bayberry Green architectural membrane, R25 fiberglass insulation and attractive glazing walls. Daylight panels in the peak provide additional lighting which enhances the overall accommodation experience.


  • This is Portland’s first Navigation Center and will host over 100 beds. It is located in downtown Portland’s trendy “Pearl District” next to the Broadway bridge! Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle personally funded this project and coordinated the contributing parties, Opsis Architecture, Deacon Construction, Froelich Engineers and other local entities.
  • 9,500 sq ft and 100 beds


  • 2019 AIA Portland, Merit Design Award in the Built Category
  • 2019 IIDA Oregon Chapter, Design Excellence Impact Award
  • 2019 IIDA Oregon Chapter, Honorable Mention, Civic Category


Navigation Center – Oregon Harbor of Hope

The Navigation Center serves as a prototype to address the houseless crisis in Portland; offering resources to help people living on the streets stabilize their lives, access essential support services and secure housing. Realized through a public-private partnership, the Center provides an affordable and efficient prototype for low-barrier transitional housing. The 9,500 sf facility offers 100 residents a safe haven for up to 90 days—designed to give vulnerable, houseless people access to a safe, humane place to dwell; a supportive community in which to participate; and the essential services and access to resources needed to stabilize their lives.

Located on a brownfield site in Northwest Portland, the Navigation Center enhances the public realm with a high level of transparency—residents, and staff connect to nature through strategically placed windows and outdoor gathering spaces.

As an economical, temporary and easily replicable facility, the Navigation Center utilizes a pre-manufactured, fabric-wrapped “Sprung Structure” rooted in the typology of tents which provides basic shelter. Working within the constraints of the Sprung system, the team inserted storefront windows, an entry vestibule, and skylights to create a light-filled environment that uplifts the spirit of visitors and staff.

Highlighted by light-colored wood, the central desk area warms the space and serves as a greeting area at the heart of the facility. Using donated furniture, fixtures and materials, our team combined all to look as they were intended to work together seamlessly. Light, warm and natural materials—paired with soft accents—create a more humane feel, where people can relax and find a better sense of home. From open community spaces to private exam and consultation rooms, the internal spaces are light and airy, accented by the simple base of finishes for the cabinetry used throughout. Together, the low-cost, easy to maintain materials create an inviting environment focused on healing, safety, and a sense of community.

The Navigation Center design strives for simplicity to create a spacious, calming and uplifting place of dignity that serves our most vulnerable citizens.