JupiterPDX: Finally, lots of women are involved in the creation of this space; How did this influence the process and design of the NEXT?
Millie: So many incredible women were involved in the creation of this building --
Works Progress Architecture
: Carrie Strickland, principal
Co-Owner, Jupiter NEXT
: Kelsey Bunker
: Megan Millie
Designer and Fabricator
, metalwork: Laura Sol of Sol Creations
(Headboards): Beth Kerschen
(Guest Rooms): Jala Smith-Huys of Seek & Swoon
(restaurant and bar tenant): Bar Manager: Emily Mistell, Food & Beverage Director: Sophie Thomson
These key women makers and visualizers added a strong “will-do” attitude to challenges that came up in a project this size. We worked together to form quick solutions in some cases and with others, we value-engineered as needed to arrive at a place where our design intent and budget were intact. All these things influenced the process in a positive way, as well as enhanced the finished product. Collaborating with all sorts of artists and local makers was inspiring and led to better results all around.