Sovereign Hotel Restoration Award

Beautiful Sovereign Hotel Restoration

Sovereign Hotel Renovation Team Celebrates Project of the Year Award
Members of the project team behind the Sovereign Hotel renovation, submitted by R&H Construction and Emerick Architects, celebrate the Project of the Year award. (Sam Tenney/DJC)

Versatile Wood Products is proud to stand alongside Emerick Architects and R&H Construction to win DJC Top Project of the Year Award for the restoration of the Sovereign Hotel! The DJC awards are:

“… the premier awards program for the region’s built environment. Honoring the best building and construction projects in Oregon
and SW Washington, DJC TopProjects is the must-attend annual event to meet the people and firms who are doing outstanding work in the regional built environment.”

DJCOregon

Watch a beautiful video on the restoration of this 95-year-old luxury apartment hotel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcgLp3Ig85M

A Brief History of the Sovereign Hotel

Since its construction the Sovereign Hotel has been an apartment building, radio station, and home to the Oregon Historical Society.

Sovereign Hotel

The landmark Sovereign Hotel was built in 1923. The nine-story building is a Georgian-style designed by Carl L. Linde. Its first occupants were KFWV radio in 1926 until 1927. In 1938, Harry Mittleman bought the Hotel; until 1972 it was known as the Sovereign Apartments. The Sovereign Hotel was added to the United States National Register of Historic Places on December 2, 1981. In 1982 the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) purchased the building to expand the Oregon History Center.

Sovereign Hotel

One of the most beloved aspects of the Hotel is the murals. The Hotel is an L-shaped building with six sides. On four of the sides, murals commissioned by OHS were painted in 1989 by Richard Hass. Two of these murals rise eight stories.  One side depicts the Lewis and Clark expedition, while the mural on the south side shows the pioneer period in Oregon’s history. In 2014 OHS sold the Hotel under the agreement that the new owner would preserve the murals.

Versatile and the Sovereign Hotel

For Versatile, the story started in August of 2015. Our team started exploring scope options with the team from Emerick to see what the possibilities were. Versatile’s historic building experts participated in detailed site assessments to help decide how to best approach the building restoration. We were able to propose an array of strategies to choose from.

Flash Forward to Spring of 2016:

While the window scope was being sorted out and set in motion, we next concentrated on the custom storefront and entryway system. The storefront was particularly challenging. This was because the oversized tempered glass required was larger than any domestic tempering oven that we could locate. The glass ultimately had to be sourced from Canada.

The storefront was constructed out of Sapele. This beautiful material is often selected for stain-grade products because of its rich, dark appearance. Versatile will also utilize it for paint-grade applications when high exposure calls for greater resistance to weathering and decay. The entry system, consisting of quartersawn white oak door, side panels, and arched transom, were designed to coordinate with original materials and details.

We Rose to a New Technical Challenge with the Arched Transom Unit:

For maximum accuracy, we looked to our state-of-the-art CNC machine to produce the radiused pieces. The geometric precision on some of the slender pieces was so accurate and consistent, we have since adapted our production to incorporate this strategy. This is a perfect example of how Versatile strives to bring new technologies together with traditional building methods to create the best products possible.

Additional interior and exterior oak doors were added in succession, as well as some cabinet drawers and faces (yes, we do that too!). All in all, we had 13 phases to this project, finally concluding in August of 2017.

Check Out our Photos

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Sovereign plans and arched pieces
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Sovereign arched transom in progress
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Sovereign Arched Transom Gluing
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Chuck from R&H Construction stands in front of the Sovereign door and arched transom

Quality Cabinet Drawer Inserts

Cabinet Drawer InsertsKitchen design by Arciform senior designer Chelly Wentworth.

There are seemingly endless options for cabinet drawer inserts. At Versatile Wood Products we always try to select the top of the line products to compliment our high end cabinets. Here are some of our most used options.

From Rev-A-Shelf:

Waste container pullouts Cabinet Drawer Inserts

Cabinet Drawer Inserts

This series is our first choice when it comes to waste storage. Versatile pullouts mount on the bottom of the cabinet and on the back of the door. This makes it easy to pullout and close. They are sleek, soft closing, have a nice slide and are very sturdy. Available in a single or double (one or two waste containers) door mount system and have an anodized aluminum frame. The bins are available in silver and white.

A less expensive option is this wire tray version:

Cabinet Drawer Inserts

This system can work with a swing door, and has a wire tray that pulls out. Unlike the first series, this requires a wider space to allow for the hinges. This is not a soft closing option.

Tray dividers Cabinet Drawer Inserts

Cabinet Drawer Inserts

These are great for organizing baking sheets, dishes and trays. No more clanking around in your drawers for that cookie sheet! Tray  dividers are available in chrome and white, and can be spaced according to your preferences.

Tip out trays Cabinet Drawer Inserts

Cabinet Drawer Inserts

The perfect way to keep your sponges out of eyesight, and off of your new counters. This is available in stainless steel and a variety of sizes to fit under your sink.

Cookware organizer Cabinet Drawer Inserts

Cabinet Drawer Inserts

This is a great option to keep your pots and pans organized, and easy to grab, available in stainless steel.

Pullout pantry Cabinet Drawer Inserts

Pullout pantries are a great way to utilize cabinet space, while having it blend into your kitchen. Your pantry items are easily accessible from either side, and nothing gets left in the back of your cabinet. Versatile’s top two choices are below, the biggest differences being sizing options and shelving materials. These pantry systems mount at the top and bottom of the cabinet, making them extremely sturdy. They are sleek and soft closing, hidden behind a cabinet door.

Cabinet Drawer Inserts

This series is available in three heights and two widths, and have adjustable maple shelves with an anti-skid transparent coating.

Cabinet Drawer Inserts

This option is available in four heights and various widths, has wire racks and a chrome finish.

Cabinet Drawer Inserts

For a less contemporary look, this maple and plywood system is also a less expensive option. The lighter weight pullout only mounts at the bottom of the cabinet. It is available in three heights and four widths.

Spice trays Cabinet Drawer Inserts

Spice trays are the perfect way to save cabinet shelf or counter space, and are a great way to organize your spices.

Cabinet Drawer Inserts

This wood insert is a sturdy option that can be customized to fit various drawers.

There are two polymer options that we also really like.

Cabinet Drawer Inserts

This is a tiered insert, 50″ x 21″ and can be trimmed down to fit in any drawer. Available in a glossy or textured finish, and white or almond colors.

Cabinet Drawer Inserts

A smaller version is above, 16″ x 21 1/4″, that can be trimmed to fit. Available in a glossy white finish.

Cabinet Drawer Inserts

Another option for spice organization is a base cabinet pullout. Available in 3″, 6″ or 9″ models, have wood shelves and are soft closing. This is a narrow pullout and can be hidden behind a decorative cabinet.

Lazy susans Cabinet Drawer Inserts

There are a few options to choose from when it comes to lazy susans. We typically select the half-moon or kidney-shape shelves as they are not attached to the door. Door mounted (attached to the back of the door) units are available only with inset doors, thus limiting cabinet options in your kitchen. Both units below are base mounted (attached to the bottom of the cabinet).

Half-moon shape Cabinet Drawer Inserts

Cabinet Drawer Inserts

This half-moon shape shelf is a great option to maximize a deep and long-based cabinet. The shelves pivot and pull out, allowing for easy access to those items in the back of the cabinet.

Kidney shape Cabinet Drawer Inserts

Cabinet Drawer Inserts

For a larger, corner cabinet, this kidney shape shelving unit swivels, providing easy to access to all items in the cabinet.

Pie shape Cabinet Drawer Inserts

Cabinet Drawer Inserts

Pie shape shelves are a good option for an inset door and are attached to the door. They rotate to allow access to all cabinet items.

All three options are available in polymer, which is durable and easy to clean. They come in almond and white colors.

Another great insert option are the trays made by Versatile Wood Products.

Cabinet Drawer Inserts

The trays are made of bamboo with dovetail joints. They are available with or without a scoop handle. They are a great option to add some organization to your cabinets.

All of these inserts can be included in your custom cabinetry design when you work with Versatile Wood Products.

Versatile’s cabinetry specializes in traditional face frame construction and includes bamboo drawer boxes, soft close hinges and ¾ inch plywood boxes as standard features. Versatile custom designs tailor to each kitchen– without the scribes, fillers and compromises that some other cabinet manufacturers use.

There are endless options when it comes to cabinet drawer inserts, so speak to our Cabinet and Custom Product Specialist today for more information and to decide which options are best for your project, rex@versatilewp.com

Stay tuned for cabinet door material insert options!

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