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RE/MAX Revitalizes Old Property
Formerly the home of Cascadia Vehicle Tents, the building in Downtown Bend at 42 Greenwood Avenue is seeing new life, with hopes of helping advance the growth of Bend’s Central District.
The new occupants, RE/MAX Key Properties, are excited about the new location, the advantages it presents, and overall, their team is very happy with the process of designing and renovating the building.
The 9,060-square-foot building was originally constructed in 1955 as Bend’s Downtown was becoming a bustling urban hub and needed to expand. In 2021, the building was purchased by the Buccola family, with Ryan and Tim, a sibling duo of brokers co-owning and operating RE/MAX Key Properties Oregon. The family partnered with Summit Bank on the building purchase and renovation.
“The Buccola family has not only invested in revitalizing the corner of NW Greenwood Avenue, but they created a state-of-the-art workspace for their team to cater to our community’s real estate needs,” said Jill Cummings, vice president of Summit Bank.
According to Sarah Daily, the marketing director for RE/MAX Key Properties, the goal was to create a space that is, “Collaborative, open and bright.”
“This building lends itself to that style of design very well,” Sarah said.
The new facility reflects this; the office is designed in a very open manner, with the modern Trendway Volo system for interior offices and meeting spaces. Brokers have their individual office spaces, which they are encouraged to personalize, and the office also offers coworking space for brokers who might work remotely or only be in town temporarily.
Additionally, there is an event/presentation room that has been equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment for anything from meetings among brokers to community events like Downtown’s First Friday Art Walk and professional classes and conferences.
“Our mission in creating this state-of-the-art facility is to provide real estate professionals with the highest level of service and support for the success of their business,” said Ryan Buccola.
Walking into the building, one is greeted by plenty of modern design, with a picturesque kitchen on the right offering coffee to guests and two casual workstations, and glass conference rooms to the left where brokers can host clients for meetings and presentations.
“We’re very excited about the new location and the opportunities it presents,” said Tim Buccola. “It really helped that we had a great team to work with.”
The renovation project included architect of record, Ryan Starr, from Starr Designs & Architecture, and the building was done by R&H Construction Co.
Ryan Starr, owner and architect of Starr Designs & Architecture, said that the main concerns of the client revolved around being centrally located in the city, not only in terms of foot traffic but also future development.
“We’re right next door to Downtown and the Bend Central District,” Starr said. “We see this area as a gateway to both areas, and we’re invested in the future of both districts.”
Starr continued, saying that the owners are very interested in helping Bend develop a strong core, saying that towns can oftentimes “hollow out” as they expand, leaving many urban and central districts lackluster in comparison to new developments that expand cities.
Aside from wanting to help promote growth in Bend’s up-and-coming Central District, Starr said the whole team was just excited to give a very visible building in town a much-needed face-lift. A big point from Starr on the design side of things is versatility. He said the new space is designed in a way that provides both brokers and community members many different ways to use it.
“We have individual offices for brokers who like to focus and work solo, we have group spaces for the people who prefer to work in teams, and even the event space lends itself to community events,” Starr said. “In a sense, we want this space to be considered a community hub.”
During construction, Starr, along with the team from R&H, saved as much material as they could, taking advantage of the building’s “good bones.” As a new style element, visitors will notice the Alaskan yellow cedar, which was selected for efficiency and sustainability both on the exterior and interior of the building.
However, construction projects rarely proceed without any challenges. On this point, both Starr and the Buccola brothers gave praise to R&H Construction for constantly being able to come up with realistic solutions to the problems that arose.
“Working with R&H was a dream,” Starr said. “Especially on projects with older buildings like this one, where new problems popped up frequently. R&H always came to the table with solutions to the problems popping up, which made a massive difference in the project.”
The Buccola brothers did mention some challenges with material shortages. “I think we picked one of the worst times in history to build,” Tim mentioned with a laugh, happy to finally see their vision come to life.
On helping advance Central Bend, Ryan Buccola said, “We realistically could have moved into a building in a neighborhood that’s already considered high end, but it was neat to be able to help further both Downtown and the Bend Central District.”
Ryan continued, saying, “Bend is changing whether anyone likes it or not. The questions a lot of us have are, ‘how can we be a part of it?’ and ‘how can we help influence that change?’”
The brothers ended our talk by saying that they want to be stewards of positive growth, who want to make sure that the change Bend sees in the future helps advance and serve our community.
About RE/MAX Key Properties Our brokers make up a select group of top producers with unparalleled industry experience and a commitment to knowledge-sharing. Backed by the most respected and recognizable real estate brand in the world, RE/MAX Key Properties offers a level of local expertise unmatched in Central Oregon.
Celebrate the Grand Opening and Public Open House of 42 NW Greenwood Avenue, the new House of RE/MAX. Enjoy signature drinks, small bites and live music! Grand Opening Celebration: Thursday, October 5, 3-7pm at 42 NW Greenwood Avenue in Bend.
RE/MAX Key Properties
42 NW Greenwood Renovation
42 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend, OR 97701
Property Owner/Developer: Cande Buccola
Contractor: R&H Construction
Sitework Start: October 24, 2022
Completion: August 25, 2023
Square Footage: 9,468
Amenities: multiple conference rooms, two break rooms/kitchen spaces, private offices,
open-concept common areas, ample parking, adaptable space with
modular glass wall system that can be altered as needed.
Financing: Summit Bank
Project Manager: Jacob Hartley, Senior Project Manager and Stephen Duncan, Assistant Project Manger
Supervisor: Brian Casey, Superintendent
Architect: Starr Designs & Architecture Ryan Starr
Structural Engineer: Walker Engineering
Mechanical Engineer: CEA
Geotechnical Engineer: Carlson Testing
Landscaping: Aspen Landscape Development
Subcontractors and Suppliers:
A-Core of Oregon LLC, Alpha Window Cleaning, AM-1 Roofing Inc, Aspen Landscape Development, Baldwin Custom Welding & Designs LLC, Bend Commercial Glass, Cascade Heating & Specialties, Inc, CCI Bend LLC, Central Oregon Countertops LLC, Central Oregon Garage Door, ConSeal Inc., Deschutes Painting Inc., Deschutes Plumbing CO, LLC, Energy Conservation Insulation Co., Fabulous Floors Inc, Halsey Design, LLC, Havern Cabinetry Design, Juniper Electric, K&R Sheetmetal Inc, Lakeview Millwork Sales, Inc., North Country Building Specialties, Northwest Quality Construction Inc, Riverfront Painting LLC, Smalling Construction, Inc., Szymanski Company LLC, Tri-County Paving Inc.