The mezz is the super dynamic extra layer between the ground and upper floors… it involves a loading dock, a catwalk, a triangle shaped room and some of the most visible space in the entire building. It spans from the northern corner of the old Hazelwood building to the far end of the storage building, connected by a new catwalk through the lobby. The space in the storage building has direct access to the back lot via a long loading dock and ramp. It also looks out onto Vancouver, and the endless hustle of cars coming down from north Portland and off of I-5. I set up a makeshift studio in that corner of the room in the early days of the project, and really came to love it. There’s a constant energy there, as if I’d set up camp along side some urban stream. Oh, and there’s maple floors, too.