We Join Forces with MIG, Inc.

January 23, 2017

We are pleased to announce that we have joined the Berkeley-based, multidisciplinary planning and design firm, MIG, Inc. From our existing office in downtown Seattle, the new MIG |Portico will continue serving clients in the public realm, working closely with MIG colleagues in Seattle and across the country.

With offices from Seattle to San Diego, as well as Denver, San Antonio and New York, MIG has a strong and progressive practice in urban planning and design, environmental planning and science, civil engineering, landscape architecture, communications, technology and community engagement.

Portico and MIG have partnered on many successful projects over the years. We share the same passion for collaboration, an inclusive approach to planning and design, and hands-on personal service—with a cross-disciplinary focus on developing the best solutions for clients.

We look forward to collaborating with MIG to continue and expand our joint missions of strengthening communities and connecting people with nature and culture.

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KidsQuest Children’s Museum Installs a Full Size Truck in their New Museum

July 25, 2016

How do you get a full size truck inside a children's museum? KidsQuest Children's Museum shows you here!

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The Portico Group Receives Two 2015 NAI Media Awards

November 16, 2015

Laura Bassett’s feature article in the May/June 2014 issue of Legacy, “More than Monkey Bars: The Power of Play in Zoos” was awarded Outstanding Feature Article. In addition, the Assiniboine Park Zoo's Journey to Churchill received second place in the Wayside Exhibit Award category. A full list of award recipients may be found on page 24 of the NAI National Conference Program, which is available here.

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Journey to Churchill receives Top Honors Award at AZA National Convention

September 21, 2015

Exciting news! Our project Journey to Churchill at the Assiniboine Park Zoo took home the Top Honors Exhibit Award at this year's AZA Conference. Congratulations to all at Assiniboine Park Zoo!

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Holland America Line Breaks Ground on New Base Camp Complex at the McKinley Chalet Resort at Denali

June 26, 2015

Exciting news! Base Camp, our project with Holland America, just broke ground! Find out more here.

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Meet the Macaques at Lincoln Park Zoo at

April 02, 2015

If you can't make it to the zoo, check out Lincoln Park Zoo's new Regenstein Macaque Forest exhibit at

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Nature’s Wild Backyard Exhibit Receives 2014 Canadian Architect Award of Merit!

February 16, 2015

Nature's Wild Backyard at the Edmonton Valley Zoo recently earned a 2014 Canadian Architect Award of Merit! This award recognizes projects that are commissioned, yet unbuilt. Read more here

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Hands On Children’s Museum awarded LEED Gold Status!

December 16, 2014

Congratulations to our client Hands On Children's Museum on achieving LEED Gold status! One of only five children's museums in the entire world! HOCM is also the first children’s museum in the world to earn…

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Hands On Children’s Museum receives Bright Lights Community Engagement Award

October 06, 2014

Hands On Children's Museum received the prestigious Bright Lights Community Engagement Award by the Noyce Foundation last week. This award recognizes U.S. science centers, children’s museums, and natural history museums that have excelled in engaging their…

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Fresno Chaffee Zoo and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo receive awards at AZA National Convention!

September 19, 2014

Two Portico projects were just awarded at this year's AZA Exhibit awards!  Congratulations to Fresno Chaffee Zoo - Sea Lion Cove for winning Top Honors and to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo - Encounter Africa on winning the…

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Mike Hamm featured in 100 years and 100 stories

August 19, 2014

Mike Hamm, our former President and CEO, was nominated and interviewed as part of 100 years and 100 stories--a collection of stories from University of Oregon alumni to be presented on its website.... 

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Assiniboine Park Zoo Journey to Churchill is officially open to the public!

August 05, 2014

The Portico Group is pleased to announce the opening of its latest project Journey to Churchill! The Assiniboine Park Zoo is already experiencing a 25 per cent increase in attendance from visitors in the month since this exhibit has made its debut.

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Two WASLA Professional Awards for Portico Projects

May 06, 2014

We are excited to announce that two of our recent projects received 2014 Professional Awards from the Washington Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

The upcoming Journey to Churchill exhibit at Assiniboine Park…

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Portico’s Polar Bear Exhibit in the News

March 06, 2014

Alaska Zoo’s new polar bear exhibit was featured in the Daily Journal of Commerce Wednesday. The Portico Group is providing architectural services for this new exhibit, which includes a transition center for orphaned or injured…

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Churchill’s Polar Bears Now on Google Street View

March 03, 2014

Assiniboine Park Zoo’s Journey to Churchill is currently in construction. However, to celebrate International Polar Bear Day, Google has partnered with Polar Bears International to bring polar bears into everyone’s homes by releasing images of…

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Kansas City Zoo Celebrates Opening of Helzberg Penguin Plaza

November 01, 2013

Kansas City Zoo recently opened the doors to its newest exhibit, the $15 million Helzberg Penguin Plaza in Missouri. The Portico Group, in collaboration with Bowman Bowman Novick, designed a multi-faceted, rich experience, to connect…

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Portico Selected for Marvelous Migrations Exhibit at the National Zoological Park

October 08, 2013

The team of Quinn Evans Architects and The Portico Group was selected through a design competition among four-preselected firms for the major revitalization of the Bird House facility at the National Zoological Park (NZP). The…

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New Video Presents Vision for Capitol Olympic Vista Park

September 30, 2013

The Olympia Capitol Park Foundation is planning to purchase approximately 2.34 acres of property in downtown Olympia, Washington to develop Capitol Olympic Vista Park. This park will be an an expansion of the Washington State…

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Sea Lion Cove in Sunset Magazine

August 06, 2013

Sea Lion Cove at Fresno Chaffee Zoo was listed as one of Sunset Magazine’s 12 Favorite Things This Month in their Best of the West. Look for it in August’s issue.

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Assiniboine Park Zoo Breaks Ground on New Entrance

June 28, 2013

Last week, Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada broke ground on its new South Entry project, expected to be complete in Spring 2014. Designed to accommodate 5,000 visitors per day, the 11,410-square-foot building will…

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Portico Selected to Design Two New Projects in the Pacific Northwest

June 19, 2013

The Portico Group is excited to have recently started on two projects in the Pacific Northwest. While we have clients all over the world, we love having the chance to work with institutions and organizations…

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Ocean Wonders: Shark! Receives Award for Excellence

May 29, 2013

Ocean Wonders: Shark! has been selected as a recipient of a 2012 Award for Excellence in Design by the New York City Public Design Commission. In 2009, Portico began work on this 57,000-square-foot facility that…

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Calgary Zoo Breaks Attendance Record

December 12, 2012

With the help of the new Penguin Plunge exhibit, Calgary Zoo broke its attendance record, attracting more than 1.35 million visitors so far this year. The zoo

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Portico and Fresno Chaffee Zoo Celebrate the Grand Opening of Sea Lion Cove

September 07, 2012

Fresno Chaffee Zoo’s newest attraction, Sea Lion Cove, opened to the public on Monday, August 27, 2012. Portico designed this new exhibit that brings visitors into a naturalistic setting mimicking the California Central Coast. The…

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Portico on ENR Magazine’s List of Top 5 Green Design Firms by Sector

July 24, 2012

The Portico Group is No. 5 for green design on Engineering News Record Magazine’s sports, entertainment, and civic design list, and No. 83 on the magazine’s overall list for top 100 green design firms in…

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Portico and the Calgary Zoo Celebrate the Grand Opening of Penguin Plunge

February 18, 2012

The Penguin Plunge exhibit at the Calgary Zoo opened to the public on Friday, February 17. Portico designed the new attraction, which features a 9,200-gallon pool outside and a 32,000-gallon pool inside (both freshwater). The…

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Award-Winning Portico Projects Featured in ENR California Magazine

December 23, 2011

On December 12, Portico President and CEO Mike Hamm represented the firm at the Best Projects 2011 California Awards Breakfast, hosted by Engineering News-Record and McGraw-Hill Construction. Two Portico projects were honored at this year’s…

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Hailey Rodeo Park featured in Idaho Mountain Express

December 02, 2011

Alissa Rupp, Principal, was in Hailey, Idaho last week presenting conceptual design plans for an upcoming exhibit that will be part of the Hailey Rodeo Ground Interpretive Center. The exhibit space will be dedicated to…

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Pearl Harbor Memorial Museum & Visitor Center Wins 2011 ENR California Best Projects Award

November 16, 2011

Pearl Harbor Memorial Museum & Visitor Center in Honolulu, Hawaii has received the 2011 Best Projects Award in the Best Cultural Project category from ENR California. This annual award program is dedicated to honoring the…

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Assiniboine Park Conservancy Receives $5 Million Donation

October 26, 2011

Assiniboine Park Zoo received its largest private sector donation of $5 million yesterday to help complete the Journey to Churchill exhibit.  The donation was given to the Park by the Richardson Foundation, which is known…

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Minnesota Zoo Celebrates Opening of New Penguin Exhibit

August 15, 2011

The new 3M Penguins of the African Coast exhibit officially opened to the public on July 9th. Home to 18 penguins, this exhibit is part of the first phase of Heart of the Zoo, which…

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New Photos of the Elephants of Asia exhibit at Los Angeles Zoo

August 11, 2011

The Elephants of Asia exhibit at Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens has been officially open for almost eight months! Billy, the 25-year-old male Asian elephant, now inhabits the space with Tina and Jewel, two…

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Public gets first look at Hands On Children’s Museum after Key-Exchange Ceremony

August 09, 2011

The City of Olympia ceremonially turned over the keys to the new Hands On Children’s Museum to museum officials yesterday during a key-exchange ceremony. About 50 local officials including Olympia Mayor Doug Mah, and members…

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Portico Raises $1,779 for Food Frenzy

July 29, 2011

For the third consecutive year, Portico participated in Food Frenzy, a friendly fund-raising competition between regional professional firms to benefit Food Lifeline. This year, we raised $1,779, collected numerous food items for Food Frenzy, and…

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Help Toledo Zoo Name Baby Elephant

June 17, 2011

Toledo Zoo is now taking votes to name the 200-pound African Elephant calf born on Friday, May 22nd. Entries must be received by 11:59 EDT on Monday, June 27th.

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Environmental Stewardship Took Center Stage at the Annual Portico Advance

June 03, 2011

Portico staff recently spent the workday learning together, interacting outside the office as a larger team, and socializing at Warren G. Magnuson Park for their annual Advance. After a few welcoming words from President Mike…

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Happy Hollow Park & Zoo wins 2011 APWA Silicon Valley Chapter Award

June 02, 2011

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo in San Jose, California has received the 2011 Project of the Year Award in the Environmental category from the American Public Works Association (APWA) Silicon Valley Chapter. Happy Hollow Park…

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Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Achieves LEED Gold

May 03, 2011

Portico is happy to announce that the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, has been awarded LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council. This high-performing facility features various sustainable qualities, such as…

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Portico to Design New Children’s Museum

April 04, 2011

The selection committee for Knock Knock Children's Museum has chosen Portico to provide schematic design for the new 30,000-square-foot building and 18 to 20 hands-on exhibits to be located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Click Read more »

Portico’s “Gingerbread House” Wins People’s Choice Award

December 15, 2010

Polar Ice Camp, a gingerbread creation made by a group of Portico employees, won the People's Choice Award as part of KidsQuest Gingerbread Lane 2010. All building materials were edible, even the frozen lake. The…

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Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Grand Opening Today

December 07, 2010

Portico is thrilled to announce the public opening of the new Pearl Harbor Visitor Center today, Pearl Harbor Day, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Survivors of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor will lead the…

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Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Makes Front Page News

November 29, 2010

The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, which is set to open December 7th, Pearl Harbor Day, was featured in today’s issue of the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. The Portico Group has been the lead designer…

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Billy the Elephant Moves into New Home Designed by Portico

November 10, 2010

Portico’s work on the Elephants of Asia exhibit was featured in the L.A. Times recently when Billy, a 25-year-old Asian elephant was moved into his renovated enclosure at the Los Angeles Zoo. Project Manager Bronwen…

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Alliance for Pioneer Square Selects Portico for Trail to Treasure Project

November 09, 2010

Portico was selected to provide planning and design services for the master plan development phase of Trail to Treasure, a historic, interpretive trail project in Pioneer Square.  Read more »

Portico to Design New Penguin Exhibit

October 01, 2010

Kansas City Zoo has chosen Portico, along with Kansas City-based architects Bowman Bowman Novick, to design a brand new penguin indoor and outdoor exhibit complex.

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Happy Hollow Park and Zoo is Runner-Up Finalist

October 01, 2010

Happy Hollow Park and Zoo in San Jose, California was a runner-up finalist for the Green Public Project of the Year Award, given out annually by San Jose Business Journal. Read more.

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The Philadelphia Zoo McNeil Avian Center wins 2010 AZA Award for Significant Achievement

October 01, 2010

Portico is proud to announce that McNeil Avian Center at the Philadelphia Zoo has received the 2010 Significant Achievement Award in Exhibit Design from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

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Food Frenzy Results

August 03, 2010

With your help, Portico raised over $1,300 and collected numerous food items for Food Frenzy, a friendly fund-raising competition between regional professional firms to benefit Food Lifeline.  Portico raised funds in several…

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Descanso Gardens Makes Front Page of New York Times

July 30, 2010

In 2009, The Portico Group completed a master plan for Descanso Gardens, a botanical garden located in Southern California. On Tuesday, July 27, the garden was featured on the front page of…

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Minnesota Zoo Breaks Ground on “Heart of the Zoo” Plan

July 01, 2010

On Monday, June 21st, the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley broke ground on the $20 million first phase of the “Heart of the Zoo” strategic plan, one of Portico’s current projects.

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Portico Teams up with Local A/E Firms to Feed Hungry Children

July 01, 2010

For the second consecutive year, Portico is participating in Food Frenzy, a friendly fund-raising competition between regional professional firms to benefit Food Lifeline. Aiming to end hunger for children in Western Washington, Food Frenzy takes…

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Happy Hollow Park and Zoo Achieves LEED® Gold

June 22, 2010

Portico is thrilled to announce that Happy Hollow Park & Zoo in San Jose, California has been awarded LEED® Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED certification provides…

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Portico Announces the Acquisition of Design Visualization Specialists, Primedia Group

June 17, 2010

Dean Alker and Joseph Ferry, formerly co-owners of Primedia Group LLC, have joined Portico as senior-level design visualization specialists. They bring to the firm an in-house ability to provide 3D visualization services and technology for…

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Portico’s Work at Descanso Gardens Featured in L.A. Times Article, May 21

May 24, 2010

Read the article here. In 2009, The Portico Group completed a master plan for Descanso, a botanical garden located in Southern California.

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Philadelphia Zoo’s McNeil Avian Center Receives 2010 Thea Award

April 15, 2010

As lead exhibit and habitat designers for the McNeil Avian Center at the Philadelphia Zoo, Portico is honored to be on the project team receiving a 2010 Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement. The prestigious Thea…

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Happy Hollow Park and Zoo Reopens March 2010

March 01, 2010

After nine years of planning and design, Portico is thrilled to announce the reopening of the newly renovated, $72 million Happy Hollow Park and Zoo in San Jose, California. The integrated park and zoo facility…

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Minnesota Zoo’s Russia’s Grizzly Coast Wins 2009 AZA Award for Best New Exhibit

September 21, 2009

Portico is proud to have played a key part in this award-winning project.

Congratulations to the Minnesota Zoo for top honors in the exhibit design and marketing excellence categories.

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Portico Celebrates the Opening of Philadelphia Zoo’s McNeil Avian Center

July 14, 2009

The new McNeil Avian Center takes visitors around the world from the African Savanna to a Central American Coffee Plantation, culminating in an object theater exploration of bird migration - the overarching theme of the…

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Alissa Rupp Welcomed as Newest Portico Principal

July 14, 2009

Alissa Rupp, AIA, LEED AP, has been promoted to Principal of The Portico Group.  Having been with the firm for 11 years, Alissa's recent work includes project oversight for the replacement of the USS Arizona…

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Minnesota Zoo Enjoys Increased Attendance

July 14, 2009

Due in part to the recent opening of Russia’s Grizzly Coast and renovated Central Plaza, the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley has seen attendance increase 16% in the last year. Read more »

Kent Town Square Plaza Receives Concrete Award

July 14, 2009

Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association awarded Kent Town Square Plaza, designed by Portico, an Excellence in Concrete Award.

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Busch Garden’s Jungala wins THEA Award

April 22, 2009

Designed by The Portico Group, Jungala features two of the world’s most endangered species - tigers and orangutans.

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Kent Town Square Plaza Receives Award

April 16, 2009

The Washington Recreation & Parks Association selected Kent Town Square Plaza as Best Park - Class I.

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Washington State University

March 13, 2009

Washington State University has selected The Portico Group, with Miller|Hull, to develop a master plan for a new 95-acre arboretum and wildlife research center.

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Groundbreaking celebrated at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center

March 13, 2009

Groundbreaking was recently celebrated at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Portico provided comprehensive design services for the replacement facility, designed to achieve LEED® Silver certification.

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