Volunteering at Oregon State University

Our very own, Tom Baughman, has volunteered his time with the Oregon State University Capstone class for the past three years. Tom has been asked to serve as a member on the OSU Civil Engineering Capstone Advisory Panel. Some of his responsibilities as a member will include meeting twice a year to review student designs, attend presentations, and provide comments on student work.

AIA Portland Merit Award

Congratulations to Webster Wilson, Architect, for being acknowledged with a Merit Award for this accessory dwelling unit in North Portland.


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Vermont10 Duplexes Completed

Brian Libby provides an overview of our collaboration with COLAB Architecture



Aurora House wins Boston Society of Architects Award

Congratulations to NOA Architecture.   Madden & Baughman engineered this glass enclosed structure which continues to receive recognition.  Recently, the  Boston Society of Architects presented this residence with an Honor Award



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Hood River Commercial Office

We're pleased to work with Surround Architecture in the completion of this concrete masonry and wood office building and and adjacent metal building warehouse, completed spring of 2017 with CS Construction, General Contractor


2017 AIA Housing Award winner for Cutler Anderson and MBE

We've posted earlier on this balloon framed, two story, residence in rural Pennsylvania.  Cutler Anderson provided a twist on the barn door with two story tall wood sliders. 2017 American Institute of Architects Award winner. 



Wildwood Ranch near Eugene, Oregon

In collaboration with 2Form Architecture in Eugene,  and Six Degrees Construction,  we're pleased to see the completion of this residence.  The heavy timber framed residence combined Timberlinx fasteners for the main post to  beam connections and the pool roof had a steel WT and wood flitch beam to support a green roof.   The wood members were fabricated off site in a controlled environment to regulate the moisture content of the wood components of the flitch beam.



Lakeside at Black Butte Ranch

Congratulations to Hacker Architects and Kirby Nagelhout Construction, for winning a Merit Award for the Lakeside Buildings at Black Butte Ranch in Sisters, Oregon

Residence feature in Seattle Times

Recently completed residence in Seattle featured in the Seattle Times.  Project completed with Cutler Anderson Architects, see link below: 






Newberg Residence AIA Award Winner

Congratulations to Cutler Anderson Architects for being selected by the AIA for a 2016 award for the Newberg Residence. The residence, engineered by MBE, utilizes Corten steel moment frames to achieve the open front of the house that meets the pond.  General Contractor R+H from their Bend, Oregon office.



Black Butte Ranch Addition Opens

Madden & Baughman is pleased to see the opening of three new buildings at Black Butte Ranch in Sisters, Oregon.  Thomas Hacker & Associates designed the low-sloped roofs to frame views of the nearby mountains.  The buildings include a new pool house, locker room, bistro, and recreational barn and they were framed with 5x14 cedar posts and a combination of steel girders and glulams. The window frames were load-bearing and wind-resisting glulam posts designed in collaboration with Westview Systems of Dallas, Oregon.

Congratulations to THA and contractor Kirby Nagelhout!

Rigging Analysis for Cirque du Soleil's "Varekai"

Posted by Tom Baughman, Principal

Cirque du Soleil Stage and Rigging in the Veterans Memorial Coliseum.                                                                                    Photo:  Justin Brady

Cirque du Soleil Stage and Rigging in the Veterans Memorial Coliseum.                                                                                    Photo:  Justin Brady

Madden & Baughman completed a rigging analysis for a Cirque du Soleil production in Portland, Oregon’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum. 

Built in 1958, the Coliseum roof trusses were designed to support weight from suspended equipment for concerts and other arena events.  However, the combined weight of equipment for “Varekai”, the 2015 production from Cirque, exceeded the arena’s specified maximum weight for event rigging.

Using original building drawings, historic steel codes, and information gathered on site, Madden & Baughman analyzed the roof trusses for rigging loads provided by Cirque du Soleil and assisted the building operator in determining rigging configurations to safely distribute the loads to the roof trusses.  After the rigging was installed, Cirque du Soleil performed to sold-out audiences from May 6 to May 10, 2015.