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NAI Norris, Beggs & Simpson’s Represented the Lessee in the Relocation and Expansion at Building E of Nimbus Oaks.


Portland, Oregon (August 13, 2015) – Northwest Regional Educational Services (Northwest Regional ESD) has relocated and expanded to 23,415 sf at Building E of Nimbus Oaks. NAI Norris, Beggs & Simpson’s Senior Vice Presidents Jennifer Medak and John Medak and Associate Vice President Tom Dechenne represented the lessee. Senior Vice President and Partner Josh Schweitz and Broker Travis Parrott of Kidder Mathews represented the lessor, IPERS (Illinois Public Employees Retirement System).  

The relocation and expansion proved quite challenging for the former tenant of Woodside Corporate Park, an office campus purchased by Nike in 2013. The property’s sale meant inevitable displacement for Northwest Regional ESD upon their lease’s expiration.

“It was difficult finding existing space while competing against Intel and Nike as well as other displaced tenants in today’s tight market, but we were able to deliver with Nimbus Oaks,” said Jennifer Medak.

Located at 9560 SW Nimbus Avenue, Nimbus Oaks was an ideal, centralized spot for Northwest Regional ESD, which is the largest and most diverse Education Service District in the state of Oregon. Northwest Regional ESD currently serves over 118,000 children throughout 4 counties (Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook and Washington), 20 school districts and 184 schools.

Northwest Regional ESD was looking to find a facility that could accommodate their specific use, buildout and location. Nimbus Oaks was a good fit.

Yet, with the expiring lease’s deadline looming, Nimbus Oaks needed to be ready rather quickly to accommodate its newest tenant’s special requirements. The space would need to support Northwest Regional ESD’s Special Student Services, a program which seeks to improve the lives of children with disabilities and those at risk.

A Special Student Services facility required specific zoning, upgraded occupancy ratings, adequate classroom sizes, raised ceiling heights for play areas, ample parking for buses without overlap, and area for teacher’s office space. Thankfully, additional support was facilitated by collaborative partnerships with LRS Architects and the City of Beaverton.

“LRS Architects and the City of Beaverton were instrumental in expediting the confirmation of proper zoning requirements and occupancy rating for Nimbus Oaks,” explained Jennifer Medak. “As a team, we understood the special contingencies upfront, so we could avoid the typical long turnaround and address the space needs immediately.”

LRS Architects worked closely with the landlord and tenant to design a strategic layout of the space, so that neighboring tenants remained unaffected by the school’s presence. With an expected move-in by November 1, Nike also remained tremendously cooperative and supportive of Regional Northwest ESD.

“All parties truly came together to champion Northwest Regional ESD because at the end of the day these are our kids and our neighbors,” added Jennifer Medak.

For more information, please contact:

Jennifer Medak, Senior Vice President


John Medak, Senior Vice President


Tom Dechenne, Associate Vice President


08/20/2015 - 13:00


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