The BISON BUILDING was built during the World War II industrial boom in Portland. The great ship yards of Swan Island pushed out war ships at the clip of up to one per day and the Bison Building along with the BUCK BUILDING teemed with workers fabricating all types of ship assemblies.

In the 1970s, the building was purchased by Hyster Company to support their forklift manufacturing. And in the late 80's and 90's the Kalberer family built restaurant interiors for Portland trademarks like Burgerville and Stanford's.

Today the Bison Building has six permanent residents that reflect Portland's shift to the creative and knowledge economies.

  1. The Bison Building is home to the joint venture MFA program for Applied Craft and Design created by the Pacific Northwest College of the Arts (PNCA) and the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts (OCAC). It is a two-year program that merges the highest level of craft with design practice and entrepreneurial strategies.
  2. Wolverine Worldwide represents some of the best outdoor footwear and apparel brands in the business including Merrell, Patagonia, Sebago, and CAT. Although their headquarters are in Michigan, their apparel group is based in nature-loving Oregon.
  3. Also firmly rooted in all things digital is Sticky. With a well-established office in Amsterdam, Sticky brings a uniquely creative perspective to everything they do, from jaw-dropping animation to fridge magnets.
  4. A public dinner party by evening and a private café space by day, din din keeps the neighborhood delightfully well fed. Known for their acclaimed, conscientiously-sourced fare as much as for their whimsical décor, din din has found a way to be both timeless and surprising.
  5. HouseSpecial, formerly LAIKA/house, can make anything move. These animation experts are well-known for designing and developing characters that push brand narratives for clients like Supercell, Target, M&M's and FOX Sports.
  6. XOXO does more than just host the coolest festival in Portland - it provides a year-round home for experimentation, collaboration and play.