Work out at Central City Concern‘s Blackburn Building is moving right along! The two-story health care facility will serve 3,000 people each year with recovery and mental health services, as well as targeted primary care services. Additional housing will include 90 units of transitional housing and 34 permanent homes. Blackburn Building is the third of three buildings in the “Housing is Health” initiative, a pioneering commitment from local hospitals and health organizations to supportive, affordable housing.
It was a great turnout for the emotionally heart-warming Grand Opening ceremony of the Dorothy Lemelson House! Bridge Meadows and New Avenues for Youth have joined forces to create this innovative housing community for transition age foster youth. Leveraging Bridge Meadows intergenerational healing community and New Avenues for Youth self-sufficiency and life skills services expertise, they have combined resources to build and operate the Dorothy Lemelson House & New Meadows Program, a trauma-informed housing and life-skills program.
Located just one block away from the Bridge Meadows North Portland housing community, the Dorothy Lemelson House will offer former foster care youth a safe place to live while they pursue education and job training, and practice and learn self-sufficiency skills.This new community, made up of 10 studios and 5 one-bedroom apartments offers youth the benefits of intergenerational care and support.
WALSH Quality Director Martin Houston, AIA, LEED AP presenting on air tightness of buildings at the RCI, Inc. Puget Sound Chapter meeting. The program covered detailed information on the different materials and systems that may be encountered in exterior wall construction, including proper installation and a discussion of how these components interface to create a weathertight assembly. The knowledgeable instructors covered the fundamentals of insulation, air and water barriers, vapor retarders, and various cladding materials, including metal panels, masonry, stucco, and EIFS.
The Oregon Concrete & Aggregate Producers Association Excellence In Concrete Awards program began 38 years ago, and continues today, as a way to recognize Oregon projects that use concrete in extensive or innovative ways. These awards are a testament to our RDF field crews and the quality and craftsmanship they bring to our projects. Congrats to all!
Spring District – take two! A bird’s eye on the great progress underway at the second phase of this project. The exterior of Building C is complete with scaffold down, and interiors finishing out – we’ll be completing the final details in a few weeks. Building B is starting to turn white with drywall hung on the top few floors; siding work continues outside with painting getting started. We’re finishing up the exterior sheathing and installing windows at Building A, and have begun siding work; inside, we’re busy with mechanical/electrical/plumbing at the top floors. Site concrete and exterior finishes will be starting in April, as well. We have a little bit of everything going on!
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Congrats to our Walsh, RDF and subcontractor teams on their impressive accomplishments and ongoing great work! Our
team includes: Project Managers Afton Walsh, Angella Hould and Elizabeth Rinehart; Supts. Matt Holcom, Randy Cossette, Fred Berschauer, Ryan Voight, Ryan McBarron, Mark Olson, Clay Livingston and James Weaver; Project Engineers Eric Brandon, Erin Reilly, Eric Storhaug, Adam Parga and Eric Brandon; Proj. Admin. Lee Kellogg; Marty Houston and Sharon Libby, QAQC; Labor Foremen, James Weaver & Ryan McBarron; Ryan Gidley, Hoisting; Brian Penn, Punch; Tom Speed, Skin Dr.; Elliot Brown, Misc. Scopes; and Greg Graham and Shannon Feiteira, WRB.
General Contractor is O’Neill/WALSH Community Builders, LLC (OWCB). OWCB, created in August 2011, is a formal partnership between O’Neill Construction Group, a registered MWESB firm, and Walsh Construction Co. Thanks to the WALSH Team of Matt Godt, Andy Morris and Sara Schubert! Thank you to our project partners Holst, Abht Structual Engineers, MFIA Inc. Consulting Engineers, KPFF Portland.
Beautiful work at the Compass Broadview affordable housing project, designed by NK Architects for Compass Housing Alliance and Luther Memorial Lutheran Church, Seattle! The three-story apartment building will provide 59 units for low-income individuals and families with children. Thanks to all of our people at RDF Builders and our dedicated subcontractors for their diligent efforts. Excellent work by the WALSH team of Maria Llobet, Clay Livingston, Jonathan Chase, Mark Smith, Karen Moon, Mike Bang and Brian Lenz!
We are honored to highlight some of the amazing contributions by our Women in Construction. Thea Zander started with WALSH back in 1989, and the first position she mastered was framer. Because of her grit and determination, her talent for mastering her trade and her leadership, she soon moved into the project superintendent ranks. Her experience in the field taught her how each trade interfaced and how best to approach the task at hand. She was an integral part of our teams at New Columbia, the Home Forward Scattered Sites, Standard Insurance, and many other projects. To sum up who Thea is: she is a builder! Something the industry is short of, and a distinction that sets her above the rest. We wish Thea all the best in her retirement and thank her for her 29+ years of hard work and dedication!
So happy to celebrate our 12th year working with ANEW! The organization, which stands for Apprenticeship and Non-Traditional Employment for Women, has been empowering women to enter the construction field since 1980. WALSH sponsored a jobsite tour for several of these amazing ladies in September at our Estelle project, kicked off by RDF carpenter apprentice Erica Cunningham, a graduate of the program.
WALSH is thrilled and honored to have been chosen #2 Best Places to Work Large Companies (#1 in the Construction Industry!) at Oregon Business‘ 25th Anniversary celebration last night! Nearly 9,000 employees from over 230 companies participated in this year’s 100 Best Companies survey. We congratulate our fellow winners and nominees for their commitment to best workplace practices. CFO John Wied accepted the award with Ryan Wilde, Helen Littrell Smith, Sarah Eubanks, Craig Leonnig, Kim Krippaehne, Ben Bechdolt and BJ Lowe in attendance. Thanks to all of our employees who make us great!