Celebrating Thea Zander for Women in Construction Week! 29+ year veteran of WALSH!

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!

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Celebrating Women in Construction Week: March 4-10, 2018

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.

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WALSH is thrilled and honored to have been chosen #2 Best Places to Work Large Companies!

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!

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National Wear Red Day!

Wearing RED to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and save lives! @wearredday #goredforwomen #walshbuildcommunity #wearred #wearredday #nationalwearredday


National Association of Women In Construction (NAWIC) Block Kids Building Contest!

We had fun volunteering at NAWIC Chapter #54 Portland, Oregon 2018 Block Kids Building Contest! A national building competition for girls and boys using interlocking plastic blocks to promote careers in construction.

There was a great turnout and a lot of fun had by both the kids and volunteers. Thank you to our own Meghan Gross Herteg and Erika O’Callaghan for sharing your passion for construction with our next generation of builders!

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OWCB Breaks Ground on the Largest Affordable Housing Project in Portland!

Very excited to break ground on the largest affordable housing property developed in Multnomah County in the last 50 years! The property at Block 45 will provide homes for 240 Portland households living on low incomes. It was a great turnout for Home Forward with Ted Wheeler, Deborah Kafoury, Oregon Housing and Community Services, Portland Housing Bureau, LEVER Architecture, LRS Architects, KPFF Portland, Glumac, and so many others from the community.

O’Neill/Walsh Community Builders (OWCB) is the general contractor on this project in partnership with Northwest Infrastructure, LLC. OWCB is a joint venture with O’Neill Construction Group and Walsh Construction Co, our SEVENTH successful community project since our inception in August of 2011. We Build Projects With Purpose.

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Walsh Builds Careers!

We are pleased to announce the following employees are starting 2018 in new roles:

Ryan McBarron – Assistant Superintendent, currently working at the Spring District II project.

Elliott Brown – Assistant Superintendent, currently closing out the DESC Estelle Supportive Housing project.

Marie Delano – Project Manager, currently working at the Arbora Court Apartments project.

Jeromy Wood – Metals Trade Superintendent, currently working at the Sunset Court project.

Juanita McLaughlin – Assistant Superintendent, currently closing out the DESC Estelle Supportive Housing project.

Sandi Tovias – Sr. Project Manager, currently working at the Liberty Bank Building project.

Please join us in congratulating Ryan, Elliott, Marie, Jeromy, Juanita and Sandi on their latest accomplishments and wishing them much success!

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Lake City Family Housing for LIHI will Include Classroom and Solar!

The site of old Fire Station 39 is looking great! We are wrapping up the framing on Lake City Family Housing for LIHI and will soon begin installation of the building envelope. The six-story project will support local families with 70 affordable apartments and a preschool managed by Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA). Runberg’s design features a 6,600 SF classroom with a playful and colorful façade, and capacity for 80 students. Special features include a rooftop deck, gardens, and solar array.

Our hardworking WALSH and RDF crews are led by Greg Linnell, Nathan Connaway, Tanner Romo, BJ Graham and Wendy Kato at the helm; and trade superintendents Jeremy Winter, Ryan Mertes, Justin Nieto, Tom Koviak, Jeromy Wood and Shannon Morey.

Many thanks to Tanner for the progress photo!

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Bob Walsh was awarded the Daily Journal of Commerce (DJC) Icons award!

Bob Walsh was awarded the Daily Journal of Commerce (DJC) Icons award at a ceremony Dec. 14. The award honors the local building industry’s long-time leaders who have contributed to the overall health and success of the area. We at WALSH couldn’t agree more with the recognition and are grateful to have such a thoughtful, community-focused leader who has dedicated almost 57 years to the collective success of not only our organization and people, but to the numerous non-profits and community builders we partner with throughout the Northwest. We want to thank Bob for all of his efforts over the years and for his continued support and guidance for the betterment of all of our people throughout the ranks of this great company. In true Bob form, when he was told we were nominating him, his first reaction was that the company’s success has always been a collective effort and there is no reason for him to only have this recognition. Although we understand his stance, we beg to differ.

Congratulations to Bob and congratulations to all of our fellow icons out there doing good works! Below is a link to the video of our President Matt Leeding accepting the award on Bob’s behalf.


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