Innovative Cones Designed by SRG Increase Day-Lighting at Portland Community College Southeast Campus

If you visit Portland Community College’s Southeast Center library you’ll probably notice some giant cones passing through the ceilings and floors.

The cones are the result of 10 years of research and development by the architecture firm SRG Partnership about how to bring more light into buildings in ways that use less money and energy than conventional designs.

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In honor of Bridge Meadows and National Adoption Day, November 22nd

We at WALSH are proud sponsors of Bridge Meadows and the dedicated and thoughtful work they do for the greater community.

In honor of National Adoption Day, Nov. 22nd, we would like to take some time to share more about this local non-profit’s mission. Bridge Meadows is a unique multi-generational community in North Portland, where adoptive parents, children coming out of foster care, and elders come together in community to transform individual vulnerability into collective strength.

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Green Building Advisor Includes WALSH Passive House Project on their Guest Blog

Green Building Advisor has included Orchards at Orenco, the largest Passivehaus Building in the U. S., on their website.  Click here to view the article. 

“In Portland’s western suburbs, a structure is on the rise that could change the face of affordable housing in America. Situated adjacent to the Orenco Station light rail transit stop in Hillsboro, Oregon, the Orchards at Orenco will provide 57 units of housing. The project sponsor, REACH Community Development, is aiming to achieve Passivhaus certification. When complete in the spring of 2015, Orchards at Orenco is slated to be the largest Passivhaus-certified building in North America.” …Read More

Orchards at Orenco included in the latest edition of Building Design + Construction magazine

WALSH is thrilled to be working with REACH Community Development, Housing Development Center (construction manager) Ankrom Moisan Associated Architects (architect-of-record), William Wilson Architects (design architect) and Green Hammer (Passive House consultant) on the construction of the affordable housing project, Orchards at Orenco, which is the largest precertified Passive House building to date. Click on this link to read more on the Passive House concept and its benefit to the greater community.

The Abigail for BRIDGE Housing: Affordable Housing in the Pearl

Construction began last week on a project that will bring 127 affordable housing units to the Pearl District.

BRIDGE Housing, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, in 2013 announced its plans to build The Abigail on Block 27, at the corner of Northwest Raleigh Street and 13th Avenue. The six-story building will have 155 total units; its affordable ones will be available to tenants who make between 30 and 60 percent of the area’s median family income, said Lyn Hikida, director of communications and media for BRIDGE Housing. Currently, that range is between $20,800 and $41,640 for a household of four people.

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Grand opening for 12th Ave Arts

Capitol Hill Housing will hold a grand opening event at 4 p.m. Nov. 20 for 12th Avenue Arts, a new 88-unit affordable housing project at 1620 12th Ave.

Local restaurants will provide refreshments, and there will be performances from two theater companies that have theaters on the ground floor of the complex.

SMR Architects designed 12th Avenue Arts, and Walsh Construction Co. is the general contractor.

Other team members are: Coughlin Porter Lundeen, civil and structural engineer; The Greenbusch Group, plumbing, mechanical and acoustical engineer; Glumac, electrical engineer; Place+Land, landscape architect; JRS Engineering, building envelope; and PLA designs, which did theater design.

 

Orchards at Orenco Passive House Multifamily

WALSH is building a highly efficient, transit-oriented workforce housing project in the Orenco Station neighborhood of Hillsboro for owner/developer REACH CDC. The 57-unit project, designed by Ankrom Moisan Architects, is the first phase of the Orchards at Orenco development, which over the course of three phases will total approximately 150 units.

The $14.5 million project is being built to Passive House standards with the goal of reducing tenants’ monthly energy bills. Green Hammer is serving as a consultant on the building, which will be the largest multifamily Passive House project in the country when completed. Work on the 12-month project is slated to wrap in June 2015.

 

WALSH Signs Climate Declaration calling for national climate policies in the US.

At WALSH, we continue to do our part to build GREEN, and are constantly striving for ways to limit our impact on the environment and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The delivery of high performance, green buildings has become central to what we do. As a general contractor, we proactively address the challenges of limited resources and rising energy costs by dedicating our operations to ensure our buildings are healthy, durable and highly energy-efficient, understanding that a building which uses less energy will reduce environmental impacts and operating costs.

The Climate Declaration is a call to action from leading American businesses and individuals urging policymakers and business leaders to seize the economic opportunity in tackling climate change. It is more important than ever for the business voice to be heard.

link for more information or to sign.  link for ways you can take action.