WALSH Celebrates Bring Your Child to Work Day!

Walsh Construction Co. was happy to host 24 children at its Take Your Child to Work Day on April 23rd. Sons and daughters of Walsh Construction Co. employees, ranging in age from four-years-old to 12– years-old, built and painted tool boxes, toured the office, checked out some construction equipment and learned more about what their parents do for work on a day-to-day basis.  

After lunch, the parents and their children headed onsite to take a tour of The Abigail, an affordable housing project currently under construction in the Pearl District. The kids had lots of great questions and even got to talk with our crane operator over the radio.  It was a learning experience, and an exciting day, for all involved! The kids had a great day building and spending time with their parents. Thanks to Shelly Stephenson and Arielle Kornelussen for organizing and managing the fun and education!

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WALSH Quality Hosts Portland CSI Panel Discussion

As one of the most critical enclosure components, the roof assembly is often one of the least understood. With so many system options and insulation strategies to choose from, it can be difficult to make the right decision for your project. On Tuesday April 21, WALSH hosted an event, sponsored and organized by Portland CSI, with a panel of industry professionals, including; Mark Hambelton, McDonald and Wetle, VP and Senior Estimator; George Starbuck, M+W, VP and Senior Estimator; John Herrmann, President, Bain Associates; Phil Strand, Senior Technical Roof Consultant, McBride Architecture and Panel Moderator Marty Houston, Quality Director, Walsh Construction Co.

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Affordable and Service-Enriched Senior Housing in Tacoma, Washington

Mercy Housing Northwest (MHNW) is celebrating the construction start of its newest affordable housing community, New Tacoma II Senior Apartments. New Tacoma II Senior Apartments will add an additional 40-unit, service-enriched senior housing apartments to Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood and will combine accessible, energy efficient design with resident services. New Tacoma II will be constructed adjacent to and integrated with MHNW’s New Tacoma I Senior Apartments, a 75-unit project that opened in April 2011. The two phases will join together through common corridors, share extensive community facilities and operate as one seamless community.

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Passive House Orchards at Orenco Highlighted in Affordable Housing Finance Magazine

Link to the article by Donna Kimura

Orchards at Orenco will be a landmark development for REACH Community Development and the Passive House movement.

In 2013, REACH purchased a 6-acre site next to the MAX light-right station at Orenco Station in Hillsboro, Ore., near Portland. “Our vision was to build three multifamily buildings on the land,” says Laura Recko, director of fundraising and public relations. “We always had the vision that at least one of the buildings would be a Passive House project.”

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Preliminary Airtightness Tests at Passive House Orchards at Orenco

The cat is out of the bag…

Well,  we weren’t going to say anything about it publicly but others have so we’ll join the bandwagon. See what our friends at Ankrom Moisan (architect) had to say here.  See what our friends at Green Hammer (Passive House consultant) had to say here.  

It’s true that our airtightness test at the Orchards project came in with really great results. 0.075 ACH50. Nearly off the chart! For context, that is nearly 8 times as tight as the Passive House standard requirement of 0.6ACH50.

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Ecotrust’s “The Redd on Salmon Street” featured in Portland Monthly magazine

Link to the article.

Right now, the dilapidated warehouse stretching a full city block on SE Salmon Street is simply the skeleton of a 96-year-old ironworks, neglected for decades. In 2016, however, the environmental nonprofit Ecotrust plans to turn this cavernous Central Eastside space into an incubator for artisan food businesses, where Oregon-grown crops become new products devised by Portland start-ups sharing production, storage, and distribution facilities.

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