Cross Laminated Timber at WALSH

Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) continues to have an impact! Two WALSH jobs, Framework and the new CLT Classrooms in five Washington School Districts, are highlighted in the Forterra NW Quarterly Newsletter provided in the link below. Take a closer look at these two compelling projects! Link to the articles.

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WALSH Quality Manager Presenting at Innotech Innovation Conference

On September 21st, our own Brian Lenz, Quality Manager Seattle, will be presenting a seminar entitled ‘Designing & Constructing an Airtight Building’ where he’ll be discussing how WALSH ensures our multi-family projects are highly energy efficient – both on paper and on site.

Learn more about Brian and register to attend the conference here:

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Framework Receives Building Permit, First CLT High Rise in the US!

“It’s a first for the United States: the State of Oregon and City of Portland have granted a building permit for the first Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) high rise over 85 feet. The building is called Framework, an under development 12-story (148 feet tall), 90,000-square-foot mixed-use building in Portland, Oregon designed by LEVER Architecture (for project and Home Forward) that will make use of a wood core structure”


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28 year veteran of WALSH, Ryan Wilde is our new VP/General Manager in Oregon and Mike Steffen made Director of Innovation

Walsh Construction Co. has named Ryan Wilde as Vice President and General Manager of the company’s Oregon operation.  Ryan has 28 years of experience in building and construction management, all gained while working at WALSH. In recent years, Ryan has led some of the company’s largest and most complex projects in the higher education and multifamily housing sectors.

After serving as WALSH Oregon General Manager for 9 years, Mike Steffen will undertake a new role in the company as Director of Innovation.  Mike will focus on expanding the company’s push into emerging innovative processes and technologies, while providing strategic project leadership.

PGE Seismic Retrofit of their Oak Grove Power Plant

WALSH is currently working with Portland General Electric on a seismic retrofit of their Oak Grove Power plant outside of Estacada. The project involves adding structural concrete shear walls to both ends of the concrete power plant. The entire south wall will be removed and reconstructed. The north end receives a one-sided concrete wall added onto the inside face. The existing roof will be removed and replaced, with seismic structural FRP shear panels adhered to the existing concrete deck. The plant will remain fully operational with turbines running while the work is completed. Much of the work is being performed by our RDF crews!

WALSH Honored to Win Oregon Ethics in Business Awards for Large Business!

WALSH is honored to have won the 2017 Oregon Ethics in Business Awards for Large Business, received by our President Matt Leeding. The Rotary Oregon Ethics in Business Awards honor those organizations and individuals who have demonstrated ethical business practice in its broadest interpretation: In the workplace, the marketplace, the environment, and the community. The recipients of these awards will have, by act and example, gone beyond the expected to achieve excellence in ethical business practices. Thank you to all of our WALSH team for their efforts to be exceptional in all ways.

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University of Oregon New Residence Hall Exceeds Whole Building Air Tightness Records

 WALSH is very excited to share the news of the University of Oregon New Residence Hall project. We just concluded our whole building air tightness testing in May and the result was .037CFM/SF. For context, the air barrier standard is .40CFM/SF. Most buildings we have been testing have been coming in between .17-.22. So this is REALLY EXCITING results for the project team! The building is 136,655 SF, which includes four stories of wood framed housing over a concrete first floor structure with common spaces and housing, and a partial basement.

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O’Neill/Walsh Community Builders Awarded ROSE Outstanding Business Partner Award

O’Neill/Walsh Community Builders (OWCB), a partnership between O’Neill Construction Group and Walsh Construction Co, is honored to have been selected as the recipient of ROSE Community Development‘s Outstanding Business Partner Award! OWCB is thrilled to work with ROSE in support of their mission to Revitalizing Outer SouthEast Portland neighborhoods, through the development of good homes and economic opportunities.

Framework, the nation’s first wood high-rise building, has received building permit approval!

Congratulations to the Framework team and all involved in this historic process! Framework, the nation’s first wood high-rise building, has received building permit approval from the State of Oregon and the City of Portland. The first time anyone in the country has ever had regulatory approval to build a wood high-rise! The Framework team successfully complete seismic, fire and acoustic testing as part of the process. WALSH is excited and honored to be a part of this project.

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