Bring Your Child to Work Day

WALSH was excited to host 28 children at its Take Your Child to Work Day on April 28th! Sons, daughters, nieces and nephews of our employees built and painted bird houses, toured the office, checked out 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 wrapping up construction in the Pearl District. It was a great learning experience, and an exciting day, for all involved! Thanks to Shelly Stephenson and Arielle Kornelussen for organizing and managing the fun and education!

New Residence Hall for University of Oregon

Work is underway for the New Residence Hall at the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Oregon! WALSH is excited to be teamed up with Mahlum Architects on another exceptional student housing project. Completion of the new residence hall will give the university enough on-campus residential space for incoming freshmen to allow renovation of some existing, older residence halls to modern standards. The new, as-yet-unnamed, hall is expected to open in fall 2017.

LINK to a website for project information and construction updates!

Rendering courtesy of Mahlum Architects


WALSH Quality presents at Northwest EcoBuilding Guild’s Community Event

Sharon Libby, Quality Assurance Manager for WALSH Seattle, presented at the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild’s event “What Sticks to What? Sealants, Adhesives, Tapes & IAQ” on March 23, 2016.

Sharon presented the findings from her comprehensive study of exterior sealants and shared some of her insights and experiences on high-performance building enclosures. There were also other speakers and a demo on how to install caulking in the hour-glass profile (sealing between window and frame) with proper proportions.

Over 150 attendees learned about how to choose the right products and essential information for proper installations, why it’s important not to use products after expiration dates, how right products can be used for air and water sealing and other uses, how to judge products for best indoor use for healthy homes, and innovations in this important area that deserves more attention.


Join Us In Supporting the Future Forest Science Complex for Oregon State University

Design is underway for two new buildings for the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. The expansion and renovation project will provide OSU with the academic and research space necessary to highlight the best of Oregon and America’s wood products and forestry industries. The project is currently in the design process, and the project team is ready to engage with the wood industry, from finishes to structure. OSU is interested in finding partners who will contribute to the success of the project and the long term vision of OSU College of Forestry as leaders in the forest industry.

For those of you who are interested in supplying (either by bidding or donating) products to the new buildings being designed for the Oregon State University, College of Forestry; HERE is a link to a letter of interest.


Please submit the Letter of Interest form to

Letter of Interest Form
March 2016
Work with design team to refine specification of donated material
Apr 2016
Walsh to quantify materials and issue to donors
May 2016
Formalize donation in-kind gift
Jun 2016

Please note, that the letter is not a commitment of any kind but merely providing us with contact information so we can communicate with you as the project moves forward. We look forward to talking to you more about this exciting building project!

Please view the Michael Green Architecture building design presentation.


Construction is Underway at OSU Cascade Campus

Construction is well underway on the 85,000-square-foot residential hall for Oregon State University’s Cascade Campus in Bend which is scheduled to be ready for students and faculty by Winter 2016.

OSU-Cascades purchased land to create a 10-acre campus located near the center of Bend and close to transportation and other amenities. The campus will have classrooms, administrative offices and student housing. The 10-acre campus and the nearby Graduate & Research Center together are the first step in building a sustainable campus that is fully integrated with the community while retaining the personal, close-knit environment that has worked so well for OSU students.

WALSH Quality Director, Marty Houston, presented “Mid Rise Wood Buildings: A U.S. Builder’s Perspective” at a workshop hosted by the HPO

WALSH Quality Director, Marty Houston, presented “Mid Rise Wood Buildings: A U.S. Builder’s Perspective” at a workshop hosted by the HPO, Canadian Wood Council, FPInnovations and Forestry Innovation Investment in Vancouver, BC.

The workshop was an excellent forum to share information related to the design, planning and construction of mid-rise wood buildings in British Columbia. With an impressive line-up of speakers, topics ranged from fire safety design to the Building Act to how mid-rise wood frame construction provides an alternative in delivering quality and affordable housing.

The HPO was pleased to coordinate this successful educational event, along with presenting partners, The Canadian Wood Council, FPInnovations and Forestry Innovation Investment. The day helped to strengthen industry partnerships and to enhance the quality of residential construction in British Columbia.

Link to the video of the workshop.

O’Neill/Walsh Community Builders (OWCB) is honored by the City of Portland for their efforts in supporting equity in the workforce.

O’Neill/Walsh Community Builders (OWCB) was honored by the City of Portland “for their efforts in supporting equity in workforce and contracting on City, Portland Housing Bureau and PDC projects”. OWCB was among eight contractors recognized during the City Council meeting, with awards presented by Mayor Charlie Hales and the City Council.

OWCB, created in August 2011, is a formal partnership between O’Neill, Inc., a registered MWESB firm, and Walsh Construction Co. The partnership co-exists with its parent companies, builds on both companies’ strengths, facilitates opportunities to connect more deeply with MWESB firms, and provides O’Neill more exposure to processes and procedures for success on larger projects. Since its inception, OWCB has completed five projects, and has three in preconstruction.

OWCB earned the recognition for their efforts on the Beech Street Apartments/Center for Hope & Recovery project, which includes Lifeworks NW’s 36-bed Project Network and the 32-unit Home Forward Beech Street Apartments. OWCB served as general contractor on the two buildings, which were designed by Holst Architecture.

WALSH is Hiring in Oregon and Washington

We are seeking top-notch construction professionals in both our Oregon and Washington regions!  WALSH is made up of many different people, but one thing you’ll consistently find is people who are passionate about our community, our environment, our clients, our people and having fun.

If you know of someone who may be interested in applying, please share this link with them. They can apply directly online by following the link.


WALSH is looking for a Project Manager, Estimator and Senior Estimator to join the Estimating team in the Portland Office.


WALSH Seattle builds two homes for homeless families in the Tiny House Village in SE Seattle.

Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), a client that WALSH Seattle has worked with for many years, approached John Gilson to see if WALSH would build two homes for the new Tiny House Village in SE Seattle. The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd and LIHI have partnered with Nickelsville to provide 15 tiny homes for homeless families before Christmas, 2015. Nickelsville is a multi-site homeless encampment consisting of tents and tiny houses throughout Seattle.

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Project Partner Lever Architecture Highlighted in GRAY Magazine

Lever Architecture, as well as three projects (Framework, Tree House and ArtHouse) we have had the pleasure to be partnered on with them, have been highlighted in Gray Magazine: The Design Magazine for the Pacific Northwest. Congratulations to an excellent firm!

LEVER Architecture is a progressive Portland, Oregon based practice dedicated to realizing transformative projects that strengthen the communities they serve and blur the boundaries between the public and private sphere.

LEVER utilizes a research-based approach to leverage clients’ goals and aspirations leading to designs that have been recognized locally and nationally as models for housing, creative office, and retail mixed use.

Link to the article which begins on Page 63.