Built in North Portland, the 53,000 SF Bridge Meadows was a labor of love requiring over three years of preconstruction services and significant involvement with in-kind fundraising, successfully brought to fruition with groundbreaking in 2010. The project features 36 units, a library, a computer lab, tutor rooms, craft rooms, a community center, and a large spacious courtyard. Twenty-seven units are especially reserved for seniors who will act as mentors in this intergenerational community. There are also four duplexes and a single family home providing affordable housing for low-income families with foster children.
“In the midst of a recession, Walsh took on this innovative idea, embraced the concept, helped raise funds for the Capital Campaign, became a key partner in the real estate deal, contributed significant donations throughout the project, built an incredible community and remains a special part of the Bridge Meadows team. They are a very committed partner.” - Derenda Schubert, PhD Executive Director Bridge Meadows
A principal element of the landscape is a boardwalk bridging a storm water garden and swale. The project also pursued Earth Advantage Multi-Family.
Bridge Meadows is the only program of its kind in the state of Oregon, only the third program of its kind in the nation and the only one on an urban site. This innovative project is demonstrating how an intentional intergenerational community can creatively serve the needs of foster children, adoptive families and elders. There are 27 units for low income seniors and 9 single-family homes for foster families located in Portland’s Portsmouth neighborhood. Designed specifically to serve as the heart of the community, the Intergenerational Center has a host of activities daily and weekly and special occasions like birthdays and adoption celebrations! The project included 26% participation from MWESB firms, surpassing the goal of 20%.