We are deeply saddened by the recent passing of Tom Walsh, a co-founder of our company with his brother Bob Walsh in 1961. Tom was, and still is, a crucial component of our collective success and our foundational commitment to the community and in improving the lives of others.
We are thrilled to announce that Patti M Miles has joined our Project Management team with a focus on higher education and community projects. Patti brings more than 25 years of planning, architectural design, interiors, construction, and project management experience. While working for her former employer inici group, she had the opportunity to work with WALSH on several projects on the campus of Pacific University as an owners representative. She now brings that high-level of planning, programming, design, and project management to Walsh Construction Co.
Work is progressing beautifully on The Starlight for Central City Concern – a seven-story, 100-unit affordable housing project beautifully designed by Works Progress Architecture, LLP! Formerly known as the Westwind Apartments, the new name of The Starlight draws on the history of the area and is inspired by Amtrak’s Coast Starlight line which travels through nearby Union Station and the annual Starlight Parade which passes through downtown.
Please join us in congratulating John Hardesty on his promotion to Superintendent! John started with us as a carpenter in May of 2007. John is most excited to start utilizing all that he’s learned both in the field and the trailer to guide his own teams and projects. Currently, he is onsite at our Riverplace Parcel 3 for Bridge Housing – 187,448 SF, 178-unit high-quality affordable homes for seniors and families at a variety of income levels.
We want to congratulate SALEM HOUSING AUTHORITY on the much anticipated groundbreaking for Yaquina Hall! Their four-year effort has brought to fruition 54 affordable apartments to help address the critical need for stable and supportive housing in Salem. The 50,892 SF, three-story brick building, located at the Oregon State Hospital North Campus, is on the National Register of Historic Places, and served as a nurses’ dorm from 1947 until 1971. Several unique historic features will be preserved and enhanced. Yaquina Hall will be paired with an existing apartment renovation called Southfair Apartments. Supportive services will be administered by the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency which connects individuals experiencing homelessness to mental health, substance abuse and housing services. Twenty of the units will be reserved for individuals needing permanent supportive housing.
WALSH joins the city of Portland and our greater community in celebrating the extraordinary life and lasting legacy of Bud Clark who represents an invaluable part of Portland’s social fabric. We are proud to have built two buildings named for Bud with Transition Projects and Home Forward, the Clark Center and Bud Clark Commons – both projects continue to deliver life-saving and life-changing assistance to some of Portland’s most vulnerable residents and continue the legacy of the citizen mayor. WALSH extends our sympathy to the Clark family. Whoop whoop!
Look at these views ! Work is progressing beautifully at the Terwilliger Plaza Parkview project — an independent living community for active seniors in Portland which will be a beacon of sustainability and innovation once complete!
The project is being built to Passive House principles — a meticulous sustainable program with rigorous and testable standards. Passive House seeks to maximize a building’s energy efficiency while maintaining a measurable comfort level. Our Quality Department and WALSH team have extensive experience with Passive House construction techniques and are excited to bring this knowledge and execution to the project. Demanding 50-100% more insulation in walls and roofs than standard construction, the structure will be built for outstanding thermal performance. Parkview’s signature skybridge will also be a celebration of innovation, soaring above 6th Avenue, and a direct connection to the entire Terwilliger Plaza community.
Please join us in congratulating Steffen Schulz on his promotion to Assistant Superintendent! Steffen joined our healthcare team in 2015 and was a crucial component on the success of the construction of the Blackburn Center for Central City Concern – an innovative, evidence-based and client-serviced center that is a national model for the transformative impact of integrating health and housing! He followed up on our PAE Living Building project working closely on supporting our Red List compliance efforts. Currently, he is on our Webster Road rehabilitation – restoring crucial housing and supportive services for Clackamas County.