Reimagining Space: Revitalizing buildings through thoughtful remodels

Whether creating new affordable homes from an old nursing dormitory, breathing new life and hope into a defunct rehabilitation center, or giving an exterior facelift to a 350,000-square-foot retirement community, we know how to engage in meaningful change in our communities, while working within the confines of existing space.

Let’s take a deeper look into some recent examples. The Yaquina Hall affordable housing project in Salem, Oregon may have taken eight years of perseverance, but the payoff will be immeasurable. What was once the home for nurses working at Oregon State Hospital now holds 52 affordable homes for people transitioning out of homelessness.

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Linfield University’s Science Center is Complete

After nearly 10 years of planning and 19 months of construction, the new Linfield University Science Complex, featuring the brand-new W.M. Keck Science Center, is officially open. The 84,400 SF complex gives Linfield students the chance to do high levels of undergraduate research, whether that’s mutations to mitochondrial DNA or fermentation in the Evenstad Wine Laboratory. Research space has increased 232% for Linfield University students!

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The Moraine Tops Out

Congratulations to our Tacoma project, The Moraine, on their recent topping out! Amazing progress and an impeccable safety record to boot – zero safety incidents. 👏

This 125,000 SF apartment building that will hold 160 units ranging in size from micro all the way to 3-bedrooms along with a host of amenities, not to mention amazing views. Congrats to our project partner, Ethos Development LLC. And to our project team of Marc Streleski, Matt Holcolm, Derek Johnson, Andrew Billings, Tran Nguyen, and Cindie Banta!

📷 Rendering courtesy: Works Progress Architecture, LLP

WALSH Women in Construction

Women numbered 10.9% of the entire U.S. construction workforce in 2022. Washington ranked fourth with 13.6%, with Oregon taking fifth place at 13.5%.

At Walsh Construction Co., we decided to do even better. We’re proud to claim 19.9% of our entire company identifies as women. Our commitment to an equitable workforce began when our doors opened back in 1961 and will continue as long as they stay open. Here’s to all the women in construction, but especially to our WALSH women!


THA Housing Hilltop Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony

Joined by local dignitaries and members of congress, Tacoma Housing Authority was able to celebrate the beginning of construction on Housing Hilltop with a groundbreaking ceremony. This project is set to deliver 231 affordable housing units to the community in late 2024.

Congratulations to our Walsh Construction Co. team of Dale Newcombe (pictured below at the podium), Joe Grim, Nathan Connaway, Tanner Romo, Jason McDonald, and Paige Paulston! And to our architect partners at SMR Architects.

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HomePlate Youth Services New HQ Completed

We started with a building shell and built HomePlate’s Dream Home! So excited to celebrate HomePlate Youth Services and their new headquarters which centralizes all of the non-profit’s operations in one location. HomePlate provides teens who are homeless or experiencing housing instability with drop-in services such as hot meals, hot showers, laundry, counseling and job placement services.

We are very thankful to have played a part in transforming the space for such an incredible community organization.

Wesley Homes Project Progressing in Des Moines, WA

Amazing progress out at the Wesley Phase 3 project in Des Moines, Washington. It’s exciting to see how far this 178,000 sf addition to the campus has come! You’ll see the wood framing is wrapping up on the 5-story catered living and memory care building, which also will include a fitness center and common areas, while metal framing is nearly complete on the 2-story building housing the skilled nursing facility.

Kudos to our WALSH team of Marc StreleskiAnthony Mizin, Randy Cossette, Juanita McLaughlin, Qasim G., Michael Corpus, Joe Geise, Ryan Gidley, Cindie Banta, and Mike Bang. And to our project partners WesleyInSite Architects, Inc., and Senior Housing Partners.

PAE Living Building Wins ENR Award

Congratulations to the team of the PAE Living Building for winning the Regional Best Project Award from Engineering News-Record for its resilient timber design and innovative sustainability achievements.

Many thanks to our incredible trade partners and to the WALSH team of Ed SloopKent UsherKyle HeckamanAdam KlaubaSteffen Schulz, Liz Stewart, Linda Woolery, Jake LaManna and so many more for their incredible efforts on this groundbreaking project.

We have been committed to building a sustainable future for over 60 years and this project is a culmination of these efforts. The #PAElivingbuilding represents the possibility of a more sustainable future and that Portland can represent that future on a global stage.

Construction begins on LIHI Good Shepherd

Work has officially begun on Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI)’s Good Shepherd Housing, a 7-story, 86-unit permanent supportive housing building located in the Seattle’s Central District. The site belongs to the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd and was the location of Seattle’s first ever tiny house village beginning in 2015. Now it will become a safe haven for individuals exiting homelessness and low-wage workers.

Beautifully designed by Runberg Architecture Group, the building amenities include on-site case management and staff offices, a common room, and several outdoor spaces, including a rooftop deck. Needless to say, our team was excited to get some dirt moving! Congratulations to LIHI and the entire project team!