WALSH Is Excited to Collaborate with QUAD Inc. and DAO Architecture on Station 162

A 44-unit affordable housing complex planned in Gresham is being designed to cater to seniors and individuals with physical disabilities.

Portland-based DAO Architecture is designing the estimated $9 million to $10 million Station 162 for Portland-based QUAD Inc., said Alena Guggemos, the nonprofit’s development director. The four-story complex at 306 S.E. 162nd Ave. in the Rockwood neighborhood will be the fifth affordable housing development that QUAD has built in the Portland metro-area to support its mission of enabling individuals with disabilities to live independently, she said.

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Placing a Concrete Foundation on Rigid Foam Insulation at the Orchards at Orenco Passive House

It should go without saying that any high performance building should be built on a solid foundation. So why would we set our building on a layer of foam insulation? The answer of course is thermal bridging. Those bridging effects can cause a significant amount of heat loss through the mass structure at the base of the building. By thermally isolating the building foundation from the ground, building performance is improved, not only from an energy performance standpoint but also in terms of comfort and moisture management.

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Restoration & Renewal at Santos Place

The Need
Amidst Magnuson Park’s wide variety of built and natural community resources sits Solid Ground’s Santos Place, an historic WWII soldiers’ barracks that now houses 42 formerly homeless men and women. Originally renovated to transitional housing in the late 1990s, by last year time had taken a toll on the building both at the exterior and interior – a variety of mechanical units clung to deteriorating asbestos siding, windows were nearing failure, and tree roots snarled too close to the building, threatening the foundation. For Solid Ground, the need to upgrade the building and its systems was mission critical. In affordable housing, a crumbling facility is a resource at risk and does not send the message of human renewal – but restoration of this historic building into a durable, stable and safe structure would offer a meaningful message for residents.

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The Ramona: Affordable & Efficient. 2014 ASHRAE Technology Award Case Studies

The Ramona affordable multifamily apartments is a model for high-efficiency.  Based on the data measuring building performance for the three years since completion, The Ramona is certainly one of the highest performing multi-unit residential buildings in the nation with measures of less than 20 kBtu/sf/yr.  The team put a great emphasis on an airtight, thermally efficient building envelope. This was considered the most cost-effective way to get energy savings, the best way to reduce reliance on tenant behavior, and a good strategy to avoid future maintenance costs related to maintaining equipment. The Ramona continues to serve it owners and residents very well, and it continues to gather press. This month it is featured on the front cover of the ASHRAE Journal.

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Innovative Cones Designed by SRG Increase Day-Lighting at Portland Community College Southeast Campus

If you visit Portland Community College’s Southeast Center library you’ll probably notice some giant cones passing through the ceilings and floors.

The cones are the result of 10 years of research and development by the architecture firm SRG Partnership about how to bring more light into buildings in ways that use less money and energy than conventional designs.

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