Pacific University’s new Cascade Hall

Emily Sproul had her heart set on Pacific University long before she set foot on campus.

After moving in Thursday, the freshman said the campus — especially her dorm room in brand-new Cascade Hall — didn’t disappoint.

“I showed up and it just blew me away how beautiful it is,” Sproul said. “All of the dorms were nice, but this is just amazing.”

The new 61,500 square-foot residence hall sleeps about 80 freshmen and 120 sophomores and is seeking LEED Gold certification as a green building.

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A Study of Alternative Construction Methods in the Pacific Northwest

Building a residential tower with cross laminated timber could be slightly cheaper than a comparable concrete structure, according to a recent study by three Pacific Northwest firms.

Mahlum Architects, Walsh Construction and Seattle-based structural engineering firm Coughlin Porter Lundeen teamed up for “A Study of Alternative Construction Methods in the Pacific Northwest.” The feasibility study, released in May, examines the cost competitiveness of cross laminated timber versus more traditional building materials for a 10-story residential building.

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WALSH has once again been named to the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Washington list!

Seattle Business magazine honored its 100 Best Companies to Work For at an awards dinner on June 17, 2014, at The Westin Seattle. The winners, hailing from 18 cities across the state of Washington, were chosen based on extensive surveys completed by nearly 10,000 employees.  Each of the 100 Best Companies to Work For was recognized at the event and awards were presented to 14 finalists in five categories. WALSH was honored to have been named #2 in the Companies Headquartered Outside Washington state category.

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Orchards at Orenco: Largest Passive House Affordable Multi-Family Project

REACH Community Development continues its affordable home-building program with the launch of its Orchards at Orenco project this month at Hillsboro’s Orenco Station.

REACH, a nonprofit with nearly 1,900 units of affordable housing, is beginning construction of the 57-unit first phase of Orchards at Orenco, a three-building complex that will eventually provide about 150 units affordable housing.]

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