WALSH and Mercy Housing Northwest at the Othello Park Festival in Seattle

WALSH had a great time co-hosting a booth with Mercy Housing Northwest at the Othello Park Festival in Seattle, Washington on Sunday August 16th! The 23rd annual Rainier Valley Heritage Parade included nearly 60 local groups representing more than a dozen cultures that call Southeast Seattle home. The annual Othello Park International Music and Arts Festival, hosted by the Othello Park Alliance, featured authentic music, dance and food from East Africa, the South Pacific Islands, the Filipinas, Latin America and more. The Othello Park Alliance works to assure that Othello Park is retained, enhanced, and integrated into a vibrant, multi-cultural, pedestrian-friendly Othello Town Center and residential community.

Link to images from our photo booth!


Station 162: Affordable and Fully ADA Accessible Housing for Adults and Seniors

Quad Inc., a nonprofit organization that serves the disabled community, has plans to open a new facility to serve seniors and those with special needs in wheelchairs.

The organization, Quadriplegics United Against Dependency Inc., is expected to go before Gresham’s design review commission later this month for the final vetting of plans to build the 44-unit affordable housing project at 306 S.E. 162nd Ave.. Called Station 162, the facility will be funded with low-income housing tax credits.

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Constructing A Model for Ultra Energy Efficient, Affordable Housing in the Pacific Northwest

LINK to the PDF file of the blog-post.

An ultra high performance enclosure is the heart of the passive house concept. The enclosure should be airtight and highly insulated, with limited thermal bridging. Additionally, the enclosure should be designed to mitigate potential durability issues related to moisture. Design for moisture management is important at all construction types but becomes even more critical when wood frame construction is used due to the moisture sensitivity of wood-based building materials. In previous posts, I’ve addressed the context and design of the Orchards at Orenco and the construction of the building foundation.

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Passive House, Orchards at Orenco Affordable Housing: Grand Opening Celebration

WALSH was thrilled to celebrate with REACH Community Development (developer), Housing Development Center (construction manager) Ankrom Moisan Associated Architects (architect-of-record), William Wilson Architects (design architect) and Green Hammer (Passive House consultant) on the grand opening of the affordable housing project, Orchards at Orenco, which is the largest certified Passive House building to date in North America.

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Westmoreland’s Union Manor Affordable Senior Housing Renovation

Westmoreland’s Union Manor, one of the largest affordable housing projects in the state, will get a $30.2 million facelift. Built in 1966 by the owner, the Union Labor Retirement Association, the seven-story, 300-unit affordable housing complex for seniors, sits on 6.6 acres on Southeast 23rd Avenue. The rehabilitation of the building includes the complete replacement of the building envelope, new domestic water and HVAC systems and greatly improved energy efficiency, fire safety, accessibility and seismic resistance and the addition of 18 ADA (American Disabilities Act) units.

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Orchards at Orenco Wins Better Bricks Sustainable Project of the Year

Orchards at Orenco, developed by REACH Community Development, Inc.,  received the Portland Business Journal’s Better Bricks Sustainable Project of the Year award on June 4th. Orchards is the largest multi-family building built to Passive House energy standards in North America and one of the first to offer these affordable, sustainable benefits to low-income workers. Tenants will receive unprecedented savings on their energy bills, achieving nearly 90% energy reduction for heat usage and 60-70% for overall energy use as compared to a code-compliant building.

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Historic Hotel Julian Provides Affordable Housing in Corvallis

Gov. Kate Brown came to Corvallis Thursday to cut the ribbon on a recently renovated subsidized housing project and make a pitch for an ambitious plan to build thousands of low-income units all over the state.

“One in three (Oregon) households spends more than half their income on housing, leaving less for the basics — basics such as food and medicine,” Brown told a crowd of more than 200 people gathered for the grand reopening of the Hotel Julian Apartments, a 35-unit downtown complex that was slated for conversion to market-rate rentals before a pair of nonprofits stepped in to preserve the structure for low-income tenants with rent subsidies.

“That’s why I’m proposing to invest $100 million to bolster the state’s stock of affordable housing.”

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