Affordable and Service-Enriched Senior Housing in Tacoma, Washington

Mercy Housing Northwest (MHNW) is celebrating the construction start of its newest affordable housing community, New Tacoma II Senior Apartments. New Tacoma II Senior Apartments will add an additional 40-unit, service-enriched senior housing apartments to Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood and will combine accessible, energy efficient design with resident services. New Tacoma II will be constructed adjacent to and integrated with MHNW’s New Tacoma I Senior Apartments, a 75-unit project that opened in April 2011. The two phases will join together through common corridors, share extensive community facilities and operate as one seamless community.

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Passive House Orchards at Orenco Highlighted in Affordable Housing Finance Magazine

Link to the article by Donna Kimura

Orchards at Orenco will be a landmark development for REACH Community Development and the Passive House movement.

In 2013, REACH purchased a 6-acre site next to the MAX light-right station at Orenco Station in Hillsboro, Ore., near Portland. “Our vision was to build three multifamily buildings on the land,” says Laura Recko, director of fundraising and public relations. “We always had the vision that at least one of the buildings would be a Passive House project.”

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Preliminary Airtightness Tests at Passive House Orchards at Orenco

The cat is out of the bag…

Well,  we weren’t going to say anything about it publicly but others have so we’ll join the bandwagon. See what our friends at Ankrom Moisan (architect) had to say here.  See what our friends at Green Hammer (Passive House consultant) had to say here.  

It’s true that our airtightness test at the Orchards project came in with really great results. 0.075 ACH50. Nearly off the chart! For context, that is nearly 8 times as tight as the Passive House standard requirement of 0.6ACH50.

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Ecotrust’s “The Redd on Salmon Street” featured in Portland Monthly magazine

Link to the article.

Right now, the dilapidated warehouse stretching a full city block on SE Salmon Street is simply the skeleton of a 96-year-old ironworks, neglected for decades. In 2016, however, the environmental nonprofit Ecotrust plans to turn this cavernous Central Eastside space into an incubator for artisan food businesses, where Oregon-grown crops become new products devised by Portland start-ups sharing production, storage, and distribution facilities.

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DJC Photos: Paying homage to industrial past in St. Johns

Marvel 29, the new, four-story mixed-use building for PHK Development at the eastern end of the St. Johns Bridge, has 165 apartment units, 1,721 SF of retail space, 150 bike parking spaces, 79 resident storage spaces and 132 underground parking spaces. The design makes extensive use of reclaimed materials, from hardwood shipping cases to shipping chain, related to the nearby Swan Island dry docks. The building is anticipated to be certified LEED Platinum. Additional amenities include a rooftop terrace, a pet grooming room, a fitness center, a demonstration kitchen and electric vehicle charging stations.


Link to DJC article with photos by Sam Tenney.

Tom Mathews of Walsh is named LIHI’s Housing Hero

LIHI’s Sharon Lee said Mathews helped change the stereotype of low-income housing, making it a community asset that gives dignity to families.

Sharon Lee and Tom Mathews have known each other for about two decades, and that relationship has helped each of their businesses grow.

Lee, executive director of the Low Income Housing Institute, recently presented Mathews with LIHI’s Housing Hero Award for his work on nonprofit housing, including 11 projects for LIHI.

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Portland Monthly “Merging Architecture and Recovery at a New Women’s Rehab Project”

Portland Monthly Magazine reports on Lifeworks NW and Home Forward’s new drug- and alcohol-free facility in their January 2015 edition.

O’Neill/Walsh Community Builders (OWCB) recently completed The Center for Hope and Recovery which is a residential drug and alcohol treatment facility in Northeast Portland which includes LifeWorks NW’s 36-bed Project Network and the 32-unit Home Forward Beech Street Apartments.

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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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