Greenfire wins top award from ASHRAE

Link to the article published in the Seattle DJC.

The Greenfire campus in Ballard won a top award from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers for energy management, indoor air quality and mechanical design.

The developer is Greenfire Group LLC. The campus is the new headquarters for an environmental philanthropy called Wilburforce Foundation. The foundation wanted office space in an urban location that reflects its mission and demonstrates cost-effective green design.

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Spectrum, Mithun and WALSH start 75-unit Decibel near Yesler Terrace

From the Seattle DJC. Link to the article. Rendering courtesy of Mithun.

Spectrum Development Solutions has broken ground on the second of its three apartment projects near Yesler Terrace.

This one is called Decibel and it is at 301 12th Ave. Decibel will have 75 units, 3,000 square feet of retail and 20 parking stalls. Opening is set for fall 2016. Gracorp Capital Advisors and PNC Real Estate are Spectrum’s financial partners. Mithun is the architect, Walsh Construction Co. is the general contractor and Hewitt is landscape architect.

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WALSH Celebrates Bring Your Child to Work Day!

Walsh Construction Co. was happy to host 24 children at its Take Your Child to Work Day on April 23rd. Sons and daughters of Walsh Construction Co. employees, ranging in age from four-years-old to 12– years-old, built and painted tool boxes, toured the office, checked out some construction equipment and learned more about what their parents do for work on a day-to-day basis.  

After lunch, the parents and their children headed onsite to take a tour of The Abigail, an affordable housing project currently under construction in the Pearl District. The kids had lots of great questions and even got to talk with our crane operator over the radio.  It was a learning experience, and an exciting day, for all involved! The kids had a great day building and spending time with their parents. Thanks to Shelly Stephenson and Arielle Kornelussen for organizing and managing the fun and education!

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WALSH Quality Hosts Portland CSI Panel Discussion

As one of the most critical enclosure components, the roof assembly is often one of the least understood. With so many system options and insulation strategies to choose from, it can be difficult to make the right decision for your project. On Tuesday April 21, WALSH hosted an event, sponsored and organized by Portland CSI, with a panel of industry professionals, including; Mark Hambelton, McDonald and Wetle, VP and Senior Estimator; George Starbuck, M+W, VP and Senior Estimator; John Herrmann, President, Bain Associates; Phil Strand, Senior Technical Roof Consultant, McBride Architecture and Panel Moderator Marty Houston, Quality Director, Walsh Construction Co.

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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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