Summer of Construction, 2017
17th & Irving Penthouse addition and historic building renovation broke ground in August. The project includes all new structure interior, seismic upgrades, penthouse office addition and energy improvements. Also continuing in construction we have three mid-rise building coming up on the inner east side – Compressor Apartments, Sellwood Mixed-use and 29th & Division Mixed-use. Also in Portland’s inner east side we are excited to have the Brooklyn Pines project with Habitat for Humanity.
Sellwood Mixed Use
SE 29th & Division Mixed Use
Construction in Full Swing!
WWA is excited to have several project under construction this winter. In Hillsboro we have a major tenant improvement to renovate existing office space into a new worship hall at the Chinese Evangelical Church. In Portland we have three mid-rise building coming up on the inner east side – Compressor Apartments, Sellwood Mixed-use and 29th & Division Mixed-use. Also in Portland’s inner east side we are excited to have the Brooklyn Pines project with Habitat for Humanity (http://habitatportlandmetro.org/our-builds/current-builds/brooklyn-pines/ ). In Medford we have a custom single-family home under construction on a hillside site overlooking the valley.
St. Luke Construction Complete!
June 4th 2017 St. Luke celebrated the dedication the Narthex new addition and new stair tower. The narthex addition provides a bright welcoming entry and much need social space outside the main sanctuary. Outside the narthex are two plazas providing additional gathering space and a drop off area.
The stair tower addition relocates an existing stairs from a confined hallways to an exterior location allowing both the stairs and hallways to be wide for a welcoming and more engaging environment.
WWA staff truly enjoyed working with St. Luke staff and volunteers as well as the team at Joseph Hughes Construction.
Compressor Apartments breaking ground
The Compressor Apartments are currently in for permit, nearing the end of the permitting process. WWA is excited to have another project under construction soon!
Sleeping POD Unveiling!
On December 5th, the Center for Public Interest Design (CPID) and the Mayor's office put on an event to showcase and unveil the sleeping pod designs that 14 architecture teams had been working on since the design charette in mid October. The event was a huge success, with local news coverage and a great turnout from the design community. The teams represented were Holst, LRS, Mackenzie, BPM, Forthcoming, SERA, MoMaMa, William Wilson Architects, Scott Edwards Architects, Brett Schulz Architects, City Repair, Communitecture, CPID, PSU School of Architecture. The built pods will be on display December 9th - 11th on the North Park blocks outside of the PNCA building.
Architectural Registration Examination
The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) is responsible for writing the Architectural Registration Examination (ARE) which must be passed by applicants in all states to become registered architects. Bill Wilson has participated in the ARE writing process for the past 10 years serving on the ARE 4.0 Structural Systems Subcommittee, several ARE Task Forces, and for the past two years as Coordinator for the new ARE 5.0 Practice Management Subcommittee. The new ARE 5.0 examination will be launched on November 1st while ARE 4.0 will end a ten year run in 2018. As part of an ARE 4.0 Task Force, Bill met in Phoenix with the ARE 4.0 Committee at the end of September 2016 where the successful run of ARE 4.0 was celebrated!
YES FOR AFFORDABLE HOMES!
Thursday, August 11th, 2016 William Wilson Architects and Salazar Architect hosted a fundraiser for the Yes for Affordable Homes campaign in support for the Measure 26-179 that will be on the ballot this November. Jes Larson from the Welcome Home Coalition came to speak on the state of the housing crisis and how this bond can make an impact to help create 1,300 affordable homes.
Both offices recognize and acknowledge that Portland needs critical investments like the $258.4 million affordable housing bond to create safe, permanently affordable housing for thousands of people who live and work in our communities.
“The need for more affordable housing in Portland is clear: Rents are up nearly 15 percent over last year, and low vacancy rates are making it harder to find a place to live. Thousands of Portlanders struggle to find a safe place to sleep at night. Nearly half of families with low incomes—less than $37,000 a year for a family of four—can’t find a home they can afford because we lack 24,000 affordable homes in Portland. Families are forced to move every year because of rent increases, and sometimes more than once, causing children to fall behind in school.”
‘Yes for Affordable Homes is working to make Portland a place everyone can afford to call home. We can create and preserve thousands of affordable homes for those who need them most by voting YES for affordable housing on November 8.’ The event raised over $2,000 to help support the Coalition in getting the word out to voters.