Archive for the ‘New Construction’ Category

July 22, 2016 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, New Construction, PCRI

PCRI is excited to announce a new rental housing development which will serve low-income families in Northeast Portland. The PCRI-led team was chosen by Portland Housing Bureau earlier this year to develop the site at the corner of NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Rosa Parks Way, less than a block from PCRI’s main office.

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Conceptual rendering of King + Parks Apartments, as viewed looking southwest toward the site. ©Merryman Barnes Architects 2016

In partnership with Merryman Barnes Architects, Colas Construction and Cascade Management, PCRI is currently developing designs for the property, envisioning a U-shaped building surrounding a central courtyard (pictured below). Initial designs include one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments serving households at a variety of income levels. The completed building is expected to feature on-site management on its ground floor, along with a community room and secure bicycle storage.

Conceptual rendering of King + Parks Apartments. ©Merryman Barnes Architects 2016

Conceptual rendering of King + Parks Apartments. ©Merryman Barnes Architects 2016

Design development is currently underway. As of July, 2016, construction is estimated to begin in Summer 2017, with completion in mid- to late-2018. When completed, the apartments will utilize a geographic preference policy developed by Portland Housing Bureau to provide leasing priority for current and former residents of North and Northeast Portland who have been negatively impacted and/or displaced by prior public action and investment. For more information about the preference policy, visit the Portland Housing Bureau website.

Contracting and hiring opportunities for the development are intended to benefit local business, especially minority- and women-owned firms. For more information about the development or to stay informed about contracting or employment opportunities, please sign up for our mailing list (check the box for King + Parks for information specific to this project).

Answers to some of the most commonly-asked questions are listed HERE and will be updated throughout the project. Sign up for our mailing list (and check back often) for more information.

June 30, 2016 · by Travis Phillips · New Construction, PCRI

 

IMG_6959In June, 2016, PCRI completed construction of two in-fill developments a few blocks from one another in Northeast Portland. Each development featured three new construction attached townhomes which will be available for rent by families earning up to 50-60% of Area Median Income, based on family size.

Each townhome includes three bedrooms, a full bathroom and laundry room upstairs, while the open main floor includes the home’s kitchen, living and dining rooms and a half bath. Individual front porches give each townhome a welcoming entry, while private fenced rear yards offer a place for residents to garden, relax or play.

Designed by eM|Zed Architecture and built by Colas Construction, these homes will ensure durability, health and affordability for resident families for years to come. These new homes earned Earth Advantage Platinum certification for sustainable construction and energy efficiency. As with other homes developed by PCRI, the homes utilize finishes, cabinetry and flooring chosen for good looks and durability as well as the absence of unhealthy chemicals used in production and finishing. Space and water heating, appliances and lighting fixtures were all selected to maximize the home’s energy-efficiency, reducing utility costs for residents.

One of the two sites was vacant land prior to development of the townhomes. At the other site, an existing, dilapidated single family home was deconstructed prior to development of the new townhomes. The new homes are part of a larger strategy by PCRI to ensure and expand the availability of affordable rental housing in high-opportunity neighborhoods. This home and future developments aim to mitigate–and when possible, prevent–the forced displacement of long-term residents due to rising rents and gentrification.

Families on PCRI’s affordable housing waiting list who were displaced or are at risk of displacement from North and Northeast Portland will receive priority to rent the homes using a “Right to Return” policy developed by PCRI to mitigate involuntary displacement. The homes will be reserved for rent by families earning up to 50-60% of Area Median Income (income thresholds vary by unit) and will rent for $955 to $1,146 per month.

This new construction project, built by Colas Construction, also provided good paying construction jobs for historically underutilized firms. Construction work performed by certified minority-owned businesses comprised approximately half of all subcontracted construction expenses. In addition, volunteer partnerships helped stretch the project budget while ensuring the new home was a compliment to the neighborhood.

Funding for this project was provided by Portland Housing Bureau, Pacific Continental Bank, the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), a deconstruction grant provided by the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, equity invested by PCRI, and the use of energy-efficiency incentives from the Energy Trust of Oregon.

December 12, 2014 · by Travis Phillips · New Construction

This new construction 4-bedroom, 2-bath home in Portland’s Woodlawn neighborhood was completed in December 2014. The home earned Earth Advantage Platinum certification for its’ sustainable construction and serves as a prototype for future developments. A main floor bedroom and bathroom, as well as all living spaces, are accessible to a resident with mobility impairments. Upstairs, three additional bedrooms and a full bathroom provide space for a larger or extended family.

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Maxine Fitzpatrick (center) cuts the ribbon to the new home alongside PCRI’s Travis Phillips (left) and architect Keyan Mizani (right)

As with other homes developed by PCRI, this home benefits from finishes, cabinetry and flooring chosen because for good looks and durability as well as their absence of unhealthy chemicals used in production and finishing. Space and water heating, appliances and lighting fixtures were all selected to maximize the home’s energy-efficiency, reducing utility costs for residents.

When PCRI determined that the existing home on this property wasn’t practical to rehabilitate, we looked to replace it with a new home that was not only affordable and practical, but also healthy and efficient. The new home is part of a larger strategy by PCRI to ensure and expand the availability of affordable rental housing in high-opportunity neighborhoods. This home and future developments aim to mitigate–and when possible, prevent–the forced displacement of long-term residents due to rising rents and gentrification.

This new construction project, built by Albina Construction, also provided good paying construction jobs for historically underutilized firms. Construction work performed by certified minority-owned businesses comprised approximately half of all subcontracted construction expenses. In addition, volunteer partnerships helped stretch the project budget while ensuring the new home was a compliment to the neighborhood.

Funding for this project was provided by Portland Housing Bureau, the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), equity invested by PCRI, and the use of energy-efficiency incentives from the Energy Trust of Oregon.

 

November 1, 2010 · by Travis Phillips · New Construction

In 2010, PCRI realized a long-standing dream: to develop new sustainable, efficient and affordable homes available for low- and middle-income families.  With funding from Portland Housing Bureau, these four new three-bedroom, 2-bath homes were completed in late-fall 2010 and represent our commitment to expand home ownership opportunities to historically underserved families.

The new homes also showcase PCRI’s commitment to sustainability–employing durable, low-maintenance materials, state-of-the-art energy-efficient appliances and mechanical systems and innovative building and insulation techniques.  The homes earned LEED Gold certification and were featured in the City of Portland’s 2010 Build it Green! homes tour.

October 21, 2004 · by Travis Phillips · New Construction

On two sites where dilapidated homes once stood, PCRI developed five new affordable rental homes.  On NE Russet Street, a new duplex includes two- and three-bedroom units; on NE Morris Street, a new triplex includes a townhouse-style three-bedroom unit and one- and two-bedroom apartments.  All of the homes are generously sized, ranging from 1,097 square feet to 1,311 square feet.

The duplex and the triplex were both built with durability and efficiency in mind–and a strong desire to ensure healthy homes for the residents who would live in them.  Before the new homes were even built, the existing houses were deconstructed, ensuring re-use of materials where possible and proper disposal of debris when necessary.  During construction, advanced framing techniques and on-site waste reduction were employed to create a more efficient structure and reduce our impact on landfills.  Natural materials, sustainably harvested wood and recycled content products were included throughout the homes to minimize our impact on natural resources.

Inside the homes, low-VOC paints and non-toxic finishes were specified and efficient, effective ventilation systems were installed to ensure the homes provided a healthy environment.  Energy Star appliances, water-efficient plumbing fixtures and low-maintenance landscaping were also incorporated to ensure low utility bills and easy maintenance for the residents and PCRI.

These homes, including units reserved for families living with HIV, were celebrated on the City of Portland’s 2004 Build it Green! homes tour and were recognized by Oregon Housing and Community Services for the homes’ benefits as Special Needs Housing.

October 5, 2001 · by Travis Phillips · New Construction

PCRI developed a new six-plex and duplex to replace a dilapidated single family residence on this large site with convenient access to the MAX light-rail line.  The six-plex features two-bedroom, one-bath units ranging from 872 – 918 square feet, including three ground-floor units were designed to be adaptable to wheelchair users and feature wider doors, large bathrooms for maneuverability and other amenities.  The duplex features two three-bedroom, 1-1/2 bath townhomes and all units have access to off-street parking and an open play area.

To keep residents’ utility bills low, an innovative turbonics heating system was employed.  Separate thermostats in each room allow residents to only heat rooms as needed.  Energy-efficient windows, doors and insulation further aid in maintaining resident comfort.  Healthy non-toxic finishes and materials were used throughout and water-efficient fixtures and landscaping were also incorporated.

October 5, 2001 · by Travis Phillips · New Construction

PCRI deconstructed an existing home on this property and subdivided the lot to build two single-family row homes on either side of a new shared driveway.  Each 925 square foot home features two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs with kitchen, living and dining rooms and a half-bath downstairs.  Washer and dryer hookups are also located inside the homes.

In addition to re-use of an existing site near local services, schools, parks and transportation, sustainability was carefully considered throughout the project.  An innovative turbonics heating system with separate thermostats in each room works in conjunction with energy-efficient windows, doors and insulation to maintain resident comfort.  Healthy non-toxic finishes and materials were used throughout and water-efficient fixtures and landscaping were also incorporated.

Upon completion, the 24th Avenue homes were recognized with the 2001 Governor’s Livability Award.

 

October 5, 1998 · by Travis Phillips · New Construction

Cedar Place is PCRI’s first new construction project, providing five units of affordable housing.  In front, a two-story duplex has two three-bedroom, two-bathroom homes.  A second two story building is set back from the street and features two- and three-bedroom units, each with two bathrooms.  All of the units feature in-unit laundry and an open main floor plan with kitchen, living and dining areas.  The two buildings surround a play area and off-street parking.

Upon completion, Cedar Place was honored with the 1998 City of Portland Development Review Team Good Design Award.