2017 Archives

PGE Seismic Retrofit of their Oak Grove Power Plant

WALSH is currently working with Portland General Electric on a seismic retrofit of their Oak Grove Power plant outside of Estacada. The project involves adding structural concrete shear walls to both ends of the concrete power plant. The entire south wall will be removed and reconstructed. The north end receives a one-sided concrete wall added onto the inside face. The existing roof will be removed and replaced, with seismic structural FRP shear panels adhered to the existing concrete deck. The plant will remain fully operational with turbines running while the work is completed. Much of the work is being performed by our RDF crews!

WALSH Honored to Win Oregon Ethics in Business Awards for Large Business!

WALSH is honored to have won the 2017 Oregon Ethics in Business Awards for Large Business, received by our President Matt Leeding. The Rotary Oregon Ethics in Business Awards honor those organizations and individuals who have demonstrated ethical business practice in its broadest interpretation: In the workplace, the marketplace, the environment, and the community. The recipients of these awards will have, by act and example, gone beyond the expected to achieve excellence in ethical business practices. Thank you to all of our WALSH team for their efforts to be exceptional in all ways.

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University of Oregon New Residence Hall Exceeds Whole Building Air Tightness Records

 WALSH is very excited to share the news of the University of Oregon New Residence Hall project. We just concluded our whole building air tightness testing in May and the result was .037CFM/SF. For context, the air barrier standard is .40CFM/SF. Most buildings we have been testing have been coming in between .17-.22. So this is REALLY EXCITING results for the project team! The building is 136,655 SF, which includes four stories of wood framed housing over a concrete first floor structure with common spaces and housing, and a partial basement.

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O’Neill/Walsh Community Builders Awarded ROSE Outstanding Business Partner Award

O’Neill/Walsh Community Builders (OWCB), a partnership between O’Neill Construction Group and Walsh Construction Co, is honored to have been selected as the recipient of ROSE Community Development‘s Outstanding Business Partner Award! OWCB is thrilled to work with ROSE in support of their mission to Revitalizing Outer SouthEast Portland neighborhoods, through the development of good homes and economic opportunities.

Framework, the nation’s first wood high-rise building, has received building permit approval!

Congratulations to the Framework team and all involved in this historic process! Framework, the nation’s first wood high-rise building, has received building permit approval from the State of Oregon and the City of Portland. The first time anyone in the country has ever had regulatory approval to build a wood high-rise! The Framework team successfully complete seismic, fire and acoustic testing as part of the process. WALSH is excited and honored to be a part of this project.

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Celebrating Completion of the Mt. Vernon CLT Classroom Project! (And More!)

How often do you have the Governor at your ribbon-cutting! The first CLT Classroom Project is complete with Governor Jay Inslee doing the honors on May 19 at Jefferson Elementary in Mt. Vernon, Washington. The building is part of a statewide pilot project using Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), that will generate much-needed classroom space in beautiful, permanent wood structures.

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Corporate Citizenship Awards

WALSH was excited to attend the Corporate Citizenship awards celebration on May 17 and we are honored to receive the Neighborhoods & Communities Corporate Champion Award (takes a full breath to say it!) The awards are presented by The Seattle Foundation to eight companies that embrace “Healthy Communities” through support of Arts & Culture, Basic Needs, Economic Opportunity, Education, Environment, Health & Wellness, Neighborhoods & Communities, and Global Giving. Special thanks to LIHI for sharing this afternoon with us, and to our amazing WALSH employees who volunteer their time and talent in support of our community. You inspire us.