Archive for July, 2011

July 22, 2011 · by Travis Phillips · PCRI

Around PCRI, we’re always eager to share great stories about our staff and residents, but we’re especially enthusiastic when they’re about PCRI youth.  As one might expect, when we heard through the grapevine that Marius, a PCRI youth, joined forces with the City of Portland as their Green Building events Intern, we were excited.  And as we learned more, the connections back to PCRI just kept popping out.

Marius and his family came to the United States a year and half ago from the Congo and lived in Tanzania for eight years before that.  Since he’s been in Portland, Marius has been chalking up some pretty impressive accomplishments: he graduated at the top of his class this June from David Douglas High School and he’s on the Multnomah Youth Commission.  He’s received a Future Connect PCC scholarship where he will begin in the fall taking pre-pharmacy and other general classes.

At the City of Portland, Marius will be working closely with Valerie Garrett, the Regional Green Building Hotline Coordinator.  (Valerie also has ties to PCRI: she is a former staff member). Marius will be learning about green building and climate change during his internship and will assist Valerie with outreach, public relations and recruiting of volunteers for the 2011 Build It Green! Home Tour on Saturday, Sept. 24 (PCRI has participated twice on the home tour, but we’re sitting it out this year).

Of course, we extend our congratulations to Marius on his internship and we know he’ll be in good hands working with Valerie!

July 8, 2011 · by Travis Phillips · PCRI

Updated 8/1/2011: PCRI extends an open request for proposals for rehabilitation of 11 PCRI-owned scattered-site single family affordable rental homes in Portland.

PCRI will host a pre-bid conference to meet prospective contractors, provide information about PCRI as well as share information and answer questions regarding the rehabilitation projects and specifications as well as PCRI’s goals for the rehabilitation.

Rehabilitation funding will be provided by Portland Housing Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  PHB representatives will be present at the conference to share information and answer questions about contractor requirements and required project reporting.

WHEN:     Friday, August 12, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. (please note new date!)

WHERE:  Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME)

4134 N Vancouver Avenue, Portland, Oregon

Interested contractors MUST attend this pre-bid conference.  Contractors should also complete PCRI’s Contractor Qualification forms prior to inspecting properties and submitting proposals.  Forms will be available at the meeting or may be requested by calling PCRI at (503) 288-2923 or emailing

The homes to be rehabilitated are located in North, Northeast and Southeast Portland.  Rehabilitations vary by property and may include interior renovations, interior and exterior painting, roof repair and/or replacement, cabinetry and fixture replacement, electrical and plumbing upgrades, foundation upgrades and repairs, floor refinishing and/or installation.  Projects will involve coordination with lead-based paint removal and weatherization upgrades.

UPDATE 8/1/2011: Proposals will be due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 29, 2011 and may be submitted in person, electronically (email), or by fax.  Bids will be opened at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 followed by PCRI review and (as needed) clarification.  Successful bids will be awarded by end of day on September 9, 2011.

PCRI representatives will be present to meet contractors at pre-set times at each site on Monday, August 15 and Tuesday August 16.  The meeting schedule and site addresses will be available at the pre-bid conference noted above.