Posts Tagged ‘Preservation’

September 15, 2013 · by pcriadmin · Featured, PCRI, Rehabilitations

In the fall of 2012, PCRI and Albina Construction began a project to extensively rehabilitate 10 of PCRI’s affordable rental homes, preserving these valuable assets for our community and helping ensure the stability of their neighborhoods. In September, rehabilitation was completed on the final home and new residents moved in, benefiting from the energy-efficiency, health and durability improvements that characterize the work being completed at each house.

The ten homes are located in eight diverse Portland neighborhoods, with each home near parks, community resources and frequent-service public transportation.  New paint, which addressed lead-based paint hazards, makes a dramatic before-and-after comparison.  Additional improvements to these and the other nine rehabilitated homes go much more than skin-deep, including improvements to efficiency and indoor health made according to Home Performance with Energy Star standards.  Testing was performed upon completion of each renovation to ensure the homes are as healthy, safe, and energy-efficient as anticipated.

Many of the new homes will also benefit from kitchens and bathrooms redesigned for better usability.  These newly-rehabilitated rooms will also benefit from cabinetry and flooring chosen not just because they look great, but also for their durability and the absence of unhealthy chemicals used to produce or finish them.

These rehabilitation projects also provide good paying construction jobs as well as training opportunities.  As with prior projects, PCRI teamed up with Oregon Tradeswomen at several of the homes, where students developed their carpentry and teamwork skills building fences, installing floors and creating raised planter beds where the new residents can grow their own healthy produce.

One other home, which is also part of the so-called “Big 11” project, will be deconstructed and the existing two-bedroom structure will be replaced with a newly-built Earth Advantage-certified four-bedroom home.  This new construction home, which is anticipated to be complete in 2014, will feature a wheelchair-accessible main floor bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living room, plus three upstairs bedrooms to accommodate a larger family.

Funding for these projects has been provided by Portland Housing Bureau, the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and by energy-efficiency incentives from the Energy Trust of Oregon.

For more information on PCRI’s available rentals, check out the Rent a Home page; for more information about the completed rehabilitations, check out the Rehabilitations page.

October 25, 2012 · by pcriadmin · PCRI, Rehabilitations

The rehabilitation and renovation of this home was part of PCRI’s Big 11 project.  The project, funded by Portland Housing Bureau included upgrades and improvements to 11 single-family rental homes.

The biggest change to this 1905 home is the addition of two upstairs bedrooms in the former attic space.  Thanks to a high roof, two generously-sized bedrooms were added without making any changes to the home’s exterior other than adding windows.  Although one existing main-floor bedroom was lost in order to make room for the stairway, the change allowed for an updated main floor layout including an enlarged family room and a more functional kitchen.  All of the rooms received new flooring, which Oregon Tradeswomen crews helped to install.

Inside and outside of the house, lead-based paint and asbestos hazards were addressed and kitchen and bathroom ventilation was improved.  A fresh coat of no-VOC paint also helps to ensure a healthy environment for residents.  A new Energy Star rated hot water heater and refrigerator were installed and insulation was upgraded help ensure low utility costs. The improvements to efficiency and indoor health were made according to Home Performance with Energy Star standards, with testing performed after the renovation to ensure anticipated results had been achieved.

September 28, 2012 · by pcriadmin · PCRI, Rehabilitations

PCRI’s rehabilitation of this single-family home was part of our Big 11 project.  Upgrades and improvements to this and ten other single-family rental homes were made possible by funding from Portland Housing Bureau.

Significant improvements to the envelope of this home were a core part of the rehabilitation.  A much-needed new roof was installed to keep the elements out and close attention was paid to improving insulation and air-sealing.  In fact, air leakage (measured by blower-door tests) was reduced by nearly 50%.  A new Energy Star rated furnace, hot water heater and refrigerator were installed to further ensure low utility costs.

Inside and outside of the house, lead-based paint and asbestos hazards were addressed, new flooring was installed, and new ventilation was added, all of which help to ensure a healthy environment for residents.  The improvements to efficiency and indoor health were made according to Home Performance with Energy Star standards, with testing performed after the renovation to ensure anticipated results had been achieved.

Outside, Oregon Tradeswomen crews collaborated with PCRI and Albina Construction to build new fences which will provide privacy from neighbors and create a safer place for children to play.  Tradeswomen-built raised planter beds were also added so residents could grow fresh vegetables.

September 5, 2012 · by pcriadmin · PCRI, Rehabilitations

PCRI rehabilitated this single-family home as part of our Big 11 project, upgrading and improving 11 single-family rental homes with funding from Portland Housing Bureau.

While new exterior paint is the first thing to notice about the renovations to this 1929 home, the improvements are far more than skin deep. Lead-based paint and asbestos hazards were addressed, significant improvements to insulation and weatherization were undertaken, and new ventilation was installed to ensure a healthy environment for residents.  The improvements to efficiency and indoor health were made according to Home Performance with Energy Star standards, with testing performed after the renovation to ensure anticipated results had been achieved.  In fact, these improvements reduced air leakage by 39%, something that will help ensure heating systems can work efficiently and energy bills will be as low as possible for residents.

Inside, the kitchen and bathroom were redesigned to be more functional and make better use of the space.  New flooring was installed throughout, making the rooms brighter and providing durable and easy to maintain surfaces.  Outside, repairs were made where a fallen tree had damaged the home, after which a new roof was installed.  Oregon Tradeswomen crews collaborated with PCRI and Albina Construction to build new fences and porch railings as well as raised planter beds where residents could grow fresh vegetables.

 

August 17, 2012 · by pcriadmin · PCRI, Rehabilitations

PCRI rehabilitated this single-family home as part of our Big 11 project, upgrading and improving 11 single-family rental homes with funding from Portland Housing Bureau.

New exterior paint is the most visible improvement to this 1944 home and addressed lead-based paint hazards.  Upgraded insulation and weatherization as well as improved ventilation were included in the project’s scope in order to improve the home’s efficiency as well as ensure a healthy environment for it’s residents.

Energy Star-rated appliances were installed to minimize utility costs and energy use and natural linoleum floors were installed in the kitchen and bathroom.

May 24, 2012 · by pcriadmin · PCRI

Two additional bedrooms will be added to this N Webster Street home.

This May, PCRI and Albina Construction began rehabilitation of eleven affordable rental homes. This rehab project spans North, Northeast and Southeast Portland with goals to make the existing single-family homes safer and healthier for low-income families and individuals. Interior and exterior renovations will make them not only more livable, but also more energy-efficient and will help to preserve the beauty and the stability of their neighborhoods.

Work is already in progress at four homes in North Portland, including weatherization and insulation improvements targeted to meet the Home Performance with Energy Star standards.  These improvements will help lower energy costs for residents and make the home more comfortable for the future residents.   Other work includes extensive renovations on a N Webster Street home, close to the vibrant N Mississippi Ave. This home, which has been submitted for Portland’s Build It Green! homes tour (selections to be announced in June, so stay tuned) will have new bedrooms added and the existing main floor layout will receive major improvements to its usability and layout as part of the renovations.

This N Trenton Street home was one of the first homes aquired by PCRI in the early 1990s.

These rehabilitation projects will also provide a series of new sites for PCRI to team up with Oregon Tradeswomen.  Students in the Tradeswomen’s training program will build new fences and porches and perhaps tackle a bit of deconstruction work at several of the homes.

The rehabilitation projects, as well as lead hazard remediation at each of the sites is funded by Portland Housing Bureau. All eleven of the rehabilitated homes will be reintroduced to PCRI’s rental portfolio upon completion.  In addition to the improved housing, the project will also provide needed jobs and training opportunities. While the specific needs of each home vary, the final result of the rehabilitations will be a more efficient, safe and healthy rental home. Start and finish dates of the individual sites will be staggered, with completion of the entire Big 11 Project anticipated for the end of 2012.

Guest post written by Emma Chandler, Housing Development Volunteer

January 11, 2012 · by pcriadmin · Featured, PCRI

PCRI and Colas Construction recently finished exterior improvements at the Maggie Gibson Plaza, located on the corner of NE Alberta Street and NE 17th Avenue.

The most visible improvement is the building’s new paint job along Alberta Street (don’t worry, we kept the Cycling Center mural!). As part of the Alberta Main Street Façade Improvement Program, which provided a portion of the upgrade funding, we incorporated some other meaningful improvements too.  Those improvements included new energy-efficient lighting—now controlled by a more reliable and efficient light sensor—and a new, more prominent sign above the center windows of the building.

One of PCRI’s residential/commercial properties, Maggie Gibson provides affordable housing to several households and also contains neighborhood businesses, including Community Cycling Center (whose Holiday Bike Drive provided bicycles to several PCRI kids in December 2011.  Check out the oh-so-cute photos HERE), Shape It Up Hair Salon, and Mimosa “Paint Your Own Pottery” Studios.

For more information about the Alberta Main Street program, click the link for their name.  For more informaton about PCRI’s available rentals, click the “Rent a Home” link on the menu bar above.

 

July 8, 2011 · by pcriadmin · 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 travis@pcrihome.org.

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.