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Commercial | WALSH CONSTRUCTION – MERCY CORPS HEADQUARTERS Mercy’s New Home W WALSH CONSTRUCTION COMPLETED THE $37 MILLION MERCY CORPS HEADQUARTERS IN PORTLAND, ORE. ith a primary mission of becoming “the builder of choice” to its clients, Walsh Construction did just that when it worked with Mercy Corps on its new headquarters. Completed in October, the $37 million headquarters is located at 28 SW First Ave. in the historic Old Town Chinatown neighborhood. With this move, Mercy Corps joins the University of Oregon, Portland Saturday Market and other organizations contributing to the revitalization of the neighborhood. “Mercy Corps has been committed to finding a new home that is affordable and accessible and that reflects its organizational values of efficiency and wise stewardship of resources,” the organization says. “With the help of some amazing supporters, we found it.” A huge chunk of the budget – $27 million – came from sources such as the Portland Development Commission (PDC). “Every year, [Mercy Corps] brings to the local economy a payroll of $16 million and a budget of more than $300 million,” the organization says. “PDC helped us select the Skidmore Fountain Building and purchase it with significant public support.” »Walsh Construction was instrumental in building the 80,000-square-foot Mercy Corps Headquarters. Solving a Puzzle Walsh Construction built the 80,000-squarefoot headquarters primarily with structural steel frame. “That steel, along with concrete, was needed to support the building that wouldn’t have survived a major earthquake – especially with a wall removed to add a new wing,” Assistant Superintendent Afton Walsh said in a statement. “If you had a really strong bridge, [the building] would have fallen over.” The project doubled the size of the PackerScott Building, sometimes referred to as the Skidmore Fountain building. It also made the four-story, wood-framed building – which was built in 1892 – more stable. Superintendent Tom Mitchell compared the construction process to working on a puzzle. The east wall had to be demolished so the existing structure could be connected with the new one, he explained in a statement. Walsh worked with ABHT Structural Engineers and third-party firm AAI Engineering to get the pieces in the right order. “You have to get the demolition to a certain point to allow you to put the shoring in place,” Mitchell said. “But the shoring has to go in place prior to completing demolition – which has to be done before you can put the new components in place.” In addition, the team didn’t just cut out a side of the building – it also cut from the middle of the building. “A 1980s remodel had added a mezzanine level and jacked the building up about 11 inches,” Walsh Construction says. “[We] brought in Northwest Structural Moving, known for moving houses slated for demolition, to lower the building’s upper floors back into place. The dismantled mezzanine level provided enough wood to build stair treads, a reception desk and accents throughout the new wing. Recycling building materials was one of many green touches in the building.” Other features included a green roof and solar array, period-appropriate energy-efficient windows, pervious pavers and a system of six planters designed to slow rainwater runoff. The building is on track to be designated LEED platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council, Walsh said. “Moving from a quiet residential neighborhood to an urban district brings Mercy Corps closer – literally and figuratively – to its mis- CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM DECEMBER 2009
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Construction Today - December 2009
2010 Construction Forecast
Product Showcase: Hand Tools
F&R Construction Group Inc.
Suffolk Construction: Met 2
Weitz Co.: Solaris at Crossroads
Chance Construction Co.
Allied Building Products Corp.
Bird Construction Co. Inc.: Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
Broccolini Construction Inc.: EDC Headquarters
CJ Pink Ltd.
Cobra Corporate Management Inc.
DDRM: The St. Regis Deer Crest Resort
T.N. Ward Co.
EllisDon: North Park Quad Pad Arena
Blumenfeld Development Group & Forrest City Ratner – East River Plaza
Clark Construction: Michigan International Speedway
Morton Buildings Inc.
Triangle Associates Inc.: The Gallery on Fulton
Vogel Bros. Building Co.
Walsh Construction: Mercy Corps.
Wasatch Advantage Group: San Tropez
John W. Danforth Co.
Shore Environmental LLC
American Civil Constructors Inc.
Archer Western: I-75/I-475 Reconstruction
Cleland Site Prep Inc.
Delaware DOT: Indian River Inlet Bridge
Goodfellow Bros. Inc.
International Construction Equipment Inc.
Kiewit Pacific Co.: SR 519 – Seattle Intermodal Access Project
Plaza Construction Corp.
B. Gottardo Construction Ltd.
Bergmann Associates: Walkway Over The Hudson
Craig Olden Inc.
G.M. Sipes Construction Inc.
Idaho Sand & Gravel Co.: Ten- Mile Interchange
Malcom Drilling Co. Inc.
Mid Eastern Buildings Inc.: Southampton Wastewater Treatment Plant
Minnesota Department of Transportation: I35W Crosstown/ Urban Partnership
Nicholson Construction Co.
Papich Construction Co. Inc.: Route 46 Expansion Project
Tilcon New York Inc.: Interstate
Tyam Excavation and Shoring Ltd.
W.C. English Inc.: U.S. 321
West Electric Corp.
Turner Construction Co.: Eastern High School
Gafcon Inc.: Carlsbad High School Modernization Project
DASNY: Gouverneur Healthcare Services
Stuart Olson: University of Lethbridge Markin Hall
University of Houston Student Housing
HDR Architecture Inc.
Marshall-Lee Construction Corp.
RA-LIN & Associates
Suffolk Construction: Boston Renaissance Charter School
Suffolk Construction: FIU School of International and Public Affairs
Tower Construction: Huntington Memorial Hospital expansion
Absher Construction Co.: Chief Sealth High School and Denny International Middle School
Casey Middle School
Cedar Ridge High School
Clark: Lowell Reception Center
Gilbane/Banks Joint Venture: Coppin State University
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.: FORSCOM/USARC New Headquarters
Shaw Construction: Mesa State College Student Center
Shiel Sexton: Butler University
SpawGlass Contractors Inc.: Austin Community College Rio Grande Campus Parking Garage
Stuart Olson: New Edmonton Remand Centre
The Christman Co.
Turner Construction Co
Weddle Construction Ltd.
Kite Realty Group Trust: Eddy Street Commons at NotreDame
Last Look: DANSY
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