Parkview expansion reaches skybridge milestone
The skybridge at Parkview senior living, at Terwilliger Plaza above the Under Armor track in downtown Portland, is going up on August 6.
Parkview is a senior living building with an ongoing expansion involving design and construction by Portland-based LRS Architects, PAE engineering and Walsh Construction.
Peter Houseknecht is the lead architect with LRS on the project.
"Parkview at Terwilliger Plaza is an innovative and fascinating project, not only due to its Passive House Design, but also the groundbreaking skybridge," Houseknecht said. "Crossing the busy S.W. 6th Ave. and Sheridan St. intersection could be dangerous. The skybridge's purpose is to provide Terwilliger Plaza Members an intentional and direct connection to the two campuses to support an engaged and inclusive community."
Parkview is at Terwilliger Plaza, which is a standalone nonprofit Continuing Care Retirement Community. Altogether, Parkview is expected to be one of the largest Passive House buildings on the west coast, as well as one of the largest senior living Passive Houses.
"Our engineering analysis and design was bolstered by an integrated team that shared a vision for a unique senior living community," said Ruwan Jayaweera, principal at PAE. "By achieving Passive House goals, the project showcases how these principles balance cost, energy-efficiency, occupant comfort, and long-term carbon savings."
The Parkview expansion project includes a rooftop solar array, innovative energy efficiency, simple maintenance and more. When completed, Parkview as a whole will be a 10-level, 370,000-square-foot building with 127 sustainable, independent living apartment homes.
"Our involvement with the Parkview expansion and the community of people in which it serves aligns with our values to create buildings with enduring value, a dedication to sustainable practices, and building strong communities," stated Craig Leonnig, senior project manager at Portland-based Walsh Construction.
The project started in spring 2021, and has a completion date slated for 2023.
"The commitment to the future vision and forward momentum of Terwilliger Plaza by our community and Board of Directors is extraordinary," said Bob Johnson, president and CEO of Terwilliger Plaza. "The Parkview expansion and the iconic skybridge will be a point of pride for our community contributing to Portland's commitment to the environment and its senior population, challenging preconceived notions of senior living, and taking a leadership position in our industry. The collective expertise of LRS Architects, Walsh Construction and PAE is an incredible team to lead Terwilliger Plaza into the future and long-term vitality of our community."
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