Albertina Kerr Project Phase II; Louise Renovation Update, March 2015

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Phase II; Louise Building Update & Addition, March 2015
A message to our neighbors from Pam Krecklow, Real Estate & Construction Manager, Albertina Kerr:


I apologize that it has been a bit since I have touched base, been just a little busy. Have some great news though. We passed our final inspection (March 6, 2015) on the seismic work on the Louise Building. This work insures the building will be around for generations to come. We now move our focus to getting the old building ready for occupancy and getting the new addition up and running. We have new footings for the new foundation poured and are pouring the new foundation stem walls as I am typing. As always just one step at a time.

You no doubt have all noticed the work on the campus grounds, pretty hard not to notice it. But if you have been wondering, yes we are in full swing in regards to getting the new parking lots in place. The big holes in the two pasture areas are actually going to be bio swells. Since we are creating a lot of surface parking area City code requires us to provide areas with which to filter and mitigate storm water runoff and the bio swells do that. Don’t worry they aren’t as big as they appear right this minute, they will get smaller. Just have to remove more dirt than necessary to give the contractors room to work. They will be taking shape here in the next couple of weeks.

As for parking I know it is tight right this moment and it is going to get worse before it gets better, but we need to remember it is going to get better. When we are done we will have right at 200 formal parking spaces on Campus, YEAH! But until then it will remain interesting. Parking remains available in front of and in back of the Chapel, in the new Sub acute lot, and around the CI building. With parking being so tight I do need to ask every to be careful as people are walking around campus and also please remember to park courteously. Don’t take up two parking spaces but also please don’t park so close that someone can’t get into or out of their vehicle. Plus we need to make sure that circulation remain open to the Multnomah CI Building. This one is going to take us all to get through, so be ready.

As we get the new parking lots up and running we will be shifting parking to the new lots so that the front and back of Chapel lots can get created. As soon as I know when that is happening I will pass it along so we can get the transition to run as smoothly as is possible. In the meantime keep enjoying the weather.

If you have any questions, concerns, issues, or etc. please don't hesitate to give me a call.

Pam Krecklow
Albertina Kerr

More Info
For more info contact Pam Krecklow, Real Estate & Construction Manager, Albertina Kerr, at 503-869-2596.


Built in 1925 as a juvenile hospital offering maternity services for dependent girls, the historic Albertina Kerr Louise Home will undergo its first major renovation in more than 30 years.

The 3-story 12,000 sq.ft. Georgian style building is the oldest and most recognizable building on the Albertina Kerr Gresham campus at 722 NE 162nd Ave.

The Louise Home will retain its historic structure and facade and receive a full interior renovation including seismic, structural and ADA building updates. A modern 2-story 4,000 sq.ft. addition between the two wings on the east side of the building will complete the renovation providing much needed space for Albertina Kerr programs and support staff.

While preliminary work has already begun, the planned start for the renovation is December 2014, with project completion scheduled for September 2015.

Albertina Kerr’s campus is currently undergoing a major revitalization. This fall the non-profit recently celebrated the completion of a 6,000 square foot expansion of the Crisis Psychiatric Care unit, a new 4,500 square foot Intensive Treatment group home and the addition of a second neighborhood group home nearby. To complete the 10-acre campus overhaul, the historic Louise Home will be expanded and renovated into a modern hub for community-based child mental health services and foster care.

The completed Campus for Children’s Mental Health will bring together, at a single site, leading children’s mental health practitioners, critical program services and facilities that are Albertina Kerr’s hallmark.

To learn more about Kerr’s services visit