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Albertina Kerr Project Phase I; April 18th Construction Update

Albertina Kerr Begins Construction on $1.5M Project in West Gresham. Phase I; April 18th Construction Update. Info here!

Phase I; April 18th Construction Update
A message to our neighbors from Pam Krecklow, Real Estate & Construction Manager, Albertina Kerr:

Greetings,

Another week down
I readily admit not a lot to see for it but all the work being done now will pay huge rewards in the future by creating strong and durable foundations for the buildings. We had a lot of inspections this week of all the plumbing, electrical, and mechanical elements that are under the foundation slabs and because the construction crew is so good, we have passed them all.

Fire Marshall has also been on campus a lot this week testing fire hydrants and preparing for moving the Sub Acute's underground Fire/Water vault. Yes this means that next week will be full of inconvenience as we are needing to turn off the water to Sub Acute on Tuesday for the day. I have my fingers crossed for 4 hours but the contractor feels it will take them closer to 8 hours to get all the piping out of the existing fire/water vault, pull the existing vault, install a new reinforced vault, and reconnect everything. We have a contingency plan for 12 hours just to be safe. Be sure to be especially kind to Sub Acute staff as they are taking one for the team this next week and in their usual way are approaching it with positivity, flexibility, and tons of grace.

We were not able to pour the slab for the new residence this week but will be doing it on Monday. I know it will be tempting to see all that fresh concrete and want to put your initials in it but construction crews will be watching closely plus we do have some web cams up -- can't say you weren't warned.

Other elements to expect next week
Residence concrete slab on Monday, will need to cure for at least 3 days Joint Board and Foundation Board meeting in Chapel Monday evening Install of new Fire/Water vault on Tuesday Framing will begin on Residence on Thursday (yeah man, we are going vertical!) Delivery of big items like lumber & roof trusses will begin Louise Building interior demo will continue through the week Expect Project Manager collapse by end of week

In the near future expect
Some hammering as we move to framing and roofing More concrete poured as we pour the Sub Acute slab the 29th Numerous big trucks delivering lots of materials Demo of the Cold Storage Building which means more fence work at Sub Acute

As always if you have any issues, questions, or are just curious let me know.

Pam Krecklow
Albertina Kerr

Albertina Kerr Project Phase I; April 11th Construction Update

Albertina Kerr Begins Construction on $1.5M Project in West Gresham. Phase I; April 11th Construction Update. Info here!

Phase I; April 11th Construction Update
A message to our neighbors from Pam Krecklow, Real Estate & Construction Manager, Albertina Kerr:

Greetings,

Well it has been a full week:

  • The change in weather has allowed us to get the first concrete pour done, which means we have footings.....yeah!
  • We got the new North driveway cut in.
  • Sub Acute's entrance got shifted from the South side of the building to the North side. Yes it's different but you get a great view of the construction site.
  • IT's (information technology) fiber work got completed so that project is done and the road between Louise and Sub Acute is open again.
  • We started the decommissioning process on the old well, which is beside the cold storage building.
  • We began interior demolition of the Louise Building, we aren't doing anything on the outside so all you will see is a bunch of stuff (including some horse hair plaster, yes that's how they made plaster back in 1925) being tossed into dumpsters.

Next week expect:

  • More concrete trucks, we will begin pouring our slabs which after those cure we will be going vertical.....the really exciting stuff!
  • We will be working on the area along 165th and the new emergency entrance to campus.
  • Coming Soon:

    • A new fire/water vault will be going in soon. Yes I am the only one probably excited about this one but it is a huge hurdle. This work will cause some issues for Sub Acute when it happens but we are working up plans to address all contingencies.

    As always if you have any issues, questions, or are just curious let me know.

    Pam Krecklow
    Albertina Kerr

Albertina Kerr Project Phase I; April 4th Construction Update

Albertina Kerr Begins Construction on $1.5M Project in West Gresham. Phase I; April 4th Construction Update. Info here!

Phase I; April 4th Construction Update
A message to our neighbors from Pam Krecklow, Real Estate & Construction Manager, Albertina Kerr:

Greetings,
As expected it was a pretty quiet this week. In spite of the rain we have been able to finish the trenching, pipe install, and slab layout. We have also made great process on installing rebar and the concrete forms. IT (information technology) has also been working on installing some fiber lines which is the work that has been happening on the road way behind the Louise Building.

Next week we can expect:

  • A new entrance into Sub Acute, we will be shifting the temporary entrance to the North side of the building versus were it is on the South side currently. Look for that to be open when you get to campus on Thursday the 10th.
  • The new Sub Acute entrance is allowing us to cut the new driveway in earlier than expected, keep in mind this is just forming it. We are not opening the driveway until we are done with construction.
  • Decommissioning of the old well that is adjacent to the Cold Storage Building (expecting that on Monday the 7th)
  • And yes we should have some concrete next week also.

Still excited as we will soon see some vertical elements happening as we move on to framing.

The parking will remain as depicted on the parking map. A new version is attached that reflects the new Sub Acute entrance but parking areas have not changed.

As always if you have any questions, concerns, or issues please let me know so the project team can get a solution.

Pam Krecklow
Albertina Kerr

Albertina Kerr Project Phase I; April 27th Construction Update

Albertina Kerr Begins Construction on $1.5M Project in West Gresham. Phase I; April 27th Construction Update. Info here!

Phase I; April 27th Construction Update
A message to our neighbors from Pam Krecklow, Real Estate & Construction Manager, Albertina Kerr:

Greetings,

As expected last week was just full of activity but the good news is everyone made it through without a scratch, expect for a buried 8" pipe.

A recap of last week activities included:

  • The 2014 flood, which was caused by a failed pipe fitting and all that water had to go somewhere. Just glad we got it stopped before entering the Sub Acute facility but it was a close one
  • This event did cause Sub Acute's water to be shut off for an additional day but we did get rid of port a potties on Thursday (YEAH)
  • Plus between Rockwood Water District and the Contractor (yes it took both of them) we did have to have flush the whole neighborhoods water system to clean it out late Tuesday night. This was pre flood but a huge inconvenience for the whole neighborhood
  • Water is back on and we have had no trouble since 4/23/14 so I am putting the flood and the sleepiness night behind me and moving forward
  • We did get exterior supports up on the Louise Building
  • And did start framing, WE HAVE WALLS. If you haven't seen them yet take a second and check it out.

Next week will be equally busy. Expect lots of activity as we:

  • Continue framing the new residence
  • Pour the slab for the Sub Acute addition (Tuesday). Again there are web cams up if anyone is tempted
  • We are expecting the residence roof trusses to be delivered on Wednesday
  • Will be taking the Cold Storage Building down this week also
  • Cold Storage Demo will affect the Sub Acute playground late in the week as we are moving the West fence in an attempt to make up some square footage that was lost when we adjusted the North fence. I am hoping for rain Thursday and Friday, sorry
  • We will be finishing up the interior demo at the Louise but still have some mitigation, wiring, and misc. elements to address so not done yet
  • Might (although it is a big might) see a wall or two appear for the Sub Acute expansion

Just a heads up but coming up in the near future:

  • The cut into the Sub Acute building. We will begin discussion this next week on schedule and plan just letting everyone know more is coming. Believe it or not there is an end in sight.
  • Lots for hammering as we begin framing on both buildings

Can't thank everyone, especially the neighbors, enough for their patience and support this last week. It was a trying one for everybody yet everyone, but me, handled the water shut down, flood, and resulting issues with so much grace that it warmed my heart. A huge thank you to everyone. If you have any questions, concerns, issues, or etc. please don't hesitate to give me a call.

Pam Krecklow
Albertina Kerr

Garden Fresh Produce Available Year-round. Local Farmer's Markets 2014-15

Local Farmer's Markets reopen. Enjoy the freshest produce and products. Find farmer's markets here!

Stretch your grocery dollars at the farmer's market

Enjoy the best produce, flowers, and plants starts direct from the garden.

Healthy and fresh
Farmer’s markets are a fantastic source for fresh, seasonal, locally produced foods and artisan products. Plus, you'll find great activities and fun for the whole family. Come experience the markets. Meet the vendors. Meet local cooks. Enjoy the freshest produce and products. Make your own statement in support of local food.

Want to grow your own vegetables?
Check out Portland Nursery's 12-month "Veggie Calendar" planting guide here.

Portland's east side Farmer's Markets

(Complete details on these area markets below)

You'll find plenty of root vegetables, braising greens and lettuces, and of course plant starts for your own vegetable garden.

Bring your reusable shopping bags and plenty of small bills, though some of the markets will trade you a credit/debit card for wooden tokens that all vendors accept, which can be easier to handle than cash. We've indicated those markets that accept EBT or other food assistant coupons.

Every Drop Counts: Simple Steps Save Water and Money During Fix-a-Leak Week and Beyond

Every Drop Counts: Simple Steps Save Water and Money During Fix-a-Leak Week and Beyond: March 17-23, 2014. Info here!

Water. Save a Little. Help a Lot!

Regional Water Providers Consortium offers free indoor water saving kits.

Many of us have ignored the sound of a trickling stream coming from our toilet, or maybe we’ve chosen to overlook those small, slow drips from a bathroom faucet or kitchen sink.

After all, how much water do they really waste?

According to the EPA, more than 1 trillion gallons of water leak every year in homes across the U.S. That’s enough water to sustain the population of Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami combined each year. It’s also estimated that leaks in almost 10 percent of American homes drip away nearly 90 gallons of water a day. In the greater Portland metro area, that can mean about $100 in water charges literally going down the drain each year.

Many of these leaks occur in old fixtures, such as leaky toilets, faucets and showerheads. Fix these drips and you'll be amazed at how much water and money you can save.

Wilkes East Spring 2014 Newsletter Is Here! Find Out What's Happening In Your Neighborhood

Wilkes East Neighborhood, Gresham Oregon USA. Diversity, Harmony, Community - Together we can make a difference!

Wilkes East Spring 2014 Newsletter Is Here! Find Out What's Happening In Your Neighborhood. Inside this issue: New K-12 Rockwood Charter School; Free! Earth Day Recycling, Apr 19; Fix-a-Leak Week, March 17-23; Albertina Kerr Construction Begins; Nadaka Nature Park/Garden Project ;Neighborhood Clean-Up, Jun 28th. Click here!
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"Diversity, Harmony, Community -
Together we can make a difference!”

 

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

  • New K-12 Rockwood Charter School
  • Free! Earth Day Recycling, Apr 19
  • Fix-a-Leak Week, March 17-23
  • Albertina Kerr Construction Begins
  • Nadaka Nature Park/Garden Project
  • Neighborhood Clean-Up, Jun 28th

Download the full-color edition here. Now with clickable links!

Newsletters are a regular publication of the Wilkes East Neighborhood Association. They are hand-delivered to over 1,500 residences and businesses in our area, timed to correspond with our regular meetings.

Looking for a past issue? Check out the newsletter archive.

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Wilkes East residents are encouraged to submit articles for the newsletter. Articles should be limited to 300 words and may be subject to editing. Send articles by email to: info@wilkeseastna.org, or by postal mail to: PO Box 536 • Fairview, OR 97024.

Nadaka Nature Park & Garden Project, Improvements Coming in 2014

Nadaka Nature Park & Garden Project, Improvements Coming in 2014. Info here!

2013 was a very productive year for the Friends of Nadaka team which includes the Audubon Society of Portland (Audubon) and Columbia Slough Watershed Council (CSWC).

By Lee Dayfield, Friends of Nadaka

Audubon released a Cooper’s Hawk and brought their educational birds to the Nadaka Community Festival. Over 300 people attended the Festival last August. This year’s Festival will be held September 27th. You can view the release of the Cooper’s Hawk on YouTube by searching for Nadaka Nature Park.

The Nadaka Nature Park & Garden Project was awarded an Oregon State Parks grant in the amount of $523,480. These funds will be used to cover the large capital improvements such as the restrooms and covered picnic shelter.

New K-12 Charter School Coming to Rockwood, Project To Begin April 2014, Completion 2015

Nadaka Nature Park & Garden Project, Improvements Coming in 2014. Info here!
Sunrise Rockwood Charter School, Click to enlarge

Starting in April, demolition will begin to make way for construction of a new three-story, 53,000 square foot building for the Sunrise Rockwood Charter School at 19034 SE Stark Street in West Gresham.

The new 700 student K-12 school will have twenty-eight classrooms, a student commons, administrative offices, auditorium, food services, plus covered and open outdoor play areas.

Rockwood Community Development Corporation, the project's developer, says the Corbett Charter School Association has agreed on a lease to create the new school, which will border E. Burnside and S.E. Stark Street along the MAX Blue Line.

The success of the nationally acclaimed Corbett Charter School, which shares school buildings inside the Corbett School District, has created a waiting list of new students (mostly from east Multnomah county) wanting to enroll in the highly successful program. High demand and lack of space is one of the reasons for building the new school.

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