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Albertina Kerr Project Phase I; Jun 20th Construction Update

Albertina Kerr Begins Construction on $1.5M Project in West Gresham. Phase I; Jun 20th Construction Update. Info here!

Phase I; Jun 16th Construction Update
A message to our neighbors from Pam Krecklow, Real Estate & Construction Manager, Albertina Kerr:

Greetings,

It has been pretty much a mixed bag this week. Some good news, some bad but in spite of it all we just keep moving forward. The best news is the design application is in for the Louise Building! Plus I got a contingent of Subacute staff through for a tour of the new addition. They are so excited there were tears! Bad news is we are discussing a small delay in schedule on Residence and Subacute, possibly out 2 additional weeks to mid-August. But don't believe that just yet as the team is working hard to make that NOT happen. So we will see where we end up on it. More as we move forward.

This week wasn't real exciting, just finishing up a bunch of elements on the exteriors and still, yes, still pulling wire on the interior. Equipment has started to arrive and duct work is going in. Subacute' s main art install has been finished by Art from the Heart and is ready for pick up and their finishes are almost picked out, the paint can be a hard one. If your by my desk take a look.

Next week...

Subacute:
Gym shut down Wednesday morning for a couple of hours for NW Natural gas exploration, initial part of the equipment tie in which we all know is coming.

We made it through the last of the fire system testing, all the remaining parts of the existing system held (phew, no more floods) and the system remained pressurized for two hours for the test so we passed inspection. The only issue was the Fire Marshal didn't like the hose size we used to flush the system once we were done so we will have to flush the system one more time. A minor inconvenience on that one.

  • Finishing up the flat roofing at the exterior mechanical area
  • Continuing interior insulation and walls

Residence:
Looking at PGE power install here in just a bit. This install will have some effect on parking around Multnomah CI but transport will remain flowing. More to come on this as we move forward.

  • Will begin to see painting on the exterior
  • Have the insulation in
  • Drywall install in progress

Louise:
Working on Seismic Upgrade plan

Parking plan remains the same. Likely won't have an update next week with it being short and the holiday and all but will make sure I keep everyone in the loop. If you don't hear from me before, y'all have a great holiday.

Any questions, issues, concerns please just let me know.

Pam Krecklow
Albertina Kerr

Albertina Kerr Project Phase I; Jun 16th Construction Update

Albertina Kerr Begins Construction on $1.5M Project in West Gresham. Phase I; Jun 1st Construction Update. Info here!

Phase I; Jun 16th Construction Update
A message to our neighbors from Pam Krecklow, Real Estate & Construction Manager, Albertina Kerr:

Greetings,

Well it is raining but it isn't slowing us down because we have both roofs, exteriors almost complete and working on the dry inside of the buildings.

Albertina Kerr Project Phase I; Jun 16th Construction Update; Subacute facility takes shape. Click to enlarge.
Albertina Kerr, Subacute facility,(foreground). Photo May 23rd

If you haven't seen the site lately is really coming along:

Residence:
We have a top of line moisture control system installed Siding is almost complete Exterior Doors are being installed (don't panic some are just temporary doors) Tons (and yes I am being literal) of wiring is being pulled on the interior Mechanical is being roughed in.

Subacute:
The roofing is complete. Exterior brick is up and looks great. Windows are in. Another ton of wire is being pulled and the mechanical is being roughed in.

That is pretty much it, as I said earlier the WOW elements are pretty much done. But we are moving forward.

Parking remains as depicted on plan.

Any questions, issues, concerns please just let me know.

Pam Krecklow
Albertina Kerr

Albertina Kerr Project Phase I; Jun 1st Construction Update

Albertina Kerr Begins Construction on $1.5M Project in West Gresham. Phase I; Jun 1st Construction Update. Info here!

Phase I; Jun 1st Construction Update
A message to our neighbors from Pam Krecklow, Real Estate & Construction Manager, Albertina Kerr:

Greetings,

As promised, it was a quieter week, the fiberglass windows with the safety glass got installed in the new Residence (right, background).

Albertina Kerr Project Phase I; May 23rd Construction Update; Subacute facility tak3s shape. Click to enlarge.
Albertina Kerr, Subacute facility (foreground)

The safety glass is designed to withhold (5) 50lb drops of a steel ball. The State (of Oregon) was by to walk through the new Residence and everyone is very excited to see it come to fruition. The Subacute addition (right foreground) is framed-in and the interior walls are up. It's becoming quite the space. Been working with everyone on interior colors and finishes, will have them buttoned up here in the next couple of weeks. Always a good sign there is an end in sight, as getting the finishes/color in is one of the last things to do.

This next week expect:

  • The Residence to be water tight with the windows and siding finished
  • Begin plywood and sheetrock install on inside of Residence
  • Roofing and exterior finishes going on Subacute addition
  • The Louise will be quiet for a while as we are done with the interior demo and waiting on approval for next steps.

All the dramatic drama is pretty much over, at least until the end of this month when we start to finish up the site work.

A heads-up to Subacute, tie in to existing equipment (plumbing, electrical, mechanical/furnace, fire system, etc.) is going to be starting in earnest in the next couple of weeks. I am sorry to say this will be a big inconvenience, as it will means guys in the hallways (mainly therapist hallway but gym hallway also) and some noise. The residence wings will remain free of physical disturbance but circulation throughout the building will be impacted. There is no reason to panic, this is just a heads up it is on the way. I don't have any specifics yet but as soon as I do we will be working through scheduling and all the other issues to make it as convenient and painless as we possibly can. If you need any incentive to get you through this next part, just go out and look at the addition. It is going to be fabulous!

No changes in parking this next week and there remains parking available up and around the Louise Building.

One more week down, only nine more to go!

Any questions, issues, concerns, please let me know.

Pam Krecklow
Albertina Kerr

Gresham's temporary $7.50 utility fee now permanent with council vote on June 3, 2014

Gresham's temporary $7.50 utility fee now permanent with council vote on June 3, 2014. Info here!
City of Gresham, Fire & Rescue

The Gresham City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to make permanent an expiring $7.50 monthly utility fee to help stave off cuts to police and fire services, two weeks after voters rejected a property tax increase intended for that purpose.

Source: oregonlive.com (Jun 4, 2014)

The utility fee is now expected bring in $3.7 million in 2014-15. The tax would have raised $5.4 million toward next year's budget. Budget Director Sharron Monohon said officials would suggest amendments to the city's proposed budget to keep it in balance.

"We have no choice but to protect our people," said council member Karylinn Echols.

The utility fee was due to expire June 30.

The city's proposed budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which starts July 1, included $5.4 million from an "unspecified source" that would replace the sunsetting fee.

City leaders had hoped the new source would be a tax hike of $1.25 per $1,000 in taxable assessed property value at the May 20 ballot. The vote was so close that Mayor Shane Bemis wouldn't concede defeat for days afterward. But the narrow margin against the measure persisted as the final votes were counted. Read more.

Gresham leaders want to renew a sun-setting monthly fee after tax measure's defeat May 20th

Gresham leaders want to renew a sun-setting monthly fee after tax measure's defeat May 20th. Info here!
City of Gresham, Fire & Rescue

Gresham officials made clear this week they are unwilling to cut more than $5 million from public safety and parks, a little more than a week after voters narrowly defeated a tax levy that would have paid the bill.

Source: oregonlive.com (May 30, 2014)

The only solution to the funding gap that elected officials and appointees to a city budget committee offered at meeting Thursday?

Reinstating a "temporary" fee charged through city utility bills. And that fee may go up from the $7.50 residents have been paying each month for more than a year.

Mayor Shane Bemis called for the Gresham City Council to meet in a special session immediately before the budget committee meets Tuesday (June 3, 2014, 6:30PM) evening. Bemis, a key backer of the failed tax measure, made it clear he expects members to vote for an alternative source of funding. Read more.

Albertina Kerr Project Phase I; May 12th Construction Update

Albertina Kerr Begins Construction on $1.5M Project in West Gresham. Phase I; May 12th Construction Update. Info here!

Phase I; April May 12th Construction Update
A message to our neighbors from Pam Krecklow, Real Estate & Construction Manager, Albertina Kerr:

Greetings,

After last week, this week is going to be a bit boring. Hard to compete with the dramatic fall of the old exterior wall that faced 165th as we finished the cut-in. If you wish to see the video see Krisanne or let me know and I can send it to you.

Albertina Kerr Project Phase I; Sub-Acure Framing (fore), New Residents Facility (back)
Albertina Kerr, Sub-Acute framing begins

We also got completed last week:

  • The exterior framing of the residence
  • The cold storage building demolished (campus looks really different now)
  • Subacute framing started

This next week is going to be less exciting but a bit noisy as we hammer, hammer, hammer on:

  • Roofing on the residence
  • Continue framing on Subacute
  • We will also be moving inside on the new residence working on rough in for plumbing, electrical, and equipment install
  • Also decommissioning the old well this week

But the weather and progress should keep us all happy.

Please let me know if there are any issues, questions, concerns in regards to the construction.

Pam Krecklow
Albertina Kerr

LED Streetlight Conversion Begins in West Gresham's Wilkes East Neighborhood

LED Streetlight Conversion Begins in West Gresham's Wilkes East Neighborhood, May 2014. Click to enlarge.
LED streetlight, Capri Terrace

Monday, May 19th, the Capri Terrace area of Wilkes East began receiving new LED streetlights -- replacing the old familiar 'pink glow' high-pressure sodium lights. The new streetlights are white, bright and money saving, but some folks say they also create more shadows at night.

What a bright idea: Gresham switching to LED streetlights

Source: Gresham Outlook website

Cost to keep lights on will go from $600,000 a year to $100,000 with new program

In yet another green effort to save energy and money, Gresham is starting a major streetlight replacement project, which will convert the city’s streetlights to high-efficiency LED bulbs. The move will save approximately $500,000 a year in costs.

Cities across the nation — even the globe — are turning to light-emitting diode lights as a way to save money and the environment.

Albertina Kerr Project Phase I; May 23rd Construction Update

Albertina Kerr Begins Construction on $1.5M Project in West Gresham. Phase I; May 23rd Construction Update. Info here!

Phase I; April May 23rd Construction Update
A message to our neighbors from Pam Krecklow, Real Estate & Construction Manager, Albertina Kerr:

Greetings,

Well one more week down! By the end of May (yes that is next week) the residence will be water tight and Subacute will almost be.

Albertina Kerr Project Phase I; May 23rd Construction Update; Subacute facility tak3s shape. Click to enlarge.
Albertina Kerr, Subacute facility

We got our new fiberglass windows with the safety glass for the residence delivered today and Subacute's windows are in town pending site delivery. As soon as the framing gets complete they will be brought to site and installed.

Next week we are:

  • Having another crane on site on Tuesday to finish up lifting all the metal framing for the Subacute expansion
  • Finishing up Subacute's framing
  • Will be addressing siding and windows for the residence
  • And continuing rough in plumbing, electrical, and mechanical install for both buildings
  • I will also be doing some soil testing for the next phase of projects, this will include a trench being dug behind the Chapel and at the Louise

Sorry to say that most of the fun/exciting parts are completed. By end of next week we will be moving inside. The project will appear to go to a snail's pace as we begin all the interior work that isn't as visible. But so far we are still on schedule and just keep moving forward. Don't worry it will get exciting again when we start finishing up the site work, get the new driveways paved, and landscaping installed.

Since we got all the roof trusses this last week, we were able to open up some additional parking for Subacute guest parking. The guest parking is marked and the Gravel, Chapel, and Louise lots are still available as reflected on the parking plan.

Hope everyone has a fabulous Holiday weekend and we are back it on Tuesday.

Please let me know if there are any issues, questions, concerns in regards to the construction.

Pam Krecklow
Albertina Kerr

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