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

Albertina Kerr Project Phase 11; Louise Building $2.7M Update & Addition, March 2015. Info here!
Artist's concept: Louise Building New Addition, Gresham OR. Click to enlarge.

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

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

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Wilkes East Neighborhood
2015 Spring Newsletter


  • Nadaka Nature Park, Grand Opening
  • Habitat, Glisan Gardens Construction
  • Reynolds Approves $125M Bond
  • HB Lee SUN School, Improving Lives
  • Earth Day Recycling Event, Apr 18th
  • Gresham DMV Now At 181st & Halsey
  • Neighborhood Clean-Up, Jun 27th

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Clean Energy Works Oregon Offers These Tips for Staying Cozy this Winter

Clean Energy Works Oregon Offers These Tips for Staying Cozy this Winter. Info here!

Winter Tips to Save You Money

After a hot summer, temperatures are finally dropping—and winter is just around the corner.

Grab a coffee or a hot apple cider, put on your favorite flannel, and cuddle up to your sweetie because we’ve got you covered when it comes to the best tips for keeping toasty indoors.

Take advantage of winter sun. Yes, there is sun, even in Oregon winter! When it’s shining, be sure to open south-facing window curtains, drapes, and blinds during the day, so the sunlight can naturally heat your home. Close window coverings at night to keep the heat in.

Cover drafty windows. Tape a do-it-yourself, clear, plastic film to the inside of your window frames. Make sure the plastic is sealed tightly to the frame. Installing window treatments, such as blinds, drapes, or shades, can also help reduce heat loss.

Adjust the temperature. Set the thermostat 10 to 15 degrees cooler when you’re not home to use less energy and lower utility bills. Lowering the temperature slightly at night and adding an extra blanket to the bed keeps the whole family extra cozy.

Albertina Kerr Historic Louise Home to Receive $2.7M Update & Addition

Albertina Kerr Historic Louise Home to Receive $2.7M Update & Addition
Albertina Kerr's Louise Home addition
Artists rendering. Click to enlarge.

Albertina Kerr's historic Louise Home undergoes its first major renovation in more than 30 years to complete the 10-acre campus overhaul.

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.

Youth Non-Profit Expands to East County. Building $5M 8,500-sq-ft Youth Center on Former PAL Site

Youth Non-Profit Expands to East County. Building $5M 8,500-sq-ft Youth Center on Former PAL Site
Friends of the Children, Gresham OR
Artists rendering. Click to enlarge.

Focus on At-risk Youth. New Facility Opening Fall 2015.

Friends of the Children, a Portland non-profit, is making a significant investment in the East County community.

The non-profit agency Friends of the Children has begun the final planning phase of their budgeted $5 million project—an 8,500-square-foot youth center located next to Pat Pfeiffer Park on NE 172nd Ave. Construction is set to begin in February, and the facility opens in the fall of 2015.

Founded in 1993, Friends of the Children is a mentoring program dedicated to transforming the lives of children in need. Youth are selected in kindergarten and paired with a “Friend,” a full-time professional mentor. Youth’s benefit from this strength-based relationship through high school graduation.

The organization currently serves over 425 youth, half of whom live east of I-205. According to Friends of the Children’s COO, Mark Young, the organization anticipates enrolling many of each year’s new class of kindergartners from East County elementary schools. The program focuses on enrolling youth whose life challenges put them most at-risk of school failure, juvenile delinquency and early parenting.

Major Improvements Transform Nadaka Nature Park & Community Garden

Nature-based play area
Nadaka Park. Click to enlarge

Nadaka Nature Park
A Neighborhood Destination

Nature-based Play Area, Picnic Shelter, Community Garden, Pacific Street Improvements and more.

By Lee Dayfield, Friends of Nadaka

Wow, 2014 has certainly been the most amazing year yet at Nadaka. Construction began in August on the south two acre site next to St. Aidan.s Episcopal Church. At the time of this article the community garden has been plowed and irrigation installed. The covered picnic shelter should be complete by newsletter distribution. The north end of the nature based play area is finished and the rest is halfway complete. Construction should be complete by the end of November.

So far this year there have been 478 volunteers working at Nadaka for a total of 1,286 volunteer hours! These volunteer hours are used as match for the grants we have received. In addition to groups mentioned in the last WENA newsletter Springwater Trail High School students, Confluence Environmental Center AmeriCorp members and East Hill Church have volunteered at Nadaka.

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