In a collaboration between Portland Community College (PCC) and Home Forward, Hacker recently completed the design of a three-acre housing site for 84 economically- and family-friendly apartments. Serving a resident population at or below 60% median family income, the units prioritize flexibility and comfort, and will support a variety of living situations for tenants with different needs, including adequate room for families and single parents as well as bedroom schemes for multiple adult roommates.
The site also houses PCC’s new Opportunity Center and a childcare center – both of which will be resources for residents – and strives to balance the sensitive transition of a larger housing project to the surrounding neighborhoods, while simultaneously maintaining an active public scale and provide a civic permanence to a neglected public street frontage.
Indoor and outdoor community spaces are especially significant, honoring the neighborhood’s rich communal history: a kids’ courtyard, terraced and connected by slides, adjoins the laundry room lounge, and a second courtyard with multiple gathering spaces and outdoor seating connecting to a communal first floor "family room." A public plaza connects the two projects with a space to host community gardens, job fairs, farmer’s markets, and other neighborhood gatherings that serve residents and PCC students.
Simple gabled forms are arranged to create a pair of private courtyards and to activate Killingsworth along with a ‘plaza street’ shared with the new PCC building. These agrarian and unassuming forms, combined with a playful pattern of textured metal siding, break down the overall massing and add visual interest which references the unique character of the Cully Neighborhood.
With an Earth Advantage Platinum certification goal, Hacker incorporated cost-saving and cost-efficient methods into the design, such as optimizing building plan dimensions and floor-to-floor heights to minimize wood-framing and gyp-board waste; structural design to eliminate the need for a post-tensioned concrete slab; and thoughtful allocation of exterior glazing to minimize the overall window-to-wall ratio.
The project’s expected completion date is August 2024.
Hacker Design Team
David Keltner (Design Principal)
Laura Klinger (Principal-in-Charge/Project Manager)
Caitlin Ranson (Project Architect)
Caleb Couch (Architectural Designer)
Chris Hodney (Architectural Designer)
Matt Sugarbaker (Technical Review QA/QC)
Jennie Fowler (Interior Design Principal)
Katherine Park (Interior Design)
Architecture and Interiors: Hacker
Client: Home Forward
Contractor: O’Neill/Walsh Construction
Civil Engineer: VEGA Civil Engineering LLC
Structural Engineer: ABHT Structural Engineers
Mechanical & Plumbing Engineer: PAE Engineering
Electrical Engineer: PAE Engineering
Acoustical Engineer: Listen Acoustics
Signage and Wayfinding: Ambrosini Design
Code & Accessibility Consultant: Code Unlimited