Home Forward Killingsworth by Hacker

In a collaboration between Portland Community College (PCC) and Home Forward (a public corporation contracted with the federal government to administer housing programs), Hacker recently completed the design of a four-story, 87,742-square-foot housing development providing 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.

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The building houses a mix of three-bedroom (15 units), two-bedroom (45 units), one-bedroom (6 units), and studios (18 units). The site also houses PCC’s new Opportunity Center and a childcare center—both of which will be resources for residents.

The three-acre site design strives to balance the sensitive transition of a larger housing project with the surrounding neighborhoods, while simultaneously maintaining an active public scale and provide a civic permanence to a neglected public street frontage.

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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.

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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 Opportunity Center.

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.

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With an Earth Advantage Platinum certification goal, Hacker incorporated cost-saving and cost-efficient methods into the design, including: optimizing building plan dimensions and floor-to-floor heights to minimize wood-framing and gyp-board waste.

Besides structural design that eliminates the need for a more expensive post-tensioned concrete slab; and thoughtful placement of exterior glazing to optimize the overall window-to-wall ratio. The project’s expected completion date is August 2024. Source by Hacker.

Image © HackerImage © HackerLocation: Portland, Oregon, USAArchitect: HackerDesign Principal: David KeltnerPrincipal-in-Charge/Project Manager: Laura KlingerProject Architect: Caitlin RansonArchitectural Designer: Caleb Couch, Chris HodneyTechnical Review QA/QC: Matt SugarbakerInterior Design Principal: Jennie FowlerInterior Design: Katherine ParkLandscape: PLACECivil Engineer: VEGA Civil Engineering LLCStructural Engineer: ABHT Structural EngineersMechanical & Plumbing Engineer: PAE EngineeringElectrical Engineer: PAE EngineeringLighting: O-LLCAcoustical Engineer: Listen AcousticsSignage and Wayfinding: Ambrosini DesignCode & Accessibility Consultant: Code UnlimitedSpecifications: m.thrailkill.architect.llcContractor: O’Neill/Walsh ConstructionClient: Home ForwardArea: 87,742-square-footYear: 2022Images: Courtesy of HackerPlanScheme

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