The challenge to construct the new 100 unit Park 19 Apartments began in September 2007. The goal was to create a six story, mixed use apartment building with classic design cues and approval of the Portland Northwest District Neighborhood Association. The building also had to be environmentally friendly and created on time and within budgetary constraints.

During the last part of 2007 and most of 2008, WPI worked with Sera Architects and the developer, Opus Northwest, to finalize drawings and contracts. In September 2008, WPI began their scope of work on this new building which included interior and exterior framing, and the installation of drywall, insulation, taping, fiber cement siding, lath, and plaster. For the exterior, the challenge was putting together a system that had the energy efficiency of an air and moisture barrier, a positive moisture drainage behind the Portland cement plaster, and the look the architect was trying to achieve, while still delivering the project on time.

Completing the project on time ended up being a greater challenge than originally anticipated. Two days after crews began setting up the scaffolding around the exterior, Portland was hit by one of the worst snow storms in over a decade. With a project deadline looming, WPI crews persevered through the record breaking winter weather and completed the project on time and within budget.

The result of all the work on this project is a beautiful new finished structure which is environmentally friendly and incorporates several classic design cues taken from area buildings constructed in the 1920’s. Efforts to construct and build this project in an environmentally responsible way paid off. Shortly after project completion, the Park 19 Apartments received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

WPI was awarded the 2010 Outstanding Project of the Year Award from the Northwest Wall & Ceiling Bureau in the Commercial Exterior category based on the high level of workmanship displayed by the WPI tradesmen on this project. The employees of WPI are proud to have played an important role in the construction of this fine building.