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Truebeck Begins Work on First Portland Affordable Housing Project to Use Cross-Laminated Timber

Annex Apartments Portland Catholic Charities of Oregon Sister City All Hands Architecture Truebeck

Portland, OR – Truebeck, an industry-leading commercial general contractor, is pleased to announce the beginning of construction on The Annex Apartments-Affordable Housing project in the Southeast District of Portland.

Finding affordable housing in metropolitan areas is often one of the most challenging concerns for local residents. To address this growing concern, co-developers Catholic Charities of Oregon and Sister City hired Truebeck to construct a new mixed-use project that will provide affordable apartments while providing the amenities, privacy, and security necessary for its residents to thrive.

The 16,700 square foot project, located at 2706 SE Powell Blvd., will have 27 housing units and two ground-floor retail spaces. Included in the 27 housing units are 18 studios, seven (7) one-bedrooms, and two (2) two-bedrooms. Additional amenities include thoughtful gathering places inside and out, notably a landscaped courtyard with stadium-style seating that gives way to the main circulation staircase. The project is being built on the campus of Catholic Charities’ Clark Family Center, a campus that provides homeless aid, healthy housing, immigration legal services, refugee assistance, intercultural counseling, financial advice, disaster relief, and other family services.

An exciting development of the project is the use of cross-laminated timber (CLT) in the structure. This will be the first affordable housing project to use CLT in the Portland area. CLT is renowned for its sustainable elements, structural integrity, and for the general attitude people have for its natural and aesthetically pleasing appearance. The use of CLT will make The Annex not just an affordable home for many, but a living space that stands out for its unique design elements.

Truebeck is partnering with All Hands Architecture. The Annex was guided by trauma- and pandemic-informed design principles. The layout balances opportunities for community-building while ensuring privacy and security for residents.

The project will be delivered using a design-build MEP model. Truebeck anticipates a completion date of June 2022.

“It’s a privilege to be a part of this project that supports our community in so many ways,” said Christine Zinkgraf, Project Executive. “Beyond the fact that it will provide affordable housing to neighbors in need, 41 percent of the subcontracts have been awarded to underrepresented local businesses. We’ll continue involving local nonprofit groups through construction by partnering with apprenticeship and youth mentor programs to design and construct special elements of the building. It’s a unique opportunity to continue bettering the community that wouldn’t be possible without the support and encouragement of Sister City and Catholic Charities of Oregon.”

About Truebeck Construction

Truebeck Construction is an industry-leading full-service general contractor specializing in technical building, complex projects, and interiors. Clients come to us when they have ambitious goals, and when they want certainty, predictable costs, and high-performance buildings. We build it right the first time and deliver the best value. For more information, please visit www.truebeck.com.