June construction highlights: Updates from Habitat’s Portland projects

As we head into summer, progress is ramping up at several construction sites across the Portland Metro region. Keep reading for the latest updates on Twenty Fifth Terrace Condominiums, King City Commons, West Lake Grove, and Century Commons! 

Twenty Fifth Terrace Condominiums 

Concrete pour at Twenty Fifth Terrace Condominiums on Wednesday, May 29

Twenty Fifth Terrace Condominiums, Habitat’s future 17-home community in southwest Portland, is a concrete wonderland right now. Greta Brown, the site’s construction superintendent, said her team has poured quite a bit of concrete for the drainage ditch, as well as sidewalks and ADA ramps.  

“We’re still on the civil side of everything, which is the street improvement aspect of it,” she said.  

This community has two ADA ready units, which were recently honored by Habitat for Humanity International as the 2024 Best in Accessibility for a home for a home designed to support safety and independence for residents and visitors of all ages and abilities. 

In addition to pouring lots of concrete, Habitat teams are knee deep into the excavation process, which prepares a construction site for building by removing earth, rocks, and other materials to create an ideal foundation to build upon.  

Greta said that one of her favorite parts of the job is teaching volunteers the ins and outs of construction. As progress at the site progresses, more volunteers will be on hand to help with framing, painting and other interior work.  

Follow along for more exciting updates from this up and coming community!  

King City Commons 

Habitat’s 16-home community in King City has seen quite a lot of progress within the past few weeks. The community consists of 3 buildings; two are five-plexes and one is a four-plex. Each building is at a different – yet equally exciting – stage of construction.  

The site broke ground in September, and the foundation walls have been poured at two of the buildings. The crew is now finishing up underground plumbing and beginning to prep the under slab gravel so they can pour the concrete slab in early June.  

For those who are not in construction, the difference between a foundation and a slab is this: a foundation is essentially the walls that connect a building to the ground, and a slab is a flat piece of concrete that forms the floor.  

Next month, volunteers will begin framing the first building. The entire community is expected to be completed next year. 

West Lake Grove 

Site superintendent Ryan Martini reported great progress at this 23-home community in Lake Oswego. The Habitat crew has finished all the utility backbones, which includes sanitary, sewer, stormwater, potable water and power.  

They’ve also installed the private drive curve and the footings for the streetlights. Next steps include pouring the public sidewalks, putting in asphalt for the private drive, and continuing with the streetlights.  

The team has also finished tree removal, repaving, and constructing the retaining walls, which prevent soil and rocks on a slope from collapsing.  

When finished, this community will provide 23, family-sized homes with 3-and 4-bedroom options. 

Century Commons 

Habitat’s 18-home community in Hillsboro has been bustling with activity from staff and volunteers these past few weeks, and momentum is building quickly. 

Framing is in progress on all the buildings at this site, with both volunteers and staff actively involved in the process. Century Commons will consist of 3- and 4-bedroom townhomes, as well as four, single level ADA-ready homes.  

Leigh Armstrong, the site’s project manager, said the team is now getting roof trusses and roofing put on all the buildings. A roof truss is a structural framework designed to bridge the space above a room and to provide support for a roof. When completed, the homes will be all solar ready. Completion is expected in the spring 2025. 

In addition to the progress at these four sites, we’re excited to announce that we are nearing completion at Foster Commons, Habitat’s 40-home community in a residential neighborhood. We’re applying the finishing touches and plan to be off-site by the end of July. 

Stay tuned for future updates as we kick off new communities throughout the region, including 52 new homes at Gooseberry Trails in southwest Portland, and 20 new homes at Myrtlewood Way in Portland’s Rockwood neighborhood. 

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