Nine families are now first-time homeowners and Habitat is greener- thanks to a unique five-year partnership

October 23, 2009 (Portland, Ore.) – Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East is excited to announce the conclusion of a five-year partnership with Walsh Construction Co. that resulted in the sponsorship of nine homes for low-income families—including the first two LEED-certified Habitat for Humanity homes in Oregon. Walsh joined Habitat’s efforts in 2004 and has since become an invaluable resource for the organization’s housing efforts.

During their five-year commitment, Walsh has helped build the nine Habitat homes throughout Portland and Gresham. Their dedication has included securing donated building materials and trade services, educating Habitat construction staff on pouring foundations, and serving on the Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East Board of Directors.

In March 2009, Walsh’s experience with green building practices and dedication to sustainability helped take Habitat’s mission to a new level. Two Habitat homes completed on NE Webster Street received LEED for Homes Platinum certification—the first two Habitat for Humanity LEED-certified homes in the state.

Walsh is currently working on two Habitat homes in southeast Portland. The company has graciously sponsored these two homes with the intention of using them as models of low-income energy-efficient housing. Their efforts will take Habitat’s current Energy Star efficient building practice to a heightened Earth Advantage certification level.

Steve Messinetti, Executive Director of Habitat, can’t say enough about this company’s support: “Walsh’s commitment to Habitat has played a key role in taking our organization to the next level. Five years ago, we built an average of 10 homes each year. Now 20 families partner with us annually to build and buy energy-efficient and affordable homes. Dick Hutchison, a senior project manager with Walsh, participated in creating the current pivotal strategic plan that aims to help 30 families escape poverty annually.”

Walsh’s involvement has reinforced Habitat’s goal of providing affordable, healthy homes; proving that building environmentally responsible housing pays off long after construction is complete.

About Walsh Construction Co.: Walsh Construction Co., with offices in Portland and Seattle, has been building in the northwest since 1961. Today, the company is a well-respected general contractor specializing in multi-unit housing, academic buildings, renovation, historic preservation, medical facilities, condominiums and high-end resorts. As Walsh has grown, so has the focus on supporting the community. Walsh Construction Co. works with and supports – through time, talent and treasure – non-profit organizations that make a difference in the lives of their neighbors. They are also dedicated to building responsibly. They not only build green, they’re committed to finding ways to minimize their impact on the planet in every aspect of their business.

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