Aaron Palmer, a journeyman electrician with Frahler Electric and member of IBEW Local 48, hangs wire for outdoor string lights at Kenton Women’s Village earlier this year. (Sam Tenney/DJC file)

A host of local contractors this week will unveil their creations for the Kenton Women’s Village Pod Build Challenge, a friendly design-build competition to create sleeping pods for women transitioning out of homelessness.

Teams representing multiple Portland-area commercial and residential builders have spent the past eight weeks creating 21 sleeping pods for the Kenton Women’s Village transitional housing community in North Portland. Each team donated labor and materials to build a structure based on one of three proven designs by SRG PartnershipScott | Edwards Architecture and Portland State University’s Center for Public Interest Design.

Teams were encouraged to create their own custom touches within the bounds of the original floor plan, and residents of the village will help judge the designs as part of a community celebration of the volunteer effort. Participants will be putting the finishing touches on their creations during Friday’s event, which runs from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Kenton Women’s Village site at North Columbia Boulevard and Argyle Way.

The new pods will be judged in four categories: Best Innovative Use of Materials, Most Creative Modifications, Best Craftsmanship, and Best in Show. Winners will be announced during a ceremony that begins at 1 p.m. The pods will also be available for viewing during a Portland Design Week open house event on Sunday, April 7, from 2:30-4 p.m.

The Pod Build Challenge was created by Catholic Charities in partnership with the Andersen Construction Foundation, PSU Center for Public Interest Design, the City of Portland Joint Office of Homeless Services, SRG Partnership, Home Builders Foundation, Home Builders Association, Kenton Neighborhood Association, and others. LMC Construction has spearheaded the effort to prepare the site for the installation of the pods, and has been working pro bono since last fall to install concrete pads, utilities, and landscaping.


Original Article

Title: Pod Build Challenge Creations to Debut this Week

Posted By: DJC Oregon

Website: www.djcoregon.com

Author: Josh Kulla

Date: April 3, 2018

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