King & Parks Apartments

King & Parks Apartments

Portland Housing: New residence makes urban living accessible

King & Parks Apartments is a newly constructed 70-unit affordable housing development in Portland, Oregon. The project is part of the City’s larger effort to address housing issues caused by income disparities. The 80,000-sf development is a narrow “U” shaped configuration with three to four levels of living units. The apartment building includes a community room, on-site management office, and 24 surface (or tuck under) parking spots. 

DCI Engineers was the structural engineer of record for the project. The primarily conventional wood framed structure utilized a complex arrangement of steel beams at the 2nd level to support multiple levels of above-grade wood framing. 

Project Highlights

  • Close collaboration with the architect’s vision, along with some creative structural solutions, resulted in a one-of-a-kind heavy timber stairway leading from the main lobby to the 2nd level.
  • Exposed heavy timber columns were incorporated into some outdoor areas, main lobby, and within the community spaces.
  • Steel special concentric braced frames replaced wood shear walls in order to maintain openness at key locations.

Renderings courtesy of Merryman Barnes Architects Inc.

Location: 
Portland, Oregon
Square Feet: 
80,000-SF
Stories: 
3-4
Primary Material: 
Concrete
Steel
Wood
Type: 
Structural
Sector: 
Residential

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