Camp Howard Dining Hall

Spectacular views of Mount Hood and Bull Run Reservoir are promised at the new 7,580-square-foot lodge and dining hall planned…

Spectacular views of Mount Hood and Bull Run Reservoir are promised at the new 7,580-square-foot lodge and dining hall planned for Camp Howard, where the Catholic Youth Organization provides weeklong summer camps.

The new building will offer a kitchen, indoor and outdoor dining, expanded food storage, restrooms, staff break room and enhanced meeting space at the 245-acre camp. It’s expected to accommodate 540 campers – more than twice as many as can be served in the existing hall.

Grace Baptist Church

A modern, new look is on the horizon for Grace Baptist Church. The addition of an aluminum storefront, new Fellowship…

A modern, new look is on the horizon for Grace Baptist Church. The addition of an aluminum storefront, new Fellowship Hall and expanded foyer at the entrance will give the 26,500-square-foot building a new appearance.

The installation of an elevator and new main staircase will provide better access to the building’s second floor. The 4,000-square-foot addition has tilt-up concrete walls and a steel roof structure with standing seam roofing. The church’s HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems are being replaced, and a new fire sprinkler system will be installed to protect the entire building.

With an eye on future expansion, the church is also getting new classroom space, parking lot and site infrastructure.

Lacamas Lake Elementary School

Creeks, meadows, wooded areas and wetlands surround Lacamas Lake Elementary School, now under construction on a 40-acre site with views…

Creeks, meadows, wooded areas and wetlands surround Lacamas Lake Elementary School, now under construction on a 40-acre site with views of Mount Hood.

The 73,000-square-foot, two-story, steel-framed structure will accommodate residential growth in the area as it serves 600 students in kindergarten through fifth grades. The core of the school includes a gymnasium, cafeteria, kitchen, library, commons and music room.  Classroom wings branch off on each side of the core. A lobby and various administrative offices welcome visitors at the main entrance.

Nature plays a large role in the school’s design, connecting the indoor space with many provisions for outside classroom activities. The school will feature Douglas fir window frames, maple casework and nooks for children to sit in and read.  Boulders and trees repurposed from the site will be part of the playground, along with a slide built into the landscape.

The new school will replace Lacamas Heights Elementary School, which was built more than 50 years ago. It will open in the fall of 2018.

George Fox Student Activity Center

A more extensive space in which George Fox University students can interact through athletic, leadership and club activities is under…

A more extensive space in which George Fox University students can interact through athletic, leadership and club activities is under construction.

The 52,000-square-foot Student Activity Center will consist of two stories of wood and tilt-up concrete construction. The center will include three basketball/volleyball courts, an indoor running track, rock climbing wall, two movement studios, student lounge and a fitness center overlooking Hess Creek Canyon. About 5,400 square feet is reserved for office space for student government and clubs.

The center, expected to open in the fall of 2018, is on the east side of campus.

The Springs at Lake Oswego

Already named a 2017 Golden Nugget Award Winner for Best Senior Housing Community on the Boards, The Springs at Lake…

Already named a 2017 Golden Nugget Award Winner for Best Senior Housing Community on the Boards, The Springs at Lake Oswego is the latest collaboration between The Springs Living, Myhre Group Architects and Todd Construction.

Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care will be offered in the 373,000-square-foot, five-story brick veneer and stone building. Interior courtyards on the second floor add to the outdoor living space and the rooftop will feature myriad amenities, including a plaza, wine bar, putting green, seating area, sound system and amazing views of the surrounding Willamette Valley. Another section will be devoted to a roof garden designed to contribute to the building’s energy efficiency.

A fitness center, pool, theater, pub, salon, day spa, wellness center and formal dining room are among the other upscale aspects. The 216 units at The Springs will have one-, two- and three-bedroom options.

The first two floors of the building are post-tensioned concrete and the three upper floors are wood-framed. The community also includes one level of underground parking.

A tower crane was erected at the site in October. Construction is expected to take about two years, with completion set for 2019.

Jemtegaard Middle School & Columbia River Gorge Elementary

A hillside overlooking the Columbia River Gorge provides the setting for two new schools in the Washougal School District. The…

A hillside overlooking the Columbia River Gorge provides the setting for two new schools in the Washougal School District. The 122,000-square-foot building has a two-story wing for Jemtegaard Middle School and another for Columbia River Gorge Elementary School. In the schools’ shared core are a cafeteria, kitchen, interior courtyard, two gymnasiums and commons areas.

Extensive daylighting; energy-efficient heating, cooling and lighting systems; and secured entries are incorporated into the sustainably built schools. Structural steel and wood framing were utilized as well as concrete masonry block. Neutral colors, brick and stone adorn the low-profile building so it blends in with its natural surroundings and meets the restrictions of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

A track, sports fields and playground provide for outdoor activities and use by the community.