Howard Street Charter School broke ground on their future home in Salem, Oregon on May 28th, 2019 at the previous site of the Oregon Department of Energy on Marion Street. Howard Street Charter School provides an innovative public education balancing the humanities, language, arts, science, and technology for grades 6-8.
After 22 years at its current location, Howard Street moved to its new downtown location in January of 2020. Howard Street Charter School was founded in 1997 as part of the South Salem High School Building and was the first charter school to be added to the Salem-Keizer School District. The new central location will allow Howard Street to be close to public transportation and therefore allow easier access for families of those attending the school.
The new location will have many firsts for Howard Street, including a dedicated science lab and its very own music classroom. Features include solar panels, plenty of glass that allows for natural daylight, and a large common area that includes a stunning bleacher stair for gatherings. The school includes 12 large classrooms, restrooms, a new kitchen, and administrative spaces in the new two-story space. Rich Duncan Construction accelerated the build process and were able to get the building finished an entire month early.
Hope has a new address and AC+Co is very proud to be a part of making that happen as the interior designer of the new Union Gospel Mission Men’s Shelter. This 55,000 square foot, 3 story building will double the current number of beds and will increase the dining room from 84 to 200 seats.
Read more about the new UGM building here:
Hope Has a New Address
We are excited to see the plans we designed for the new Howard Street Charter School come to fruition. Construction was recently completed by Rich Duncan Construction. The new building allowed HSCS to move from the South Salem High Annex to their new central downtown location. Key design components include a central common area, a science lab and music rooms.
See more of the beautiful building on Rich Duncan’s website:
Blake Bural is the architect designing United Way’s new overnight shelter for women. AC + Co is honored to take part in helping United Way provide a dedicated building for women who need a place to stay, safe and off the streets.
This project has been made possible through the partnership of Inside Out Ministries and United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley. The church is the backbone on the shelter and the goal is to house 50 women. It will be operational 365 days a year and open 7pm – 7am every night.
It originally gained permitting through the City of Salem to open from up to 10 women as an emergent need and following the City’s declaration of a housing emergency, Safe Sleep United was able to expand to 19 shelter beds. The current design project includes adding more restrooms, showers, and a commercial kitchen and opening up the current building layout to accommodate more beds.
From United Way SafeSleep United:
AN OVERNIGHT WOMEN’S SHELTER PROVIDING A SAFE PLACE FOR OUR UNSHELTERED SISTERS TO SLEEP AT NIGHT.
There are over 450 women living on the streets in Marion County at any given time. These women are subject to increased risk of assault, rape and robbery every day.
We’re working to change that. With the support of our community partner, Inside Out Ministries, we’re launching a new overnight shelter for women.
SafeSleep is a community solution to an ever-growing problem. We are providing a safe, warm, secure place for women to sleep, eat and have access to wrap around supports that increase their chances of rebuilding their lives.
We need your help to make it happen as soon as possible. The longer we wait, the more women on the streets will suffer needlessly.
Learn more about SafeSleep United at United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley
The Partners building, located on Third Street adjacent to the IOOF Pioneer Cemetery and across from the Tillamook County Fairgrounds, will be the new home for Oregon State University Extension, OSU Open Campus, provide the classroom space for TBCC’s Agriculture and Natural Resources degree program and have offices for Tillamook County Economic Development, Tillamook County Small Business Development Center and Visit Tillamook Coast. Construction is scheduled to begin later this year.TILLAMOOK, Ore. – The rain didn’t stop the celebration on Tuesday, Sept. 15 when the Tillamook Bay Community College Board of Educators and President Connie Green met with local partners, donors, local and state officials and community members to break ground on the new Partners for Rural Innovation Center.
“This is about all of our futures,” said TBCC President Connie Green. “From our children to the adults in our community, this partnership is about helping them access a clear path to learning valuable life skills, getting business training, earning a college degree and realizing their potential for success.”
The Partners building is a $4.3 million project that is more than 80 percent funded. Recently, long-time community resident Helen Gienger pledged to give $200,000 towards the project in the form of a community match.
“Helen wants to see others who believe in supporting efforts to build a stronger, more viable community come forward and give to this project that is near and dear to her own heart,” Green said. “We are so thankful to Helen for her generosity and enthusiasm as we move forward.”
In response to Helen Gienger’s donation, the Tillamook County Creamery Association has stepped up to the plate with a $200,000 match. In addition, the college has secured $250,000 in grants.
“We only have $650,000 left to go,” noted TBCC Board Chair Deborah Lincoln. “It’s been exciting to see the community embrace this project and recognize the need we have to create this shared learning center for our community.”
To make a donation, contact the Tillamook Bay Community College Foundation at 503-842-8222 extension 1025 or email Heidi Luquette at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project involved the development of a new retail center on South Commercial containing an 18,000 sf, two-story, retail building which was designed to accommodate two drive-up tenants at each end of the building. The building has a northwest design vernacular coupled with a town-center appeal. The development also included the addition of French Press Coffee & Crepes on the southeast corner of the property.
Through the 1989 vision of Dr. Martin Morse, Salem opened a wonderful children’s museum in the childhood home of A.C. Gilbert located on the Salem’s riverfront. As the museum expanded, adding additional historic buildings to the site, our office began to assist with the planned growth. The most significant plan was the addition of the Discovery Village to the site. The massive 10,000 sf outdoor park included music pavilions, dinosaur sand pits, and other teaching stations, all anchored by an iconic erector-set like structure complete with slides. The plan also included a new entry structure, new restrooms, the reconstruction of the Wilson-Durbin House, the City of Salem’s oldest house, on its original foundation, as well as the relocation of Salem’s famous little candy store. This was Salem’s single largest volunteer project to date. Over 6000 volunteers worked for 28+ days to construct what is now known as, the Gilbert House Children’s Museum.
1999 People’s Choice Award, American Institute of Architects, Salem Chapter
1999 Honorable Mention Award, American Institute of Architects, Salem Chapter