The construction of the first middle-income housing development built of mass timber—which is also the tallest mass timber building in the city of Seattle—marked a key milestone recently with a topping out ceremony. Heartwood is a workforce housing development standing at eight stories and 67,000 gross sq ft that is scheduled for completion in spring 2023. The mass timber structure was detailed, fabricated and integrated by Timberlab. The general contractor for the design-build project is Swinerton, with atelierjones as architect and DCI Engineers as structural engineer. The Community Roots Housing project is aimed at filling a critical need for middle-income workers such as teachers, nonprofit employees, health care professionals and others who are increasingly priced out of high-cost cities.

courtesy Sundt

Photo courtesy Sundt

The Sundt Foundation awarded grants to three Portland, Ore.-area nonprofits during its latest quarterly round of giving to support disadvantaged children and veterans. Nonprofits are selected through an application process and reviewed by a committee of local Sundt employee-owners. Straight Path Inc. will continue providing mentoring, training and counseling to members of the Portland community. Todos Juntos supports the academic and social well-being of immigrant and refugee families, and with its grant it will be able to provide more education, empowerment and community support. Young Audiences of Oregon and Southwest Washington will use its grant to continue to pair local teaching artists to bring arts and education together.