February 8, 2022 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Find Hope: Partners & Solutions in Portland’s Housing Crisis

Social equity is at the root of Portland’s housing and humanitarian crisis. Unique community partners are emerging to deliver replicable sustainable solutions with timely action. Discover how collaboration between architects and the private and public sectors has sparked innovation, restored a community, and removed barriers to permanent housing. Community partners, Opsis Architecture, Oregon Harbor of Hope, and Transition Projects, present a path in addressing Portland’s humanitarian crisis through the project case study of the River District Navigation Center (RDNC).

Portland’s community is exploring emergency intermediate solutions to bridge a growing gap between those living on the streets and in housing. The RDNC, a beautifully simple, quickly erected, prefabricated 9,500 sf safe haven, offers 100 residents a home for up to 90 days with daily meals and sleeping accommodations. The shelter welcomes patrons without judgment providing resources for wrap-around services, opportunities for job training and connections to permanent housing. At the leading edge of public and private collaborations for transitional housing, this project is a pioneer of non-traditional delivery methods with unique compliance paths that are economically sound and immediately replicable.

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Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Time: 8:00 – 9:00 AM

Location: Zoom Webinar

Registration Cost: Members: $20, Non-Members: $25, Young Professionals: $10, Owners: $10 

About our Speakers:

Lauren Loosveldt, Senior Associate, Opsis

Lauren is a Senior Associate with Opsis who’s passion for the pairing of design intelligence and environmental integrity informs her work as an architect and community leader. With over 14 years in the design industry and a background in interior design, she brings a breadth of unique perspectives and ideas to her work. Lauren has taken a dive into all things DBIA and has evolved through a variety of public and private projects delivered through the PDB method. Outside of the office, Lauren remains committed to strengthening community as she Chairs the City of Milwaukie Planning Commission.

John Shorb, Partner, Opsis

John is a Partner at Opsis who brings creative leadership and a passion for leading teams through the design of complex sustainable projects. With a focus on both academic and professional campus projects, including a current US Department of Energy phased complex redevelopment, John leverages PDB to create transformative spaces for learning and working. John is a firm believer that the best ideas come out of a collaborative process, and he excels at structuring and guiding progressive design build teams to deliver design excellence in new ways, specifically focusing on expanding equity and inclusion through active engagement of wide-ranging groups in the design process.


If you have any questions regarding this event, feel free to contact Jon McGraw at jmcgrew@henneberyeddy.com or (503) 542-1180