Station 162 Apartments

Architect:  DAO Architecture LLC

Owner: Quadriplegics United Against Dependency Inc.

Location: Gresham, Oregon

Category Four: Housing Accessibility— Alan J. Rothman

Supporting the housing mission of Quadriplegics United Against Dependency (QUAD), Station 162 is the fifth project the organization has developed overall and its first since 2004. QUAD was founded in 1975 by Bud Myers, an appliance repairman who, after being injured in a diving accident, discovered that housing and support services for newly injured quadriplegics were nonexistent in and around Portland, OR. Since then, QUAD has become a leader in promoting autonomy and independence.

More than double the scale of QUAD’s previous projects, Station 162 offers housing and independent support services - if requested by tenants - for wheelchair-bound individuals in fully accessible unites as well as mobile elderly residents in its adaptable unites. In addition to the 44 total units, the project includes common spaces, a meeting room, mailroom, and lounge. Laundry and exercise rooms are available on each level.

The project fronts 162nd Avenue, a busy artery in downtown Gresham, just east of Portland. Designed with a tight budget during a period of significant cost escalation, the design team had to operate within the parameters of a tricky site. The L-shaped building encloses a southern garden court and parking that is tucked in at the rear. The open space contains a number of accessible areas, numerous gardens and planters, and boulders that were unearthed during the excavation.

Intended to serve as a national model that combines affordable, accessible housing with in-house services, the project’s accessible features are emphasized in the units. The 25 units serving those that use wheelchairs feature roll under kitchen counters, pocket doors, open closet alcoves with specialized shelving, and sturdy but pleasing finishes. The remaining units can become fully accessible with just a few modifications.

Additional information

Engineer - Acoustical: Daly-Standlee

Engineer - Civil: Firwood Design Group LLC

Engineer - MEP: Interface Engineering

Engineer - Structural: AAI Engineering

Envelope Consultant:  RDH Building Sciences

General Contractor:  Walsh Construction Company

Interior Designer: DAO Architecture LLC

Landscape Architect: Lango Hansen Landscape Architects PC

Owner's Representative:  Housing Development Center


Victor A. Mirontschuk, FAIA (Chair), EDI International, PC, New York City

Elizabeth A. Cocke, HUD, Director, Affordable Housing Research and Technology Division, Washington DC

Katie Gerfen, ARCHITECT, Washington, DC

Luis Jauregui, FAIA, Jauregui Architecture Interiors Construction, Austin

Rachelle L. Levitt, HUD, Director, Research Utilization Division, Washington DC

Adrianne Steichen, AIA, Pyatok Architects, San Francisco, Oakland

John Thatch, AIA, Dahlin Group Architecture Planning, Pleasanton, California

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