February Allies for Efficiency: Westmoreland Union Manor Senior Housing

Constructed in 1966, Westmoreland Union Manor in Southeast Portland has provided housing for thousands of senior citizens living on low fixed incomes. The seven-story building is a concrete and steel lift-slab structure with 301 studio and one-bedroom apartments. Like many other multifamily buildings of similar age, Westmoreland was due for a major renovation. The primary focus was to lower energy costs, update building systems and enhance the quality and safety of the interior environment for tenants and staff.

To meet those goals, the renovation improved the building envelope with R-26 walls and triple-pane windows. The heating and cooling system also got a boost thanks to high-efficiency ductless heat pumps, along with heat recovery variable refrigerant flow systems and heat recovery ventilators in common areas. Other upgrades include LED light fixtures, condensing gas water heaters and a structural integrity upgrade to meet current earthquake standards.

This course will cover how the owner, developer, design team and general contractor have worked together to accomplish this major ongoing renovation while minimizing disruptions for tenants. It will also include a summary of the expected energy savings and the project’s incremental and associated financing costs. The presentation will be followed by a building tour

February Allies for Efficiency: Westmoreland Union Manor Senior Housing
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Presentation: 9 – 11 a.m.
Project tour: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Westmoreland Union Manor
6404 SE 23rd Avenue
Portland, OR 97202

Register here.

Course Learning Objectives:

  • Outline design approaches for meeting the owner’s goals of reducing energy bills and adding comfort for building tenants
  • Understand the energy modeling process and expected energy reductions
  • Discuss the financing strategies of the project, including low-income tax credits, weatherization funds, HUD’s Senior Preservation Rental Assistance Contracts program and long-term debt
  • Learn about exterior wall construction, including the air barrier strategy
  • Discuss strategies for integrating construction work with minimal disruption to tenants


  • Brian Sweeney, Housing Development Center
  • Bill Lanning, MWA Architects
  • Andrew Lasse, Interface Engineering
  • Howie Petker, WALSH Construction