March- CANCELLED / / April, May- ZOOM meeting

We've had near 100% cancellations, and following the advice of the President, the Governor, WHO and the CDC, we are postponing all in-person meetings until things can get back to normal. If you're an ASPE member, and not in our Slack group send us an email to get an invite. Our April meeting will be through Zoom, and May most likely. Thank you, and hopefully this passes soon. --Dave


Hey fellow estimators,

Construction in/ around the Portland area is booming and it's been booming for a while now. Cranes dot the downtown skyline and spills over to NW Portland and into inner Southeast. Washington County has seen and will see major expansions at Nike and Intel, and there's no end in sight of new and recent arrivals to this beautiful corner of the Pacific Northwest w/ new housing construction expanding throughout open land in Washington County. Visit near PCC-Rock Creek to get a glimpse. Demos continue throughout the region w/ 2019 legislation calling for denser construction across the state, and more affordable housing projects.

Downtown has broken ground on the new Ritz-Carlton that will soon be the hotel's first in the region. Hyatt Regency Portland has gone live at the Oregon Convention Center to accomodate larger conferences, and the Portland Timbers stadium at Providence Park has gotten a new facelift. Our freeways and highways as well. One of the next biggest construction project will be the much anticipated I-5/ Rose Quarter project expected to be RFP'd soon. Across the river, west Vancouver waterfront has seen new condos, restaurants and cafes. Schools throughout the area also are seeing major redevelopments and new ones going up, both in Portland and in growing Vancouver, to accomodate growth.

Certainly there's no shortage of work, union and non-union alike. To our ASPE Chapter 54 members, and new ones alike--welcome, and here's to more business in the coming months and year's ahead. We look forward to seeing you all at our next March gathering (3rd Tuesday) at the University Place Hotel and Conference.



David Molina

Columbia-Pacific Chapter 54 President