[This] is the most visionary and revolutionary strategy I have seen in a long time. The sheer fact you have these different partners collaborating around the concepts of social justice and equity in creating something with generational impact is a true example of building community.
The Young Black Professionals (YBP) Workforce Housing seeks to create opportunities for Black architecture/engineering/construction professionals to thrive in a world plagued by systemic racism and an AEC industry devoid of diversity.
In partnership with Self Enhancement Inc. (SEI) and HMS Development, Bora and Andersen Construction are collaborating using a design-build approach and Design Justice principles to create two housing communities in Southeast Portland, each a steel-framed modular build five stories high. YBP Ankeny will include 41 apartments on an L-shaped site nestled among existing homes. YBP Holgate, in collaboration with Home Forward, will offer 83 studio apartments on a centrally located corner site. Proximal to transit and other urban conveniences, both housing initiatives will include shared amenities, a central hub for after-hours gatherings and neighborhood events, and ground-floor amenities to engage the streetscape.
Ample daylighting, healthy materials and inviting spaces will foster a special place young professionals can call home. Residents will also participate in a three-year Professional Apprenticeship Program to be mentored, develop leadership skills, and work for a local AEC firm—helping ensure a pathway for success.
Both communities are scheduled to open in early 2023.
YBP Ankeny: 19,370 sf (41 apartments)
YBP Holgate: 34,100 sf (83 apartments)
Self Enhancement Inc. (SEI)