County to host volunteer event for construction of sleeping pods for homeless veterans


On Saturday, Oct. 14, Clackamas County will host a volunteer event when community members can assist in the construction of sleeping pods for a transitional shelter pilot project for homeless veterans. 

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Clackamas County’s Red Soils campus at 2051 Kaen Road in Oregon City. Media members are invited to this event. 

The sleeping pods will be constructed from the nearly 700 wooden trusses, previously created by Portland State University School of Architecture students for use in their Treeline Stage design-build at Pickathon, a local music festival in Happy Valley this past summer.

The prototype for the sleeping pods was designed by SRG Partnership, a Portland architecture firm, and installed at the Kenton Women’s Village in June 2016.

The building process is being led by Communitecture, which is collaborating with PSU’s Center for Public Interest Design to design the village site.

Construction will take place in two shifts. A morning session from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and an afternoon session from 2 to 5 p.m.

Clackamas County Commissioners will be in attendance to welcome the volunteers and assist in the pod construction. PSU architecture students and faculty will also be onsite building the pods and available for interviews about the POD Initiative, village-making movement and the Pickathon design-build.

Ultimately, the shelter site for this project, located at 1.5-acre site near the corner of 115th Avenue and Jennifer Street in Clackamas, will have up to 30 sleeping pods and community restrooms, showers, cooking and eating facilities, and a communal room.

Find out more information about the project.

For more information, members of the media may contact Public Affairs Manager Tim Heider at 971-219-7271 or at