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Pacific Lifestyle Homes opens design studio
Pacific Lifestyle Homes opened its first permanent, residential design studio in Clark County last month. The 5,000-square-foot studio allows Pacific Lifestyle homebuyers to customize their homes by selecting available interior design features.

The design studio is located adjacent Pacific Lifestyle Homes’ corporate offices at Eastridge Business Park, 11815 N.E. 99th Street, Suite 1270 in Vancouver. The total project cost was $450,000 including the purchase, renovation and outfitting of the design studio space.

The design studio features five kitchen vignettes arranged with different cabinets, appliances, countertops and fixtures. Bathroom options such as tub, shower, cabinets, flooring and counter tops are displayed in the same fashion.

More information on Pacific Lifestyle Homes’ communities can be found at www.pacificlifestylehomes.com.

Otak Vancouver project earns national recognition
The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officers honored Portland-based Otak Inc. for its design work on Vancouver’s Plum Meadows with Awards of Excellence in two categories, including project design/program innovation and community revitalization. Otak provided architecture, site design, planning, landscape architecture and civil engineering services for Plum Meadows, a multi-family development spearheaded by the Vancouver Housing Authority to boost enrollment at Fruit Valley Elementary and revitalize an old neighborhood. The NAHRO recognizes approximately six projects in each category per year.

2006 Parade of Homes breaks ground
Ground was broken in Washougal last week for the 29th annual Parade of Homes. The site of the 2006 Parade is Allegro Ridge near Washougal High School. The event marked the beginning of construction by this year’s participating builders, including Fantasy Homes by Vladimir, Fazzolari Custom Homes, GML Home Builders, Harbour Bay Homes, Kashas Design & Construction, General Contractor Ken Winkelman, Omega Custom Homes and Philip Custom Homes LLC.

This year’s Parade homes will be designed for the "modern family." In addition to the returning Parade features, the Color & Design Tour will be expanded. The 2006 Parade of Homes takes place July 14 through 30.

Marrion Elementary receives $25,000 construction grant
Evergreen School District’s Marrion Elementary was one of 10 public elementary schools in the state to receive a $25,000 Apple Award Construction Achievement Grant. Schools receiving the award achieved the greatest gains on the Washington Assessment of Student Learning. Marrion had significant increases in the number of fourth-grade students meeting the standards for mathematics, reading and writing from academic year 2003-04 to 2004-05. The grant may be used for capital construction projects on school grounds or on other public property in the community in which the school is located. The students determine how
to spend the money.

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