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June 27th, 2012

In March this year we completed a job on a part of Portland’s History. We wanted to share with you some details about Armstrong Hall at Western Seminary. This facility has a long line of history that dates back to the start of Portland in 1892.

We started the process in late winter and due to the weather it became a challenge to keep everything watertight. We were able to complete the job in March, 2012. Our crew replaced the old built up roof with pvc membrane and the deck was done in Duradek walk surface.

Please take a few minutes to read the story below and if you want to know more about the project you can email us for the full history of Mt tabor and the mansion.

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Before After
Before After
Before After


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Portland:

  • First began to be settled in 1842, with only one settler on the East side in 1844.
  • Reverend Clinton Kelly, a circuit riding Methodist preacher, settled on the East side of the river in 1848, purchasing a land claim for $50.00 Southwest of Mt. Tabor. 

Mt. Tabor:

  • In 1853 Reverend Clinton Kelly’s son, Plympton, was reading a book about Napoleon and his Marshalls and was impressed by the battle fought near the base of Mt. Tabor in Palestine. His enthusiasm for the name, coupled with the fact that Mt. Tabor has traditionally been held to be the site of Christ’s transfiguration, impressed Plympton and the ten local Methodist families sufficiently to choose the name Mt. Tabor over the name Mt. Zion, proposed by his father, Clinton.
  • By 1855 all the land on Mt. Tabor had been claimed by early settlers through eight donation land claims.

 

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Dr. Perry Prettyman:

  • An itinerant naturopathic doctor, and acquaintance of Rev. Clinton Kelly, staked out a land claim in 1849 and homesteaded on Mt. Tabor. Prettyman was a naturopath who had studied at the Botanic Medical School in Baltimore, and introduced the dandelion to Portland, imported from Missouri to be studied for potential medicinal purposes.
  • Prettyman was a leader in the growing community and helped organize the first Multnomah County Agricultural Society.
  • In 1860 Perry Prettyman’s land was the most valuable property on Mt. Tabor. He told his sons “I shall live to see the land worth $100 an acre; you will live to see it worth more.” Before his death in 1872, Prettyman’s land value was greater than $300 an acre.
  • Later, the property, owned by Prettyman’s son, became an inn and stage stop primarily for soldiers travelling between Vancouver Barracks and Oregon City.
 

Philip Buehner:

  • The inn was bought by Philip Buehner in the 1890s.
  • It was rumored that Buehner once hosted Ulysses S. Grant in the old inn.
  • Buehner remodeled the inn with lumber shipped around Cape Horn. Upon the completion of the home, the lumber was discovered to be riddled with termites and the home had to be burned to the ground and rebuilt into the current mansion.
  • After the incident with the termite-riddled lumber, Buehner started the Western Lumber Co., the first of his many lumber businesses.
  • Buehner retired from the lumber business in 1927, but remained as head of Buehner Investment Co., and retained interests in lumber holdings around the state.
  • He was a real estate developer of Mt. Tabor properties such as the George Eastman, nine-room New England Colonial on 56th and Salmon, built for $8,500.
  • Buehner, a mechanical engineer by training, co-founded Wolff, Zwicker and Buehner iron works, which was started in order to build the first Bull Run pipeline to bring water to Mt. Tabor/Portland.


 Western Seminary:Inside

  • Western began in the basement of local Eastside Baptist (Hinson Baptist) Church in 1927. Five years after Philip Buehner’s death in 1940, and because of his enjoyment in  hearing Dr. Walter B. Hinson’s sermons preached over the radio, his family contacted Hinson Church to see if they wanted to purchase the mansion. They referred the family to Western Seminary, who purchased the 4.5 acres and 3 buildings for $30,000. And the rest, (like the first part) is history.
  • The mansion was listed on the National Registery of Historic Places in October of 1980, and also has a Giant Sequoia tree registered as a local Heritage Tree (# 165) due to its age and its history.

 

 

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It's Not Too Late!

May 7th, 2012

The Columbia Roof Advantage!

Now that spring has fully sprung it is an ideal time of year to make sure your roof top is in tip-top shape.

With the burst of spring flowers in our beautiful Pacific Northwest region comes some of our heaviest showers.  It’s a good idea to check the condition of your roof as well as the surrounding areas before a leak or other more major problems develop.

We here at Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal recommend checking your roof specifically for debris in the drains, missing sheet metal, loose HVAC equipment and other components on your flat roof.  The winter has been harsh.  Do you know whether or not your roof is ready to take on the summer heat and showers that cause thermal shock?

Common problem areas are around any roof top equipment.  Other areas that the Columbia Roof Advantage covers are skylights, smoke hatches, and deterioration of the roof that can easily be fixed before damage occurs to your building.

It’s always more cost effective to be proactive versus reactive, so we believe in being diligent with roof maintenance. 

While examining your roof conditions, we will provide a photo record of the conditions and offer estimates for recommended repairs and upgrades.  This is ROI, Roof Owners Interface, which allows you to make important financial decisions about your roof. 

Please give us a call so our team of professionals may help you extend the life of your roof!  In the end, we are working together to protect one of our most precious assets.  The cost of roof ownership just got easier with the Columbia Roof Advantage.

Wishing you all the best for a prosperous and happy 2012!

President Mark Carpenter

   


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Winter Preparation

January 9th, 2012

Here in the Northwest we can get some pretty crazy weather and it has been known to catch us all off guard. We wanted to educate you all on ways to help prevent those last minute scares and keep you well prepared for the winter season in the Northwest.  When the snow comes it needs to be cleared out of drainage systems.  When the melt comes in Western Oregon and Washington it is usually brought on by warm rain and quick melting that can be devastating to your property and the contents in your building.

Drainage is the big issue.  The rain drains and gutters need to be clean before the snow comes.  We recommended biannual maintenance. One in the spring when things start to dry out.  This is when the roof can be assessed for possible damage from the previous winter.  You will get plenty of time to fix anything that needs to be done during dry weather.  This time is also spent completing a professionally designed solid roof upgrade, which allows you to get more performance and life for less money out of your roof.

The second time would be in the fall after all of the leaves have fallen to prepare the roof for what is to come. When older built up roofs go through freeze-thaw cycles they can get cracks and splits in them.  Freezing water will open up marginal roof seams at penetrations and in the field that have not leaked before.  Your building and the roof will benefit from a thorough cleaning of the surface and drains.  The roof should be inspected by a professional roofing technician while being cleaned.  The inspection will help head off some of these problems.

Other areas of concern are the gutters and drains.   It is also very important to have gutters clear to avoid overflowing and downspouts from freezing solid.   When your gutters are clogged water will pool causing damage from both the expansion of freezing and from rust.  The service of clearing the drains and downspouts from debris and the debris on the roof that can wash into the drainage systems before the heavy rains and freeze prevents major damage to the property.  It also saves you from needing costly emergency repairs.

 

 

Another option to help with winter preparation is to have snow guards installed if you have a metal roof. This helps keep back snow loads from falling on people below.

 

 

 

 

For flat roofs having deicer put down before a snow or freeze will help keep drains flowing when the snow begins to melt.

When the big snow storms hit it is very difficult to keep up with the accumulation.  There is little to be done until the snow begins to melt.  It is important to get things taken care of before the winter arrives. In the event of a heavy snow, like several years ago, you should have a snow removal plan. Columbia Roofing and Sheet Metal has a plan for our service crews.  We set up our service crews every year with chains for their vehicles, snow shovels, deicer and proper fall protection.  They are trained to be safe on the roof and on the ground.  They look for areas of snow deposit off the roof.  They are ready at a moment’s notice. If the snow load on the roof becomes too heavy you could be in for a real problem; some buildings have collapsed under the stress.  Call us if you have any questions, but please think about the weather over the next few months.


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Customer Appreciation

November 29th, 2011

 

About a month ago we invited our customers over for a little wine and dine at our lovely office. We had Willamette Valley Vineyard provide the wine for everyone to enjoy.  They also provided tastings of all of their most popular wines. Tours were given around our office and shop, this place looked great. Everyone pitched in to help make this office and warehouse clean and organized.

Our customers are very important to us and we want to take time to thank all of you. Without the support from our customers and friends we would not be where we are. This event was such a success we will most likely do this again next year. Since some of you were unable to attend please feel free to stop by anytime, we would love to show you around.

We plan on doing this event again in the summer of 2012

Thank you to everyone who has supported us throughout these last 15 years.

 

Here are a few shots from that night check out the rest in the gallery. 

Show Room

Goodies

Mingleing

Mingleing


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UPDATE!! Mittens and More Coat drive

November 14th, 2011

It's that time of year again, the time we stop and give thanks for all we have and the blessings received this year. Columbia is finding new ways to give back to the community this year and we would love to have everyone's involvement. We are collecting coats to be donated to the DHS Mittens and More cause. We have a goal of 100 coats and we are currently at 40. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated. below is a flyer that you can print out and put up around your office or even take with you when buying coats to help you receive a discount. Not all store will give a discount but some will. we are also collecting cash donations and we will go buy coats with that money before we donate them. Please contact Kendall With any questions about how you could help. 503-218-2279 or kendall@reroofnow.com.


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