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Kathleen Buono, Project Manager, Perlo Construction
Kathleen Buono is an Oregon native and was born and raised in Portland. In fact, she lived in the same house in the Eastmoreland neighborhood between the time she was six months old to when she moved to Eugene to attend the University of Oregon. Kathleen spent five fantastic years in Austin, Texas, but, she missed the beautiful change of seasons in Oregon and returned to her roots. It was when she returned to Portland that she began her career in the commercial real estate sector as a commercial appraiser with Curtis Slocom (now Integra Realty Resources). Kathleen earned the prestigious MAI designation (Member of Appraisal Institute) in October, 2012. By then, she had been an appraiser for more than 15 years specializing in urban mixed-use, multi-family, retail and office properties. Some highlights to her appraisal career include the valuation of 200 Market, Riva on the Park, Machine Works Building, Grand Central Bowl, Montgomery Park, PacWest, the Commonwealth Building, and the Twelve West Building (the one with the wind turbines).
In 2013, Kathleen decided to make a career change. She loved the real estate business and being an appraiser, but wanted to find a new challenge. After several months of soul searching and informational interviews, Kathleen found the perfect job as a Project Manager with Perlo Construction’s Special Projects Group. In this position she spends her days managing smaller projects ranging from the $500 repair to the $300,000 tenant improvement. Wide-ranging can sometimes be an understatement with the Special Projects Group. In her first month on the job, she helped a property owner with a damaged concrete panel after a train backed into it, helped a client upgrade restroom shelving, provided a local manufacturer with an estimate for a new clean room installation, and helped estimate the renovation of a former florist shop into a bakery. It is the variety of projects, the teamwork, and the focus on customer service that she enjoys most in her new role.
Kathleen has been a member of CREW for more than 10 years. She is currently finishing out her fourth year on the Board and is in her second year serving as our Treasurer. She has been on many CREW committees over the years, including golf and sponsorship, and is a current member of the programs committee.
September Program Recap
|More Than an Encore to the Encore: Block 15 Condominiums
By: Veronica Lee, Interdent
Tiffany Sweitzer, President of Hoyt Street Properties, introduced a packed house to the Pearl District’s exciting new addition, known under the working name “Block 15”. The 28-story condominium tower, to be named The Cosmopolitan, is the first condo project to be built in seven years and will be the tallest residential building in the Pearl.
Designed with a distinctly Portland priorities, the building will feature energy efficient systems and materials throughout. Each until will have a striking view; nestled between the Tanner Springs and Fields parks, this project also has city, river and mountain views. The location, at the Northeast corner of NW Northrup and NW 10th, is located on the streetcar line.
Construction on the project commenced earlier in the year, and with the great recession behind us and a dwindling supply of new condos on the market, Hoyt Street felt the timing was right to break ground. This upscale building will also feature ground-level retail, continuing the mixed-use trend in the Pearl that Hoyt pioneered. Delivery of the residential and retail units is expected in Summer of 2016.