Articles by Wendy Culverwell

Jennifer and Jacob Hamilton stand with their children, Cylee Wood and Liam Hamilton, in their airy bardominium or shop house (“shouse”) in a pole building near Benton City. They love the low cost and spacious surroundings. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Pole buildings get new life as unique, affordable homes

The Tri-Cities is becoming a center for Instagram-worthy barn-style homes after a pair of Tri-City entrepreneurs with a big social media following built one for themselves. Olivia “Liv” and Tanner Berg converted an old pole barn on their Kennewick property into a family home. The process was so rewarding – and interest from followers so…

Wave Design Group will lease space in a Pasco office building it designed for Tri-City Insurance Professionals. Owner Harvey Prickett credits his wife with suggesting he move his growing business into the two-story modern building at 9425 Sandifur Parkway. (Courtesy Wave Design Group)

Wave Design Group needed space. Its client had office space for rent

A Tri-Cities architectural and engineering firm was bursting at the seams when the owner’s wife spotted an obvious solution. Christelle Walker-Prickett advised her husband, Harvey, to lease space in the building he was designing for Tri-Cities Insurance Professionals in Pasco. Harvey Prickett, president and principal of Wave Companies, took his wife’s suggestion. In September, he…

David Fritch, a commercial broker and investor, is helping the ownership group of Auburn Center, formerly the Kennewick Medical and Dental Center, plot a future that does not include having a hospital across Auburn Street in downtown Kennewick. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Kennewick medical office complex gets makeover

A medical office complex in downtown Kennewick is getting a makeover to appeal to tenants who do not need a hospital across the street. The Kennewick Medical and Dental Center faces the former Kennewick General Hospital across Auburn Street and provided office space for hospital-adjacent businesses such as doctor and dentist offices, a laboratory and…

The Port of Kennewick is partnering with the Kennewick Housing Authority to apply for a $2.4 million infrastructure grant through the Build Back Better program. While the infrastructure package was in limbo in early June, the addition of low-income housing to the Kennewick waterfront plan is roiling the neighborhood. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Is there room for low-income housing at Kennewick’s waterfront?

The Port of Kennewick’s efforts to revitalize a stretch of the downtown waterfront are being called into doubt over a last-minute addition to the concept: low-income housing. The port wants to incorporate low-income and other supportive housing at The Willows, the 6.55-acre former manufactured home site on Clover Island Drive, near the Columbia River and…

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Make new memories and honor old ones this Memorial Day

Monday, May 31, is Memorial Day, the day reserved to honor the memories of those who served our country in uniform, particularly those lost in the line of duty. It is also an opportunity to make new memories and explore the stories of those who died and were laid to rest in Tri-City cemeteries.  In honor of the holiday, the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business news team…

Carmen Villarma stands at the site she and her husband, Dennis Pavlina, are developing, The Resort at Hansen Park, a $50 million mixed-use development that will bring three types of rental homes and new commercial space to the Columbia Center Boulevard corridor. Site work began in early 2021. The first homes will be available for rent by late 2021. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell )

Vancouver developer raises its local profile with $50M project at Hansen Park

A Vancouver developer with a history of building apartments in the Tri-Cities is raising its profile with an ambitious project in the Columbia Center Boulevard corridor. Carmen Villarma and her husband, Dennis Pavlina, have begun work on The Resort at Hansen Park, a $50 million mixed-use development that will offer three different types of rental…

Martha, center in red skirt, was an 11-year-old orphan when her leg was broken in Tanzania. She was treated by surgeons trained by SIGN Fracture Care International, allowing her to continue her schooling. She graduated from high school in December and dreams of becoming a doctor, or maybe an engineer. (Courtesy SIGN Fracture Care International)

PBS puts spotlight on Richland’s global miracle worker

A Richland nonprofit that works medical magic in the world’s most remote, undeveloped and dangerous corners is enjoying a moment in the spotlight, courtesy public television. SIGN Fracture Care International, helmed by founder Dr. Lewis Zirkle and CEO Jeanne Dillner, is featured in “Trauma Healers,” a documentary that explores the need for trauma care in…

Chaplaincy Health is based at 1480 Fowler St., Richland. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Longtime leader steers Chaplaincy through transition to new executive director

A well-known Tri-City business leader is at the helm of Chaplaincy Health Care while the hospice agency seeks a leader to succeed Gary Castillo. Bob Rosselli, who retired from the U.S. Department of Energy in 2002 and from the Columbia Basin College Foundation Board in 2014, stepped in as interim executive director after Castillo resigned…

The Broetje Family Trust is employing solar power and water recycling to fulfill its stewardship mission as it builds a new office and school building at Tierra Vida in east Pasco. Chervenell Construction is the general contractor for the project, which opens this summer. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell )

Broetje Family Trust brings a green touch to its east Pasco quarters

The Broetje Family Trust is turning to solar power and water recycling to help fulfill its stewardship mission as it builds a new home for its three nonprofits in east Pasco. The $4.2 million, 30,000-square-foot building will house the trust’s three nonprofits, including a leadership academy with room for up to 60 students when it…


RV demand surges and Covid is only part of the reason

In the topsy-turvy pandemic economy, RV demand is at a record high, with manufacturers set to ship upwards of 543,000 units in 2021, easily besting the previous record of 504,600 units shipped to dealers in 2017. For dealers and customers alike, record demand means waiting lists for the most popular models. “The pandemic is part…

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