Articles by Wendy Culverwell

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…

Iconic Brewery will join the lineup of breweries and other dining venues at Richland’s Horn Rapids Industrial Park. Owners Matt and Debbie Driscoll secured a $400,000 equipment loan from the Hanford Area Economic Investment Fund to equip the brewery, which is being built by Total Site Services. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Iconic Brewery to bring beer, wine to Horn Rapids

The Tri-Cities’ fledgling craft brewery community is about to gain a new member. Iconic Brewery will open in late June at Horn Rapids, bringing craft brew, wine and a family-friendly outdoor gathering spot to Richland’s Horn Rapids Industrial Park. Iconic Brewery is the brainchild of Debbie and Matt Driscoll, veteran dairy farmers and vineyard owners,…

Construction begins in June on The Nineteen, a $13 million luxury office-and-apartment project at 19 S. Auburn St., the first new private development in downtown Kennewick in recent memory.(Courtesy The Nineteen )

Construction starts in June on luxe project in downtown Kennewick

The Nineteen, a luxury office-and-apartment project planned for downtown Kennewick, will break ground in June. The project, first announced in 2019, was delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic as the developers pursued construction loans. Andrew Klein and Brian Griffith, who formed Klein Griffith Properties Group LLC to pursue the project, secured the final piece of the…

Sun Pacific Energy of Kennewick will install its fifth edition of Firehouse Subs at its next Sun Market convenience store and gas station, at West Richland’s Belmont district at 6255 Keene Road. Construction begins this spring. (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Firehouse Subs brand expands to the west

Sun Pacific Energy, which operates a string of Firehouse Subs-anchored Sun Market convenience stores and gas stations in the Mid-Columbia and western Washington, breaks ground this spring in West Richland. Not all Sun Markets feature the Firehouse brand, but the new one at 6255 Keene Road at Belmont Boulevard, across from the new West Richland…

Kathy Peoples opened Peoples Fitness Journey at 1221 Columbia Park Trail in Richland, fulfilling her dream of opening a gym when she retired from UPS Inc. (Courtesy Kathy Peoples)

Retired UPS exec opens small gym at Richland Wye

Kathy Peoples has opened Peoples Fitness Journey at the Richland Wye, fulfilling a dream of opening a health-related business when she retired. Peoples Fitness opened in a 2,500-square-foot space at 1221 Columbia Park Trail, near Fowler Street, in a spot formerly occupied by a rental business. Peoples graduated from Pasco High School but spent most…

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory soon will select a design and construction contractor for the $75 million Grid Storage Launchpad facility. This is a conceptual rendering of what the GSL facility could look like on the Richland campus. (Courtesy Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

DOE taps Houston team to design, build PNNL ‘Launchpad’

A pair of Houston-based partners will design and build the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s $75 million Grid Storage Launchpad.  Harvey|Harvey-Cleary and Kirksey Architecture were selected to design and construct the project by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity, which announced the ambitious clean energy development center on March 10.  The Launchpad project promises to help…

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