Kah San Chako Haws

Kah San Chako Haws

Nationally Recognized

Kah San Chako Haws is recognized as a case study in sustainable construction in Indian Country by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Read the case study here.


NAYA is proud to have brought the first ever modular housing project to the Portland, and one of the first in the nation. Kah San Chako Haws, which means “East House” in Chinook Jargon, is a LEED Gold-Certified building project that proves NAYA has the capacity for ambitious, inventive development that serves our community.

Affordable, Sustainable Housing

Featuring nine-units of modern housing in studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom configurations, modular buildings are mostly-finished before being transported to the site and assembled rapidly. The Lents neighborhood (in SE Portland) site has a lower environmental impact and a faster construction time than traditional, stick-built construction. By assembling components at a factory before transporting them to the building site, the process is simplified, redundant transportation is eliminated, and the carbon footprint of the project is dramatically decreased.

Award-Winning Design

Kah San was named the Modular Building of the Week by the Modular Building Institute.


This project was a team effort among many different organizations. Kah San would not have been possible without:
NAYA: Rey España, Lynn Ward
Guardian Real Estate Services: Ross Cornelius, Jessy Olson, Daina Radzins
Emmons Design: Stuart Emmons
Walsh Construction: Don Geddes, Tom Stiehl, Brandon Busch
Blazer Industries: David Girard
NAYA Construction Services: Martin McAllister