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Civic Center Project

Project Background/Summary

Lake Oswego Civic Center Project


Police Facility

The City of Lake Oswego has studied the siting and construction of a new police facility since 2001.  The current space on the second floor of City Hall has long been recognized as inadequate for housing Police and 911 dispatch services.  The building cannot be secured, there is insufficient space for police operations, and the building does not meet current seismic standards for essential services.

Following several site studies, needs assessments, and condition analyses, in 2013 the Lake Oswego City Council, acting as the Lake Oswego Redevelopment Agency (LORA) Board, decided to acquire the three privately-held parcels immediately east of City Hall as the site for a new Police and 911 facility. The properties were acquired in 2015 and 2016.

City Hall

The existing Lake Oswego City Hall, value-engineered and constructed in 1986 for about $5 million, has multiple and significant building and programmatic deficiencies identified through several studies and condition assessments.

The inadequate drainage system of the building, compounded by the long history of excessive amounts of rainwater penetrating through the building's envelope (an EIFS cladding system), has damaged the underlying components of the building’s exterior wall. It is no longer feasible to maintain the building envelope and the lack of drainage system coupled with the significant concealed damage under the EIFS cladding removes the possibility of doing targeted repairs.  An assessment conducted in July 2015 recommended a full replacement of windows, doors, EIFS and underlining sheathing and insulation, roofing system, and repairs to the exterior walls. Additionally, the building's systems such as the HVAC and elevators are in need of replacement as well as improvements to the building interior.

A seismic and structural assessment of the building noted that the structure would not perform well in an earthquake and the cost to retrofit the building would compare to the construction of a new facility.

On March 21, 2017, the City Council decided to invest in constructing a new City Hall with urban renewal funds rather than making the costly repairs.


Project Description

Civic Center

The initial plan for the civic center is two new buildings along A Avenue between 3rd and 4th streets.  The Police Facility will be constructed on the corner of A Avenue and 3rd street and feature a two-story office building above 1 1/2 floors of below-grade secured parking for police vehicles and staff.  Access to parking would be off of Third Street as well as from a new connection to existing below-grade parking under City Hall.  The concept also includes up to 5,000 square feet of active public space in the building along A Avenue and the LORA Board identified the Lake Oswego Arts Council and the Lake Oswego Booktique as the preferred tenants.

City Hall will be demolished and reconstructed on it's current site.  A programming and space analysis has not been completed for the new City Hall, but it is expected to be a 3 story building above one story of below grade parking with between 30,000 and 35,000 square feet of office space (existing City Hall is 39,000 square feet).

The designs of the two buildings will be coordinated and integrated in order to achieve the vision of a civic center campus with connected public spaces and connected design elements. 


September 2017 

The first community forum for the civic center project was held on August 30 at 6 p.m. at City Hall in the City Council Chambers.  About 30 community members were in attendance to share their thoughts on proposed site plan options and elements for the new civic center.  Visit for more information.

Previous Updates

July 18, 2017: The LORA Board approved the contract with Mackenzie for design services for a new City Hall on July 18, 2017. 

April 6, 2017: A community visioning forum was held to generate input and feedback on existing building elements to be incorporated into massing and concepts for the new facility. 

November 15, 2016: The Board reviewed the preliminary program and project concept and identified the Arts Council of Lake Oswego and the Lake Oswego Booktique as the preferred tenants.  

November 1, 2016: The LORA Board approved a contract with Mackenzie for architectural and engineering services for the Police Facility. The materials from the meeting (Agreement, Scope of Work) can be found here.

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Redevelopment Agency Projects


Lake Oswego Redevelopment Agency

Contact Us

Jordan Wheeler, Deputy City Manager