New City Hall Project
New City Hall Project Overview
The Lake Oswego Redevelopment Agency is working on the planning and design of a new City Hall in downtown Lake Oswego. The new City Hall will provide a seismically safe, energy efficient and better functioning building for the community and city staff. It will include space for all existing departments including police and 9-1-1 dispatch center, as well as public meeting places. It will also provide storefront space for the Lake Oswego Arts Council and the Friends of the Library’s “Booktique.” The new building will be 3 stories over one level for secured police parking.
The new city hall building will be built adjacent to the existing city hall in downtown Lake Oswego. After the new building is complete, the existing city hall will be demolished and replaced with a new civic plaza, surface parking and street improvements.
The majority of the project is funded by urban renewal.
Please see the list of project milestones (listed under key documents) for the highlights of work on the project to-date.
June 4, 2019 - Fire Training at A Ave & 3rd St
June 5-7, the LO Fire Department will be conducting training in commercial buildings at the corner of 3rd Street and A Avenue (at 320 A Ave and 366 3rd St). Passersby can expect to see fire personnel, LOFD's ladder truck and 1-2 fire engines at the site from 9am-noon and 1:30-4:30pm each day.
Firefighters will be focusing on a variety of skills during this training, including search and rescue techniques, roof operations/ventilation, forcible entry, fire attack-hose deployment, water supply and ground ladder placement. There will be NO live fire as part of this training. This valuable training allows firefighters to hone their skills and prepare them better for emergency responses.
This location is where the new City Hall will be built. In addition to LOFD training, over the next few weeks you may see the LO Police Department and the Clackamas County SWAT team training at the site. After the training, deconstruction of the buildings will begin. Deconstruction is expected to start somewhere around mid-June. For more information about the City Hall project, visit www.ci.oswego.or.us/lora/new-city-hall-project or call the construction hotline at 503-635-0261.
For more information about the LOFD training, contact Gert Zoutendijk, Lake Oswego Fire Department, at 503-635-0275.
At the meeting, the Board approved early work site preparation and material procurement in the amount of $8,107.796.00. This authorization locks in construction costs for approximately 25% of the project cost, reduces wet-weather impacts and keeps the project on schedule. The design team has completed 75% construction documents and anticipates completing 90% of this phase in early June. View the meeting materials.
The DRC approved the Development and Conditional Use Permits and Design and Minor Variances to construct the new City Hall and associated parking. View the meeting on our YouTube channel. Meeting materials posted HERE.
With the design development phase drawings now completed, the Board approved the development phase drawings and athorized the team to move forward into the construction document phase. The meeting materials are posted online.
The LORA Board approved the schematic design on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. View the meeting materials (design, floor plans, site plans). The next steps for the project will be to hold a pre-application conference, submit the land use application, meet with the Evergreen neighborhood association, and schedule a hearing with the Development Review Commission once the application is complete. The work includes further development of the design details both on the exterior and interior of the new building.
The LORA Board directed staff to proceed with the concept to construct a new city hall on the property next to the existing city hall building. A revised concept was approved by the Board on July 17. The meeting materials are posted online.
Police Facility Background
The city 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 purchase 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. Following the decision to replace city hall, rather than just build a new police facility, a new city hall will be constructed on the properties next door to the existing city hall.
City Hall Background
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, roof, and repairs to the exterior walls. Additionally, the building's systems such as the HVAC, generator, and elevators are in need of replacement.
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 build a new City Hall with urban renewal funds rather than making the costly repairs and affirmed that decision on June 12, 2018.
Sid Sin, Redevelopment Manager