Civic Center Project

Civic Center

The concept for the civic center is a new Police/911 and City Hall in downtown Lake Oswego along A Avenue between 3rd and 4th streets.  The predominantly Police Facility portion of the development 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 connection to the 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.

The existing City Hall building will be demolished following the construction of the Police portion of the Civic Center. The City Hall side of the building will be roughly 33,000 square feet of office space with below grade parking. 


Project Background / Summary: 

Lake Oswego Civic Center Project

The Lake Oswego Redevelopment Agency is working with the community on a concept and design of a new Civic Center for the City in downtown Lake Oswego.  The Civic Center will replace the existing City Hall and include new facilities for Police and 911 dispatch services, an emergency operations center, city offices, community meeting rooms, and retail spaces.

The Civic Center is envisioned as one two story building with an attractive central lobby and reception area that will connect the two-phased project.  The Police portion of the building will be constructed first on the east side of the block followed by the construction of the City Hall portion.

Police Facility Background

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 Rebuild 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, 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 ID: 
WO 245 and WO 260
Project Year: 
Project Status: 
Lake Oswego Redevelopment Agency
Project Contact: 

Jordan Wheeler, Deputy City Manager


Status Updates: 

December 2017

The next community forum is December 14

The architects are seeking your feedback on the proposed design of the character of the building and the public spaces. Prior public forums gathered input on the design direction, overall site plan, sustainability features, and the building massing which are being incorporated into proposed concept design.

This meeting will focus on the proposed concept design for the new building.  Please come and share your thoughts!

The meeting will be at City Hall in the City Council Chambers staring at 6 p.m.

Previous Updates

November 2017:  A community forum was held on November 2 to present and receive feedback on building massing options and the proposed site plan. The preferred massing option maximizes the opportunity to achieve the sustainability goals for the building, incorporates design elements of the Lake Oswego style, and embodies the Civic Center as a prominent and important building for the community.  

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.  The City Council also provided input on the proposed site plan options at their September 19.  You can view the meeting here.

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.

366 3rd Street
Lake Oswego, OR 97034