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 building, which will be constructed next door to the existing City Hall, will include new facilities for Police and 911 dispatch services, city offices, a larger emergency operations center, and retail spaces. The majority of the project is funded by urban renewal. The new building will be 3 stories over one level for secured police parking. After the construction of the new building, the existing city hall will be demolished and replaced with customer parking and plazas.
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.
At the April 1, 2019 meeting, 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 materials online at: http://lakeoswego.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?clip_id=544
The LORA Board approved the schematic design on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. View the meeting materials (design, floor plans, site plans) online at: http://lakeoswego.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?event_id=914.
The next steps for the project is holding a pre-application conference, submitting the land use application, meeting with the Evergreen neighborhood association, and scheduling 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.
On June 12, 2018, 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 at: http://lakeoswego.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=&event_id=1079&meta_id=36406.
Please see the list of project milestones (listed under key documents) for the highlights of work on the project to-date.
Sid Sin, Development Project Manager