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.
The 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, the City Council decided to invest in constructing a new City Hall with urban renewal funds rather than making the costly repairs.
The preliminary idea for the new Police facility is a two-story office building above one floor of below-grade secured parking for police vehicles. Access to parking would be off of Third Street as well as from a new connection to existing below-grade parking under thed 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.
March 1, 2017
POLICE FACILITY: Work continues on the pre-design for the new facility which includes finalizing the programming, space needs, and preliminary interior floor plans. Design meetings with the public begins soon, with the first of three community forums planned for April 5.
CITY HALL: The LORA Board requested additional information about the costs and the options for addressing the issues with the City Hall building. The project team and architects are scheduled to bring updated cost information to the Board on March 21.
On November 1, the LORA Board approved a contract with Mackenzie for architectural and engineering services. The materials from the meeting (Agreement, Scope of Work) can be found here.