Extension Center Approved for Public Bids
[Oregon City] Clackamas County Commissioners gave the green light on Tuesday, October 22 to begin construction for a new Oregon State University Extension Service Education Center in Oregon City on their Red Soils campus. The new building will be located on the southeast corner of Beavercreek and Warner Milne Roads—about two blocks east of OSU’s current Extension office location. Ground breaking is expected this coming spring. Occupancy is projected for year-end 2020.
The new Extension Education Center will be a state-of-the-art, all wood building featuring a modern Cascadian-style design and the latest technologies in wood construction—cross-laminated timber and mass plywood. The 22,000 square foot, two-story structure will include a 150 seat meeting and training room, a teaching kitchen, multiple smaller meeting rooms throughout the building, and a public Master Gardener Clinic.
“We are excited to have the County Commissioner’s support for the new Extension Education Center,” said Mike Bondi, OSU’s Extension Liaison for Clackamas County. “The County is providing the site location on their Red Soils campus and we are using our Extension District funds to build this county-owned building. The Center will be exclusively used by Extension. This is a real win for all of us in the community.”
Clackamas County Commissioner, Martha Schrader made the original motion to move this building forward in 2015. “The OSU Extension Service has served Clackamas County residents for more than 100 years. This new building will allow our residents to continue accessing this resource to help live healthier lives, learn about our local ecosystems, and get involved with their communities. I am also excited about the opportunity to showcase mass timber in its design,” said Schrader after Tuesday’s meeting.
The new Extension Center is a “dream come true” for OSU—a building designed specifically for the needs of Extension and the community for years to come. The large meeting room and smaller meeting spaces will accommodate programming not possible in Extension’s current location. The teaching kitchen will provide upgraded facilities for adult and youth cooking and nutrition education, and expand collaboration opportunities in the community. The Master Gardener Clinic will include a library and diagnostic lab for sample analysis, plus outdoor demonstration gardens and a teaching greenhouse.
In addition, the Extension Education Center will be the first Net Zero public building in the County—meaning the building will generate all of its own electrical needs for the structure. Nearly 300 solar panels located on the roof of the Center will generate the electricity. A north-south orientation to the building and super insulation will help make heating and cooling much more efficient in the building be keys to achieving the Net Zero goal. Furthermore, the Extension Center will be a resilient building—able to withstand a 9.2 earthquake. In the event of a natural disaster of this magnitude, the Extension building will still be standing, able to generate power, and will have a kitchen facility for emergency food preparation and feeding. The large meeting room could become the nerve center for communications by County government during a time of crisis.
With today’s approval by the County Commissioners, the final building documents will be prepared and submitted for review and advertising for the public bidding process. Bidding is expected to begin by late November.
Audio file of meeting – with comments from Clackamas County Commissioners, Jeff Jorgensen, County Facilities Manager, Mike Shea, Project Architect and Mike Bondi.
Local Logs Sought for Extension Education Center
Here is your chance to build your tree farm’s legacy into the new OSU Extension Education Center, coming to Oregon City in 2020. We are looking for local wood products to help with building construction.
The Center will include peeled log columns in the two entry facades plus detailing around the 22,000 square foot building. Approximately ten 16” diameter logs (lengths 8’ to 24’) plus twenty 12” diameter logs (lengths 8’ to 24’) will be needed.
All donors will be recognized for their contributions. We can work with multiple product providers to fulfill this request. Wood will need to be available in summer 2020.
The new center will be one of a kind—an all-wood advanced technology public building with a modern-style Cascadian look, featuring cross laminated timber, mass plywood, and built with as much locally-sourced wood as possible. The building will be an education unto itself, showcasing Clackamas County forests, our landowners and the history of the family forestry movement, and the next generation of wood products for sustainable design and construction.
If you’d like to have your tree farm’s wood products built into the new Extension Education Center in Oregon City, please contact Mike Bondi at the Clackamas Extension office.
New Building Renderings Gives 360 View
The latest architectural renderings of the new Clackamas Extension Education Center from architect Mike Shea and Sonderstrom Architects gives a 360 degree view of the exterior and interior of the building. There have been some planning delays with the City of Oregon City since the original timeline we set forth but planning seems to be getting back on track and we hope to break ground by the Spring of 2020. View the video here: https://youtu.be/njf4yhg77Ek
New Building Update from Mike Bondi - July 11, 2019
- Mike Shea believes he can address all of the conditions by the end of July.
- Building permits (and, there are many) are being filed now—at least for the ones immediately needed.
- The County expects to be preparing for the public bidding process during August with hopes of publicly advertising by the 1st of September.v
- The bidding process will be open for 30 days. Once a contractor is selected, we should be ready to break ground—sometime near the end of the year—like November.
- Breaking ground in the winter is not what we were hoping for, but does appear to be the schedule we are on. As a result, the initial ground work will be slow and dependent on the weather. Regardless, by Spring of 2020, the building should start coming out of the ground and starting to look like something. Build out—from this point forward—should be relatively fast and ready for move in as early as the calendar year end of 2020.
Extension Education Center Update
The Land Use Approval process with the City of Oregon City continues on. A third submission since August 2018 was delivered last month in March. There have been numerous issues from site location, the number of windows/or lack thereof, the exterior look of the building, and wetland impact and mitigation concerns. Over the past several months, all of these issues have been examined, discussed and alterations made, as possible. Now, during the first week of April, the City has provided a “conditional” land use approval pending the resolution of a final utility right-of-way. If this happens, a 120-day clock begins for the City to analyze the details of our construction plan and approve or not. When we receive approval, then the permitting process will begin, construction documents will be finalized, and contracts for construction will be ready to let.
So, what’s the construction timeline likely to look at, as of this moment? Best case scenario is looking to late summer/early fall for a ground breaking—if all the stars line up. Build out is expected to be about 15 months. We believe we are getting closer!
In the meantime, it’s full steam ahead as we continue with private fundraising and in-kind contributions. Two major financial commitments for the fundraising have been secured in recent months. First, this past December, the Clackamas Chapter of the Master Gardeners Association committed $50,000 over five years and will be naming the public gardening clinic in the new Extension Education Center after Gray and Noreen Thompson. Gray, a former Clackamas Extension Agent, created the Master Gardener program in 1976.
Also, J. Frank Schmidt Family Charitable Foundation has pledged $100,000 with naming rights to the Outdoor Education Pavilion—a multi-purpose space for outdoor education classes and activities. J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. is one of the largest shade tree nurseries in the U.S. and is a Clackamas County business founded more than 70 years ago in the Boring area.
Finally, conversations are occurring at this time with the wood products and forestry landowner community for funding support and wood product in-kind contributions. The Extension Education Center will be the first all wood, advanced wood technology (i.e., cross laminated timber and mass plywood), and net-zero building (producing its own electrical energy needs) in the county.
For more information, contact Clackamas Extension County Liaison, Mike Bondi.
Building Update December 2018
We are still working on the building permitting process for the Clackamas Extension Education Center with the City of Oregon City. Several required changes to the exterior design (more windows, articulation style), primary entrance location, and mitigation in the wetland area have all slowed the next steps. The goal is to re-submit the application for permitting to the City the week of January 7-11. Following a staff review, it is expected that the Oregon City Planning Commission will need to make the final decision for permit approval. We are hoping this can occur in late January or February.
Meanwhile, the architects continue to work on construction documents for the building, refining the kitchen design and outdoor elements. In addition, we hope to have most of the wood product specifications in place by the end of January, so we can begin working with forest product companies for bringing in local products.
Michael Bondi Clackamas County Leader