Local Logs Sought for Extension Education Center 

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

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

New Building Update from Mike Bondi - July 11, 2019

We had a meeting this afternoon with Project Architect, Mike Shea, and the County Facilities Staff to review the latest developments with the Extension Education Center project.  As you know, we have been working on and waiting patiently for the Land Use Approval—a process that began in mid-May, 2018.  The Land Use Approval is required before we can receive building permits.
After 14 months of review, changes, alterations, and relocations, the Land Use Approval was received from Oregon City on July 1.  That’s the good news.  Interestingly, this approval is considered “conditional” with 37 conditions that must be met as we go forward.  Twenty-two of these conditions must be met before building permits will be issued.  And, another 15 conditions must be met before occupancy permits will be provided once the building is considered complete and ready to move in.
Today’s meeting addressed the 37 conditions and most are pretty straight-forward, in our minds, and are doable to be met.  However, there is one significant exception—moving the building for a second time…and, now, another 3½’ to the East.  Mike Shea is working on this to determine if we can get around this requirement and not have to lose any more parking places.
That said, here is what the next steps might look like so you are well aware of where we are going with this project:
  • 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.
Of course, this is only a potential schedule.   All of this is the good news…the not so good news has to do with the revised building costs.  Our $10 million project now is looking like a $14+ million project, all in, according to the cost estimator.  That’s an increase of 40% or so.  I suspected our final cost would likely go higher than the original estimate presented at least 2 years ago—especially due to the increasing construction costs in the Portland metropolitan construction market—about 10-20% per year.  Everyone’s been talking  about a cooling off in the economy and housing market, but I guess we might be missing on that, too.  Maybe our bids will come in much more reasonable.  Also, we now have the SDC (System Development Charges) from the City for public infrastructure upgrades of about $600,000.  This number wasn’t in the original estimate, either.  Building permits will be about $325,000.
As you can see, our $3 million fund raising goal won’t come close to moving us into the new Extension Education Center debt-free.  But, reaching this goal will be even more critical for keeping our mortgage for the building down to a minimum.  The wood product cost for the building is estimated to be $1.3 million, alone, so we do hope to whittle that number down with donations.
We will continue to work on the building plans and getting ready for the contract bidding process, awarding of the contract, and ground breaking.  Again, I’m not quite sure when this will be, at this time, but we are projecting year end sometime.
In the meantime, the Extension BBQ during County Fair will be Thursday, August 15 from 5:00-7:00pm in the Grove.  I hope you can join us.  The building and final plans will be on display.  Mike Shea plans to be there to talk about the building.  We’ll have the final design and rendering drawings, too.  And, we should have a better idea about the timeline for the construction.

Building Update 4/15/19

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

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