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Clackamas County hiring contractors to give feedback on plans before construction begins

Last month Clackamas County approved two upcoming community library projects in the Oak Lodge and Gladstone areas to move forward with construction contracts.

A new Oak Lodge Library, along with a community center and park, are planned for the old Concord School property purchased by North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District in 2019 near the intersection of Concord Road and McLoughlin Boulevard. A new Gladstone Library is set to be developed at the old Gladstone City Hall site located at 525 Portland Ave.

Both projects are in their schematic design phase, and with the Board of County Commissioners' June 24 decision, will now be permitted to move into a design development phase, projected to extend through this fall. Both projects are tentatively scheduled to begin construction in 2022.RENDERING COURTESY: CLACKAMAS COUNTY - A new library wing is proposed to be constructed next to a renovation of the current 1936 building on NCPRD's Concord School property.

A new procurement method is being implemented into the design development stage, in which construction contractors are hired to give feedback on designs before construction begins. The new method is intended to optimize construction logistics and schedules while mitigating risk and improving design quality and cost control.

The preconstruction budget for this new procurement method is approximately $150,000, funded through Oak Lodge/Gladstone Library Funds.

New construction in Oak Lodge is expected to total approximately 19,500 square feet, with Gladstone construction expected to be 6,000 square feet, per the original contractual agreement between Clackamas County and the city of Gladstone in 2017.

Architectural renderings for the projects were released in early June, with refinements of the design of the buildings expected to continue through this fall. This winter, the county will apply for permits to build the preferred designs and go out for bids from construction firms.

$43.6 million is the total projected cost to build both libraries and the accompanying community resources, with $13.8 million going toward the Oak Lodge Library, $23.8 million going toward NCPRD administrative headquarters, community center and park, and $6 million going toward the Gladstone Library. RENDERING COURTESY: CLACKAMAS COUNTY - Architectural renderings for Gladstone's new library seen as 'institutional' will be softened as designs are refined.

Both projects have a community task force that's been meeting regularly, and virtually through the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure they are mindful of each community's needs.

NCPRD and county officials said they've been making an extended effort to ensure that communities of color are targeted to give input, also reaching out to people who are typically underserved, by creating Spanish-language material for citizens in Oak Lodge and Gladstone.

To learn more about the projects, visit clackamas.us/communityproject.


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