Tualatin City Services building completed
Tualatin is putting the finishing touches on a 9,500-square-foot building and adjacent remodeled office space, which consolidates many city services, completing it on time and under budget.
Already, many city departments have moved into the $8 million Tualatin City Services building, located at Southwest Herman Road and 108th Avenue.
That's no small feat, considering that Tualatin, like other cities throughout the state in 2020, has been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, extreme weather events — wildfires that filled the air with hazardous smoke in September, then a winter storm that felled and tore limbs from trees in February — and rising construction costs.
"We've got everybody's stuff moved in there," said Clay Reynolds, Tualatin maintenance services division manager, of the new services building. "The (municipal) court is having sessions there.
Although some furnishings and equipment are backlogged, including some cubicle walls and generator components, Reynolds said those are expected to arrive soon.
The move means adding 26 more employees to the 34 already out at the Public Works operations center, he said.
The new space consolidates Tualatin's city offices by moving planning, building, engineering and the municipal court into property already occupied by public works and maintenance services. Those services were formally housed in office space next to the Tualatin Public Library.
In turn, the city manager and other administrative staff moved from their old Seneca Building headquarters on Southwest Martinazzi Avenue across the street to that adjacent library space.
"They are all moved in now as well," Reynolds confirmed, adding that the city will realize a savings of $50,000 per year in no longer having to lease the Seneca Building space.
Along with the construction of the new 9,500-square-foot services building, an existing 5,000-square-foot public works administrative headquarters was connected to it as well, creating a single building. That meant tearing down an old yellow metal outbuilding that served as a warehouse to make room for that added space and giving the current building a facelift.
"If you walk through it now, it looks like a totally different building," Reynolds said.
Despite a delay in some of the products needed for complete the job, Reynolds said he thought the city did a remarkable job in getting the building up and running. He said Tualatin was fortunate to get it completed as construction material costs continue to rise.
"If we would have been six, eight months later … we wouldn't be able to do it for the cost," he said.
The cost of the facility was paid for through $4 million in existing funds and a $4 million loan the city took out.
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