Oregon county considering P3 for $189M courthouse replacement
Oregon – Clackamas County entered the first phase of its courthouse replacement project on July 9 by exploring a potential public-private partnership (P3) method.
The county plans to issue a request for proposals (RFP) for a technical advisory team to develop design and construction documents, followed by an expression of interest to alert developers to the potential project.
Built in 1936, the Clackamas County Courthouse was built for a county population of 50,000. Now, the facility serves a population of 420,000.
County officials are planning a 215,000-square-foot-courthouse that houses 16 courtrooms, 20 judicial chambers, space for the District Attorney’s Office, public and staff screening areas, administrative space, and jury assembly areas.
Other features include loading and staging spaces, enhanced prisoner transfer facilities, grand jury space, and holding cells for violent offenders.
The next steps in the process are to finish assessing cross laminated timber design concepts and finalize a funding plan. The state will contribute $94.5 million to the estimated $189 million project.
After the county selects a funding plan and a project affordability target, it will begin design and pre-construction, which are expected to take 18 months. Construction is scheduled to take 30 months with a staff and equipment relocation and opening targeted for 2024.