The Portland Water Bureau has begun work in SW Portland’s John’s Landing area to replace the aging Fulton Pump Station that provides water service to areas of SW Portland.
The Fulton Pump Station – located on SW Nevada Street, between SW Macadam Avenue and SW Virginia Avenue – was built in 1912. The pump station has been expanded several times over the years but does not have capacity for Portland’s future water needs. In 2010 and 2011 the Water Bureau explored several options for upgrading or replacing the pump station and found that replacing the outdated facility with a new pump station located in Willamette Park was the best solution.
Design for the new pump station incorporated input from extensive community outreach efforts. The Water Bureau formed a nine-member citizen advisory committee comprised of many neighbors of Willamette Park and held multiple open houses where community members provided feedback on the proposed design. The new facility will be named after Hannah Mason, a philanthropist, landowner, and widow of an early Portland mayor, William S. Mason. At the time of her passing in 1908 she owned the majority of the land on which Willamette Park sits today.
The new pump station will house five pumps, public restrooms, park equipment storage, and will complement the park with a subtle design meant to blend into the surrounding landscape.
Construction for the project will involve work at the Fulton Pump Station site, the Hannah Mason Pump Station site in Willamette Park, and pipe work in the area including along SW Nevada St and SW Macadam Avenue. Work will began in early March 2015 and is expected to be complete by autumn of 2016.
The project funding is from a combination of revenue bond sales, water sales revenue, and other construction fund revenues such as system development charges and interest earnings. Total project cost: $15,090,000.
The existing Fulton Pump Station will remain in operational status for a minimum of two years after the Hannah Mason Pump Station is complete and operational.
The Water Bureau is working in close conjunction with Portland Parks & Recreation and other local agencies to coordinate this project with ongoing operations and other projects in the area. We will keep neighbors, local businesses and other stakeholders updated as work progresses.
For general project questions, access the project website at www.portlandoregon.gov/water/hannahmason or contact Sam Beresky at 503-235-5881 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The 24/7 project hotline is 503-781-8365.