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Portland Water Bureau’s Interstate Renovation Project moves into Phase 2

By Teresa Black

Loading dock demolition






Contractor Hoffman Construction Company is preparing the site for Phase 2 of the Portland Water Bureau’s Interstate Renovation Project -- the construction of the new Maintenance & Construction building. The Portland Water Bureau’s Interstate Operations Facility is located near the Rose Quarter on N. Interstate Avenue.Site of building two

During construction, parking of all bureau fleet vehicles has been moved to the upper lots. The demolition of the loading dock and its canopy occurred the week of December 9, 2013 (see photos).

Pile driving to support the building’s foundation will begin in mid-January and continue through February 2014. Neighboring businesses have been notified to expect the loud intermittent noise.

Construction workers will be on site six days a week, from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Saturday.

The critical work of maintaining Portland's 2,100-square-mile water supply system is based from the Water Bureau's Interstate Operations Facility. This 11-acre facility accommodates approximately 240 employees and includes a water control center, water quality laboratory, material storage area, vehicle parking, and some administrative offices. Construction and maintenance field personnel and associated heavy construction equipment are also supported and staged from this facility.

Phase 2 will consist of the construction of a 38,000-square-foot building that will provide office space and training facilities. The building will have an exterior façade designed to blend in with the architecture of adjacent businesses. The primary material will be locally manufactured brick and metal panels that will match the appearance of the existing 1992 Operations Building.

Terry Black
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