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County taps ZGF to design new health department HQs

Multnomah County officials have selected ZGF Architects of Portland to design the Multnomah County Health Department headquarters in Old Town.

ZGF was selected from 15 design firms that responded to the October 2012 request for proposals.

The new headquarters on Northwest Sixth Avenue in Old Town-Chinatown will be built adjacent to Bud Clark Commons. Plans call for the new headquarters to include about 90,000 square feet of office, clinical and pharmacy space for up to 250 county health employees.

Multnomah County and Home Forward, which is developing the property for the county, approved the ZGF contract on Wednesday.

Multnomah County’s Health Department provides services through 33 primary care, school-based, dental and specialty clinics. County officials have planned to move the agency out of its headquarters for more than a decade. Built in 1923 as a retail and office space, the building was not intended for its current use.

“We’re very pleased that ZGF was selected,” said Steve Rudman, Home Forward’s executive director. “ZGF’s experience in the public sector and with health care facilities will be invaluable to the project, because the firm has a history of designing notable buildings.”

The project is expected to begin by the summer 2014.