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Multnomah County has selected a familiar design-construction team to design and build the new downtown courthouse.


They have hired SRG Partnership for architecture and engineering services, and Hoffman Construction for the Construction Manager/General Contractor contract.

Both are based in Portland, and have collaborated on projects including Oregon Health & Science University’s West Campus in 2001, the city of Hillsboro’s Hops baseball stadium and the $300 million Oregon State Hospital Replacement Project in Salem.

The county selected SRG and Hoffman from a groups of finalists based on their experience building in downtown Portland, and experience designing and building courthouses.

SRG is currently designing the Knight Cancer Research Building for OHSU at the South Waterfront. SRG has also designed Portland State University’s Shattuck Hall renovation and Bellevue City Hall in Washington state.

For the county courthouse project, SRG will work with CGL-RicciGreene, a New York architecture firm that specializes in courthouses and other justice facilities.

CGL-RicciGreene brings expertise with county courthouses of similar size, complexity and intensity of use to the Multnomah County courthouse.

Hoffman Construction has had a long history in Portland, having built the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse, the First and Main office building (across the street from the new courthouse site), and the Multnomah County headquarters.

Hoffman has also built the Seattle Justice Center and Olympia City Hall in Washington state.

“We have selected two top-tier firms from Portland that have great national reputations,” County Chair Deborah Kafoury says. “Selection of the contractor teams marks a major step in taking this long-awaited project from dream to reality.”

The county has chosen to have the construction contractor join the project team early during the design process, in order to reduce costs, risks and schedule time. The county used the same approach with the Sellwood Bridge project.

County Commissioner Judy Shiprack says she's impressed by the local experience of SRG and Hoffman.

“They know and respect one another's work,” she says. “I’m confident they will work closely with the owner — Multnomah County — to build a courthouse in a manner that reflects our values and that our community will be proud of.”

County leaders say their goals for the courthouse project are to build on schedule and budget, maximize diverse participation by subcontractors and workforce, and use sustainable practices for design and construction.

Both SRG and Hoffman have a focus on diversity. Hoffman is the 2012 recipient of the National Association of Minority Contractors Oregon “champion award,” and an industry leader in increasing diversity and social equity on large construction projects.

SRG’s outreach and diversity program actively pursues minority- and women-owned business enterprises and establishes scopes of work small enough to allow a broad spectrum of qualified firms to participate.

The new courthouse building will cost about $250 million — including $17.4 million state lawmakers allocated last week — to be built on county land at the west end of the Hawthorne Bridge. Design work will begin this year, with construction starting in 2017 and completion in 2020.

For more: multco.us/central-courthouse.

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