Happy Valley Civic Center12915 SE King Road
Happy Valley, OR 97236
Design Achievement – As one of the fastest growing communities in the metropolitan Portland area, Happy Valley had outgrown its existing City Hall and three additional modular structures. The City wanted its new building to celebrate community involvement and commitment to governmental transparency. In addition to efficiently consolidating all city services in one location, DLR Group's design literally interpreted the concept of transparency in government through a series of glass walls that lead to the City council chambers. Public spaces and secure private areas are separated by style and structure. The secure areas also serve as an emergency operations center in the event of a disaster and reveal the strength of its enhanced structure through an exposed steel frame. Public spaces are warm and welcoming, with wood glulam beams and a soaring ceiling.
Scope Summary – The 25,000 SF building wraps around the northeast corner of the site, providing a clear view into its central lobby from the primary street approach. A casual outdoor gathering space and ceremonial entrance form the forecourt of the central lobby, while the functional entry from the parking lot affords access to City services and the County library wings. The facility houses city council chambers, and offices and work areas for city departments and community services. A secluded courtyard in the northeast corner acts as a gathering place for Happy Valley residents as they transition into their new civic building. DLR Group provided architecture services for the project.