Courthouse Replacement Project

Clackamas County’s courthouse was built in 1936 in the heart of downtown Oregon City. While it continues to serve hundreds – sometimes thousands – of residents daily, courthouse needs have outgrown the facility’s ability to adequately meet the demands of our increasing population and the need to hold hearings in a timely manner.

Factoring in population growth, the significant safety risks, and functional impediments associated with the existing courthouse including a lack of adequate jury assembly space and secured access for defendants and witnesses, replacement of the courthouse is a wise investment.

In July 2017, the Oregon Legislature provided Clackamas County with $1.2 million for planning costs associated with the project. Through the Oregon Courthouse Capital Construction and Improvement Fund (OCCCIF), the state may provide matching funds to go toward the replacement of county courthouses. In the case of the Clackamas County courthouse, what this means is the state would be able to provide 50 percent of the funds to cover the estimated project cost.

In addition to the Legislature’s continued involvement in this process, the project also includes participation from the courts, the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, the Oregon Department of Human Services, the Association of Oregon Counties’ (AOC) Court Facilities Task Force, the city of Oregon City, and additional key stakeholders.

This page will be updated as developments occur.

Interested Vendor Information

Clackamas County is currently in the process of determining the best procurement/contract method for the new county courthouse project.  

The Board of County Commissioners has directed that Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) be used in the construction of the new courthouse to align with the county’s Forest Economic Development and Sustainability policies. A county task force has researched the inclusion of CLT for the project and that research will inform the proposed contracting method.  

The county has not retained a primary design or construction firm for the project. Once Requests for Proposals are issued, all formal solicitations for the project will be posted on the County Bid and Contract Information page as well as on the Oregon Public Information Network (ORPIN).    

The county is not accepting unsolicited sales information at this time. Please check this website regularly for project updates.  

Unveiling the Initial Concept Design

Resources

Final Report: National Center for State Courts

Project Fact Sheet (Updated February 2019)

2017 Legislative Report (pg. 13-14; 51-71; 131-142)

10/17/17 Policy Session: Courthouse Replacement Project Planning

2/14/17 Policy Session: Red Soils Courthouse Funding Request for 2017 Biennium

News coverage

12/22/17 DJC Oregon: Clackamas County pursuing new courthouse
10/18/17 Portland Tribune: Board briefed on courthouse planning