FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What was the genesis of this project?
• In 2011, the City purchased the abandoned Evergreen building from the Redmond School District for $250,000. Three structures initially occupied the site; the 35,000 square foot main building (new City Hall), the annex building which was demolished, and a field house/gymnasium which will remain unused until the City has resources for seismic upgrades and other improvements.
What was the goal of the renovation?
• The goal of the project was to preserve a Redmond landmark while remolding it into a modern, efficient, and technologically innovative public facility capable of serving the community for another 100 plus years.
• Continue to invest in the civic center of Redmond which began with the construction of Centennial Park in 2010. An expansion of the Park, Centennial Plaza, is scheduled to occur in 2019.
What services will be located inside new City Hall?
• All functions currently at the existing 716 SW Evergreen Avenue site will relocate to the new building, including: Community Development, Finance, City Management, Human Resources, Information Technology and Utility Billing. The City Council Chambers will also move to the new building from their current location in the Redmond Police Department.
• Deschutes County will house their Justice Court and Veterans’ Services office in the building.
• Redmond Economic Development Incorporated (REDI Inc.) will also relocate to City Hall.
What’s new in the building?
Plumbing and Electric
Earthquake resistant construction
Roof, structural, walls
Complete renovation of office space and public space
Construction of new City Council Chambers
Public courtyard on west side of the building
New landscaping and open spaces
ADA sidewalks and other accessibility improvements
Wiring and communications technology
What are the historical features of the building?
• Retained existing grand hallways
• New hardwood floors resemble those historically used in the building.
• Paint colors represent the 1920s period.
• Uncovered original brick walls where possible
• Refurbished original windows and window hardware.
• Signs fabricated to indicate historical use of rooms and spaces.
• Salvaged/restored several chalkboards
• Original stairway hand rails were retained while adding complimentary ADA / code modifications.
• Front doors resemble the look of the original 1920s doors
• Reclaimed original entry lights and retrofitted with LEDs
• The exterior façade restored.
Why rehabilitate the school building vs. building new?
• An analysis conducted in 2010 estimated a new building of similar size would cost more than renovating Evergreen.
• There has been strong support across the community to transform Evergreen back into a facility that can be a source of pride and celebration and publicly accessible.
• The building was in disrepair and had been boarded up/unused for nearly a decade. Timely improvements were needed or it would be lost.
How much did it cost and how was it paid for?
• The renovation was approximately $12 million. A majority of the resources came from long-term debt backed by the City’s General Fund. The annual debt payments are approximately $370,000 (for the next 30 years) and paid for through a combination of City resources and funds. Urban Renewal funds were also utilized to pay for infrastructure and removal of hazardous materials such as asbestos.
What will happen to the old gymnasium building?
• The 19,700 sq. ft. field house/gymnasium will remain vacant until the City has resources for structural upgrades and a vision for re-use has been set that best serves community. Structural upgrades are estimated to cost approximately $2,000,000.
• Square footage of City Hall: 35,000
• Originally built in 1921, cost $100,000
• Opened January 13, 1922 as Redmond Union High School
• Over 400,000 local bricks were utilized in the original construction
• Since 1922 building served as Redmond Union High School, Redmond Junior High School and Evergreen Elementary.
• 3 pieces of artwork were commissioned for the new building by the Redmond Committee for Arts in Public Places