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Mt. Scott Community Center will close to the public on November 23, 2023. The Mt. Scott Community Center Seismic Retrofit and Expansion project is expected to be complete in the spring of 2025.
During construction, Mt. Scott Community Center preschool offerings, activities, and classes will be delivered at multiple Portland Parks & Recreation sites close to MSCC, including Woodstock Community Center, Arleta, Lane, Grout SUN Community Schools, and the East Portland Community Center.
Swimming activities will be relocated to East Portland Community Center Pool, where Portland Parks & Recreation is offering an expanded schedule.
What To Expect at MSCC This Fall: Construction is scheduled to begin in December 2023 and will require a complete facility move-out beginning in late November. The community center will be fully closed during the expected 18-month construction period.
- Registered classes will continue to take place at MSCC through November 5, 2023. Registration for these classes begins Wednesday, September 6 at 12:30pm.
- Drop-in activities will continue this fall (until closure) as space is available.
The Mt. Scott Community Center Seismic Retrofit and Expansion project was posted on the City’s solicitation website on August 29, 2023. Bids are due no later than October 26, 2023.
The project is a standard "low bid" and bidders must be prequalified in one of the following categories:
- 19-New Building Construction
- 20-Building Alteration & Repair
The pre-qualification process can take up to 4 weeks. Contractors interested in bidding as prime contractors on this project are advised to begin the process as soon as they can. Additional information can be found at Apply for Contractor Prequalification (Construction Only).
The Construction bidding process will be announced in August 2023. If you are interested in the bidding process, when it opens, please review the following information at this City of Portland link: Resources for Businesses | Portland.gov
CURRENT WORK: The project received land use approval in early February. We will be submitting the development and construction permits In February. We are currently working on the council documents for authorization to bid.
BIDDING PROCESS: Due to council process timelines, we should have that Mid to late March. We would then send the package to procurement for advertisement in April or May. That process typically remains open for 4-5 weeks. We will seek to award in June or July.
CONSTRUCTION: We anticipate construction will begin in November or December 2023. The construction date will require a full move-out of the facility about 3 weeks prior to our construction start date.
ACCESS: The Mt. Scott Community Center building will be fully closed during construction. There will be no programming at the building during the construction period.
All the most current news and information on the Mt. Scott Community Center Seismic Retrofit and Expansion Project will be available on this project page.
A public open house meeting was held on September 24th, 2022 at Mt. Scott. The community weighed in on the proposed renovation designs. Community feedback resulted in the final preferred design that was taken forward to construction documents. The project included a review with the PP&R Accessibility Advisory Committee. The September 24, 2022 meeting was accompanied by an online survey open Saturday, September 24 - Monday, October 10, 2022.
The project team worked with the Community Engagement Liaisons Services (CELs) program with the City of Portland to offer in-person interpretation and translation at the event and promotion of the survey in their respective language communities. The survey was provided in five languages: English, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese. A link to a survey in each of these languages was posted on the Mt Scott Community Center Renovation website.
The survey was promoted through lawn signs placed inside Mt. Scott Community Center, throughout Mt. Scott Park, and in the neighborhood, emails sent out to all community members who were registered users of the Mt. Scott Community Center services and activities from 2018-2022, and the 1,400 opt-in members of the Mt. Scott Park email contact list. An additional 12,300 households were reached via Portland Parks & Recreation's Nextdoor.com platform.
Thank you to all who were able to join us for the Mt. Scott Community Center Seismic Retrofit and Expansion Project Community Open House on Saturday, September 24, 2022.
A full collection of community engagement boards from the event can be seen in the pdf below:
In October 2021, PP&R and the Project Team conducted public outreach (with support from JLA Public Involvement) to help determine community needs and priorities for the MSCC renovation. Public comments were received through a 30-question survey that was open from October 11, 2021 through October 25, 2021. Based on the demographics of the area the Mt Scott Community Center serves, the project team worked with the Community Engagement Liaisons Services (CELs) program with the City of Portland to conduct additional outreach to communities who may be isolated due to language barriers. The survey was provided in 5 languages: English, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese. A link to a survey in each of these languages was posted on the Mt Scott Community Center renovations website. The survey was also advertised through 8 lawn signs placed in the neighborhood and sent out to 1,400 opt-in members of the Mt. Scott Park email contact list, and an additional 6,500 households were reached via Portland Parks & Recreation's Nextdoor.com platform.
Mt. Scott Community Center provides court sports, Lifelong Recreation programs, an indoor swimming pool, roller skating, exercise/fitness classes (including yoga) preschool programs, day camps, art and music classes, teen activities, private parties, community gatherings, rental/party spaces, and more.
Like many public facilities, the Mt. Scott Community Center building complex has grown over time through an incremental funding process. The existing community center consists of an ad-hoc collection of different linked buildings dating from the 1920s through the 1990s. Most of the facility, outside of the natatorium, was build prior to the 1960s and has been designated by the City of Portland as an unreinforced masonry building. In order to improve community safety PP&R has embarked on a renovation project to bring the Mt. Scott Community Center building to current seismic compliance. In addition to the safety project, PP&R will also be expanding the building to improve ADA accessibility and expand recreational programming. As a first step in realizing the rehabilitation, a comprehensive visual condition assessment was undertaken. The three steps involved in Phase I, include a condition assessment, functional programming, functional assessment of the existing facility, and conceptual approaches to maximize the use of the current center, along with conceptual recommendations for improving operations and program offerings.
The realization of this work will result in a demolition and construction project at Mt. Scott Community Center. Significant demolition and construction will necessitate the closure of the community center that will last approximately 18 months. We anticipate that this closure will begin in late 2023.
Step 1: Condition Assessment
An on-site visual assessment was conducted by the A/E Consultant Team accompanied by PPR facilities and management staff, on May 16, 2019. Existing conditions were documented by the team using photographs and narratives, noting the condition of building systems, structures, enclosures, exiting, and accessibility. Observed code deficiencies were also noted. Current uses and their functions were analyzed regarding space utilization, efficiency, accommodation, and practical adjacencies to other spaces and activities. A code analysis of the existing facility was performed to identify any existing code deficiencies.
Step 2: Programming
The A/E Team prepared and distributed a functional program questionnaire to PPR. Follow-up interviews with PPR and MSCC Staff were conducted to verify and confirm the needs Mt. Scott Community Center Condition Assessment Draft 3 described in the questionnaires. Each area was toured with staff to better understand the type and size of equipment related to each activity or program. A Summary Functional Program was completed codifying the information gathered during this step of the process. The Summary Functional Program and Condition Assessment serve as the Basis of Design for the development of conceptual design approaches.
Step 3: Community Engagement and Conceptual Design Approaches
Thanks to all who helped shape the future of the Mt. Scott Community Center by completing the Mt. Scott Community Center Renovation Survey.
Mt. Scott Community Center provides court sports, swimming pool, roller skating, yoga classes, daycare, art and music classes, teen activities, private parties, community gatherings, exercise and fitness programs. The existing community center is made up of a collection of buildings dating from the 1920s through the 1990s. Over the next several years, the Mt. Scott Community Center will be renovated to ensure that the building is seismically sound and can best serve the community for years to come.
We asked for your input to help us understand how some of the spaces in the building can be designed to make the community center welcoming to everyone. The survey asked a series of questions to help us understand how you currently use the center, how it could be improved, and how the design can reflect the spirit of the Mt. Scott-Arleta community. We’ll use this feedback to refine designs for the rehabilitation and understand how the center can be more welcoming to all.
Project funding includes $15 million from the Build Portland 2018 initiative and $7 million from the Mayor’s Livability Emergency Coordination funds. The MSCC improvements are also made possible by more than $12 million in Parks System Development Charges (SDCs). SDCs are not General Fund tax dollars; rather they are one-time fees assessed on new development and can only be used to expand the capacity of the park system (for example, new park developments), not maintenance. SDC funds help ensure that Portland's quality of life keeps pace with our growing and changing city by providing the additional park and recreation facilities needed to accommodate growth.
- Scope/Set-up: 2018-2021
- Community Engagement: Fall 2021-project completion
- Planning/Design: Fall 2021-Fall 2023
- Procurement/Bid: Winter 2022-Fall 2023
- Construction: Winter 2023-Fall 2025
- Close-out: Fall 2025-Winter 2026