Mt. Scott Community Center Seismic Retrofit and Expansion Project

Parks
In Planning
Portland Parks & Recreation (PPR) is preparing to rehabilitate and expand Mt. Scott Community Center (MSCC). The existing MSCC pool and gymnasium will remain (with a new roof and HVAC upgrades).
A rendered drawing of the future Mt. Scott Community Center entry on SE 72nd Avenue.
Completion expected in 2025
On this Page

Project Updates

October 2022

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.

September 2022

A rendered drawing of the future Mt. Scott Community Center exterior as seen from SE 72nd Ave.
Rendering by FFA Architecture and Interiors, Inc.

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:

November 2021

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.


Stay Informed and Involved

We want to keep you in the know! 

Mt. Scott Community Center news and updates will be provided here. Enter your email address on the Mt. Scott Community Center Project Contact List and we will also include you in an email alert every time we post a project update. 

Add you email to the contact list


Project Overview

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.

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 the fall of 2023.

A rendering of the existing conditions at Mt. Scott Community Center illustrating the demolition area. The image notes that the existing pool and gymnasium will remain.

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 Timeline

  • 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

Map

Location

Mt. Scott Community Center

Community And Arts Center
Park Location or Entrance
5530 SE 72nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97206

Contact

Ken Rumbaugh

Senior Community Engagement Coordinator

Neighborhood