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Mt. Scott Community Center Seismic Retrofit and Expansion Project

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Portland Parks & Recreation (PPR) is preparing to rehabilitate Mt. Scott Community Center (MSCC).
Completion expected in 2025
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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.

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

Help 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’re asking 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. This survey will ask you 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.

Mt. Scott Community Center Renovation Survey

This survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete. Responses are confidential and are need to be completed by Sunday, October 24, 2021.

Project Timeline

  • Scope/Set-up: 2018-2021
  • Community Engagement: Fall 2021-project completion
  • Planning/Design: Fall 2022-Fall 2023
  • Procurement/Bid: Fall 2022-Fall 2023
  • Construction: Fall 2023-Fall 2025 
  • Close-out: Fall 2025/Winter 2026

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Mt. Scott Community Center

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

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