The design and construction of the Development Services Building (DSB) represents the completion of the first phase of construction of the Clackamas County Red Soils Master Plan, adopted by the City of Oregon City in 2006. DSB is a 125,000 sf, four-story civic structure that houses development services offices for Clackamas County, including the building and permit center, planning, engineering, park services and tax assessment. Situated above 55,000 sf of county vehicle and storage space, it is designed to be a 100-year building, with concrete masonry, brick, and pre-cast concrete used for durability and is LEED Gold certified.
The DSB incorporates numerous environmental design elements that contribute to its LEED status. The building is oriented to take advantage of daylighting and natural features on the site, including two wetland areas. Sustainable features are focused toward providing a healthy and comfortable environment for employees, including low temperature HVAC systems and indirect lighting with daylighting sensors and occupancy sensors. Stormwater collection and treatment is essential so as to not contaminate the surrounding wetlands.
This civic building reflects the dignity and civic mindedness of the surrounding community. The conceptual design was a result of an extensive public master planning process and a program developed through public and key stakeholder meetings. Key elements of the design of this major civic campus include requirements that all buildings meet a minimum of LEED Gold certification, incorporate pedestrian and bike circulation, and be sited facing a central public plaza, which serves as a gathering place for the Oregon City community.