Oregon Civic Justice Center Willamette University
Project Location: Salem, Oregon
SQ FT: 11,200
Project Type: Historic Renovation, Higher Education, Tenant Improvement
Project consisted of demolition of the existing YWCA swimming pool and structure as well as a complete demolition of the interior walls and finishes within the historic Carnegie Library, originally constructed in 1912. Upon completion of the demolition, structural engineers were able to access the integrity of the building and assemble the documents for the required structural modifications to bring it up to current codes and make it once again structurally sound. The team went to great lengths to maintain the original appearance and character of the building. Repair of the plaster window sills, matching the dental work cornices, replacing the front canopy in its entirety to match the old, as well as installing windows that maintained the original appearance and replacing the oversized plaster molded crown at the interior high walls of the building. A large driveway style ramp was constructed from the street to the basement and a new elevator was installed to provide accessibility into the Center. The building is now called the Oregon Civic Justice Center and is home to many of the university’s prestigious law programs, faculty, and students.
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