Eugene City Hall

Eugene City Hall
11:17 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Eugene's City Hall To Be Dismantled, Not Demolished

Exterior of Eugene's City Hall.
Credit greatbuildings.com

There will be no wrecking ball at Eugene’s City Hall. The structure is being disassembled. This week, western red cedar slats and some heavy paving stones are being removed.

The pavers that made up the concrete plaza outside the Council Chamber are being transported to BRING Recycling. Each paver weighs over 100 pounds and more than 2,000 of them have already been moved. BRING’s Executive Director, Julie Daniel, says they’re prepared to store the blocks, plus whatever other cabinets, fixtures and fittings they can take from the building.

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Eugene City Hall
4:21 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Council Approves A New Eugene City Hall Building, Again

The Eugene City Council voted 6-2 Wednesday to tear down City Hall and build a new one.
Credit Rachael McDonald

The Eugene City Council re-affirmed Wednesday it wants to tear down the old city hall and construct a new $15-million building on the same site. The vote was 6 to 2.

The city held a ceremony a few weeks ago marking the start of demolition of the 50-year old city hall building at 8th and Pearl. But the event was marred by protestors who want to keep the old structure, and questions came up about the decision making process. Council President Chris Pryor says the council wanted to clarify its plans.

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Eugene City Hall
6:53 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Council To Decide Future Of City Hall

Credit City of Eugene

The Eugene City Council is expected to decide the fate of the shuttered, 50-year-old city hall this week. The council voted earlier this month to postpone the demolition of city hall for two weeks to have another debate about the building's future.

City spokeswoman Jan Bohman says councilors will hear from the design team  at their Monday evening meeting.

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Eugene City Hall
12:13 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

City Hall Once More In Limbo

Last week Mayor Kitty Piercy helped remove a cedar slat from the old Eugene City Hall building.
Credit Corinne Boyer

The Eugene City Council pressed the pause button Monday night on taking down City Hall. 

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Eugene City Hall
1:22 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Eugene City Hall Is Coming Down

Workers remove a cedar slate from the old City Hall building. The plan is to use the cedar in the new design.
Credit Corinne Boyer

The first 16-foot cedar slat was removed from the condemned Eugene City Hall Wednesday. City leaders held a ceremony marking the beginning of deconstruction of the 50-year old building. Construction of a new City Hall is slated to begin in 2015.

Mayor Kitty Piercy was flanked by sign-holding protestors as she addressed the small assembly.

Piercy: "And I just might say, how could you celebrate a milestone in the civic history of our community without controversy. It's part of who we are as a participatory community."

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Architecture
6:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Eugene Architect: Planned "City Hall is The Wrong Building in the Wrong Place"

Credit University of Oregon

Even though a new Eugene City Hall is now in preliminary design phase, some Eugenians still have reservations.  Among these is architect Jerry Diethelm. Although having no direct involvement with the project, he thinks the proposed city hall is the wrong building in the wrong place.  He’s asked how his city hall vision differs from that of the City Council.  On July 18, John Rowell of Rowell-Brokaw architects, a principal designer of the new Eugene City Hall, was on KLCC discussing his firm’s plans.  That interview can be heard below this story.

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Politics & Government
6:07 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Eugene City Councilwoman Still Prefers a Refitted Hall Over Building Anew

Eugene City Hall
Credit sworegonarchitect

Betty Taylor, at age 88, is the senior member in age and service on the Eugene City Council.  She’s represented the City’s Ward 2 since 1997. Of the Council’s eight members,  she’s the only one advocating retention and remodeling of the current City Hall, even as the Council seems to have moved on by approving design work on a new building.       Tuesday, KLCC’s Claude Offenbacher asked her why she remains the lone holdout:

Taylor: “I agree that it’s already out of the barn, but I still think it was the wrong decision, and that’s what I’ll say if I’m asked.”

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Eugene City Hall
6:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

New Eugene City Hall Designers Discuss Their Vision

Project Manager Kaarin Knudson and Architect John Rowell
Credit Rachel McDonald

The latest design for a proposed new Eugene City Hall was unveiled Monday at  a City Council work session by Rowell Brokaw Architects of Eugene and the Miller Hall Partnership of Seattle. The building would be constructed on the site of the existing city hall, closed nearly two years ago. John Rowell, a principal architect in the Eugene firm, and Project Manager Kaarin Knudson discuss the new municipal center.

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