Last fall, the Willamette Falls Legacy Project team issued a request for proposals to transform a conceptual design for the first phase of the Willamette Falls riverwalk into detailed permitting and construction drawings, as well as manage construction. Project staff hosted nearly a hundred people representing various firms at the project site on a pre-bit tour.
Metro, on behalf of the Willamette Falls Legacy Project, has issued a notice of intent to award the design and engineering of the Willamette Falls Riverwalk to Jacobs Engineering, which would be leading a team that includes Mayer/Reed, Snøhetta, Gallagher and Associates, KPFF and others. The proposal from Jacobs Engineering, formerly known as CH2M, emerged as the top choice, ahead of three other proposals. Project staff are negotiating with Jacobs and hope to announce a signed contract in the coming weeks. The design and engineering team will need to transform a conceptual design for the first phase of the riverwalk into detailed permitting and construction drawings, as well as manage construction.
The riverwalk is the critical first component of the larger Willamette Falls Legacy Project, a collaboration between Metro, Oregon City, Clackamas County and the State of Oregon. After two years of community engagement and stakeholder input, the design team of Snøhetta, Mayer/Reed and DIALOG unveiled a conceptual design in June 2017. Last May, project staff submitted riverwalk permit applications to the Army Corps of Engineers, Department of State Lands and National Marine Fisheries Services. Construction on the first phase is anticipated to begin in 2020. Phase one of the riverwalk will include safe and secure interim public access onto the former Blue Heron paper mill site, a prominent view of Willamette Falls, habitat restoration along the riverbank and building demolition that will prepare the site for future phases.