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Library Expansion

INVESTING IN OUR LIBRARY: LEARNING, CREATING & THRIVING TOGETHER

L to R – Mayor Ellis, Council President David Emami, Councilor Brett Sherman and Representative Janelle Bynum

Library groundbreaking – August 15, 2023

Library Expansion

Located in the bustling Portland-Metropolitan region, Happy Valley Library is a regional hub for literacy, cultural, and community programming. A well-loved amenity, the Library makes available information and resources on everything from mental health, diversity, history, financial wellness, and more! It serves approximately 61,093 people, the majority of whom are residents in unincorporated Clackamas County.

To meet the needs of one of Oregon’s fastest growing and most diverse communities – and the unincorporated areas served by the Happy Valley Library, the City of Happy Valley is constructing a 10,000+ square-foot expansion to the existing Library building. Improvements will enable the City to provide a 300-person community room, kitchen, and quiet study rooms, creating a welcoming place for all to use, gather, and celebrate our unique and shared cultural experiences.

Project Details & Cost

The Happy Valley Library expansion project has required significant funding to bring it to fruition, with a total cost of 11 million dollars. The City and Happy Valley Library have played a substantial role by providing nine million dollars toward the project, while the State further supported these efforts with an additional two-million-dollar investment. It is important to note that this funding only covers the essential infrastructure requirements. Additional resources are now necessary to furnish the space and solidify its readiness for public use, ensuring that the expanded library can fully serve the community’s needs.

The Finishing Touches

An additional $150,000 is needed to furnish and decorate the new space. This allocation will play a crucial role in enhancing the functionality and aesthetic appeal of the library expansion, ensuring that it aligns with the community’s expectations and provides a welcoming environment for all patrons and visitors to the building. With this funding, the expansion will not only fulfill its practical purpose, but it will also serve as a cultural hub that will enhance a patron’s experience.

Artwork will be created by local artist Sophie Franz, who will continue the style used in the current space. Furnishings selected will be able to withstand repeated use and be utilized in multiple ways, ensuring sustainability, storability, and true functionality.

How You Can Help

The City, in conjunction with Happy Valley Library, is seeking the support of private funders and interested community partners to help bring these final touches to our library expansion project.
By investing in furnishings and the curation of artwork, you are not merely enhancing the physical space, but also sculpting an inclusive environment where ideas can flourish, meaningful conversations can be had, and creativity can flow. Your investment in this endeavor ensures the Happy Valley Library remains a place of profound impact and community enrichment for years to come. Your support also encourages shared experiences, personal growth, and the boundless joy of communal discovery. Please consider joining us in creating a space that fosters community and encourages more learning, gathering, and connections.

Naming opportunities are available. For more information, please contact: Ben Bryant at 503-783-3800 or [email protected].

The Vision

The City teamed up with Scott Edwards Architecture and engineers at Harper Houf Peterson Righellis. Utilizing input from residents on the Library Board and library staff members, a vision for an exciting new addition to the library has emerged.

Anchored by a large community room that is divisible, the expansion will also include a community kitchen, individual study rooms, additional restrooms, large entryway, and revived courtyard. During normal library hours, the new community room will be used to host programs open to the public. While the existing library already has a community room, this will accommodate many more people and allow for multiple programs to happen at once. It’s also envisioned that the community room and kitchen could be rented out to local groups needing a space to gather.

It is important to note that this vision was driven by community feedback derived from various surveys. The feedback received illustrated a resounding need for more community room space at the library prompting gathering spaces to take center stage. The design proposed has been vetted by the Library Board, Parks Advisory Board, and City Council.

Project Benefits
  • Facility expansion will allow the Library to host more programs, better serving the Library’s large, multijurisdictional service area.
  • Resident feedback has consistently shown that there is a lack of meeting space for large groups to gather, share ideas, and build community. Proposed enhancements will create additional space for community events, gatherings, and meetings, helping community members access shared learning spaces and activities closer to home.

It is important to note that this vision was driven by community feedback derived from several surveys. The design was vetted by the Library Board, Parks Advisory Board, and City Council, along with input from library staff.

Expansion Updates

The 10,000+ sq. ft. expansion project at the Happy Valley Library continued this past month and the structure’s footings are now complete. Crews continued to form the walls around the basement and pour the concrete walls at the crawlspaces. Most recently, crews began pouring the basement slab in preparation for wood framing to begin.

The library will continue to remain open throughout the construction process, though some interruptions and/or temporary closures or reduced hours may be necessary from time to time. Completion of the library expansion project is anticipated Fall 2024. Learn more about the expansion project online at www.happyvalleyor.gov/library-expansion or by scanning the QR code with your smart device.

An aerial view of the construction progress shows the library expansion footings and initial wall formations.

The 10,000+ sq. ft. expansion project at the Happy Valley Library continued this past month, with the most recent tasks completed being the forming, pouring, and stripping of the concrete footings in the basement and crawlspace of the annex. Crews also began forming the concrete walls of this new space and preparing the basement area for the slab pour. In the next month, crews will continue to form the concrete walls and will have multiple wall pours as the structure truly begins to take shape.

The library will continue to remain open throughout the construction process, though some interruptions and/or temporary closures or reduced hours may be necessary from time to time. Completion of the library expansion project is anticipated Fall 2024. Learn more about the expansion project online at www.happyvalleyor.gov/library-expansion or by scanning the QR code with your smart device.

Concrete footings poured and wall forming underway.

In November, some major utility work was completed. This included the relocation of the library’s generator and transformer.  A crane was brought in to relocate the generator and PGE relocated the transformer. Conduits were also bored and pulled underground from the existing electrical room to the new pad/vault location which had to be created from scratch. Crews worked quickly to ensure this was completed with only minimal disruption to Library services and programming.

Upcoming activities:

  • Undergrounding utilities, plumbing, and electrical to continue
  • Digging for footings, crews to begin forming the new foundation

A crane lifts the generator and begins moving it to its new location.

VILLAGE GREEN PARK

Village Green Park future

In 2021, the City of Happy Valley purchased the vacant triangle property across the street form Village Green Park for future park expansion. Currently, the property is the field office and construction material staging site during the library expansion. Once the library expansion is complete, this is also the site for a future expansion of Village Green Park. The park improvements have not been finalized. The Happy Valley Parks Advisory Committee will be developing a vision to present to the City Council. If you would like to help shape the future of this park, contact Parks Director Chris Randall 503-886-8442.