In the last few days, folks driving by the farm at 22055 S Beavercreek Road, Beavercreek, OR may have noticed some heavy equipment parked by the barn. What does this mean? It means that work on preparing the site for the new Conservation Resource Center has started!
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We’ll post photos of the project here: https://farm.conservationdistrict.org/conservation-resource-center-gallery
Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District staff had a work day at the farm on February 14. Everything worth saving was removed from the buildings to be demolished. Several shorter visits have occurred since then to take care of additional details.
We also had a contractor remove some items that staff couldn’t handle by themselves. One of the items saved was a stained glass window. We plan to display it in the new facility as a way to maintain a connection with the history of the farm.
On Friday, February 22, an abatement crew removed asbestos-bearing linoleum flooring from the old farmhouse. This was the only hazardous material found in a survey of the buildings to be removed.
Buildings to be removed
What buildings will be removed to make way for the new Center? The farmhouse, the garage, and the outbuildings immediately behind those two structures will all be removed.
Why demolish the buildings?
The District believes that open space and farm fields should be preserved whenever possible. Open space is important to wildlife but also has a positive influence on people. In two or three decades, it’s possible that there will be a lot less open space in Beavercreek, so saving what we can now is important.
The farmhouse and garage were advertised to the local community but we received no commitments. The cost of rehabilitating the buildings to meet current building code and to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act would be more than the buildings are worth. Thus, in keeping with the District’s philosophy of preserving open space, the buildings must be removed so that construction won’t impair the existing open space and farm fields.
Demolition preparation has started
Demolition preparation started on Sunday, February 24 as workers began to recover some reusable materials. Some fencing along the driveway was removed to make room for the contractor’s office trailer.
For safety reasons, the property is closed to visitors during the construction period. Starting immediately and lasting through at least October, site access will be restricted.
What is happing now?
This week we’ll see a lot of activity at the farm:
- Monday, February 25: removal of trees along the east side of the driveway. Erosion control measures will be installed on Monday and Tuesday.
- Tuesday, February 26: contractor’s office trailer arrives.
- Wednesday or Thursday, February 26-27: power will be disconnected and demolition of buildings may begin.
The following schedule is dependent upon many factors including the timing of when we receive the building permit and complications that may arise during construction.
- Site preparation should be completed by the end of March.
- Foundations will be completed in April.
- Structural wood framing will begin at the end of April and will be completed in June, including erecting trusses and sheathing the roof.
- Roofing will be installed in June.
- Exterior wall systems will be completed by early August.
- Interior finish work commences at the end of June and will be completed in October.