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Multnomah County Gladys McCoy Health Department Headquarters

Multnomah County Gladys McCoy Health Department Headquarters


The Gladys McCoy Health Department Headquarters building for the Multnomah County Health Department provides accessible, equitable and high-quality healthcare for Portland and the neighboring cities in Multnomah County.

The new nine-story, 158,000 SF facility consolidates approximately 500 healthcare professionals across a broad spectrum of disciplines. The building includes a central laboratory, ground floor pharmacy, administrative offices, communicable disease services and clinic space to serve the public. It is also home to the incident command post for Multnomah County’s emergency health response team, centralizing efforts in the event of a public health crisis.

Located in Portland’s historic Old Town neighborhood, the building was challenged by several site constraints including a light rail line on the eastern portion of the site and proximity of the Bud Clark Commons building to the west, which shares a lot line. The project team coordinated closely with trade partners, the City, Amtrak, Greyhound and the local transit agency to ensure constant access to keep transit riders as well as visitors and residents of Bud Clark Commons safe.

The headquarters is targeting LEED Gold certification and meets the requirements of the Architecture 2030 Challenge and the 2009 Climate Action Plan adopted by Multnomah County and the City of Portland.