Located prominently along the banks of the Willamette River, and anchored at the southern end of the Downtown Riverfront site, the Steam Plant is an iconic representation of our community’s history and is ripe with possibility for the future. Currently, a local team of community leaders has created a vision for how the Steam Plant could be re-purposed and revitalized.
Draft renderings show cultural space featuring historic boiler #1 and the eye-catching red turbine generators. The building would maintain its existing footprint, add cross-laminated timber internally and rise vertically to five stories to maximize views of the river.
An outdoor overlook connects the building to the future adjacent Riverfront Park and the river without impeding the bike path.
“Community members will be able to walk through the building and stand out over the water while having lunch or a beverage. The building’s fifth story and river overlook provide ample space to appreciate the surrounding natural landscape,” said Mark Frohnmayer.
“The Steam Plant building is the last physical representation of the birthplace of industry for the southern Willamette Valley,” said Mark Miksis, of deChase Miksis Development. “This project has the opportunity to honor our rich history and set a course for our community’s future.”