Portland – Portland City Council members approved the final design for the Indian Point Pavilion Project at June 4th’s city council meeting.

Before the presentation, City Manager Randy L. Wright gave a brief history of the project.

“The city council has viewed that facility for a number of years now to try to determine what the best course forward was for,” Wright said. 

In 2012, a study conducted on the Indian Point Pavilion showed the facility in poor conditions. One problem being no sewer services present and another being only having 45 parking spaces available for the pavilion. 

Wright stated also the cost to bring the present facility up to current standard and be usable would be somewhere around half a million dollars.

In 2016, the city council authorized Richter Architects to design a facility to replace the concession stand at Indian Point Pier, which has been sitting vacant and deteriorating for more than a decade.

Leading the presentation, David Richter –  from Richter Architects – recapped on the design and displayed the technical drawings for the project.

“Our objective from the very beginning has been to find a structure that’s beautiful and iconic and reflective of the unique qualities of this coastal city and this particular site,” Richter said. “But also one that’s functional and also one that’s durable  –  one that will withstand the elements of both corrosion and storms.”

The building will be at Indian Point and will serve both as an access and ancillary support to the pier, but also has its own destination and its own  structure. So there can be events, weddings or activities there and people still have independent access to the pier.

The project also increases the amount of parking and provides additional portable restrooms. 

Richter explained the structure of the building. It has an organic sweeping quality, but the roof is a structural stainless steel system similar to previous athletic shape structures used in the area. 

“[The stainless steel] will allow this system and this material to be expressed in what we think is it is a truly unique and sort of first way that creates a form that in many ways reflects kind of many attributes of the coastal environment,” said Richter. “It can be seen as a sail structure, sort of a flock of seagulls landing and it can sort of be seen as well collectively as kind of a seashell form.”

The project will also enhance the boardwalks to access the fishing pier so that they are accessible by disabled persons and also accessible by service vehicles.

Richter presented a cost estimate for the project with reasonable contingencies with about more than 10% complete and a generous allowance for other expenses, bringing the project just under $1.3 million. 

“We recommend that the project be procured by a  sealed proposal or by a construction manager at risk,” Richter said.

One concern that was brought up by the council was children trying to play on poles of the structure. 

Richter responded by saying it was one of the first problems they considered. The area will be surrounded by plants that grow natively in the Indian Point environment such as cactus and prickly pears. 

“And so our main plan is to really discourage that, by the judicious use of plant material to discourage that,” Richter said. 

The presentation ended with Richter thanking the city council for allowing him to make this project real. 

The city council members unanimously approved the design.