As a programming class we were charged with developing a comprehensive program for a new Gresham City Hall building. We
started initially researching the city of Gresham by examining past articles about the challenges the city has faced during its development.
We found out the city has had problems with creating a sense of identity and sustaining a thriving downtown. After visiting the site of the
existing city hall it was clear the new city hall needed a stronger community connection and presence and needed to create a new identity
for itself. During an interview session with specific departments within city hall, we focused on understanding how the building is used and
what each user group’s needs are. For each person, we were interested in themselves as part of a larger department, their department
as part of the city hall, and city hall as part of the city of Gresham. We were also interested in how they used to do their job, how things
are done currently, and how operations might change in the future. After touring the existing facilities and analyzing what we heard from
the interviews through charts and diagrams, we determined the following:
Gresham City Hall will serve as an identity for an emerging downtown while promoting community revitalization.
Sustainable City Year Program Contact Info
Sustainable City Year Program Manager
University Faculty Contact
Jean von Bargen
Local Government / Community Contact