Depoe Bay Fire Station 22


Gleneden Beach, OR


11,130 Sq Ft




ZCS Engineering & Architecture

Built in 1995, O’Brien is currently working with Depoe Bay Fire District to complete a $1.6 million seismic upgrade of Station 22 at Gleneden Beach. The single story, 11,130 square foot wood framed building includes office space, training room, and kitchen area located at the structure’s southern portion. A six-bay apparatus room, storage, and shop area comprise the structure northern portion.

With funding from the State of Oregon’s Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program (SRGP), this project’s comprehensive scope of building improvements includes demolition, framing, siding, overhead doors, evacuation and man doors, as well as full interior finishes.

Garibaldi Fire Station


Garibaldi, OR


14,450 Sq Ft




ZCS Engineering & Architecture

From seismic upgrades to new windows and exterior siding, since 2012, O’Brien has been the contractor of choice for Garibaldi Fire and Rescue Operations’ capital improvements at Division Station 31 Headquarters.

This two-story, 14,400-square-foot building is occupied primarily for staging emergency vehicles. Given a long list of structural seismic deficiencies uncovered in engineering analysis, our coast team shored up seismic systems and added an external shearwall at the apparatus bay wall line to protect the building from excessive story drift and improve lateral force resistivity. Additional blocking, strapping and bracing was installed in specific areas to collect forces into the top of the shearwalls and restrain the top of masonry walls against out-of-plane forces.

In subsequent years O’Brien complete additional renovations to the Station at the client’s request.

Knappa Fire Station


Astoria, OR


3,874 Sq Ft




WRK Engineers

O’Brien is CM/GC for a $652,000 project to complete seismic strengthening for the 3,874 square foot Knappa Fire Station building. The project intent was to strengthen the building to an Immediate Occupancy seismic performance level.

Project elements included new steel moment frame and foundation grade beam at apparatus bay, as well as new plywood shear walls, hold down anchors, sill bolts, blocking to roof diaphragm, upgrading diaphragm connectivity to lateral force resisting system, and HSS collector at low roof.


Cloverdale, OR


17,174 Sq Ft




Nestucca Valley School District




ZCS Engineering & Architecture

Like many rural areas, the Nestucca region of the Oregon Coast faces challenges in providing diverse and accessible educational opportunities for its youth. Nestucca Valley School District’s (NVSD) recently completed new Career Technical Education (CTE) Center seeks to address this gap by offering hands-on opportunities for technical and vocational education tailored to meet the evolving needs of students and industries alike.

Nestucca CTE Center is a bold and forward-thinking facility to revitalize vocational education and workforce development in the region.

To meet the forward-thinking client’s goals, the building needed to be flexible and adaptable; having the ability to build a tiny home or trailer in the space and provide courses that varied from virtual welding simulators to a full-scale wood shop. With those goals in mind, the team set out to design and build a fully enclosed CTE building that would allow the spaces to be used with flexibility, providing courses and training for students.

As the first step in the project, our team demolished an existing decrepit building onsite that formerly housed the CTE program. We had to be innovative from the beginning of this project because we took away their old space and were building a new space – so we brought the kids over to help learn as part of the entire process. Our Project Superintendent went every Saturday on his own time and helped to teach the CTE students throughout the entire project process.

A primary driver was that the building must be expandable and flexible to adapt quickly to changes in industry driving changes in the CTE program. Set behind the existing high school building for easy student and instructor access, a pre-engineered metal building (PEMB) was erected with a smaller “building within a building” constructed with a wood-framed second story inside the metal shell. This approach provided the warmth of natural wood and was more cost-effective as the price for lumber was declining while at the same time the cost of steel was increasing.

The team never loses sight of the fact that all decisions in a school district are made with the intent of betterment for kids, and O’Brien company does what needs to be done in order to create a quality, rewarding product for students and community.

Misty Wharton, superintendent, nestucca valley school district

Seaside Civic & Convention Center


Seaside, OR


55,000 Sq Ft


General Contracting


Public Works




O’Brien & Company

Holst Architecture

Glumac (MEP, lighting, IT)

engineering partners

Acoustic Design Studio

KPFF Consulting Engineers

Magnusson Klemencic

After 45 years and an increase in visitors, it was time for a large renovation of the Seaside Civic & Convention Center. The expansion added 19 percent more space for events, maintenance facilities and storage capacity totaling 55,000 square feet.

The project involved renovations and upgrades to ballrooms, offices, lighting, storage, and plumbing. It also included a new lobby, a second plaza, a 35 percent expansion to the Necanicum Ballroom, new meeting spaces and several new entrances. The project was completed in several phases, and the building remained operational throughout the entire renovation process.

Keeping the convention center fully operational throughout construction was one of the largest challenges. The team worked closely with the Fire Marshall and other officials to ensure proper exits and access points were approved and safe for the community. As an example, the team built the staircase to be both safe and aesthetically pleasing and to minimize any disruption during paid events.

The O’Brien guys have been outstanding and very professional. I couldn’t wish for a better group of on task and dedicated staff. My personal note of thanks and gratitude to you and all of the staff behind the scenes for making this project a reality!

Russell Vandenberg, CVE
General Manager Seaside Civic & Convention Center

We are proud to share that this project took 3rd place for the Public Parks/Spaces category for the 2021 DJC TopProjects Awards.