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OSH Replacement Project timeline
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October 2003: Governor Ted Kulongoski, by executive order, established the 21-member Governor's Mental Health Task Force to identify key problems in the state's mental health system, recommend improvements and outline achievable outcomes.


September 2004: The Governor's Mental Health Task Force report "A Blueprint for Action" concluded that Oregon's mental health system is significantly under-funded, suffers from a failure to plan and provides too few community resources to people with serious mental illness. The report also recommended changes to the Oregon State Hospital, as well as other changes that need to be made by the Oregon Department of Human Services and the Oregon Department of Corrections. 


February 2005: DHS signed the first of two contracts with KMD Architects, a firm with more than 40 years of experience in 15 states, to begin preparing a master plan for replacing the OSH and strengthening the statewide mental health system.
May 2005: KMD Architects released its Oregon State Hospital Master Plan Phase I report documenting the inadequacy of the existing buildings. KMD and its subcontracted mental health experts examined conditions at the state hospital and met with more than 100 stakeholders.


February 2006: KMD Architects released its Oregon State Hospital Master Plan Phase II report recommending new state-operated hospitals as part of a strengthened statewide mental health system.
June 2006: 
  • The Governor, Oregon Senate President and Oregon Speaker of the House selected KMD Architects’ proposal for a 620-bed hospital in the Salem or Portland area, a 360-bed hospital south of Linn County and at least two 16-bed secure residential facilities in Eastern Oregon.
  • The Governor, Oregon Senate President and Oregon Speaker of the House named a 10-member committee to draft hospital site-selection criteria, which were used by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services and DHS staff to review and evaluate proposed sites.

    Efforts were made by the Department of Administrative Services and DHS to collect objective community information and data against which to score each proposed site.
July 2006: Oregon State Site Selection Criteria Committee held its first meeting at the Capitol to review and discuss the master plan and solicit public comment.
September 2006: Addictions and Mental Health Division convened the OSH Master Plan Community Services Work Group.
November 2006: 
  • The DHS Local Government Advisory Committee recommended involving the County Boards of Commissioners to work with community stakeholders to encourage the development of community beds. DHS met or contacted many county commissioners over the past year to promote interest and understanding of the DHS need to continue developing community programs and facilities. DHS reported that smaller counties are showing considerable interest in the economic development aspects of these projects.
  • The Addictions and Mental Health Division created the Psychiatric Nurse Workforce Development Team. The Team was asked to identify the barriers to ensuring an adequate psychiatric nurse workforce in Oregon and recommend ways to increase the number of psychiatric nurses practicing in the state's hospital and community-based treatment settings.


February 2007: State officials selected the Salem and Junction City sites as most appropriate for the two recommended facilities and Governor Kulongoski forwarded the two top-scoring hospital sites to the Oregon Legislature.
March 2007: DHS contracted with Hammes Company to conduct a sustainability "due diligence" review of the selected sites.
June 2007: DHS completed the Portland OSH campus 6th floor 24-bed treatment unit construction.
August 2007: 
  • DHS contracted with CH2MHill, Inc. an international engineering and construction firm for project management.
  • Hammes, with its subcontractors, delivered to DHS its Due Dilligence report. Sub-contractors include PBS Engineering and Environment, Westlake Consultants, Archeological Investigations Northwest, KPFF Consulting Engineers, Glumac Inc., and Staton Companies.
September 2007: DHS held first quarterly OSH Replacement Project Stakeholder Meeting.
November 2007: 
  • The architecture and engineering contract went to Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum, whose past projects have included the Alaska Psychiatric Institute in Anchorage Southeastern Regional Treatment Center in Madison, Indiana. The architecture and engineering firm, also known as HOK, was awarded the contract jointly with Portland-based SRG Partnership to design the two new facilities, for which conceptual ideas are being solicited.
  • DHS held second quarterly OSH Replacement Project Stakeholder Meeting.
  • December 2007: DHS contracted with Hoffman Construction Co. to be the project's general contractor. Among Hoffman's past projects are Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver, Oregon Health and Science University's Biomedical Research Building and Center for Health and Healing, and part of the expansion of Portland International Airport.


January 2008: DHS held third quarterly OSH Replacement Project Stakeholder Meeting.
February 2008: The National Register of Historic Places designated the OSH campus as a historic district.
April 2008: DHS held fourth quarterly OSH Replacement Project Stakeholder Meeting.
July 2008:
  • DHS began remodeling, upgrading and repairing the OSH cottages that will be used for transitional patient housing.
  • DHS held fifth quarterly OSH Replacement Project Stakeholder Meeting.
September 2008:
  • OSH Groundbreaking Ceremony held.
  • Public Tours of OSH's J Building held.
October 2008: Abatement of lead and asbestos began on J Building.
November 2008: 
  • Demolition of Building 76, Quonset Hut began.
  • DHS held sixth quarterly OSH Replacement Project Stakeholder Meeting.


January 2009: DHS held seventh quarterly OSH Replacement Project Stakeholder Meeting.
February 2009: 
  • Public tours of transitional patient cottage held February 12.
  • First transitional patients moved into cottage 1.
April 2009:
  • Dismantling began on Building 46, part of the south wing of the Kirkbride J Building.
  • Building 40 Treatment Mall opened.
  • DHS and DOC co-hosted an open house and job fair in Junction City April 16.
May 2009: DHS held eighth quarterly OSH Replacement Project Stakeholder Meeting.
June 2009:
  • Construction of Admissions, Behavior and Corrections began. ABC scheduled to open in December 2010.
  • OSH Replacement Project received a favorable audit from the Secretary of State's Office.
  • The 145.4 ton Building 60 (crematorium) moved to another location on campus and will be re-purposed as part of the replacement hospital.
October 2009: Renovation work began on the Physical Plant.
November 2009: The cupola was removed from the Kirkbride and lowered to the ground to begin restoration work.
December 2009: The Oregon Department of Human Services signed a contract with Netsmart Technologies, Inc. to implement the Avatar Electronic Health Record (EHR) system for the new Oregon State Hospital.


January 2010:
  • 50 Building Treatment Mall opened.
  • Inaugural meeting of the Junction City stakeholders held.
March 2010:  DHS Human Resources hosted Open House and Job Fair in Junction City.
May 2010: The OSH Replacement Project turned on the new permanent power feed for the replacement hospital. During this process, the project passed numerous inspections and even received a Gold Seal State of Oregon Inspection on the generators. For 127 years, power to the hospital was shared by the north and south campuses.
August 2010: Junction City Community Meeting held.
September 2010: 
  • BHIP announced May 2 go-live date.
  • Cupola restored to its perch atop the Kirkbride U.
  • New OSH kitchen opened.
October 2010: New Warehouse and Support Building opened
November 2010:
  • OSHRP turned over "keys" of Harbors to OSH.
  • Formal dedication of Harbors and public tours held.


January 2011: First group of patients moved to Harbors.
February 2011: OSH Administration moved to Kirkbride Building.
June 2011: Keys to Trails turned over to owner (OSH).
July 2011: Center Street Widening Project completed.
August 2011: Patients and Staff move into Trails.
September 2011: Willamette Chapter of the American Red Cross honors Hoffman Construction workers for life-saving acts at OSHRP construction site.
Late 2011: Construction complete on 620-bed state hospital in Salem.


2014: Construction complete on state hospital in Junction City.