Multnomah County opened the new ZGF-designed Gladys McCoy Health Department Headquarters today. Located across the street from Union Station in Portland’s iconic Old Town neighborhood, the 9-story building is dedicated to providing public health services – a mission that the Multnomah County Health Department has been fulfilling since 1854.
The Gladys McCoy Headquarters consolidates approximately 500 healthcare professionals across a broad spectrum of disciplines. Health Department administrators, nurses, epidemiologists, grant writers, analysts, and information management and quality control specialists are among the employees expected to move in over the next few weeks.
The new facility includes a state-of-the-art central laboratory, ground floor pharmacy, administrative offices, communicable disease services and clinic space to serve the public. It will also house the command post for Multnomah County’s emergency health response team to centralize efforts in the event of a public health crisis.
“We are fortunate to be able to support the Health Department’s mission to provide accessible, equitable and high-quality healthcare and health education for the Portland community,” says ZGF design partner, Gene Sandoval. “As a resilient 80-year building, the new headquarters enables the Health Department to serve Portland’s most vulnerable populations now and in the future. The facility invigorates its Old Town neighborhood and celebrates the optimism and hope that makes Portland unique, featuring an art program that showcases the beauty of the floral diversity in Oregon.”