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Washington Park Reservoir | Portland, OR

General Contractor: Hoffman Construction Company
Solutions: Soldier Pile and Tieback, Dewatering, Instrumentation, Drilled Shafts
Location: Portland, OR

This very large drilling project included the design and construction of a 16,500 SF temporary soldier pile wall with 230 tiebacks, a 28,500 SF permanent soldier pile wall with 860 permanent DCP tieback anchors and pile lengths up to 92 feet, a total of 166 42” and 60” diameter drilled shafts with up to 35 feet of embedment into R3 and R4 basalt, dewatering, cathodic protection, instrumentation and toe-block anchors. Drilled shafts to utilized Bauer BG40, sectional casing, and tremie systems.  Soldier piles drilled in both CFA and conventional modes. 

The project includes building a new, seismically reinforced below ground reservoir.

The new reservoir will preserve the historic drinking water function provided by the original reservoirs at the site and be engineered to withstand ongoing landslide encroachment and potentially catastrophic effects of a major earthquake. A reflecting pool/water feature will be constructed on top in the same general footprint as the historical Reservoir 3. Reservoir 4 will be disconnected from the public drinking water system and a lowland wildlife habitat area, bioswale, and reflecting pool will be constructed in the basin.

When complete and online, the new underground reservoir will supply water to Portland’s west side and serve more than 360,000 people, including all downtown businesses and residents, 20 Portland public schools, three hospital complexes, more than 60 parks, and the Oregon Zoo.



  • July 1, 2016: Begin construction
  • December 31, 2019: Complete construction on new Reservoir 3
  • December 31, 2020: Disconnect Reservoir 4 from the public water system
  • 2023-2024: Complete project completed

The project will span eight years. The first two years (2016-2018) will trigger the most significant impacts to traffic, transportation, and parking in the park. Washington Park users are encouraged to travel to and move safely around the park and its attractions by using the bus and light rail, walking, biking and skating, and taking the free park shuttle. Visit and for transit options. 

Project Start-up: June 2016– September 2016  

Construction Fence Installation Within project site  X      
Placement of Mobile Field Offices Project site, below Reservoir 4  X      
Tree Pruning / Inspection Within project site, around the reservoirs, along SW Sacajawea Boulevard, SW Lewis Clark Way, & SW Madison Court  X    
Vegetation / Tree Removal Around the reservoirs, by SW Sacajawea and Sherwood Boulevards  X    
Erosion Control Within project site X    
Disconnect Reservoir 3 Inlet and Outlet Piping Within project site    X  X    
Remove Weir Building Within project site, east of Reservoir 3      X  X  
Disconnect Reservoir 4 Inlet and Outlet Piping Within project site, by Reservoir 4      X  X  
Cut and Cap Piping Within project site, by Reservoir 4      X  X  
Removal of Stilling Tank inside Gatehouse 4 Within project site, by Gatehouse 4      
Construct Shoring Wall (begins mid-Sept) Within project site, by Reservoir 3      

To learn more, including traffic impacts and project budgets, visit the Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project page

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