Steel skyline rises in Medford

Downtown projects require massive quantities of materials

If you piled 1,000 cars on top of each other, you'd get some idea of the heft of all that structural steel that has been bolted and welded together in downtown Medford lately.

Work started last summer on two office complexes, one on West Main Street and the other on West Eighth Street, both with gigantic steel structures that have changed the skyline.

One West Main

The building at Main and Fir streets will house Pacific Retirement Services, Rogue Disposal and Recycling, and Procare Software. Retail shop space available.

  • 681 tons of steel
  • 2,208 cubic yards of concrete
  • 73 tons of rebar
  • 118,000 square feet of metal decking
  • 3 semi-truck loads of metal studs
  • 126,800 feet (24 miles) of conduit
  • 567,000 feet (107 miles) of electrical wire
  • 288,500 feet (54 miles) of low voltage wire
  • 24,000 square feet of metal siding
  • 71,580 bricks

Cost to build: $8.3 million (excluding interior work)

Size: 116,599 square feet

Contractor: Adroit Construction Co., Ashland

Architect: Ankrom Moison Architects LLC, Portland

Expected completion: August 2014


The building at West Eighth and Holly streets will house county health services offices. Includes six-story, 400-vehicle parking structure.

  • 1,049 tons of structural steel
  • 5,891 cubic yards of concrete
  • 201 tons of rebar
  • 235,000 feet (45 miles) of electrical conduit
  • 986,875 feet (187 miles) of electrical wire
  • 506,880 feet (96 miles) of low voltage wire
  • 59,000 feet (11.1 miles) of barrier cabling
  • 27,800 square feet of metal shingles
  • 32,640 square feet of exterior wall
  • 138,133 square feet of interior wall
  • 5,100 gallons of paint

Cost to build: $28.5 million

Size: 97,000 square feet (excluding parking lot)

Contractor: JE Dunn Construction, Kansas City, Mo.

Architect: ORW Architecture, Medford

Expected completion: September 2014

The four-story One West Main building at Main and Fir streets has 681 tons of structural steel but is surpassed by the 1,049 tons of steel going into a new Jackson County health building and its accompanying six-story parking garage off Ivy Street.

The two-story health building at Eighth and Ivy streets is 97,000 square feet and will cost $28.5 million, a price that includes the six-story parking structure. The buildings should be completed by September 2014.

The cost of the One West Main building is considerably less — $8.3 million — largely because the building owners are contracting out the interior work separately. One West Main also is being built around an existing parking structure.

Jackson County's health services building is designed to provide a more centralized and streamlined facility for health-care customers.

The parking garage was designed with safety in mind. Strange though it may seem, that's one of the reasons the steel beams have holes in them.

"It's fascinating to watch those steel beams being made," said David Wilkerson, a principal at Ogden Roemer Wilkerson Architecture, which designed the county buildings.

The design of the beams makes them stronger and lighter, and the holes will improve visibility by allowing more light into the parking structure.

"Security was a huge concern for us," Wilkerson said.

When finished, One West Main will house Pacific Retirement Service, Rogue Disposal and Recycling and Procare Software.

Pouring all that concrete — 2,208 tons for One West Main and 5,891 tons for the county project — in sub-freezing weather has been a challenge.

Steve Lawrence of Adroit Construction said propane heaters and special blankets are used to keep the concrete warm enough to set properly. Concrete is poured on each floor of the building.

Reach reporter Damian Mann at 541-776-4476 or Follow on Twitter at @reporterdm.

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