Last year, five local conservation organizations unveiled plans to construct a $1.5 million shared workspace on South 2nd Street next to Robnett’s Hardware, and the first signs of construction are taking shape.
The building will formally be called the Confluence, and it will house the Benton Soil and Water Conservation District, Cascade Pacific Resource Conservation & Development, Corvallis Environmental Center, the Greenbelt Land Trust, and the Institute for Applied Ecology.
According to reporting, the idea to bring multiple conservation groups under one roof began at least two years ago, when they realized doing so could save them money and increase the collective effectiveness of their work.
Both the owner of the lot and the general contractor on the project is Alan Ayres, architect of the Sky High Brewery building. There is currently what appears to be an elevator shaft standing at the construction site, and a posterboard detailing the features of the new building: 98% of construction materials and packaging will be reused or recycled, 75% of the materials will be sourced from within 30 miles, and 80% of the labor sourced from within 2 miles.
The finished building will utilize rooftop solar panels and a water reclamation system.
By Ian MacRonald