The construction of a new Federal Courthouse near downtown was an important first step in an effort to revitalize Eugene's riverfront area along the Willamette River. As a result of the site's former use as an industrial zone, it required extensive infrastructure improvements.
This was the second of two phases aimed at providing vehicular and pedestrian improvements around the newly constructed courthouse, and it encompassed a several-block area between Ferry and Hilyard streets.
One major project element was the realignment of Franklin Boulevard from Patterson Street to Sixth Avenue. The roadway alignment and grades were synchronized with Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) and the City for future railroad crossing and extension of the Courthouse District into the EWEB riverfront site.
Treatment of stormwater was a major concern on this project. In order to meet the City of Eugene's water quality treatment requirements, OBEC utilized stormwater treatment facilities that incorporated natural landscapes, such as roadside vegetated swales that retain and infiltrate runoff before it enters existing storm sewer facilities.