Oregon State University’s extension services in Klamath County will give up about half its office space on Vandenburg Road in exchange for a pair of used modular buildings.
The Klamath County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to accept a bid from Adkins Engineering to site the buildings at the extension’s experiment station on Washburn Way near the Klamath Falls Airport by year’s end.
County officials say relocating KBREC’s Vandenburg Road-based services would free up roughly 25,000 square feet of property to be used by Klamath County Public Health and would save nearly half a million dollars in renovation costs.
The county had anticipated needing seismic retrofitting and other upgrades at the health department’s location, 403 Pine St., costing approximately $800,000.
Instead, the county is aiming to spend half of that relocating KBREC’s extension programs including Master Gardeners, 4-H and Family Health and Nutrition to KBREC’s Klamath County Experiment Station, 6941 Washburn Way. The health department would take over KBREC’s former Vandenburg address.