Touring Dean Marriott's Sewer Palace

See the Bureau of Environmental Service's collection of Richard Schultz furniture and much, much more!


Arts & Books
Few would suspect an office building for wastewater engineers to house one of the more impressive collections of Richard Schultz furniture outside of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Or to have a pair of tasteful mid-century modern chairs from Jehs + Laub in the lobby. It's one thing to hear about this art, it's another to see it in the flesh (or on camera, in this case.) Join Willamette Week as ...   More
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

Mead It And Weep

Small craft brewers say the city is making them pay big-time regulatory costs.

News Stories
Brooks Cooper dreamed for more than a decade of ditching his law practice to make sparkling mead, an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey. Last year, he and a friend took the plung   More
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 AARON MESH

Sewer Office Building Investigation Says City Bureaus Should Report When Projects Get Bigger


An outside investigation of a $11.5 million office building for sewer workers that tripled in cost recommends Portland city bureaus provide elected officials with detailed reports when the scope of a construction project changes.City Commissioner Nick Fish asked law firm Barran Liebman to review the project, which eventually cost longtime Bureau of Environmental Services chief Dean Marriott his job.On ...   More
Thursday, February 19, 2015 AARON MESH

Portland Environmental Services Director Dean Marriott Resigns


Longtime Portland bureau director Dean Marriott has agreed to resign in the wake of a Bureau of Environmental Services building project that went out of control.Marriott, who has spent 20 years atop the city's sewer and stormwater bureau, will receive one year's salary—$199,160—plus $49,000 in legal expenses, according to the terms of a deal announced in the City Council agenda and confirmed ...   More
Friday, January 2, 2015 AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales Proposes Color-Coded Chart to Track Cost Increases on City Projects

Hales responds to damning city audit of sewer building.


Responding to a damning city audit of a sewer office building that tripled in cost, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is proposing a public report to track cost increases on any contract or construction project that goes before City Council.The chart would be color-coded, like the terrorism alert system once used by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. But the city's color palette would warn how much ...   More
Monday, October 27, 2014 AARON MESH

Multnomah County District Attorney Won't Investigate Sewer Building


Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill will not investigate allegations of contracting violations on a $12.6 million Bureau of Environmental Services office that tripled in cost.Underhill's office sent a letter this afternoon to backers of a ballot initiative that would remove control of Portland's water and sewer utilities from City Hall.It says his office will wait to see the outcome ...   More
Monday, May 12, 2014 AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales Orders All Big Spending Changes Debated by City Council


Portland Mayor Charlie Hales wants to reform city code to force debate on big-ticket contracts like the Bureau of Environmental Services office building that tripled in cost without City Council discussion.Hales sent a memo to all city bureau directors on Tuesday that orders all contract increases over $1 million to be immediately taken off the City Council's consent agenda, where items considered ...   More
Thursday, May 8, 2014 AARON MESH

Streetcar Money Arrives Late in Water District Ballot Fight


Portland Mayor Charlie Hales has been working the after-hours phones and sending out mass emails trying to raise money to fight the ballot measure that would remove City Hall's control of water and sewer utilities.Those pleas have now netted donations from Hales' longtime allies in streetcar construction—including his former employer. HDR, Inc., the engineering company where Hales worked for a decade ...   More
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 AARON MESH

Fish Flushes $4,200 Sewer Calendar


Facing a ballot-initiative battle over control of Portland utilities, City Commissioner Nick Fish is trying to show he's cutting costs at the water and sewer bureaus.The latest casualty? The Bureau of Environmental Services' 2014 wall calendar. Fish has instructed the bureau not to print next year's calendar, which costs $4,200. "Commissioner Fish is looking for any opportunity to show that we're good ...   More
Monday, October 14, 2013 AARON MESH

Hose Festival

The City Auditor says spending on unrelated programs may be soaking water and sewer ratepayers.

City Hall
A new audit questions recent decisions by the Portland City Council to spend funds collected from water and sewer users on city programs    More
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 BETH SLOVIC


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