Three County departments to relocate in January 2022

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

This month, the Assessor’s Office, Records & Elections Department, and the Benton County Board of Commissioners’ Office will relocate to the Kalapuya Building at 4500 SW Research Way, Corvallis.

On Thursday, January 13, the Assessor’s Office will move from the Sunset Building at 4077 SW Research Way, Corvallis to the Kalapuya Building at 4500 Research Way, Corvallis. The Assessor’s Office will be temporarily closed for in person services January 13-14. Assessment staff will continue to answer phones and email. The Assessor’s Office will be closed on Tuesday, January 18 and will reopen to the public on Wednesday, January 19. Public parking is available in front of the Kalapuya Building and community members will be able to access the Assessor’s Office on the second floor.

All County offices will be closed on Monday, January 17 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Beginning Thursday, January 20, the Records & Elections Department will move from the historic Courthouse, 120 NW 4th Street, Corvallis to the Kalapuya Building, 4500 SW Research Way, Corvallis. The Records & Elections Department will be temporarily closed for in person services January 20-24 and will reopen to the public on Tuesday, January 25. Dependent on access to the needed equipment, the Records & Elections staff will continue to answer phones and remain available for online services. Mail transactions will continue to be processed.

The Records & Licenses Division will provide the following services by internet, phone and mail:

  • Recording
  • Dog licensing
  • Online marriage license applications
  • Provision of copies and certified copies

The Elections Division will provide the following services by internet, phone and mail:

  • Voter registration and election related information requests

The Elections Division will be closed for U.S. Passport applications from Thursday, January 20 – Monday, January 24 and will reopen to the public on Tuesday, January 25. The Records & Elections Department will be located on the second floor.

Beginning Thursday, January 27, the Benton County Board of Commissioners’ Office will move from 205 NW 5th Street, Corvallis to the Kalapuya Building at 4500 Research Way, Corvallis. The Board of Commissioners’ Office will be closed to in person services January 27-28 and will reopen to the public on Monday, January 31. Board staff will continue to answer phones and email. The Benton County Board of Commissioners’ Office will be located on the first floor in the main lobby.

Contact information for Assessor, Records & Elections, and the Benton County Board of Commissioners’ staff, including phone numbers, email addresses and mailing addresses, will remain unchanged during the relocation period.

The first three department moves complete Phase I renovations of the Kalapuya Building, which began in June 2021. Phase II construction is on schedule to begin in a few weeks and is on track to be completed in June. Upon completion, the Finance, Information Technology, Human Resources, Community Development and Environmental Health Departments are scheduled to move into the Kalapuya Building.

In December 2019, County Administrator Joe Kerby first proposed the acquisition of a facility in Corvallis to co-locate County public services, and in January 2020, the Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of the 4500 Research Way building, which has since been renamed the Kalapuya Building.

The relocation of County departments begins to address initial reasons for the County’s purchase that included addressing critical space needs and the centralizing of customer services in a convenient and accessible location. The Kalapuya Building will also provide improved community member access and service to the public; it is located within a quarter mile of the County’s Sunset Building, and the physical size of the facility advances the County’s vision of a one-stop-shop customer service center. Additionally, the moves will provide co-location of customer-facing departments, ample parking for the public, operational efficiencies and stewardship of tax dollars.