Steam Plant

The oldest standing structure on the Downtown Riverfront property, the Steam Plant has the potential to connect Eugene's future to its past. As part of the Downtown Riverfront redevelopment, the EWEB Riverfront Master Plan emphasizes the community's wish to reveal the “layers of history” embedded in the site to create this special, historically significant place. Its unique position as an icon of Eugene’s industrial past and location within 50 feet of the top of the riverbank calls for the plant to be preserved and repurposed as an important historical landmark at the east end of the Downtown Riverfront property.

  1. Future of the Steam Plant
  2. Steam Plant History
  3. Resources and Additional Info

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The Urban Renewal Agency of the City of Eugene is seeking the right team of visionaries and community-minded people who have the capacity to bring the Steam Plant into the next phase of its life. On March 14, 2018, City Council, acting as the Urban Renewal Agency Board, directed staff to draft a process for the disposition and redevelopment of the Steam Plant. On April 23, 2018, the Agency Board approved the use of an RFQ/RFP process for the redevelopment of the Steam Plant and criteria to guide the process. The approved process and criteria can be found below: 


Request for Qualifications

As a first step in what will be a multi-stage process, the Agency recently issued a Request for Qualifications from visionary teams for the redevelopment of the Steam Plant. The Agency received four submissions to the RFQ, which closed June 11.  The RFQ and submissions can be found below:

Next Steps

On June 27, the River Guides (advisory committee for the Riverfront Urban Renewal District) reviewed the RFQ submissions. The River Guides will make a recommendation to the Agency Director (City Manager) on next steps for the redevelopment process. 

Later this summer, we anticipate that we will have one or more full proposals for the repurposing and reimagining of the Steam Plant. We look forward to bringing these proposals to the community for feedback through a robust public engagement process. More information on these public outreach opportunities will be posted as it becomes available.


Contact Us

  1. Amanda D'Souza

    Business Development Analyst
    99 W 10th Ave
    Eugene, OR 97401
    Ph: 541-682-5540
    Fx: 541-682-5572