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Agriculture Building

  • Address: 635 Capitol St, NE Salem, OR 97301
  • Tenant: Departments of Agriculture and Land Conservation and Development
  • Square footage: 95,752
  • Date completed: 1966
   Agriculture Building 

Building History
The Agriculture Building, completed in 1966 at a cost of $1,065,585, contains 50,000 square feet of offices & laboratories. The bronze sculpture over the main entrance is Land of Oregon by Tom Hardy.
 
In 1996, the Agriculture Building was destroyed by the hundred year flood that ravaged Salem and much of Oregon. Around 13 feet of water flooded the basement and much of the first floor. Fortunately, no one was injured, but the building was a complete loss. Over the next two years, DAS began a comprehensive remodel and rebuild of the facility. In 1999, a new Agriculture Building opened its doors - it had an additional story for increased square footage, new heating and cooling systems, electrical systems, lighting, interiors, and some exterior changes.  
     

Green Team

 The Agriculture Building plans to create a Green Team.
 

Sustainability
Energy Conservation
The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) has designated its buildings as resource conservation zones. This means DAS works hard to save energy and water in its buildings, as well as ensure employees and tenants recycle to the best of their ability. The goal is to save taxpayer money and care for the environment to the greatest extent possible.
    
Energy Savings Report
  DAS compares all bills to the calendar year 2000 as a baseline.  The goal and OAR require a 20 percent reduction in electricity and natural gas usage by 2015. DAS does not adjust the buildings without baseline adjustments for weather or any other factors. The savings column represents the combined electric and gas savings in Btu’s compared to the year 2000 usage. The Energy Cost column includes the totals for electric and gas – not all utilities.    

Year
Electrical Usage (kWh)
Gas Usage (therms)
Energy Cost
Savings over the year 2000
2000
1,168,253
40,166
$85,165
 
2001
841,537
19,283
$66,448
-40%
2002
840,095
21,027
$85,773
-38%
2003
947,941
20,677
$85,513
-35%
2004
1,013,211
17,908
$90,930
-34%
2005
964,924
16,040
$91,157
-39%
2006
1,013,502
18,055
$100,140
-34%
2007
1,039,101
20,318
$111,720
-30%
2008
1,055,753
23,269
$118,536
-26%
2009
1,045,891
20,659
$119,681
-30%
 
 
Electricity Scorecards
The quarterly scorecard provides a quick report on electricity reductions, compliance with the 20 percent reduction target, recent night audit results, and tips for conservation. Here are the scorecards for the building.

October 2009
 
January 2010 
May 2010  
 
 
Night Audits
 As part of the effort to conserve resources, DAS conducts quarterly night audits of the buildings. They walk through the spaces to ensure that lights, appliances, and equipment remains off during unoccupied times. Here are the results of the audits for the building.

July 2009
 
October 2009
Usage was down from last audit. Good job!
January 2010
Usage was down from last audit. Good job!
 
 

Transportation

 The manner in which we travel to and from the building impacts sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions. The following summarizes the sustainable transportation options around the building.
 
Bike Routes
http://www.cityofsalem.net/Departments/PublicWorks/TransportationServices/tr_planning/BikeMap/Pages/default.aspx 
 

Certifications or Awards
The following summarizes the recognition received for the building:

  • EarthWISE certification from Marion County. This is a designation for organizations who commit to observe environmentally-friendly practices in their facilities.
EarthWISE logo 

Renovations and Major Projects
The following summarizes the capital projects in the building:
 

Year
Type of Project
Project Description
Incentives Received
Resource Savings Expected
Pictures
1999
Renovation
Complete overhaul of heating and cooling systems, electrical systems, lighting, interior remodel and add a third story to buildingN/A - incentive programs not yet in placeN/A - programs to track not in place yetNo