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Employment Building

  • Address: 875 Union St, NE  Salem, OR  97311
  • Tenant: Oregon Employment Department
  • Square footage: 117,181
  • Year completed: 1974
 employment building  

Building History
The federal and state governments partnered for the construction of the building. It was completed in October of 1975 at a total cost of $5,151,124.

Green Team

 The Employment Building launched a Green Team in the 1990s that focused primarily on recycling. The team suffered from staff turn-over in the 2000s, but plans to re-launch with a broader sustainability focus.
 

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)
N/A - the building is all electric
Energy Cost
Savings over the year 2000
2000
4,876,205
0
$226,842
 
2001
4,199,533
0
$225,813
-14%
2002
4,443,000
0
$314,013
-9%
2003
4,283,987
0
$270,539
-12%
2004
4,807,643
0
$293,381
-2%
2005
5,167,859
0
$331,533
+6%
2006
4,244,173
0
$290,288
-13%
2007
2,497,241
0
$199,736
-49%
2008
2,635,185
0
$210,062
-46%
2009
2,620,773
0
$220,527
-46%
*Note: the data center moved out in 2005, which caused the increased energy savings.
 
 
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.

September 2009
 
December 2009
Usage decreased from your last audit. Nice work!
March 2010 
Usage decreased again from your last audit. Nice work!
 
 

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
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2005RemodelRemove the data center from 4th floor and relocate into the new State Data Center. Remodel the 4th floor into traditional office space.ETO20%
 
Actual = 45%
No
1999
Conservation
Upgrade all lighting, install variable frequency drives on key systems, and replace air handling units. This project was the DAS pilot for the new Energy Savings Performance Contracting method.N/A - incentive programs not yet in placeN/A - programs to track not in place yetNo
     
 
*
ETO = Energy Trust of Oregon incentives for energy efficiency measures