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General Services Building

  • Address:  1225 Ferry St, SE  Salem, OR  97301
  • Tenant(s):  Department of Administrative Services, Governor's Office
  • Square footage:  Approximately 73,500
  • Year completed: 1954
 General Services Building, view of NW corner from 12th St.  

Building History
The General Services Building is approximately 73,500 square feet in size, which includes two floors and a renovated basement of conference room space.  The building was designed in 1954 by James L. Payne, a local Salem-area architect.  It was commissioned for construction by the Board of Control.  It was originally intended to house the Finance Department, which is why it was first called the Finance Building. 
 
It was renamed the General Services Building in 1967, when it primarily housed staff from the General Services Department (who later merged with the Executive Department to become DAS).  The building has been home to many tenants over the years in addition to DAS descendents.  At one time, the state print shop was located in the basement until they moved to the Print Plant in 1980.  In the 1970s and early 1980s, it housed the administrative offices of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs until they moved into their new building in 1984.
 
Sources:   State Architect, http://www.salemhistory.net/places/post_office.htm
 

Green Team

 The General Services Building plans to launch 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
809,233
14,007
$48,329
 
2001
597,373
6,820
$40,105
-35%
2002
571,488
8,848
$51,095
-32%
2003
741,132
9,025
$61,959
-18%
2004
633,481
9,019
$57,545
-26%
2005
635,064
8,481
$60,390
-28%
2006
691,472
9,663
$70,077
-20%
2007
673,054
11,127
$75,367
-18%
2008
801,312
13,319
$91,834
-2%
2009
636,957
10,301
$75,746
-23%
 
 
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 
March 2010 - 2nd floor 
March 2010 - OHPR 
March 2010 - PEBB/OEBB 
 
 

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.aspxf 
 
 

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
2010ResearchInstall occupancy sensor power strips in cubicles of all staff to reduce unnecessary plug loads in non-operating hours.ETO8%
 
Actual = not yet complete
No
2009MaintenanceReplace roof and make it solar-ready.N/AN/ANo
2008RemodelRemodel first floor for PEBB/OEBB and Oregon Way.N/AN/ANo
2004
Renovation
Remodel basement into functional conference rooms, new lighting, and new heating and cooling systems to support new spaces.ETO and BETC20% energy improvements
 
Actual = 28%
No
2002ConservationReplace T-8 lighting with new, innovative T-5 HO indirect fixtures. Replace chiller, and overhaul heating and cooling systems with digital controls. Remodel interior spaces.ETO and BETC10% energy improvements
 
Actual = 18%
No
1999ConservationInstall new boiler to replace the steam from plant across the street.N/A - incentive programs not yet in placeN/A - programs to track not in place yetNo
1998
Conservation
Upgrade lighting from T-12s to T-8sN/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
BETC = Business Energy Tax Credit pass-through incentives for energy efficiency measures