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Labor and Industries Building

  • Address: 350 Winter St, NE  Salem, OR  97301
  • Tenant(s):  Department of Consumer & Business Services and the Oregon State Treasury
  • Square footage: 183,760
  • Year completed: 1951
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Building History
The groundbreaking ceremonies for the Labor and Industries Building were held in August 14, 1959, and it was dedicated in June, 1961. The building cost $3,300,000 and is 160 feet wide, 240 feet long, 56 feet high and contains 181,200 square feet of space.
 
Source: http://myweb.msoe.edu/~westr/salem3 
 

Green Team

 The Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) launched the Wastebusters team in the 1990s. Wastebusters was a Green Team that consisted of staff from the Labor and Industries Building, as well as other buildings in Salem and Portland.
Wastebusters thrived throughout the 1990s and much of the early 2000s. They focused primarily on recycling education and served an extremely effective role, with their facilities achieving some of the best recovery rates in state government. However, in the 2000s, the group began to struggle when the state shifted from a strong recycling program to a broader sustainability focus. They worked to train staff on the Natural Step and started down the sustainability path, but suffered from staff turnover and burnout. 
 
The remaining Wastebusters plan to relaunch the group in early 2010 with a comprehensive, sustainability Green Team focus. Stay tuned for more information on their good work that will come soon.

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
3,513,990
43,986
$199,901
 
2001
2,772,075
20,125
$172,134
-30%
2002
2,581,248
28,135
$218,146
-30%
2003
2,365,665
34,350
$223,146
-21%
2004
2,825,586
37,408
$222,921
-18%
2005
2,866,627
33,593
$233,430
-20%
2006
2,942,015
35,864
$258,519
-17%
2007
2,801,453
40,112
$263,888
-17%
2008
3,110,483
51,552
$313,179
-4%
2009
2,957,522
36,896
$286,885
-16%
 
 
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.

2009
2010
 
 
 
 
May
 
 
August
 
November
 
 
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.

August 2009
 
November 2009
Night time use increased from the last audit.
February 2010 
Night time use increased from the last audit.
 
 

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/ITandFacilities/GIS/Documents/trans_bike_salem2006-fullcityside%5B1%5D.pdf 
 
 

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.