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State Print Plant

  • Address:  550 Airport Rd, SE  Salem, OR  97301
  • Square footage:  75,545 
  • Tenant:  Department of Administrative Services, State Services Division, Publishing and Distribution Section 
  • Year constructed: 1980 
   

Building History
The Print Plant consists of both office space and industrial space with large digital printers and associated equipment. The facility processes millions of copies for public sector agencies every month, as well as millions of pieces of mail a month. The print shop for the state was moved out of the basement of the General Services Building and moved to this location at that time. 
 
Oregon has a long history of State Printers.  The first was John Boone in 1845, and another prominent citizen, Asahel Bush was named State Printer in 1859. Bush went into the banking business and founded Ladd and Bush Bank a decade later (which is still located on the corner of Commercial and State Streets). For 135 years, the locations of the print shops moved around, including a long stint in the first two Capitol Buildings, until landing in is current building.  
 
Sources: http://www.salemhistory.net/places/post_office.htm
 

Green Team

 The Print Plant launched a Green Team in fall 2009.
Major projects:
  • Create stickers, posters and flyers to communicate resource conservation among staff.
  • Conduct internal night energy audits.

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
1,921,388
12,750
$99,850
 
2001
1,882,055
7,898
$108,812
-8%
2002
1,750,591
7,954
$138,592
-14%
2003
1,784,237
7,789
$128,085
-12%
2004
1,810,261
9,963
$130,857
-9%
2005
1,653,808
11,306
$129,868
-14%
2006
1,760,510
8,243
$139,181
-13%
2007
1,841,415
8,359
$166,153
-9%
2008
1,830,787
6,193
$154,100
-12%
2009
1,624,380
6,444
$148,143
-21%
 
 
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 semi-annual night audits of this building. 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
 
 

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