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Public Service Building

  • Address:  255 Capitol St NE  Salem, OR  97301
  • Tenant(s):  Department of Education, Oregon State Police, Secretary of State Offices, staff from the Governor's Office
  • Square footage: 169,817
  • Year completed: 1950
 public service building  

Building History
The Public Service Building was completed in 1950 at a cost of $2,000,000. It measures 223 feet long, 153 feet wide, 69 feet high and has a gross area of 169,837 square feet. The exterior is made of white Vermont marble and bronze, matching the Capitol building. The main entrance lobby is paneled in Bois Jourdan marble.
 
Source:  http://myweb.msoe.edu/~westr/salem3
 

Green Team

 The Public Service Building established a Green Team in the 1990s. Over the years, it successfully coordinated recycling and energy conservation. However, around 2005, due to staff turnover, the team was abandoned. The building plans to launch a new team 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
2,973,777
1,031
$144,328
 
2001
2,290,644
1,664
$128,030
-22%
2002
1,998,110
4,070
$153,661
-30%
2003
1,781,355
2,207
$148,555
-27%
2004
2,324,243
5,056
$158,980
-18%
2005
2,473,036
6,405
$175,760
-11%
2006
2,558,653
4,145
$190,893
-11%
2007
2,444,726
4,084
$193,486
-15%
2008
2,424,415
4,996
$198,906
-14%
2009
2,421,636
5,196
$202,894
-14%
 
 
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.

 
The night time usage stayed about the same from the first to second audit.
March 2010 The night time usage decreased from the 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/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.