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Public Utilities Building

  • Address: 550 Capitol St, NE  Salem, OR  97301
  • Tenants:  Public Utilities Commission and Department of Transportation, Motor Carrier Division
  • Square footage: 109,000
  • Year completed: 1948 (original); 1992 renovation
   

Building History
The Sears Building was constructed in 1948. It served the residents of Salem as a retail establishment for 40 years before it was sold to the state in the late 1980s and Sears moved to Lancaster Mall. The interior of the building was completely remodeled, the exterior received a major face lift, and the new state building opened for business in 1992. 

Green Team

 The Public Utilities Building launched a Green Team in March 2010.
 

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 Btus 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
1,759,567
2,628
$87,359
 
2001
1,330,387
2,184
$78,854
-24%
2002
938,136
1,780
$84,469
-40%
2003
1,351,097
1,865
$99,168
-24%
2004
1,434,159
2,290
$104,771
-18%
2005
1,524,707
1,724
$114,263
-14%
2006
1,481,586
1,753
$117,150
-17%
2007
1,490,392
1,779
$127,531
-16%
2008
1,652,163
1,841
$147,084
-7%
2009
1,448,696
1,845
$132,375
-18%
 
 
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.
 
Night time usage increased for the second audit.
January 2010 
Night time usage 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. 
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