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Revenue Building

  • Address: 955 Center Street, NE, Salem, OR 
  • Square footage: 249,262 
  • Tenant(s):  Department of Revenue and the Department of Administrative Services, Enterprise Information Strategy and Policy Division 
  • Year constructed: 1981
    revenue building 

Building History
The building was designed by BOORA Architects from Portland.  It was constructed in two phases. The first phase included the underground parking, the front plaza, and the main building, and was complete in 1981. The second phase included the “tower,” which is the smaller section of the building in the NE corner of the block, and was complete in 1984. The building originally housed most of the state’s major computer centers, but those have now been moved to the State Data Center on Airport Road. 
 
Before the building was constructed, the property housed a retail complex and houses that were torn down or moved. The linked picture is from the 1970s – you can see the block where Revenue now stands, just across Center Street from Transportation, is a series of smaller buildings, as is the lot where the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building now stands.  
 
Sources: http://photos.salemhistory.net/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/sj&CISOPTR=629&REC=12

Green Team

 The Revenue Building launched a Green Team in the 1990s and it remained active for over a decade. However, by 2006, staff changes and internal reorganizations caused the tenants to abandon the Green Team
In 2009, the Revenue Department re-energized the Green Team in the building. Stay tuned for more information about their innovative, new group.

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
8,367,508
94,447
$423,363
 
2001
7,424,529
39,325
$408,124
-23%
2002
7,625,158
56,386
$563,017
-17%
2003
7,714,801
57,460
$512,916
-16%
2004
7,987,629
75,003
$531,976
-9%
2005
7,833,431
77,152
$558,933
-9%
2006
6,724,796
74,527
$525,676
-20%
2007
5,444,765
70,665
$475,883
-33%
2008
4,791,682
55,922
$420,231
-42%
2009
4,402,499
31,393
$396,157
-49%
*Note: the data center moved out in 2005, which caused the increased energy savings.
 
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 energy use decreased for the second audit. Nice job!
March 2010 
Night time energy use decreased from the last audit. Nice job!
 
 

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.