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State Data Center

  • Address: Salem, OR 
  • Square footage: 44,500 
  • Tenant(s):  Department of Administrative Services, State Data Center Division  
  • Year constructed: 2005
  

Building History
The project launched in March 2004 with twelve state agencies representing the majority of the state’s computing and networking infrastructure participating. The objective was to consolidate the existing data centers and associated networks of 12 agencies into a single state data center. Over time, all state agencies can obtain services from the state data center.
 
The Legislative approved approximately $20 million in funding for construction of the State Data Center. DAS selected a contractor experienced in data center construction, J.E. Dunn Construction Northwest. Groundbreaking began in November 2004. The facility houses core computer space, infrastructure, and administrative and support space. The facility's open house occurred in September 2005. 
 
State Data Center's mission: Lead the Pursuit of Excellence in State Government Technology

Green Team

 The State Data Center launched a Green Team in 2009 and began to review internal practices.
Projects include:
  • Power reduction strategies on the data floor.
  • Recycling plastic tape cases and metal bins.
 

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.   
The State Data Center's energy use is under evaluation and won't be posted until a revised baseline can be established. This is due to the fact it was not constructed until after the state's 2000 baseline.

 
 
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.

 
 

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.