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Steam Plant, Ferry Street Parking Structure, and Maintenance Shop

  • Address: 1240-1298 Ferry St, SE  Salem, OR  97301
  • Tenant(s):  Department of Administrative Services, Operations and Maintenance (O&M)
  • Square footage: 
    • Steam Plant = 8,030 sq ft
    • Ferry St Parking Structure = 66,080 sq ft
    • Maintenance Shop = 3,634 sq ft
  • Year completed: 1939 and 1954

Building History
The Steam Plant was the first of the Ferry Street buildings to be constructed in 1939. It was most likely constructed to provide steam heat for the newly-constructed, third Capitol Building and many other state buildings. In 1999, the plant was decommissioned after boilers were installed in the buildings and steam was no longer required, and the plant has been converted into a warehouse for O&M supplies (and occasionally a potluck or talent show venue). In addition, the small tunnels that carried the steam pipes to the buildings remain today under the streets and continue to be in use carrying fiberoptic lines. 
The Ferry Street Parking Structure was built at the same time as the Maintenance Shop and General Services Building in 1954, and it served as the State Motor Pool until they moved to their current location on Airport Road in 1979. The parking structure housed the motor pool vehicles, as well as served as parking for the buildings as it does now. The room next to the interior stairs, that shares the wall with the alley, was the main office where they would check in/out cars. There was even a fueling station and car wash on what is now the parking lot next to the Annex. 
The Maintenance Shop was later constructed to connect the parking structure and the steam plant and provide additional space for O&M activities.

Green Team

 The buildings will join the General Services Building team when it launches.

While these buildings do consume a minimal amount of energy and water, the usage is not significant enough and there are not enough tenants to merit individual reporting on the website or through Electricity Scorecards. In addition, the night time use is constantly monitored in these areas since they house the auditors.    


 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

Certifications or Awards
The following summarizes the recognition received for the building:
  • The Maintenance Shop received 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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