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Public Utilities Commission Building Envelope and Roof Replacement Project
Welcome to PUC Exterior Upgrade  Project
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In an effort to keep everyone up-to-date on the progress towards the renovation work planned for the Public Utilities Building at 550 Capitol Street NE, Salem, Oregon we will be updating this page on a regular basis.


You are encouraged to ask questions throughout the project and we hope you find this information helpful.  
We make all prudent efforts to reduce or eliminate project-related inconveniences to occupants and visitors; some are unavoidable. Some inconveniences are inevitable and it helps greatly if you keep your staff informed of the realities of the temporary situation. 

To find out more about the condition assessment, please click on Building assessment information to the right.


The Department of Administrative Services (DAS), Enterprise Asset Management Division started renovation of the Public Utility Commission Building starting in late fall 2013. Key project elements include a new exterior envelope, full roof replacement, improved roof insulation, energy efficient windows with hi-performance glazing, and associated flashing replacement. The exterior envelope replacement material will resemble the current finish but will incorporate a full rain screen and improved exterior insulation under a Portland cement based stucco finish. Exterior detailing will retain the building's current look.

DAS will also be making improvements to the mechanical, electrical and fire alarm systems to better meet the needs of the tenants and improve the overall energy efficiency of the building.

Update 11/19/2013:  Work is progressing as planned. Project fencing, scaffolding and weather protection is in place. Crews have completed the removal of the siding on three building elevations and are within days of completing the fourth and final elevation.  Once demolition is completed, the contractor will begin the process of rebuilding the exterior skin (or cladding). This process will include state-of-the-art waterproofing and insulation products while incorporating a vertical rain screen. The rain screen is an innovative system that allows any moisture that may enter the wall surface to drain down in a controlled way before it reaches the interior structure itself. Other activities include ongoing roof demolition and daily build-back to ensure the structure stays weather tight during the roof's reconstruction.

Interior partitions have been erected in effected work zones and windows are being removed and openings being revised and reinforced for the new exterior assembly, prior to installation of new high-performance window units.

To view a conceptual drawing of the remodeled PUC building, click here.

Update 06/09/2014:  At the highest levels there are ongoing discussions about identifying a suitable site for Legislative use during the seismic and infrastructure upgrades to the State Capitol. After exhaustive research, the PUC Building is identified as the preferred site for the Legislative staff. This would impact the currently planned work on the PUC building for up to five years.  To view letter to tenants, click here.

Completion of this renovation is planned for the end of 2014. Updates to the schedule will be posted on this website.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the PUC remodel project  please e-mail us at puc.ext.projects@oregon.gov

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Contact Us

Project Manager: Steve Ponce (503) 373-7167

Program Manager: Barry Jones (503) 373-7211