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Transportation Building renovation nearing completion
04/19/2012
The Transportation Headquarters Building remodel will be “substantially complete” in May, leaving only items on the punch list to be addressed in the early summer months. The project is ahead of schedule and operating under-budget. If everything continues to go well, ODOT will move into the building on Salem’s Capitol Mall in summer and welcome visitors to a safer, healthier facility beginning in August.
 
The Statesman Journal profiled the project and highlighted several important elements of the project, including the use of minority-owned and women-owned businesses by Portland-based general contractor Hoffman Construction, and the addition of energy-efficient features that will produce cost savings for the state, such as the rooftop solar panels.
 
The Oregon Legislature authorized the $69.4 million remodel, paid for by highway funds (there are no General Fund monies involved). The T-Building, as it's called, was the only building on the Capitol Mall that had not been retrofit to withstand an earthquake. It also contained potentially hazardous materials in the walls, floors and ceilings, used outdated heating and cooling, and had fire sprinklers located only in the basement.
 
With the renovation, the T-Building will house more employees than before, allowing ODOT to consolidate its leased facilities and save taxpayer dollars. It will offer 100 percent outside, filtered air into the facility, radiant panel heat and cooling, stormwater re-use, and many other sustainable features. It will also be easier for people with disabilities to access, and it offers enhanced meeting space on every floor for more productive, cost-effective meetings.

The timing of the T-Building remodel turned out to be ideal, with the slowed economy creating cost-savings on the leases ODOT required for staff displaced by the renovation and on the materials, machinery and other items needed for the project itself. In addition, more than 500 local jobs were sustained or created, at a time when construction was scarce all over the state. Some 27 percent ($8.6 million) of the total construction contract dollars has gone to minority-owned, women-owned and emerging small businesses.
 
ODOT will be inviting the public to an open house later this year. To keep up-to-date, visit ODOT’s T-building webpage.