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With remodel complete, ODOT returns to Transportation building
 
ODOT has moved back into the Transportation Building on the Capitol Mall after a nearly two-year renovation that created jobs for Oregon construction companies while creating a safer, more productive and more energy efficient building.
 
The T-Building was completed in 1951 and after six decades of service needed a major renovation. The building, which had never been renovated or upgraded to withstand earthquakes, had unsafe conditions — with a lack of fire sprinklers outside the basement — energy-sucking systems, and poor air and water quality. 
 
The Oregon Legislature authorized a $69.4 million renovation paid for by bonds that will be repaid through State Highway Fund dollars; no General Fund money was used.  The renovation project employed 35 Oregon businesses and used many regional materials: 90 percent of the wood used in the building was sourced from Oregon.  The remodel will create a healthier, safer, and more productive workspace and will allow ODOT to house more of its employees.  The project will increase energy efficiency and conserve water, allowing the building to apply to be certified for LEED Platinum status, the highest rating offered by the U.S. Green Building Council.