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Transportation Building transformation creates jobs for Oregon contractors
10/10/2011
The Transportation Building was built in 1951 to house the Oregon Highway Department. Over the years, the building has received some repairs and a few updates, but, unlike all other buildings on the Capitol Mall, it has never been renovated. These conditions led the Oregon Legislature to approve the project in 2007 and 2010. Bonds will pay for the remodel, estimated at $69.4 million and work is scheduled for completion in mid-2012.
 
The construction activity will create or sustain approximately 525 local jobs. More than 15 percent (approximately $4.6 million) of construction subcontract value has been awarded to minority-owned, women-owned, disadvantaged and emerging small business.
 
Recently new elevator cars were delivered and the walls on the first, second, third, fourth and fifth floors have been taped and painted. The basement and first and second floors are starting to look like real office space. With the sheetrock installed and painted, conference rooms and offices are starting to take shape. Exterior work is coming along as well. All floors now have their windows in place, framed by the refurbished bronze casings. Workers are also busy on the roof preparing for the solar panels that will generate clean energy once the building is finished.

In late July, a crane hoisted a 14,000 pound HVAC component to the top of the building, one of the more visible signs things are moving right along. Window installations continue on the fourth and fifth floors. Workers completed installing the brass window casings and refurbished, tinted, single-pane glass on the first, second and third floors. Workers continue to repair and replace marble on the buildings exterior. Much of the Transportation Building’s historical character will be retained, including the marbled lobby.
Crew lowers HVAC component into place. 

 
Crew member spreads tar on
T-bldg roof
The remodel is under budget and on schedule for employees to occupy in fall 2012. When the renovation is complete, the Transportation Building will be a safer, healthier place for its employees and visitors. It will contain:
  • Energy efficient lighting, heating and air conditioning systems
  • Rooftop solar panels generating power for the grid
  • Seismic retrofits
  • Effective ventilation and daylight throughout
  • New plumbing
 
The remodel does not use any General Fund monies; the project is being financed by bonds that will be paid for out of the State Highway Fund, which allows for transportation–related facility updates.