Facilities Management Section manages over 1,000 ODOT owned and occupied structures and properties. ODOT facilities are office buildings, rest areas, DMV outlets, communication sites, employee-occupied housing, maintenance locations, and many other types of structures. The primary functions of the section are demand and preventative maintenance of buildings and building systems, space planning, lease negotiations, card access and security, new construction, remodels, and major maintenance and site-related environmental projects. The section also maintains a database of all owned and leased buildings and their condition.
In support of the Governor’s sustainability mandates and ODOT’s Sustainability Program, the section’s crews routinely look for ways to utilize recycled products, reduce energy consumption, recycle construction materials, and reuse surplus equipment or systems furniture.
Energy Use in ODOT Buildings
ODOT’s goal is to reduce energy consumed in the day-to-day operations of its buildings. Over the years ODOT’s annual electricity usage appeared to be rising, however, so did its square footage of leased and owned buildings. By converting kilowatt hours (kWh) of usage into kWh per square foot of building space, annual electricity consumption has declined since the 2004 baseline. Calendar year 2009 reflected nearly a 6% overall reduction using CY 2004 as a baseline, and ODOT achieved a 10.1% reduction through December 2010.
Other Sustainable Actions
ODOT's Facilities Section is taking many other actions to reduce energy use and enhance sustainability in ODOT buildings. Here are a few more examples:
- Optimizing ODOT’s major facilities’ performance is essential to achieving economic and environmental benefits. Currently, sustainability efforts are being integrated into the design of all new facilities and into major renovations.
- ODOT is targeting renovation of the Transportation Building in Salem for LEED Gold based on a cost-benefit study that showed a high performance environmentally-friendly design saved money over the building’s future lifetime.
- All new maintenance yards are built as high performance sites (LEED or SEED equivalent) that include stormwater sediment containment and oil separation. New yards utilize a variety of sustainable materials, have reduced energy consumption, and are designed to contain spills.
- An energy audit was completed at the Region 3 Headquarters Office which showed replacing 498 lights with 308 energy efficient lights, could save $11,140 a year in electricity costs.
- Lighting projects at Flanders, Mill Creek, and the East Salem Compound were upgraded to more energy efficient systems.
Sustainable Renovation of the Transportation Building
During the move out of the Transportation Building, ODOT employees and the Facilities Section did a tremendous job collecting office materials and furniture to be reused and recycled. Here are just a few of their accomplishments:
- Filled two 10 yard containers with cardboard for special recycling pickup.
- Collected and recycled 40-pallets of paper representing 30,000 pounds of material.
- 762 pieces of surplus furniture and four pallets of miscellaneous office supplies went to Department of Corrections for reuse.