State facilities and land

Oregon State Hospital North Campus

Property for sale 

The former Oregon State Hospital North Campus is a 47.5 acre parcel located on the north side of Center Street in Salem, Oregon, across the street from the newly remodeled Oregon State Hospital (South Campus). The North Campus is bounded by Center Street, Park Avenue, D Street and 23rd Street. Location Map and Site Map of North Campus grounds 

Primary Contact:  Darrin Brightman at    503-373-7065 

Request for Development Proposals     

                                                                                                                          News and site activities                                                         

  • Seal coating of tunnel ends will begin February 5, 2018 and continue until final completion. No traffic on center street should be impacted by this work.
  • Site restoration and final clean-up of mechanical and electrical work, above and below ground, will begin January 24, 2018 and continue through January 30, 2018. 
  • The second Center Street tunnel is on schedule to be filled with 135 cubic yards of concrete on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. The first concrete trucks will arrive at 8:30 a.m. and are expected to be on site for one day.  Rhine Demolition will be providing all temporary traffic control and safety measures required.
  • Web camera dismantled on December 19, 2017 for re-location to another project. The lawn is coming in nicely. 
  • Remaining work includes filling two underground tunnels that run under Center Street within the next two to three weeks. Very minimal interruption is anticipated to Center Street. This work will last approximately one week and be complete by December 19, 2017.
  • The construction fence is being removed from the site October 31, 2017, with the exception of a temporary protection tunnel concreting access area at the 27th and Center Street area. The Campus is open to the public.
  • All demolition work is complete, however, fencing will be left in place until October 31, 2017. The solar powered webcam will remain in place until December, 2017 when it will be removed and installed at another DAS project site. No other activities are planned until approval is received to proceed with tunnel concrete fill.
  • An archeological study was recently requested of DAS and procurement efforts are in place to select a vendor to perform the study.
  • Transformer enclosure gates will be installed at the Dome and Yaquina buildings the week of October 1, 2017. The transformer CMU enclosure at the Dome building has been primed and painted. A finish coat of paint will be applied as soon as weather permits.
  • Three diseased trees are being removed for safety reasons. This work is expected to be complete by September 22, 2017.
  • Legal agreements between the City of Salem and DAS legal staff are expected to be reviewed by Salem City Council sometime in October, 2017. Once legal agreements have been finalized, both tunnels can be filled with lean concrete.
  • Center Street east tunnel is ready to be filled with 440 cubic yards of lean concrete, following issuance of a permit.
  • West Dome building to South Campus tunnel demolition will be finished by October 22, 2017. Tunnel will be filled with concrete once a permit is issued. 
  • Abandoned gas line has been cut, capped, and inspected under the supervision of Northwest Natural Gas. All other utilities, no longer being used, have been removed.
  • Grass seeding is complete on 14.5 acres of the North Campus. Soon there will be green lawn where four buildings once stood.  
  • Center Street tunnel infill work is on hold, pending the finalization of  legal agreements between the City of Salem and DAS legal staff.
  • All demolition work is completed as of August 7, 2017. All tunnel backfilling and compaction has been completed except the two(2) 25th street tunnels. As soon as the concrete closure walls are cured, work will begin on the 25th street tunnels. Top soil placement  and HazMat soil sampling is scheduled to be completed by August 11, 2017. Fine grading of the site and hydro seeding will begin the week of August 14, 2017. Contractor began moving heavy equipment off site the week of August 7, 2017. The successful crushing of concrete and other building materials on-site resulted in no gravel or other fill materials being trucked on site or off site.
  • The web camera will capture the solar power supply being connected the week of August 7, 2017.  The generator was disconnected. 
  • Yaquina Hall and the PGE transformer is on line and connected to the building, next step is to connect to the electrical panels within the building, This connection will be completed by the end of business on July 29, 2017 and the building's electrical systems will be back on line. Rhine electrical subcontractor will come back to hook up the fire monitoring system and cancel the fire watch by Galt industries when notified by DAS O&M.
  • Demolition of most tunnels completed July 26, 2017. Rebar and piping materials recycled to steel yard. Concrete crushing activities will be completed July 28, 2017. Tunnels are being back filled with concrete fill materials and compacted. Contractor will be removing job trailer August 2, 2017. The successful crushing of concrete and other building materials on-site has significantly minimized the need for truck traffic to haul fill materials to the site to fill the tunnels. 
  • Web cam light pole will remain and the solar panels should be installed the week of July 31, 2017.
  • Electrical power was switched from the new power line to the Dome building on Saturday, July 17, 2017. PGE was on site and there were no problems reported. Main electrical power that ran in the tunnels has been disconnected and demolition crews have returned to the site to resume demolition of the tunnels under the roadways. Site is dry and dusty due to the nice weather but Rhine Construction crews are doing a very good job keeping the site watered on a consistent basis to minimize the dust.
  • Environmental inspection by DEQ and City of Salem occurred on May 10, 2017. No issues.
  • Work on 25th Street tunnel infill waiting on pricing from the contractor.
  • Work on Center Street tunnel infill is on hold, pending the legal agreements between the City of Salem and DAS legal staff.
  • 2017 Request for Proposal (RFP) released May 2017
  • Breitenbush Hall exterior demolition begins April 25, 2017.  Exterior demolition to ground level complete May 11, 2017.  This is the final building demolition.
  • McKenzie Hall interior demolition complete, structure demolition under way. Street next to building is clear. No debris impacting traffic. Excavators are filling the basement.
  • Oregon Business article April 17, 2017
  • Two trees came down over the weekend of April 8, 2017 due to high winds.
  • New main power line and transformers installed for the Dome building and Yaquina Hall. The new transformer installations have been a critical path scheduling item because the former main power was located inside the old tunnels and could not be disconnected until the new transformers were operational.
  • Eola Hall and Activities center have been demolished to ground level as of March 2, 2017.  Basement demolition has started and is being back filled with recycled concrete
  • Breitenbush Hall interior (soft) demolition complete. 
  • Santiam Hall interior (soft) demolition ongoing. Expected to be finished by 03-03-2017.  Structural shell demolished to ground level as of March 17, 2017. Demolished 100% including basement as of 04-13-2017. Concrete recycled and basement is being backfilled, compacted and tested.
  • The state is drafting a Request for Proposal to find a purchaser of the property. The state is working with the City (Community Development, Historic, Urban Development, and Public Works) in its development to ensure that the best information and guidance is available for proposers.
  • A live streaming web camera is operational and can be accessed via this website. Click the demolition live stream button to watch the live camera feed.
  • Five pallets (500 bricks per pallet) are being removed from Eola, McKenzie and Santiam Halls. The bricks will be placed in permanent storage for historical preservation reasons.
  • McKenzie Hall Interior (soft) demolition started 02-08-2017, Structural demolition will be delayed because of unusually high rainfall flooding the basement despite large pumps running 24/7. Planned order for demolition is being adjusted due to site conditions. Current order is Eola, Santiam, Breitenbush, McKenzie, then tunnels.
  • All materials that can be recycled are sorted as they are removed from the buildings.
  • Hazardous material abatement completed 02-08-2017. 
  • February 2, 2017 Salem Weekly article
  • Eola Hall Interior (soft) demolition started 02-02-2017, to be completed 02-10-2017. Structural demolition starts February 13, 2017. The portable crushing machine will be on site to crush the concrete and brick into re-usable engineered fill, to be used for back filling the basements starting with Eola. 
  • Demolition sign installed on site.
  • Work begins to relocate the large stone sculptures (monoliths) surrounding the reflection pond to the South Campus.
  • Electrical utilities within buildings are expected to be taken off line (disconnected) by January 6, 2017 as interior demolition begins. McKenzie, Eola, Santiam and the tunnels are cleared for demolition.
  • First truckload of salvageable items delivered to State Surplus December 19, 2016.
  • Building demolition contractors continue to move equipment on site. Some temporary fencing has been relocated to accommodate demolition. Tree protection being installed and other environmental protection items. Site is orderly, well managed, surrounding streets clean.
  • Hazardous material abatement (HazMat) is 75% completed in Yaquina Hall and 50% completed in the Dome building basement. Contractor is beginning to re-insulate pipes. Dome building management is happy with "no interruptions in day to day activities at all."  These two buildings will remain on site.
  • Three contractors on site as of December 19, 2016: PAS Abatement, PBS Environmental and Rhine Demolition.
  • Demolition contractor started moving on site December 12, 2016. The first 30 days will involve soft demo of building interiors. Mid January 2017 the structures will begin coming down.  
  • Hazardous material abatement is 85 to 90% completed. McKenzie, Eola, and tunnels are cleared for demolition. Santiam will be cleared for demolition on December 16, 2016.
  • November 19, 2016 Salem Weekly article
  • Temporary fencing continues to be installed on the site to protect trees from the heavy equipment as directed by licensed arborist.   
  • North Campus announcement of demolition distributed  
  • Fact Sheet shared with neighborhood associations in response to constituent questions about the property.
  • Communications with members of the public: BoatwrightBrodyCantrallCardiff, Morrison, NESCA, Pfeifer, Rhoten, Smith, Stephens, Walker
  • November 1, 2016 Statesman Journal article
  • October 31, 2016 Portland Tribune article
  • October 27, 2016 Salem Weekly guest opinion
  • October 25, 2016 Statesman Journal article
  • Press Communications: Statesman Journal and Salem Weekly 
  • On October 3, 2016, hazardous materials abatement will begin in the buildings east of 25th Street.  View project details
  • 2016 RFP resulted in two responses:  Chusal LLC and Mountain West
  • September 2016 Public comment regarding "As-Is" proposal
  • Public Notice of Sale  issued
  • A final public tour of Breitenbush Hall was completed on August 10, 2016. 
  • In June 2016, the state engaged Appraisal & Consulting Group, LLC to conduct an appraisal review.   
  • In March 2016, the state engaged Powell Banz Valuation to perform an appraisal of the property.  
  • Fencing will be installed beginning January 2016 to enclose the four buildings scheduled for abatement testing. The fence will not be visible from Center Street and will enclose only the four buildings scheduled for demolition: Eola, McKenzie, Santiam, and Breitenbush.The Dome building and Yaquina Hall will remain.
  • On January 8, 2016 several tree stumps were removed and new trees planted on the west side of the campus.
  • The public tour of Breitenbush Hall was well attended on December 15, 2015.  
  • The Oregon Legislative Assembly voted to demolish approximately 400,000 sf of building space and 2.5 miles of underground tunnels within the former OSH North Campus in HB 5006 [2015] to prepare the site for redevelopment.
  • 2013 RFPQ and the response received
  • In 2012, the state engaged Leland Consulting Group to perform a highest and best use analysis and vision strategy for potential future redevelopment options of the former Oregon State Hospital (OSH) North Campus. The Leland preliminary best use study  recommends that the greatest economic value for the site involves a mix of uses, including multi-generational and mixed income housing, neighborhood retail, possibly lodging, and other supportive uses.

Neighborhood association stakeholders

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