Friday, June 16, 2017

Oregon Military Department breaks ground for new headquarters building (Photo)

OREGON MILITARY DEPARTMENT BREAKS GROUND FOR NEW HEADQUARTERS BUILDING (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon Military Department
Posted on FlashAlert: June 16th, 2017 1:41 PM
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The Oregon Military Department held a ground breaking ceremony for the new headquarters building,in Salem, Oregon on June 16.

The Speakers included Heidi Moawad, Public Safety Advisor to the Governor; Maj. Gen. Michael E. Stencel, The Adjutant General, Oregon, City of Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett; Oregon Representatives Paul Evans, John Huffman and Rick Lewis; Charles "Larry" Deibert, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, Oregon; as well as other community and military leaders.

The Oregon Military Department's purpose is to administer, house, equip and train the Oregon National Guard - a ready force to support the governor and a reserve force to the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army. The Oregon National Guard has a long tradition and history dating back to 1843. The National Guard is found in both the U.S. Constitution and the Oregon Constitution. The tradition and history of the Oregon National Guard was grounded on the basis of its motto, "When we are needed, we are there." Nearly 8,000 Soldiers and Airmen currently serve in the Oregon National Guard throughout the state, ready to respond to any contingency, natural or man-made, at home or abroad.

The new 55,078 square-foot facility is scheduled to be completed in June 2018. Total cost of the project is estimated at approximately $25.48 million. The facility is designed to ensure operational flexibility, reduce operations and maintenance costs, and minimize the need for future remodels. In addition, the building will meet seismic Essential Facility requirements for immediate use in emergency response following a seismic event.

"The overall project is funded by both federal and state matching, and provides a positive impact for our Oregon economy," said Stephen Bomar, Director of Public Affairs for the Oregon Military Department.

Facility construction will address Green Energy requirements that will total 1.5 percent of the construction budget, and will meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold and State Energy Efficient Design (SEED) requirements.

The project is contracted by Fortis Construction Company and SERA Architects.




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Maj. Gen. Michael E. Stencel, The Adjutant General, Oregon, delivers remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Joint Forces Headquarters building on June 16, in Salem, Oregon. The new 55,000 square foot building will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified and is being built near the Oregon office of Emergency Management. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Chuck Bennett, Mayor of Salem, Oregon, provides remarks on the long history and in-depth involvement of the Oregon National Guard with the Salem community, during a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Joint Forces Headquarters building on June 16, in Salem, Oregon. The new 55,000 square foot building will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certified and is being built near the Oregon office of Emergency Management. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Dignitaries from the State Legislature, the Governor's Office, Oregon Military Department and the Design and construction teams break ground at the new Joint Forces Headquarters building on June 16, in Salem, Oregon. The new 55,000 square foot building will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certified and is being built near the Oregon office of Emergency Management. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)
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