Thursday, June 15, 2017

Oregon Military Department to break ground for new building in Salem (Photo)


News Release from Oregon Military Department
Posted on FlashAlert: June 15th, 2017 9:00 AM
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The Oregon Military Department is scheduled to hold a ground breaking ceremony for a new headquarters building, at 11:30 a.m. on June 16, 2017.

Scheduled to attend the ceremony will be Heidi Moawad, Public Safety Advisor to the Governor; 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; and Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon; among other state representatives, community and military leaders.

The facility is located at 230 Geer Dr. NE in Salem, Oregon. The public and media are invited to attend the event.

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.

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.

Photo Caption: Architectural rendering of the new Oregon Military Department Headquarters building in Salem, Oregon.
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