1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204
This morning Nick was proud to welcome Mayor Hales, Commissioner Novick, and Commissioner Fritz to celebrate the dedication of the Water Bureau’s Interstate Operations Maintenance Facility.
The Interstate Facility is an essential part of Portland’s drinking water system, from forest to faucet. Interstate houses more than 300 employees, a water control center, water quality laboratory, storage area, administration offices, and more.
Part of the facility is nearly 100 years old, so it lacks modern safety standards – and is known to “rain” inside the building on stormy days!
This morning, we celebrated the grand opening of a new 28,000 square foot office building, which came in on time and under budget. The no-frills building was built to LEED Gold standards, and its eco-friendly design conserves water and energy, and uses solar power. We anticipate saving almost 370,000 kilowatt hours of energy thanks to our green building standards. That’s the equivalent of burning about 194 tons of coal.
Members of the Portland Fire and Rescue’s Honor Guard helped celebrate the event. They raised the American flag and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
The rest of the facility is set to be completed in early 2016. Check out the Water Bureau’s website for more information.
Andrew Theen in The Oregonian
Friday, June 26, was an amazing day. To start off, I attended the grand opening of the Portland Water Bureau’s new Interstate maintenance building with Nick. Here are some of my photos of the event. I got to see the old building versus the new building. I also took a group tour; my favorite part was standing on top of the building. The roof is an eco (green) roof, it also has solar panels, along with a great view of the Fremont Bridge. The whole Interstate building is design to save energy. I also met a women named Catherine Howells, she is a teacher at Portland State. Catherine works with the Water Bureau, and teaches about our water system. Catherine invited me to join her class to visit the Bull Run Watershed, where Portland gets its drinking water. The Bull Run Watershed collects water from rain and snow melt, and more than 17 billion gallons are stored in two reservoirs. The bureau treats the water before it enters the three conduits that bring water to Portland. The water moves through the system by gravity, requiring no fossil fuel consumption to move water from its intake to the main storage reservoir at Powell Butte.
Next, I joined Nick at the Annual David Campbell Memorial service. Here I also took pictures of Nick and the service. At the memorial service I met Police Assistant Chief Modica, he was great and told me I should intern for the Police Bureau. He said if I am interested he will buy me coffee, then he gave me his card. See he is just the sweetest. I met a lot of great leaders serving for Portland. One of he firefighters sang Israel Kamakawiwo'Ole's version of Somewhere over the Rainbow - it was very beautifully sung. When Fire Bureau Chief Jannsens introduced Nick as the former Commissioner in charge of the Portland Fire Bureau, I cheered for Nick. Everyone was completely silent, and turned to see who Nick's fan was. I saw Nick chuckle a little, then I was completely embarrassed!!!
After Friday's Supreme Court ruling, I joined Nick at a rally for LGBTQ equality - it felt very lively. There was a lot of energy, love and support in the crowd. The weather was very warm; however, it did not seem to bother anyone. Love was too great. From the overcrowded crowd, I could experience first-hand that people who are gay are looking for acceptance and equal rights. Prior to the ruling, 37 states and the District of Columbia had legalized same-sex marriage.
Last, I visited Zenger Farm, and I ran into one of my scholarship cohort members, Raisa. She is volunteering at the Zenger Farm. The structure of the farm has a beautiful balcony, along with a brand new building. I got to meet and chat with the loving couple whom designed the new building. The City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services purchased the land in 1994. BES saw opportunity for this land, and today Zenger Farm is an official and sustainable public space.
Friday could not have been any better!