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TRAFFIC ADVISORY 04/26/17: Water Main Work Impacts Southeast Foster Road at Southeast 107th Avenue for next three working days

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PORTLAND, OR — Portland Water Bureau crews will be performing water main work on Southeast Foster Road at Southeast 107th Avenue Thursday, April 27; Friday, April 28; and Monday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

One lane of Southeast Foster Road in each direction will be closed on Thursday, April 27. One westbound lane will be closed on Friday, April 28 and Monday, May 1.

Traffic and flaggers will direct travelers around the work zone.

The traveling public is reminded to stay alert and use caution as traffic may suddenly slow or stop. To avoid traffic delays, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes around the work site.

Portland Water Bureau’s Interstate Facility Receives LEED® Green Certification

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If an earthquake were to happen tomorrow, the maintenance, construction, and operations personnel at our North Interstate Facility buildings would be able to access the equipment and tools they need to respond to the City’s water emergencies.

Interstate Shops and Stores buildingIn 2015, two new buildings were unveiled at the Water Bureau’s Interstate Facility site. These new buildings replaced the aging brick buildings – along with the leaky roofs and other poor building conditions that came with them – that once housed the bureau’s essential maintenance equipment and personnel. The original facilities, the oldest of which was built in 1925, were constructed without earthquake resiliency and energy efficiency in mind.

But now, the new facilities – just like our operations personnel – go the extra mile.

Not only would the Interstate Facility be able to remain operational in the event of an earthquake, the two new Interstate Maintenance Facility buildings have been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

Energy-Efficient Design Saves Money and Reduces Carbon Emissions

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David Gray, the Water Bureau's Capital Project Manager, led the LEED Certification process

LEED-certified buildings are resource efficient: They use less water and energy and reduce greenhouse carbon emissions. As an added bonus, they save money in the form of reduced operating costs. LEED is the foremost program for the design, construction, and operation of green buildings.

The new Interstate Facility achieved LEED certification for implementing “green” construction solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.

Among the green features is a solar array, eco (green) roof, and a unique system of stormwater infiltration galleries that retains all stormwater on site and slowly releases it into the ground. No stormwater on the site enters the city sewer system.  As a result of careful design, the two buildings’ overall energy expenses are projected to be reduced by 30 percent.

“LEED certification identifies the Water Bureau’s Interstate Facility as a showcase example of sustainability and demonstrates their leadership in transforming the building industry,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “Buildings that achieve LEED certification are lowering carbon emissions, creating a healthier environment, and reducing operating costs while prioritizing sustainable practices.”

Thank You to Our Project Partners

Contractors for the design and construction of the project were MWA Architects, Hoffman Construction Company, ABHT Structural Engineers, Lango Hanson Landscape Architects, Interface Engineering, KPFF Consulting Engineers, and MEC Electrical Engineering.

One new building is the Shops, Stores, and Warehouse building which supports the maintenance, construction, and operations for the complex infrastructure that delivers drinking water to the Portland metro area. It is rated a Category 4 Essential Facility by the International Building Code. This means that when a major earthquake or other catastrophic event hits our region, the building will remain functional so that Water Bureau staff will be able to focus on restoring Portland’s water service.

TRAFFIC ADVISORY 04/21/17: Water Main Work Closes One Lane of Northwest Skyline Boulevard at Northwest Greenleaf Road

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PORTLAND, OR — Portland Water Bureau crews will be performing water main work on Northwest Skyline Boulevard at Northwest Greenleaf Road intermittently from April 24 through May 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

One lane will be closed to through traffic and flaggers will direct travelers around the work zone.

The traveling public is reminded to stay alert and use caution as traffic may suddenly slow or stop. To avoid traffic delays, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes around the work site.

TRAFFIC ADVISORY 04/21/2017: Water Main Work Closes One Lane of Southeast Foster Road in each direction at Southeast 107th Avenue on Monday April 24th

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PORTLAND, OR — Portland Water Bureau crews will be performing water main work on Southeast Foster Road at Southeast 107th Avenue Monday, April 24th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

One lane will be closed in each direction of Southeast Foster Boulevard at Southeast 107th Avenue. Traffic and flaggers will direct travelers around the work zone.

The traveling public is reminded to stay alert and use caution as traffic may suddenly slow or stop. To avoid traffic delays, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes around the work site.

Earth Day Fact #4: 3 Eco-Friendly Ways to Pay Your Water and Sewer Bill

The Water Bureau has several ways you can pay your bill while saving you time and the cost of coming downtown to pay in person.

Approximately 35,000 customers participate in our paperless and electronic billing services. These customers help save limited resources like paper and ink and reduces money spent on postage. In fact, our paperless and electronic billing services managed to save about 212,100 pieces of paper – or 14 trees – just last year alone.

Other convenient and eco-friendly ways to pay your water and sewer bill includes by phone and by text, which save trees, time and fuel by not having to come downtown to pay.

Learn more about the many ways to pay your bill.