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Making Progress on Interstate Renovations

By Lindsay Wochnick

Structural steel roof trusses, columns, beams and joists were erected in September 2013. 

The 11-acre Interstate facility accommodates approximately 240 employees and includes a water control center, water quality laboratory, material storage area, vehicle parking and administrative offices. Construction and maintenance field personnel and associated heavy construction equipment are also supported and staged from this facility.

During the $35 million Interstate Renovation Project, the Maintenance Building will be replaced with a highly-efficient facility to meet the Water Bureau’s current Operation and Maintenance programs. Incorporating the most current energy design criteria, it will be substantially more economical to operate. The new buildings and campus will be designed and constructed to comply with the City’s Green Building Policy and to obtain a LEED Gold certification. The entire project will have significant site improvements.

September 2013 Update
The structural steel roof trusses, columns, beams and joists are now in place on the Shop, Stores and Warehouse Building. The next step in the project is to install the framing, or stud walls on the building. Waterproof wall barriers will then go up. Once done, the exterior walls, or skin, will be applied. The exterior skin is comprised of several different materials including brick, metal cladding, aluminum windows and plastic wall panels. 

The exterior of the building will be completed in late 2013. Workers will be working on the building’s interior throughout the winter months.

For project information, contact Terry Black, Public Information, at 503-823-1168. For additional updates, visit the project webpage.

Terry Black
Public Information

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