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Capitol Accessibility, Maintenance and Safety (CAMS)

Phone: 503-986-1744
Address: 900 Court Street NE, Room 64, Salem, OR 97301


The State Capitol at dusk.The Capitol Accessibility, Maintenance and Safety project (CAMS) was approved by the 2016 Legislative Assembly to address Americans with Disabilities Act deficiencies; at-risk mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems; and security and life-safety issues in the Oregon State Capitol building.  Total funding for the project is $59.9 million.


The CAMS project includes:

  • Improving Accessibility: The Oregon State Capitol should be accessible for Oregonians of all physical abilities to participate in the legislative process. To improve accessibility, the CAMS project will alter interior doors including replacement of door knobs with levers while maintaining historic character, and lower door thresholds to minimize tripping hazards and improve wheelchair access. Additionally, the project will create accessible entries at the front of the building while keeping the historic revolving doors intact and improve accessible exiting at the east and west sides of the building. 
  • Improving Maintenance: The Capitol building should function efficiently while providing a healthy and comfortable environment for occupants and visitors. To meet this need, the project includes some maintenance improvements such as replacement of failing cooling towers and the high-pressure steam heating system with low pressure steam boilers for better safety and efficiency, and repairs or replacement of ventilation system parts as needed. Additionally, the main electrical feed from an unsafe existing vault will be re-routed and failing electrical switchgear will be replaced. Systems that are at end-of-life, such as elevator controls, will be modernized and failing plumbing in restrooms will be replaced. The exterior of the building will also have repairs completed including re-sealing of the exterior marble and windows on the 1938 building, replacement of broken window panes and repair of window operability issues. The roof membrane will be repaired and skylights that are currently failing will be repaired or replaced to eliminate leaks. Flaking plaster at the murals in the rotunda will be repaired as well.  
  • Enhancing Safety: As a significant place of assembly, the Oregon State Capitol building should provide enhanced fire and life safety, and be supportive of security operations. To address these needs, the project will install a new emergency generator with expanded capacity and an in-ground fuel tank to operate it, relocate the Oregon State Police to the first floor of the building, improve exiting from upper floors by adding staircases on the North side of the building, and repair the failed fire detection system in the Governor's ceremonial office. 

    The items to be addressed in the CAMS project are aligned to prioritize future investments on the most critical elements of the 2009 Master Plan and a 2015 Facility Condition Assessment. At this time, it is estimated that these projects will be accomplished over the next two years and are anticipated to be completed in 2019.

    Some work is being completed in individual projects, while the majority of the scope will be performed under a single construction contract.  The State Capitol will remain occupied during construction and legislative activities will occur per their normal schedule.

    Additional details regarding project elements can be found on the Project Design page.
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