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Capitol Accessibility, Maintenance and Safety (CAMS)

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


The State Capitol at dusk.CAMS Project

The Capitol Accessibility, Maintenance and Safety project 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 Phase I of the project was $59.9 million.

Phase II of the CAMS project was approved by the 2020 Legislative Assembly and is an extension of work completed during Phase I. CAMS Phase II will address needed improvements to the seismic structure of the building; Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility at the building's south entrance; mechanical and electrical elements; life-safety issues; and restoration of historic elements at the Oregon State Capitol building. Total funding for Phase II of the project is $70.8 million with a projected completion date of December 2022.

The CAMS project includes...

Increasing Accessibility:

The CAMS project will increase accessibility of the Oregon State Capitol to allow Oregonians of all physical abilities to participate in the legislative process. Interior doors will be altered to increase accessibility. Levers will be added to door handles while still maintaining the historic character of the door knobs. Doorway thresholds will be lowered to minimize tripping hazards and improve wheelchair access.

On the front of the Capitol, the historic revolving doors will remain, but new entries will be constructed to improve both accessible entry to and exit from the building.


Enhancing 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 multiple failing systems or systems that have reached end-of-life including cooling towers, electrical switchgear, specific restroom plumbing and ventilation system parts, and safety and efficiency upgrades for the heating system.

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 in the artwork in the rotunda will be repaired, as well.


Improving Safety:

The Oregon State Capitol should be a safe and secure place to work and visit. To address these needs, the project has relocated the Oregon State Police to the first floor, and repaired the failing fire detection system in the Governor's ceremonial office. The project will also install a new emergency generator with expanded capacity and an in-ground fuel tank to operate it, and improve access to the upper floors by adding staircases on the northside of the building.


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.

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 are located at the following link regarding project elements, and images of what the design team expects the Capitol to look like at the end of this project can be found by clicking the link to the artistic renderings. Keep up with the current activities by heading over to our Updates page.

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