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Capitol Accessibility, Maintenance and Safety (CAMS)

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


CAMS Frequently Asked Questions


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What does the abbreviation “CAMS” stand for?
CAMS is an abbreviation for Capitol Accessibility, Maintenance and Safety project.


What is the CAMS project?
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:

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.


How long will the CAMS project take?
At this time, it is estimated that this project will be completed in December 2019. A more detailed breakdown of the project can be found by viewing the schedule or by visiting the design page and viewing the project elements document.


What are the general work hours for the construction project?
At the moment the typical construction hours for the crews are Monday through Thursday from 6:00 am to 4:30 pm.


Are there drawings available that will show the interior and exterior changes that will be made, including plans for landscaping?
The SRG Partnership Inc. design team has provided us with artistic renderings that portray how the Capitol is expected to look at the end of the project from three different views.


Does the CAMS budget cover noise-cancelling headphones?
If you are a staff member of the Oregon Legislature or are a staff member of one of the building’s tenants, please contact our office if you would like us to deliver a pair of noise-cancelling headphones. We can provide foam ear plugs to reduce the impact of construction sounds, as well.