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Capitol Accessibility, Maintenance and Safety (CAMS)

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


CAMS Phase III Scope of Work - 1938 Building

  • Structural upgrades and base isolation (seismic work)​
  • Four new hearing rooms on Concourse level
  • Air/ventilation system improvements
  • Expanding fire protection system coverage
  • Expanding emergency egress routes
  • New cafe and member lounge
  • Lead pipe removal and restroom renovation
  • Asbestos abatement
  • Northside public plaza expansion and security improvements 

     Phase III will target the 1938 building for improved building functionality, fire protection system, seismic upgrades, mechanical,         electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems, roof repair, security upgrades, IT and media modernization.

Accessibility and Efficiency

  • Four additional hearing rooms constructed in the existing courtyards to provide improved public engagement and access to hearings
  • Construction of new courtyards over the new hearing rooms accessible from the first floor
  • Relocate legislative lounge to improve accessibility for both chambers' members
  • Renovation and realignment of legislative support spaces across all floors of the building
  • Expanded public plaza at north side with ADA accessible pedestrian routes
  • New public stairs to access lower level restaurant, hearing rooms etc.
  • Relocate and upgrade public restroom facilities


  • Renovated kitchen facilities in a relocated restaurant location with expanded dining area
  • Replacement of the 1938 building air/ventilation system to bring them to code standards for air quality and air exchange (to be installed in new underground mechanical vaults)
  • Replace plumbing, drains, and fixtures in most 1938 building restrooms
  • New piping to and new ADA drinking fountains and bottle filling stations
  • Integrating new systems into the building management system
  • Construction of a utilidor between the East and West utility vaults
  • Modernize the IT and Media system backbones to handle today's technology
  • Modernize 4 elevators in the 1938 building and the Governor's elevator to improve safety features and maintenance ability
  • Replace roof and repair roof drains on 1938 building and observation deck, remove unused equipment, and replace the remaining skylights.


  • Install vehicular deterrent bollards at Court street edge
  • Increase size of public gathering space to reduce overflow into traffic on Court Street
  • Extend CAMS north exit stairs to the lower level for emergency exiting
  • Construct new public stairs to the lower level near visitor services
  • Complete fire protection system - Currently the 1938 building is only partially protected with sprinklers (e.g. the Chambers and the Secretary of State's office have no fire protection)
  • Removal of much of the asbestos currently throughout the 1938 building
  • Update the tie off systems on the roof for safety when conducting maintenance
  • Complete structural upgrades and base isolation in the 1938 building to improve buildings ability to withstand a seismic event
    • Shoring the building to install new footings, support columns, and a seismic joint around building perimeter
    • Strengthen existing beams and columns and add new shear walls
    • Demo and replace select columns, north wall and beams in garage connector
    • Install base isolation system under the 1938 building and in the garage.

CAMS Phase II Scope of Work - 1977 Hearing Rooms and Legislative Office Wings
(Estimated Completion June 2023)

  • Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility entrances on State Street additions​
  • Seismic structural improvements
  • Mechanical and electrical upgrades
  • Life-safety issues addressed
  • Restoration of historic elements

    Phase II targeted the 1977 Wings and Connector for seismic upgrades and improved MEP systems.

  • Accessibility improvements include south entry ADA ramps.

  • Maintenance includes rerouting and relocating MEP systems from the garage to the Terrace and improvements to Hearing Room HVAC systems.  Restoration of revolving bronze doors and other bronze doors throughout the building, and cleaning of the Stelae at the front of the Capitol are also being addressed during Phase II.  A new roof system with improved waterproofing and pavers are being installed on the terrace.

  • Safety upgrades consist of seismic improvements to the 1977 House and Senate Wings by installing fiberglass reinforced polymer (FRP) on the interior walls of the stairwells, adding shear walls, and wrapping columns with FRP to improve building performance during a seismic event.  Seismic improvements in the connector (Hearing Rooms and garage) between the House and Senate wings include upgrading columns and foundations, placement of spacer blocks for future base isolation, and installing new seismic joints between the connector and the wings. 

CAMS Phase I Scope of Work

  • Americans with Disabilities Act deficiencies​
  • At-risk mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems upgrades
  • Security issues
  • Life-safety issues ​

    Phase I targeted new egress stairs, ADA accessible entrances, replacement of some of the failing MEP (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) systems, and relocation of departments for efficiencies.

  • Accessibility and Efficiency improvements included adding four new ADA accessible entrances and upgrading interior door hardware with levers and lowering door thresholds.  The Oregon State Police Office was moved to the first floor for better access to all areas of the building.  The Gift Shop, Visitor Services, Revenue and Treasurer's offices were renovated as well as the addition of the Welcome Center.

  • Maintenance included replacement of multiple failing systems or systems that have reached end-of-life including cooling towers in the wings, electrical switchgear, specific restroom plumbing and ventilation system parts; safety and efficiency upgrades for the heating system; and MEP routing for a future seismic upgrade. Exterior repairs included resealing marble joints and window maintenance and replacing leaking skylights. Two new vaults were installed to house the new MEP installations.

  • Safety upgrades included constructing a new generator room for a larger capacity emergency generator and hooking up critical electrical systems, which required upgrading and fiber wrapping a column, and adding new interior egress staircases with steel seismic beams and shear walls to improve access to upper floors on the north side of the building. 

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