The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is operating in a new facility on Highway 126. The ODOT works hard all winter to effectively maintain and care the roadways from the effects of the season like ice, snow and slush and the new operations center to the east of the Sisters district will help employees remain comfortable and effective at their jobs.
The Nugget News reports that the $3.3 million project included the construction of a 10,000-square-foot four-bar maintenance shed and a 7,500-square-foot storage building. Also stored at the site will be a two-year supply of crushed cinders, which are used to provide auto traction on icy roads.
An alternative structure was needed after efficiency constraints continuously occurred due to the lack of space and poor working conditions, according to the news source. The new facility is heated with geothermal and solar power technology that implements the use of radiant heating circulation technology to travel throughout the building. The shop floor is consistently kept at 55 degrees and the offices are maintained at 65 degrees.
Energy-efficient technology like radiant heating improves the comfort of even dedicated work sites, while still effectively managing to reduce utility expenses. By pairing radiant heating with geothermal and solar technology, the ODOT is promoting the use of sustainable energy sources and supporting industrial tools in a working space.
The building is expected to be fully operational by mid-December 2012. The Nugget News reports that a team of six to eight people will be permanently stationed at the new work site to the east of the Sisters district.