Oregon Government Building Receives Energy Efficiency Upgrades - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions  -  April 19, 2024

Oregon Government Building Receives Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Columbia County, Oregon, signed an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) to make the historic John Gumm building more energy efficient.

Ameresco, Inc., a cleantech integrator specializing in energy efficiency and renewable energy, will also be working on a larger multi-phase effort to enhance the functionality and capacity of county facilities.

Under the ESPC, Ameresco will implement modernization retrofits and expansions and energy efficiency solutions, including upgrading the building’s boilers, the building envelope, controls, HVAC and ventilation, interior lighting and other infrastructure needs.

Columbia County recently acquired the John Gumm building, which first opened its doors in 1919.

The John Gumm building, a 30,000 square foot facility, will house an auditorium for public meetings, the county’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Columbia-Pacific Economic Development District, a non-profit, and the Columbia County Museum on the first floor, as well as office space for various county departments on the second floor when the upgrades are completed.

The John Gumm building served as a school until it closed in 1999. With the renovations to the building and the nearby courthouse, the county is preparing for future uses of the building.

“This multi-phase project demonstrates the county’s commitment to enhancing functionality and capacity through strategic upgrades,” said Margaret Magruder, Columbia County Commissioner, in a statement. “John Gumm’s comprehensive transformation ensures that the county is equipped to meet future demands and uphold our promise of exceptional service to the community.”

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