Ore., September 9, 2010. Construction begins this week at the USDA
Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research
Station Corvallis Forestry Sciences Laboratory. The lab, located
on the campus of Oregon State University, will be remodeled to create
a shared laboratory and office building for employees of the PNW
Research Station, the Siuslaw National Forest (NF) Supervisor’s
Office, the Natural Resource Information System (NRIS), and the interagency
Aquatic and Riparian Effectiveness Monitoring Plan group.
This remodel and co-location provides the opportunity to strengthen
relationships among research, forest management, and education
while accomplishing the overall Forest Service mission,” said
John Laurence, Corvallis Forestry Sciences Lab Line Officer. “It
also establishes a new model for science-based management and will
provide unparalleled opportunities for students to become immersed
in natural resource research and management.”
For years, Forest
Service scientists at the Corvallis Forestry Sciences Lab, resource
specialists and land managers at the Siuslaw
Forest, and the NRIS group worked collaboratively to develop innovative
approaches to forest management. In addition, the U.S. Geological
Survey leased space inside the lab, along with researchers from
the Oregon State University College of Forestry.
When the U.S. Geological
Survey announced a plan to relocate their Forest and Rangeland
Ecosystem Science Center to a new building,
an opportunity arose to provide even greater collaboration, reduce
lease and energy costs, and honor the U.S. Department of Agriculture
goal of co-locating units when feasible. Discussions about a co-location
have been underway since 2007, according to Forest Service officials.
As part of the project, the approximately 110,000-square-foot building
will be partially demolished (17,000 square feet), and 9,500 square
feet of new space will be added, creating a 102,500-square-foot
Following a successful competition for funding approval
in the Forest Service, the project was included in the agency’s
fiscal year 2010 budget. The current east wing of the lab, built
in the 1960s
and unsuitable for improvements to increase energy efficiency,
will be razed and replaced with a new wing that will reduce the
or size of the structure by half, and will meet the Leadership
in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver standard. The
main building will be renovated to update some laboratories and
provide new office space.
The project will save taxpayer resources—the expected payback
time for the project is about 5 years—and will greatly improve
the energy efficiency of the Corvallis facility.
The building design
was completed in July 2010 by Rolluda Architects of Seattle. The
construction contract was awarded in August 2010
to Portland-based O’Neill Electric, Inc., who proposed up
to $250,000 of savings through value engineering measures.
of LEED-certified efforts in the new construction include the repurposing
of existing clear, rare paneling; new daylight
windows; and a vegetated green roof. It will be an energy-efficient
according the latest LEED standards.
Construction cost is estimated
at $3.7 million. The lab, which is owned by the Forest Service’s
PNW Research Station, holds a 25-year renewable land lease from
Oregon State University and the
state of Oregon.
This co-location is a great opportunity for our agency,” said
Jerry Ingersoll, Forest Supervisor for the Siuslaw NF. “Nowhere
else in the country is research and forest management located on
a major university campus.”
Remodel and construction is scheduled
to be completed by December 2011.
About 100 employees will make
the move from the old Siuslaw NF Supervisor’s
Office building to the lab. The move is expected to be completed
by March 2012.
Media Tours—We will be offering pre-construction
media tours of the Corvallis Forestry Sciences Laboratory on Tuesday,
14 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There will be photo and interview
opportunities with key contacts. Please RSVP to Joni Quarnstrom
at (541) 750-7075 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your visit.
The PNW Research Station is headquartered in Portland, Oregon.
It has 11 laboratories and centers located in Alaska, Oregon, and
Washington and about 425 employees.