Roosevelt Operations Center
The Eugene Water & Electric Board moved half of its staff in October 2010 to a new electric and
water operations facility at the southeast corner of Roosevelt Boulevard and Beltline
Road in west Eugene.
Approximately 275 employees from the electric and water operations, warehouse and fleet services sections
are based at the new facility.
The administrative staff and customer service functions remain in the
existing headquarters building along the Willamette River near downtown Eugene.
EWEB's commitment to sustainability is demonstrated in the design of the Roosevelt Operations Center.
A few of the many energy and water efficiency measures integrated into the new facility include:
- Solar hot water heating
- Solar photovoltaic panels to generate electricity
- Substantial use of daylighting
to reduce electric lighting costs
- Enhanced building insulation
- High efficiency light fixtures and occupancy sensors
The combination of the strategies above, along with additional measures, help reduce electrical demand. In fact,
the facility is approximately 35% more energy efficient than current
EWEB's Roosevelt Operations Center earned a "gold" certification from the U.S. Green Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
- Improve accessibility to maintain service reliability
EWEB prides itself on responding quickly to outages and other problems with electric and water systems.
Building an operations center closer to major streets and arterials, and away from the downtown congestion,
improves efficient operations.
- Create safe and efficient facilities
The existing facilities along the riverfront, adjacent to the headquarters, were at least 50 years
old and in need of replacement. The buildings no longer met seismic standards and were prone to
major damage or collapse in the event of an earthquake.
- Allow for better use of riverfront property
Customers want a more people-friendly use for the 27 acres of downtown riverfront property that
includes the operations facilities.
The final construction cost for the project is estimated to be $71.5 million, which is about $12 million
less than the project budget of $83.5 million established by EWEB's Board of Commissioners. Bonds issued to
build the facility will be paid back using a portion of the revenue collected from
customers' electric and water bills.