Courthouse Square is the fifth tallest building in Salem.
Other tall buildings in Salem include Capitol Center, the
First Methodist Church, the Oregon State Capitol and the Equitable
Center. There are more than 300,000 bricks and paving stones
in the building and transit mall. There are 90 miles
of telephone and data cable in the building. There is
enough concrete in Courthouse Square to pave a sidewalk from
Salem to Portland. The Courthouse Square building has
152,000 square feet, the transit mall is 67,000 square feet.
Courthouse Square is a "green" designated building
using earth friendly construction materials.
A dedication ceremony for Courthouse Square was held on September
29, 2000. Dignitaries present included former U.S. Senator
Mark Hatfield who acquired the federal funding for the transit
portion of the project. Bus operations at the on-street transfer
facility on High Street ceased at the end of the day on Saturday,
September 30, 2000, and began at the new R. G. Andersen-Wyckoff
Transit Mall on Monday, October 2, 2000. The first phase
move of employees from the Customer Service, Operations Supervisors,
and Security Offices at 183 High Street to the first floor
of Courthouse Square coincided with the beginning of bus operations
there. The second phase move of administrative employees from
3140 Del Webb Avenue to the new fifth floor offices at Courthouse
Square was made the week prior to the opening of business
there on Monday, November 6, 2000.
By John Whittington, Salem Area Transit.
The Cherrioteer. Salem Area Transit, Special
Edition, Courthouse Square Edition, 10/18/00. Source:
Salem Area Transit, Salem, Or.
Salem Area Mass Transit District, A Brief History.
Courlette Hiscocks. July 2000.