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Public Works Expansion Project

public works buildingThe Public Works Expansion Project began in late June and is affecting the Public Works and Parks Facility Buildings, both located on Tower Drive.

The construction work will involve removing the original Public Works Building on the west side of Tower Drive and replacing it with a new 25,000-square-foot facility and a 18,800-square-foot, unheated building that would house the city’s vehicle and equipment fleet and maintenance services. In addition, the current Public Works Building on the east side of Tower Drive will be remodeled and approximately 53,000 square feet of space will be added to the structure.

The original Public Works Building on the west side of Tower Drive was constructed in 1967 as the original City Hall and remodeled three times over the past five decades. Now that this building has reached the end of its useful life, it is more cost effective to remove it and construct a new building rather than completing another remodel.

Both buildings currently function for city parks maintenance operations and public works services such as snow plowing, water and sewer operations. With the city’s growth over the past decade, the demand for services and the amount of infrastructure have increased. As a result, the department’s staff and equipment expanded and now have outgrown the available space. The expansion is expected to support operations for the next 10 years.

The buildings currently house 68 full-time employees and the department’s fleet of more than 100 vehicles and 230 pieces of equipment (e.g., mowers).

After the expansion project is completed, fleet services will move to the building on the west side of Tower Drive and the parks maintenance workers to the facility on the east side. This will improve efficiency as parks workers often work closely with the Utilities and Streets Divisions.

Work is expected to be completed in 2019.

Project Cost and Funding
Construction will cost an estimated $23.2 million and will be paid for using expiring debt levies from the 2003 Public Works Building expansion and the 2001 Public Safety Building expansion. The existing levies will be reduced to offset the “new” debt levy. The remainder will be funded by city reserves, revenues from the water/sewer utility fund and small contributions from other agencies.