WOODS CROSS—After a great deal of planning and listening to public input, construction of a new public works facility is coming to fruition.
“They’ll start the underground work April 1,” said Woods Cross Public Works Director Scott Anderson. “It’s about a nine month construction time frame so we’re looking at March 2018 to move in.”
City officials held one last public open house last week to give residents a chance to see the final plans and ask any questions before construction begins. The official groundbreaking was on March 25.
A proposal to build a new facility came before the council in 2016 along with a suggested tax increase to cover the costs. Initially it was projected to reach $8 million but Woods Cross City Administrator, Gary Uresk said it’s coming in closer to $6 million.
“There was some discussion with the council and they went with a little lower tax rate than anticipated, which is always good,” Uresk said. “They also used some sales tax from the new project (Woods Crossing) so it will add less to property taxes.”
The current building is about 30 years old and too small to house all the city equipment Uresk said, which prompted the need for a new facility.
“It will have office and maintenance space,” said Anderson. “There will also be internal storage for equipment and a materials building storage area that will help with the environment because there is a design system so there won’t be any runoff of hazardous materials.”
In addition, there is evidence storage for the police department. “The biggest thing is a 48’ x 58’ multipurpose room,” said Anderson. “We anticipate that the public can rent it for different events. It will hold about 250 people at tables. The council chose to build the facility bigger than we designed so it would be multifunctional for the city residents.”
The completed facility will be just over 43,000 square feet total, according to Robert Squires, preconstruction project manager for Ascent Construction.
“It’s designed to be energy efficient with LED lights and lots of natural light,” Squires said. “Especially in the shop area, the lights can be turned off during the day. There is a built-in vehicle exhaust system to maintain good air quality.”
There are also difficult soils on the site, said Squires, so Ascent is using stone columns to increase the bearing capacity on the soil. “We want to resolve these issues so there aren’t problems like some of the homes here are having, with no settling.”
Ascent has completed several other big projects in the area such as the Kaysville and Centerville libraries and buildings in Station Park.
“Woods Cross has been great to work with,” said Squires. “We’re excited to get going.”