N E W S R E L E A S E
November 10, 2010
Deputy Public Works Director
St. Louis County Public Works Department
Telephone: (218) 625-3837
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
St. Louis County Announces an OPEN HOUSE at the new
County Public Works Facility in Meadowlands
St. Louis County is proud to announce the completion of a new 17,600 sq. ft. Public Works facility in Meadowlands, MN. In celebration of its completion, the public is invited to attend an Open House at the new facility, 9967 Hwy #133 in Meadowlands, MN, on Monday November 15, 2010, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Although occupied earlier this year, all site work including paving and landscaping is now complete, and ready to show. Seventh District Commissioner Steve Raukar, current County Board Chair, said, “The new building is a testament to the county’s commitment to maintaining a fair and equitable high level of service in all areas of the county by continually investing in the county’s infrastructure to meet the expectations of our taxpayers.” The new structure is located on the same site as the former garage to serve the public in the most efficient manner possible.
Built in 1937, the original Meadowlands garage was too small to accommodate new, larger maintenance equipment and had reached the end of its useful life. After an architectural and engineering evaluation, it was determined that a complete replacement was appropriate. Construction of the new maintenance facility began in June of 2009 by Johnson Wilson Constructors of Duluth MN. The design team consisted of DSGW as architect, Northland Consulting Engineers as structural engineers, Foster Jacobs and Johnson as mechanical and electrical engineers, and Bocht Engineering for site work.
The facility was built for less than $2 million, and is constructed of durable, minimal maintenance materials to reduce long term life cycle costs while minimizing initial cost. Additionally, its energy efficient design will reduce costs of operation and overhead. The building includes office space, a mechanical shop, store room, locker rooms, a lunch room/meeting area and a warm equipment storage area.
The Meadowlands facility serves the Meadowlands area, encompassing 150 miles of county roads. The facility is optimally located to efficiently maintain the 43 miles of blacktop and 107 miles of gravel roads. The Meadowlands crew also serves two townships, maintaining an additional 22 miles of township roads. Work is accomplished by a road maintenance supervisor, six equipment operators, and a heavy equipment mechanic. Their fleet includes an excavator, five tandem dump trucks, 2 graders, a loader, mowers, and miscellaneous other pieces of equipment.
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