During the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Madison, Wisconsin, opened its new fleet facility — a $33 million headquarters and radio shop. The consolidated Nakoosa Trail facility brings together staff from four separate locations, and staff members moved in December 2020, according to the city’s biennial fleet report.
The state-of-the-art facility includes rooftop solar power and water heating panels, a solar panel heating wall for building heat, solar electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, automated engine oil reel and fuel pump monitoring, and EV charging available for fleet and employee vehicles, and for the public. Natural lighting and radiant floor heat HVAC system makes the shop energy efficient.
The repair facility is outfitted to repair compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles for the first time in-house. Additionally, the repair facility can fit all vehicle types inside, including fire ladder trucks. It also has expanded space for radio technicians, welding, washing, auto body, and parts.
The Madison fleet division will open the facility for tours after the pandemic.