Rendering of the Iowa City public works facility
 - Photo via Iowa City City Council agenda

Rendering of the Iowa City public works facility

Photo via Iowa City City Council agenda

The Iowa City council in Iowa has approved plans to build a $10.9M public works facility that will house four departments and allow the city to consolidate operations.

The current facilities are in poor condition and are inefficient, according to a memo provided to city council. City fleet and staff are spread across numerous locations, some of which are leased. In addition, the location of the current facility occupies a space that is a prime commercial location.

The proposed building will include 49,800 square feet of heated space, 9,300 square feet of first floor shop space, 6,700 square feet of heated mezzanine storage/shop area, and 4,200 square feet of wash bay area. It will include a fire training area.

Officials anticipate it will have a Silver LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its sustainable features. The 74,000 square-foot facility is expected to include waste water and sand oil separators, native and diverse plants and landscape, electric vehicle charging stations, and low emission and carpool parking spaces. The building is expected to include daylight harvesting elements such as translucent walls and skylights as well as water efficiency features.

The expected construction completion date is November 2019.

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