Fact: PWSD is in the process of building a new facility for our operations, maintenance, and administrative functions, and the cost for the construction of that facility is going to be approximately $53 million. That is true. However, rather than a luxury, this new building is a necessity for the following reasons:
- Since our current administrative building was built in 2003, PWSD has increased our service area from one municipality to three, our customer population has doubled, and our staffing numbers have consequently doubled as well.
- Currently PWSD staff, records, and equipment are squeezed into inadequate spaces in numerous facilities across the district, including our current 6,000 square foot administrative building and a temporary trailer that does not have indoor plumbing (including in its restroom facilities).
- The current administrative building is located in the far northeast corner of the district boundary, meaning staff spend significant amounts of time and fuel driving across the district every day while completing their duties. The new building is centrally located next to Rueter-Hess Reservoir and PWSD’s existing water treatment plant, which will lead to significant efficiencies while saving time and money.
- The building will not only house our current staff of 105 employees but is also being built to house our future staff of approximately 180 employees when the district reaches full build-out. It is planned to be our forever home.
- In addition to housing staff, the new building will also house a state-of-the-art water quality laboratory, electrical and mechanical workshops, a meter repair workshop, fleet parking, and needed warehouse storage space.
The total cost for the building comes in around $400 per square foot (psf) and is well below the national average of $591 psf for government administration buildings. Not planning for the district's growth would only cost our ratepayers more in the future.