Mounds View breaks ground for new public works facility

The city of Mounds View held an official groundbreaking ceremony for its new public works facility on April 7.

The city of Mounds View held an official groundbreaking ceremony for the new public works building on April 7. From left: Mounds View Mayor Carol Mueller, Councilmember Gary Meehlhause, Councilmember Sherry Gunn and City Administrator Jim Ericson (Sun Focus photo by Sarah Burghardt)
The city of Mounds View held an official groundbreaking ceremony for the new public works building on April 7. From left: Mounds View Mayor Carol Mueller, Councilmember Gary Meehlhause, Councilmember Sherry Gunn and City Administrator Jim Ericson (Sun Focus photo by Sarah Burghardt)

The project will consist of a phased construction of a new central public works facility and will provide additional space for equipment storage, mechanic and shop space, administrative offices and cold storage. Improvements also include a new salt storage shed and new fuel island for city vehicles. The current facility will be demolished and the new building and additions will be located in the same footprint at 2466 Bronson Drive.

According to the city website, the value of Mounds View’s current infrastructure well exceeds $100 million, which is a value that represents the cost in today’s dollars to replace the entire public works infrastructure. Much of this infrastructure was built in the 1960s and 1970s. Although the city has kept up to date on periodic inspections, proper treatment and performance monitoring, the new facility will be a significant and much-needed improvement to the public works department.

“This day has finally come,” Mayor Carol Mueller remarked at the groundbreaking ceremony. “In my memory, its been over 20 years that the possibility and the need for a new public works facility was on everybody’s list.”

“We’re really excited that this is finally going to happen,” Councilmember Sherry Gunn said. “Once we get it up, we’ll be able to add some energy saving features to it and make it a little more ‘green.’” Mounds View is part of the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program which helps cities achieve sustainability and quality-of-life goals. The new public works facility will inhibit the possibilities of sustainable and efficient uses of energy.

The city is working with Oertel Architects and Ebert Construction to complete the new public works facility. Project completion is anticipated at the end of 2018.

“I highly encourage our residents to drive by and see the progress,” Mueller said.

She said that updates on construction will be posted to the city website and a project video will premiere during the Mounds View 60th Anniversary Celebration.

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 A rendering of the new Mounds View public works facility. The project will consist of a new facility, equipment storage, shop space, administrative offices and more. (Photo courtesy of Mounds View Public Works) The city of Mounds View held an official groundbreaking ceremony for the new public works building on April 7. From left: Ebert Construction Project manager Bruce Ternes, Mayor Carol Mueller, Councilmember Gary Meehlhause, Councilmember Sherry Gunn, City Administrator Jim Ericson, Oertel Architects Project Architect Andrew Cooper and Public Works Director Brian Erickson. (Sun Focus photo by Sarah Burghardt)
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The city of Mounds View held an official groundbreaking ceremony for the new public works building on April 7. From left: Ebert Construction Project manager Bruce Ternes, Mayor Carol Mueller, Councilmember Gary Meehlhause, Councilmember Sherry Gunn, City Administrator Jim Ericson, Oertel Architects Project Architect Andrew Cooper and Public Works Director Brian Erickson. (Sun Focus photo by Sarah Burghardt)