Fact: Completed in 2023, PWSD built a new facility for our operations, maintenance, and administrative functions, and the cost for the construction of that facility was approximately $53 million. That is true. However, rather than a luxury, this new building is a necessity for the following reasons:
- Since our previous 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.
- Before the move, PWSD staff, records, and equipment were squeezed into inadequate spaces in numerous facilities across the district, including our previous administrative building and a temporary trailer that did not have indoor plumbing (including in its restroom facilities).
- The previous administrative building is located in the far northeast corner of the district boundary, meaning staff spent 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 not only houses our current staff of 105 employees but was also 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 also houses 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 was 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.