DPW Facility Assessment

Comprehensive Assessment of Rochester Department of Public Works

The City of Rochester concluded that their Department of Public Works (DPW) operations facility was inadequate to support the Department’s execution of its mission. The existing facility has been home to the DPW for more than 62 years, but city leaders concluded that the current facility is a hindrance to efficient, safe operations. Weston & Sampson was commissioned to perform a comprehensive assessment of the Department’s existing facility/fleet, a site selection investigation to consider a number of potential locations for the Department’s relocated operations, and develop a conceptual facility design(s) and associated development budgets for the identified site.

As Rochester is larger than most New Hampshire communities, the DPW has substantially more staff, rolling stock, and equipment than neighboring towns. The DPW also manages a 24/7 fueling facility for all city vehicles and provides sand/salt for pick up by residents during the winter.

Weston & Sampson investigated and ranked six sites for possible location of the new DPW facility, and then developed a number of planning alternatives for the 19-acre parcel identified as the most advantageous, which has a number of environmental conditions that must be mitigated. The master plan that emerged from the study (62,800 square feet of building, mezzanines, plus covered vehicle storage) is currently working its way through the city’s capital planning process, and we anticipate this the project will be presented to voters for their consideration in the near term.

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