Feasibility Study and Design for Upgrade of DPW Facility
Weston & Sampson was the prime consultant for a programming/feasibility study and design of an upgraded 56000 SF consolidated Department of Public Works (DPW) facility designed to house 45 employees assigned to various operation divisions in addition to a range of employee facilities and trade shops. The facility includes a fleet maintenance facility responsible for the repair and upkeep of 82 pieces of rolling stock, 40 of which are large vehicles as well as a variety of small equipment and trailers.
The project included performing a site selection analysis for multiple sites within the community. Work also included conducting a space needs assessment, developing building and site alternatives, and preparing conceptual costs estimates. The facility will include administrative offices, vehicle maintenance facilities, workshops, vehicle storage, and wash operations.
Weston & Sampson’s team of architects, engineers and facility planners worked with town leaders to review numerous designs, ultimately opting to modify and expand the existing DPW site. Presentations were performed to town boards to gain consensus and approval of the proposed building and site designs.
One of the challenges was to prepare designs for future conditions that could be constructed while existing functions still were underway. This included the design of water, wastewater, electric, communications and other site/building required utilities to service the proposed facilities as well as the design of parking and circulation areas servicing the proposed site. All proposed pavement areas required the design of a closed drainage system able to convey stormwater flows to the existing town system without overtaxing this infrastructure. Sidewalks for building access from the proposed parking areas and circulation around the buildings were designed to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.