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The exterior shell of the City of Loveland’s new Public Works Office/Garage Building is complete, and interior work has begun.
DER Development Company, LLC began excavating the site in January 2022. The new facility is located at the city’s Public Works complex (10980 Loveland-Madeira Road), just northwest of the site’s current office building. The facility boasts 2,400 square feet of office space and 3,800 square feet of garage space.
On the office side of the facility, concrete flooring has been poured, framing completed, and construction crews are drywalling the offices. HVAC, plumbing and electric work is taking place.
On the garage side of the facility, remaining utility connections will be completed in the coming weeks, and then the garage’s concrete pad will be poured. That will be followed by the installation of garage doors in the four bays.
The facility is expected to be completed in early October, dependent upon supply chain schedules.
A unique feature of the building will be its 40 solar panels, totaling 16,000 watts, on the rear of the roof. The city has contracted with Melink Solar & Geo based out of Milford, Ohio, to install a system to provide an estimated 85% of the building’s annual electrical needs.
“The idea of adding solar panels to the new building to offset future electric costs was intriguing to City Council and staff,” said David Kennedy, Loveland City Manager. “Besides the obvious electric cost savings, it was agreed that the new Public Works building would be an ideal location for the city’s first venture into solar-powered public facilities.”
The facility replaces the site’s current building, which is more than 45 years old and prone to flooding. Additionally, the new building will provide storage for equipment that is currently stored outside due to lack of covered space.