Municipal operations now central operations
Cloaked by the steeply banked contour and reddish hue of the surrounding land, Glenwood Springs’ new Municipal Operations Center is attractive as well as functional.
And now the $5.6 million building is operational.
The 35,757-square-foot building centralizes many of the city’s departments, which before were scattered in buildings near the confluence of the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers.
The city’s electric department, parks, fleet, street and sign maintenance departments, along with their accompanying equipment, are now all centrally located at 2301 Wulfsohn Road.
The new MOC also houses the city’s special SWAT department. It’s not an elite group of highly-trained law enforcement officers, but rather the “special work attack department,” a highly trained construction team that can fix anything from a broken picnic table to a cracked sidewalk.
“I think for a municipal operations center, they really did an excellent job on the architecture,” electric department line supervisor John Hines said.
The building was designed by Glenwood Springs architect Doug Porterfield and built by FCI Constructors of Grand Junction.
The official move-in date was March 15, but most employees are still moving in and getting used to the new shops.
“It’s new. There’s some goods and some bads,” said John Tessadri, head of the city’s sign department, which makes city signs on site.
“You have to get used to it. Everything down there was all set, now we have to start from scratch,” he added.
The vehicle bays are spacious and there’s plenty of storage for tools and supplies.
The MOC also has a large break room, shared by all departments, and a conference room. A wash bay for city vehicles is also included on the west end of the building.
The old municipal operations center on Seventh Street is already being razed. The electric department has 60 days to vacate its old home, formerly a beer warehouse, that was “temporarily” rented from Orrison Distributing for the past 20 years.
“I think it’s probably going to take a year before all the landscaping and all the little things are done,” Hines said.
An open house likely will be scheduled soon, Hines said, so taxpayers can see where their money is going. The project was funded by a bond issue funded by revenues from a 1 percent city sales tax.
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