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The new Public Works building at 6250 82nd Ave. N. Construction of the new facility will be complete by mid-January.

PINELLAS PARK – Construction of a new Public Works operation center should be completed by mid-January, said Steve Majko, the city’s director of fleet and facilities.

The new facility, being built at 6250 82nd Ave. N., will streamline the Public Works department. Currently, the department utilizes several facilities throughout the city. With the new building, though, fleet maintenance, administration and storage will be under one roof, Majko said.

“Before, the Public Works department was in all separate buildings,” he said. “Now, it’s all going to be housed in one building. All of our operations will be in one location.”

Some of these original structures are more than 60 years old, said Bart Diebold, Public Works administrator.

The new $5 million facility will be funded by bonding money, Penny for Pinellas funds as well as grant money, Diebold added.

Will boast just over 63,000 square feet, he added, which is “substantially bigger” than the current buildings combined. Construction began at the end of 2016. Majko is uncertain what will happen to the old Public Works buildings once the department moves into the new facility. Diebold said the old metal buildings will be demolished, but there are no plans for the others.

With new construction, sustainability in the new building will be key, Majko said. Outfitted with LED lighting, it will be “more energy efficient,” he said.

The facility under construction also will “be able to withstand up to almost a category 4 storm,” he said. It will feature a back-up generator so that the department can continue its operations even during emergency weather situations.