Mequon — Mequon officials are expecting to spend $9.1 million to combine services from three public works facilities into an existing city building at 10800 Industrial Drive.

The building at 10800 Industrial Drive houses the majority of public works operations, such as highway, parks and the administrative needs of the water utility. By building a 40,000-square-foot addition onto that building, the city will bring all public works operations under one roof. The new facility is projected to meet the city's needs for the next 40 years.

A facilities assessment study conducted in 2013 concluded that combining operations at Industrial Drive would provide operational efficiencies and fewer expenses for facility operations and maintenance.

Mequon's public works operations are currently spread across three facilities: the Industrial Drive location, a facility on Green Bay Road and another building on Mequon Road , just east of the Mequon Police Department. The Mequon Road building is on the market as part of the Mequon Town Center redevelopment initiative.

In addition to the building expansion, a fueling station and salt dome will also be relocated to Industrial Drive. Office and shop areas will also be remodeled.

The common council in October authorized $8.7 million for the project, but agreed to alter its plans after receiving bids from seven contractors earlier this month ranging from $10 million to $11 million.

City officials originally wanted to demolish a cold storage building and replace it with a warm storage building, but when they recieved a bid of $775,000 for the warm storage facility, they decided to remove that building from the project. City officials plan to either insulate the existing cold storage facility or pursue a warm storage building at a later date.

City officials also wanted to purchase automated equipment wash bays, but that would cost an additional $225,000, so they agreed to construct a manual wash bay instead. The automated functionality may be pursued later on if a lower bid is received.

By eliminating those two items, the council saved about $1 million.

The higher-than-expected bid prices were caused by an unexpected need to remove two feet of fill, additional insulation needed on the roof, increases in labor and construction costs and additional heating, ventilation and air conditioning needs in the office renovation plan

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