For decades, town services have been scattered throughout the town in outdated buildings. But now employees and their equipment have a new, modern – and more efficient – home.
The town will have a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday, June 1, for the new $5.9 million Public Service Center that will consolidate multiple public services and buildings.
The center will be used by public service employees and will house the Public Utilities Department, which includes the water and sewer department and its equipment; the Public Works Department; and the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Maintenance Department, along with their administrative offices.
The need for the new facility came with the growth of the Fuquay-Varina area, said Jay Meyers, the town’s public utilities director. The town is one of the fastest growing in the state.
“The town is growing, so we needed better facilities,” he said.
Many of the town’s facilities also were outdated, he said.
“The idea was to bring everybody together, to have a little bit better efficiency working and accountability, and better maintenance on equipment,” Meyers said. “And our guys deserve a little bit better facilities than what they had.”
Last week, as final touches were made, the atmosphere in the new building at 1415 Holland Road felt bright. Fresh paint coated the walls, and the town’s name had been painted on the floor of the foyer.
Empty offices lined the halls that will be filled when employees move in within the opening week.
The center includes a 21,000-square-foot Administration-Crew Building; a 13,000-square-foot covered equipment storage, a salt/spreader building, material and debris storage areas and an area to wash vehicles.
Construction started in July 2015 and was finished in under a year, ahead of schedule, Meyers said. Resolute Building Company constructed the building, which was designed by Withers & Ravenel.
“It’s been a really good team effort,” Meyers said.
Construction began despite initial protests by nearby homeowners, who didn’t like the idea of garbage trucks being so close to their residences.
At the ribbon cutting, tours and barbecue will be provided.
Meyers says those involved in the construction are enthusiastic about it finally being unveiled.
“Everybody is very excited,” he said. “We’re looking forward to getting in here. It’s almost like Christmas time.”
Paige Connelly: 919-460-2609, @pconnellly
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The ribbon cutting is at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, at 1415 Holland Road, Fuquay-Vairna. It will be followed by lunch.