Adams County officially opened its new Fleet and Public Works buildings today with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by county officials and employees, representatives from the City of Commerce City, contractors, architects, and artist Andy Dufford, whose piece of public art is displayed at the complex.
The new buildings, located at the corner of E.74th Ave. and Dahlia St. in Commerce City, are the culmination of five years of planning, design, and construction on a total budget of $42 million. The complex has more than doubled the space staff previously had with 52,000 square feet dedicated to Fleet, plus a 9,000-square-foot auto wash area. The Public Works building is 23,000 square feet, and another 44,000 square feet is dedicated to covered parking.
“These buildings provide a more efficient and comfortable working area for our Fleet and Public Works teams,” said Steve O’Dorisio, Chair of the Board of Commissioners. “They serve as a testament to our dedication in serving the public as well as providing the highest-quality working environment so we can attract and retain the best employees for these two teams.”
This new facility expands the county’s Fleet Operations from one to two working bays, centralizes the parts and tire rooms to improve efficiency, and includes an electronic fluid management system and an automated hybrid car wash to extend the life of county vehicles. The Public Works area has expanded to allow for more space to increase employee productivity. The complex also has six electric vehicle charging stations onsite.
In addition to the working spaces, the new Fleet and Public Works facilities benefit from the Adams County Percentage for the Arts Program, which dedicates 2% of construction costs of eligible capital projects to bringing arts and culture to county residents.
Dufford of Chevo Studios, which is located in Adams County, spoke at today’s ribbon cutting about his team’s inspiration.
“The theme of the artwork is the prairie landscape and all the gifts the prairie has given us, and continues to give us,” said Dufford at today’s ceremony. “From the complex grassland ecology and the bison who created the fertile soil that allowed our forebears to turn that ground under the plow and establish our agriculture to feed ourselves and the world.”
Adams County worked with FCI Constructors and Stantec Architecture on the buildings in partnership with Commerce City.
Pictured L to R: Artist Andy Dufford of Chevo Studios, Commissioner Emma Pinter, Commissioner Eva J. Henry, Commissioner Lynn Baca, Director of Facilities & Fleet Management Ameer Faquir, Commissioner Steve O’Dorisio, Facilities Project Manager Ranette Carlson, Director of Public Works Brian Staley, Jonathan Flagler of Stantec Architecture, and Tom Boucha of FCI Constructors.