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New $44m DPW celebrates construction milestone

DPW topping-off with town officials and partners. / Jim Badershall, Commodore, photoDPW topping-off with town officials and partners. / Jim Badershall, Commodore, photo

A topping-off ceremony for the new, $44 million public-works facility on Grove Street was held on Tuesday, Aug. 9, celebrating construction to date. The completion is scheduled for fall 2023.

Hosted by the town’s project partners, Commodore Builders and Sydney Project Management, the owner’s project manager, the ceremony commemorated the project’s continued progress with the placement of the last steel beam, marking a major milestone of the project.

“It is wonderful to see the new public-works facility take shape,” said Town Manager Sandy Pooler, in a town news release.

“It is appropriate to have a modern facility befitting of the vital services public works provides the Arlington community all year long. From managing major infrastructure -- like water and sewer and our roadways to maintaining our trees, parks and cemeteries -- their work is instrumental to the quality of life in Arlington.” 

Signing the last beam

Before placing the steel beam, Department of Public Works (DPW) staff, construction teams and representatives from project partners signed the white beam. Included were Commodore Builders, Sydney Project Management, Weston & Sampson, which designed the building; Arlington’s Permanent Town Building Committee and Capital Planning Committee.

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The DPW continues to run its operations from the location. 

“It’s nice to mark this project milestone with the staff and project team,” said Michael Rademacher, town director of public works, in the release. “I want to commend the DPW staff for their flexibility and patience to continue delivering services from a tight and active construction site. We look forward to moving into the new facility that will centralize and improve our operations.” 

The new building covers about 43,000 square feet and comprises workshops, employee facilities, maintenance shops, vehicle storage, an automated vehicle wash bay and a two-story administrative office space fronting Grove Street.

New salt shed

Additional new features include a 6,000-square foot gambrel arch, salt-shed structure, at the rear of the site and a new and upgraded municipal fueling station.

In addition to the new construction, existing buildings are being renovated. On completion, the site will host the DPW, inspectional services, information technology and facilities.

“Despite supply-chain issues being experienced globally, the project team of Commodore and Sydney have been creative in scheduling the project, which includes work on multiple buildings,” Allen Reedy, chair of the town building committee, said in the release. “It’s great to see the vision of the new facilities that Weston & Sampson designed come to fruition.” 

The project is on budget, the news release said. 

Read more about the project at >>

June 28, 2022: June progress update on project reshaping DPW


This news announcement was published Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022., and is based on a news release provided by Joan Roman, town public information officer.

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