MIDDLETON, WI 53562-3118 WEB:

Middleton Wins Project of the Year Award for MOC

May 13, 2016: At its annual meeting in Wisconsin, the American Public Works Association named the City of Middleton’s Middleton Operations Center (MOC) as its Project of the Year in Wisconsin.

Construction of the approximately $11.5 million MOC began in the spring of 2014 and was completed May, 2015. The project enables development by Meriter/Unity Point at the former Public Works garage site. It also allowed the City to address current and future needs of a growing community. The scope of the project included relocation of the 51 stall park-and-ride site, building of an 85,000 square foot Operations Center and a 22,000 square foot cold storage building and relocation of a salt storage facility with expanded capacity. The City enhanced the project further by adding a new Recycling Center to the mix. A few of the City’s key objectives during the design and construction phases of this project included:

• Improving safety and accessibility for employees as well as community residents visiting the site.
• Incorporating sustainable and energy-efficient features as a model for other City development.
• Managing the overall construction cost and impact to the existing open spaces through site selection analysis and project design.
• Providing a future home for development of a Community Solar array in partnership with Madison Gas & Electric (MG&E).

In the spring of 2011 the City initiated the process for building a new Middleton Operations Center (MOC). The design process began with a committee of stakeholders including representatives from the Public Works divisions of Streets and Fleet Maintenance and the Water Utility, as well as the Public Lands department, and Architect Angus Young & Associates. This collaborative design effort, plus an extensive site selection process, led to the creative re-use of an underutilized Wisconsin Department of Transportation park-and-ride site. It also enabled the City to return the former site of 5+ acres (Laura Lane at Century Avenue) to taxable property for the Meriter Ambulatory Care Center project (an estimated $80 million development) set to start preliminary site work in 2016.

The MOC is now providing a home for the basic services the community needs. The shared use of this facility by the Public Works and Public Lands departments allows the City to provide efficient work spaces, locker and break rooms, toilet facilities and offices. Moreover, the City’s permanent Recycling Center is a fantastic new service to the community, and the City is near completion of an agreement with MG&E for a Community Solar array capable of producing 600KW of energy atop the MOC.

Architect Angus Young and Associates, General Contractor Newcomb Construction, City of Middleton staff and elected officials worked together as a team, to conceive, design and construct this Operations Center to provide appropriate service space for City employees and equipment to serve the City of Middleton well into the future.

For more information, please contact City Administrator Mike Davis (contact info above).

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