DPW Field Headquarters
The DPW Field Headquarters Facility project constructed in 2006, positively impacts two areas of the City of Milwaukee. The relocation of the existing facility in the Menomonee Valley opened a valuable site to private development and the construction of the new DPW Facility begins redevelopment of a large former industrial site in a second area of the City. In 2004, Harley Davidson Motor Company indicated an interest in acquiring the 10-acre "Traser Yard" site for a Museum complex. The City took this opportunity to evaluate other similar facilities throughout the City. The new facility combined operations from 7 sites throughout the City on the new 24-acre site.
The new facility allowed the City to holistically organize the Repair and Maintenance Divisions of Streets & Bridges, Sewer, Water, Facilities and the Field Engineers. A team of managers and staff assisted the designers to identify their common functions. This saved the City in the construction of additional shop area and infrastructure. Product and inventory flows were also identified as part of this process. The City is projecting total operational savings of $1,330,000 annually.
The City sees the new facility as a key component in the redevelopment of the 148-acre former "brown field" industrial site. The 230,000 square foot building was constructed on the front of the property to provide a handsome facade to the street while the large yard behind the building provides the necessary inventory and staging area for the 500 staff that work out of the facility.