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New Solid Waste Admin Building and Vehicle Maintenance Facility Improving Infrastructure, Service for Residents

New facilities replace dated buildings, improve maintenance capabilities and efficiency.

Mayor Tim Keller is putting Solid Waste revenues to work for residents of Albuquerque, joining Solid Waste administrative leaders to break ground today on a new administration building and vehicle maintenance facility for the City’s Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD). The new buildings will provide a much-needed update to SWMD’s current 60-year-old facilities as well as enhance operations for the department. The building project will also utilize funds from SWMD’s FY15 customer rate increase which was designated to support infrastructure projects.

“We’re putting Solid Waste revenue to good use, investing in new state-of-the-art facilities for Solid Waste to help streamline and improve essential operations that are provided to our City on a daily basis,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “These upgrades will keep equipment safer and on the road longer, protecting drivers and improving service to our residents.”

Phase one of this project includes constructing a new vehicle maintenance facility which will serve as the in-house operations for vehicle maintenance. The design has been completed and the project is currently out for bid. The estimated time frame for this phase is 18-24 months and once completed will feature a 30,000 square foot of modern maintenance technology to service SWMD’s collections and white fleet vehicles. The facility will include 13 general repair bays, three welding bays, a tire bay, a steam bay, and a drive through automated car wash.

Phase two of the project will include construction of the new 20,000 square foot administration building which will provide a much needed updated space for SWMD admin staff. The new two-story steel structured admin building design bodes clean, fresh, and modern lines and will provide new and improved space to house essential operations.

“Our staff provides a high standard of customer service to residents and businesses across the City on a daily basis,” stated Matthew Whelan, Director of the Solid Waste Management Department. “We are excited to break ground on these updated and improved facilities which will match that quality of care.”

The project cost for Phase One is approximately $25-$30 million.