DOT offices could get makeoverMADISON – A $2.88 million makeover of the Department of Transportation’s Superior offices was sent to the legislature’s budget writing committee last week for possible inclusion in the 2013-15 capital budget.
By: By Kevin Murphy/For the Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
MADISON – A $2.88 million makeover of the Department of Transportation’s Superior offices was sent to the legislature’s budget writing committee last week for possible inclusion in the 2013-15 capital budget.
The DOT considered renovating the Northwest District Headquarters in Superior its No. 1 priority of the three budget requests it submitted to the State Building Commission, which unanimously advanced the projects to the Joint Finance Committee.
If approved by the Legislature and Gov. Scott Walker, the project would replace 20-year-old boilers, air-handling equipment, an asphalt roof and resurface the parking lot.
Before paving, the 150,900 square-foot parking lot will be re-graded and an entrance onto Ogden Ave. is being proposed to accommodate the Department of Natural Resources’ new secure outdoor storage lot. The DNR leases indoor and outdoor space from the DOT at this location.
Some 6,000 square feet of concrete sidewalk will be replaced and exterior lighting would be added to the building.
Although interior was remodeled in 2000, the two boilers weren’t replaced then. They are now operating at 65 percent efficiency, according to DOT information. The replacement boiler, new controls and energy recovery equipment is expected to save $1,300 annually in heating costs and $1,000 annually in electrical costs.
Repair bills and service calls are expected to decrease since decades old equipment would be replaced with new.
Digital controls also would be added to allow the boilers and air-handling equipment to be controlled remotely.
If included in the capital budget this summer, the project would be bid in March 2014 for construction to begin in May and completed in November.
The commission didn’t receive any capital budget project requests for the Superior area from the DNR or UW System.
In all the commission advanced a $1.5 billion 2013-15 capital budget to Joint Finance, which is expected to consider it in May. Then, the budget request is reviewed by the Legislature before being sent to Gov. Scott Walker for final approval.