White Bear Lake, Minnesota

  • Project type: New construction

  • Size: 60,000 square feet with a two story office area

  • Completion: November 2010

The White Bear Lake public works facility is a 60,000 square foot facility with a two story office area.  After a careful exploration of the feasibility and economies of using the existing public works site, the city decided to purchase a new property for development.  The building includes: office, vehicle storage, vehicle maintenance, departmental shop, and wash bay areas.  Site features include: salt storage building, concrete bin spoils storage, a fuel island, and dumpster ramp and storage.

This facility, like many of our facilities, followed sustainable guidelines and incorporated a number of sustainable strategies and features, following a detailed LEED checklist developed during schematic design.  In addition to the typical, common-sense design strategies of day lighting, energy management, and on-site storm water management utilized on all of our projects, several new design features were implemented as demonstration areas for future city development.  These features include photovoltaic panels, intensive green roofing, vegetated walls, and sunscreens.