Farmington Department of Public Works Addition

As a part of public water system improvements being made by Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner (OCWRC) on the City of Farmington Hills Department of Public Works (DPW) site, an existing cold storage facility needed to be demolished to accommodate for a new three million gallon elevated water tower. The City evaluated options and elected to design an addition to their main DPW facility to accommodate for the mixing, storage, and dispensing of road solvents and equipment.

As a pioneer in the blending and application of brine and other environmentally friendly fluids such as beet juice to improve winter road maintenance and reduce salt usage, the City required an enclosed area devoted to housing this operation. This project includes a mixing area and series of fluid storage tanks ranging from 3,000 to 10,000 gallons. The system design also includes process pumps and piping that directs fluids into these storage tanks and dispenses it into trucks equipped with tanks for application on roadways. A common concrete footing/pad design provides a flexible approach to positioning storage tanks, allows for tanks to be moved or added in the future, and is slightly depressed to meet code requirements for secondary containment, eliminating the need and expense of a separate underground storage tank.

Design of the new addition allows for drive-through truck access and incorporates the same decorative concrete block wall construction with periodic belt coursing to match the existing building. Additional site improvements includes fencing and a vehicular card access gate for added site control and security.

This project was designed and constructed by FTCH using our fully integrated design and construction management delivery, including comprehensive architectural, engineering, interior design, and construction management services. FTCH bid the project using an open-book approach, encouraging participation by qualified local contractors and allowing the City to review and approve all bids.