Mundelein Hosts Groundbreaking Ceremony to Commence Construction on New Public Works and Engineering Complex

  • Mundelein Board of Trustees gather to mark the official groundbreaking for the Village of Mundelein's new Public Works and Engineering facility.  Pictured left to right: Robin Meier, Kara Lambert, Dawn Abernathy, Mayor Steve Lentz, Erich Schwenk, and Ray Semple. Dawn Jenich

    Mundelein Board of Trustees gather to mark the official groundbreaking for the Village of Mundelein's new Public Works and Engineering facility. Pictured left to right: Robin Meier, Kara Lambert, Dawn Abernathy, Mayor Steve Lentz, Erich Schwenk, and Ray Semple. Dawn Jenich

 
Dawn Jenich

In an effort to consolidate all of the Public Works and Engineering (PW&E) into one centralized location and to relocate existing public works offices and facilities out of the downtown area, Village of Mundelein officially broke ground on construction of a new $23 million public works and engineering complex, located at 801 Allanson Road, west of Washington Street.

The new facility is located on a 21-acre site, which includes all PW&E functions such as maintenance, vehicle storage, road materials storage, and administrative offices.

Part of the facility will utilize an existing 26,000-square-foot office building formerly occupied by Natus Medical, a medical manufacturing company. This new, consolidated facility replaces three former facilities which were geographically separated and functionally obsolete, thus streamlining operations and allowing for more efficient service delivery.

"We are very pleased to officially begin construction on this state-of-the-industry Public Works and Engineering complex. This project transitions us out of three of downtown properties, making way for more appropriate use. It is very exciting to be involved in the single largest project in Mundelein's history," said Adam Boeche, Director of Public Works and Engineering.

In 2018, Mundelein purchased the 3-acre Natus Medical property in anticipation of this long-range plan for the complex. The site will be combined with an adjoining 17-acre village-owned property. Repurposing the Natus building instead of erecting something entirely new will save money.

In addition to remodeling the office building, an equipment storage building, a salt storage building and a fueling station will be built. Anticipated completion date is summer 2020.

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According to Mundelein officials, funding will generate from a loan and water and sewer revenue. Neither property tax rates nor utility rates will increase beyond current levels, because loans that funded the construction of the Mundelein Police Headquarters and the Mundelein Fire Department's headquarters about 20 years ago will be paid off this year.

Key Features of the New Public Works and Engineering Complex Include:

• 21-acre site

• Nearly 3 acres of covered storage

• 26,000 square foot office space for 43 employees

• 76,000 square foot garage space storing 85 pieces of equipment

• On-site salt building for storing 3,000 tons of salt

• On-site fueling station for all Village vehicles

• New vehicle maintenance shop with 6 bays and 3 lifts

• Construction of a one million gallon detention pond to hold stormwater

"Modern public works and engineering facilities are models of efficiency. We are very enthusiastic about this project and we feel confident this complex is positioned to serve the community well and is poised for future growth," said Steve Lentz, Mayor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

CTS Group has been hired to be the performance contractor and the construction manager of the multi-million dollar project. CTS Group is an energy services company that specializes in developing and implementing turnkey, comprehensive energy efficiency projects. Their team of professionals are dedicated to providing innovative energy-efficient solutions that lead to a more comfortable and healthy environment. CTS Group's team of seasoned professionals consistently demonstrate technical and managerial competence to design and implement projects that use multiple technologies.

According to CTS Group's Mission Statement, the company is "committed to providing exceptional and innovative technology and solutions to improve comfort, safety, and energy efficiency in the education, government, healthcare, industrial, and commercial markets in a rewarding environment for all CTS employees while being a responsible corporate citizen."

The company has expertise in many technologies including:

• HVAC Systems

• Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems

• Building Control Systems

• Lighting

• Motors and Drivers

• Energy Efficient Construction

The current public works headquarters is at 440 E. Crystal St., on the southern end of Mundelein's downtown district. Additional public works offices are elsewhere in town. Mundelein officials want to leave the Crystal Street compound to free up the land for redevelopment.

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