We expect to maintain some of the offices and maintenance space at our old building. However, we are still exploring the best use of the old facility.
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Our new Power Systems facilities will be located at 8897 Marysville Road in Oregon House, between the post office and the Alcouffe Center. The new site is about eight and a half miles up the road from our current building at the end of Lake Francis Road.
Our existing Power Systems administration building is the old Colgate Powerhouse built in 1950, which was modified into office space after the New Colgate Powerhouse was completed in 1970. The old powerhouse was never meant to accommodate a large staff or have the capability to work as a corporation yard. Yuba Water needs a bigger, more modern building to accommodate the current and projected growth of our operations and staff.
Its centralized location between New Colgate Powerhouse and New Bullards Bar will reduce drive times to the agency’s other facilities, as well as improve security and safety by reducing the amount of traffic on the narrow, steep road that is used to access the current administration building, mechanics shop and powerhouse.
The new property will encompass six acres and include a 14,000-square-foot administration building, warehouse, mechanics shop, covered equipment storage, 80-ft communications tower, 150,000-gallon fire water tank, laydown yard, parking and more.
Yes! The new building will have a conference room available for public use that can accommodate up to 100 people. Additionally, a school bus stop located on Marysville Road adjacent to the property will be significantly improved to ensure families can safely pick up and drop off students. The new bus stop will include a protected turnout, a crosswalk and lighting for improved safety.
Yuba Water has allocated $39.5 million for the project and awarded the construction contract to Hilbers, Inc. The budget includes the construction contract, project management and inspection services.
The two-year project is expected to break ground in summer 2023, with completion by mid-2025.