Florida Construction News staff writer
The City of St. Petersburg held a groundbreaking ceremony Feb. 15 for the new sanitation department complex being constructed at the same location as the existing Joseph E. Savage complex – 2001 28th St. N.
Construction on the new Joseph E. Savage Complex and Benjamin F. Shirley Administration Building will be completed in 14 months.
The architect is Sweet Sparkman Architects and the construction manager is J. Kokolakis Contracting.“Today, you’ll hear about multi-million-dollar facility that is needed and critical for neighborhood health and safety, said Mayor Ken Welch. “The design and technology incorporate some of the most innovative solutions.
“But when you think about what’s truly Impactful here – I also want you to think about all the talented men and women who’ll be operating and running the state-of-the-art equipment. They are the true gems coupled with this groundbreaking today.”
The new complex will be a 18,600-square-foot, two-story building, replacing two 50-year-old buildings and is a $14 million project to accommodate both administrative and operational functions of the department and will serve as an emergency operations sub-center.
Sustainability is a major focus, and the new solar-powered building will have the goal of achieving net-zero energy consumption and meeting the criteria for LEED Gold Certification.