Salt Lake County opens new public works building

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MIDVALE -- Salt Lake County leaders officially opened a new public works administration building Wednesday.

This new building has been four years in making and is quite the contrast to the former, 50-year-old facility.

It's earthquake safe and was built with conservation in mind. Builders used recycled glass, steel and even wood timbers from an old train trestle in the Great Salt Lake.

They were aiming to get a gold LEED certification.

"Our goal was to have a gold LEED-certified building," said Kevyn Smeltzer with Salt Lake County Public Works Operations. "We're expecting a platinum certification, but we were shooting for a gold, which platinum is better."

The building, located at 604 W. 6960 South in Midvale, will house 75 employees and four departments: sanitation, public works, flood control -and fleet management.

The building is also equipped with an emergency operations center.


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