A $3.6 million addition and renovation of the Dublin Service Center is now complete, enabling the consolidation of the city's Department of Public Works.

The building now houses 163 full-time employees and 87 part-time employees, the majority of whom include seasonal workers, said Megan O'Callaghan, director of public works.

Thirty engineering employees moved from the city's building at 5800 Shier-Rings Road to the Service Center, said Lindsay Weisenauer, a Dublin senior public information officer.

City Manager Dana McDaniel said the move will improve efficiencies and communications within the Department of Public Works.

"This is a great example of consolidating staff," he said.

Other departments within the building include human resources, events administration and parks and recreation.

The project enlarged the building from 54,200 square feet to 68,000 square feet. The city paid $173,915.95 for design, provided by architect Moody Nolan.

Construction began in June 2016 and was carried out by Palmetto Construction Services. Although the project was expected to be completed this February, O'Callaghan said it was delayed due to unforeseen conditions, including existing electrical lines whose location was not originally shown on plans and fire alarm coordination.

The project included the building addition and renovation as well as maintenance on an existing parking lot and the creation of a new 30-spot parking lot on the east side of the building, she said.

The service center project comes on the heels of the $10.5 million addition and renovation at the Dublin Justice Center/ An open house at that facility was held in mid-June.

The city is now setting its sights on its 5800 Shier Rings Road building, which houses its development department, McDaniel said.

Dublin City Council has dedicated $3.4 million to exploring options there, he said.

The city will need to decide whether to invest in that building or look into other facilities. No timeline has been set to reach a decision, he said.

City officials have also postponed discussion about improving City Hall, McDaniel said, although at some point, officials will examine the building's future, he said.

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