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Madison breaks ground on new fleet services building

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MADISON (WKOW) — Next year, Madison city vehicles will be housed in a brand new facility.

City leaders broke ground on Thursday.

City Fleet Services is currently located on North First Street in Madison. The vehicles will move to the new location on Nakoosa Trail when the building is complete. Construction is expected to be complete in September 2020.

The new building will be a combined facility. It will merge the existing fire maintenance facility from East Washington Avenue, the Communications Radio Shop from Sayle Street and the Fleet Services Facility from First Street. Leaders say the building will act as a place for service repair for public safety vehicles, emergency vehicles, public works vehicles, equipment, fire trucks and other service cars, trucks and equipment.

Madison fleet superintendent Mahanth Joishy says the city has focused on making the new building more environmentally sustainable.

“We are all looking forward to moving to this new, updated facility next year,” Joishy said. “It will be much more modern. It will have a lot of green features in it.

The city of Madison will work to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental design (LEED) certification when building the new facility.

To earn a LEED Certification-Silver, the building will feature the following sustainable and green features:

  • Outside windows
  • Dimming daylighting controls
  • Foam insulation in the outside walls to reduce heating, air-conditioning costs
  • LED lighting systems
  • Hot water piping in the floors for heating
  • Solar hot water heating
  • An passive heat solar wall
  • 100 kilowatt solar solar panels
  • Charging stations for zero emission electric vehicles

The former fleet services building will be renovated to house the new Madison Public Market, set to open in Fall 2021.