The $1.024 million dollar facility was funded by a $727,500 in I-Jobs grant and $296,500 local contribution.
According to city engineer Dave Stoklasa, Snyder and Associates, Cedar Rapids, Toledo accumulated extra points for the I-Jobs grant by making the facility a “green” environment.
“There were several areas where we did specific things to help earn points for the competitive I-Jobs grant,” he said.
Some of the features that helped secure the grant were:
• Location close to multi-modal transportation (STC REC Trail)
• Geo-thermal heating
• Storm water detention pond (helps reduce the rate of run off)
• Permeable parking surfaces (gravel, which slows down run off)
• Daylight and passive solar heating through overhead doors
• Meets state building energy code (extra insulation)
A group of local persons were on hand for the ribbon cutting and open house which followed.
Taking part in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new $1.1 million Toledo Public Works Building were left to right: Dave Stoklasa, Snyder and Associates; Al Buck, Solum Lang Architects, Duane Upah, Mark Zmolek, Bill Davis, Duane Pansegrau, Nancy Burk, Elmer (Skip) Wilson, Mayor Pam Wood, Greg Johnson, aide to Congressman Leonard Boswell, John Murty and Kaye Stoklasa. Chronicle/Charley Townsley