Service Center Redevelopment

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What is the Service Center?

The City of Everett Public Works Service Center is a site in central Everett that is the operational hub for the Public Works, Facilities, and Transit & Motor Vehicles departments.  These departments currently operate out of 11 buildings. The existing Service Center was originally built in 1971 and has been expanded over the years by acquisition of adjacent properties and buildings. There are approximately 260 employees working for these three departments, providing administrative, customer service and maintenance and repair functions for the City. These departments play a critical role in recovery following small-scale events like a winter storm and large-scale events like an earthquake.

One of the buildings in the Service Center Complex, known as The Creamery, was built in 1934 in a Mission Revival architectural style. The Creamery is not a designated historic building.

What is the Service Center Redevelopment project?

The Service Center Redevelopment project is a comprehensive, phased redevelopment of a 14-acre site currently occupied by the City of Everett. Approximately 120,000 sq. ft. of buildings will be demolished.  These buildings have reached the end of their useful life, are seismically unfit, and no longer have the functional capacity to support the City’s operational and emergency response needs.   

New construction will include an office building for City administrative functions, maintenance shops, a consolidated warehouse, street-level parking for employees and public vehicles, covered parking for maintenance vehicles, and enclosed parking for the City’s vactor trucks.  

Why is the Service Center being redeveloped?

Several of the Service Center buildings have reached the end of their usable life and are not safe. Structural engineers have seismically evaluated the buildings and determined that they are structurally unfit. The Public Works Department performs critical functions in disaster recovery, and its services are considered essential. In order to protect the lives of the people who work within the Service Center and the community they serve, a new, structurally sound facility is needed.

What is the project timeline?

The Service Center Redevelopment project has been designed as a multi-year, two-phase project.

  • Design process: September 6, 2016 – July 31, 2017
  • Early site demo & grading construction starts: August 2017
  • Building construction start: October 2017

What will a new service center cost?

The total construction cost for the Service Center project is about $50 million. Total project costs, which includes contingency fund, sales tax, furniture, moving, and design fees is estimated to be $70 million.

The City has conducted extensive research to ensure that the selected path forward is the most cost effective and provides for the highest uninterrupted service to our customers. We’ve thoroughly evaluated relocation options and seismic upgrade alternatives and building retrofits. None of the alternatives pencil out logistically, operationally, or financially as well as this.

How will the City pay for the Service Center Redevelopment?

Pending City Council review and approval, the Department expects to  use a combination of utilities rate fees and proceeds from the sale of property to fund the redevelopment. 

Budget Committee Presentation

See Public Works Director Dave Davis' presentation to the Everett City Council on the Service Center Redevelopment.