AFTER 36 YEARS, COUNTY FLEET SERVICES TO MOVE UNDER ONE ROOF

AFTER 36 YEARS, COUNTY FLEET SERVICES TO MOVE UNDER ONE ROOF

Construction of a new 18,000 square-foot facility designed to fully service a fleet of more than 800 vehicles in Doña Ana County is in full swing, and should be ready to move in by the end of April.

The new metal building will replace the former fleet facility the county has maintained on Griggs Ave. since its dedication in 1976, said Fleet Manager Gabe Silva.

“We’re excited and ready to get to work under the new roof,” Silva said, referring to the scattered campus of services provided within the Fleet Department. “We have the tire shop over here, the diesel mechanics over there, and the parts room separate from all of them. The new building will bring all those services under one roof, improving communication and allowing for more efficient, streamlined maintenance of vehicles, from the patrol cars at the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department to the heavy equipment used by the Roads Department.”

According to Silva, the former building’s age is starting to show signs of potential safety hazards. “The lighting is poor, the floors are pitted, and it’s difficult for our technicians to move around efficiently between one another and the equipment. It’s not a hazard now, but it would be costly to remedy if we had not moved forward with a new facility.”

The new building, which is being built for $3.4 million, will take advantage of green technology with a wash bay that uses a water reclamation system and the installation of two waste-oil burners that will heat the building using recycled motor oil collected from the site’s operations. According to Silva, the county currently contracts with an outside vendor for the safe and environmental removal of all wastewater and fluids from the facility.

“There will also be skylights in the ceiling,” said Silva, “so we can reduce electricity costs and take advantage of our warm, abundant sunshine here in Doña Ana County.”

A total of 13 county employees will be moved to the new Fleet Building, including Silva, who says the existing building on Griggs will be razed to make additional space on the property.