On Friday, Aug. 22, the North Tahoe Public Utility District Board of Directors held a ground breaking ceremony for new administrative offices to replace outdated buildings.
Younger General Contractors, Inc. was awarded the contract for construction at the July 28 board meeting with a low bid of $3,626,000.
The new administrative office construction on National Avenue in Tahoe Vista includes the replacement of the three outdated buildings, totaling 11,418 square feet.
One 11,560-square foot building will comply with current ADA standards, building and seismic codes; offer a multi-purpose meeting room; convert existing overhead utility distribution system facilities to underground and re-connection of utility distribution lines; and utilize site best management practices (BMPs).
Three buildings that will be demolished were built in the 1940s and 1960s and need high levels of maintenance. The buildings also incur high energy costs due to inefficiencies. The total project budget is $4,055,300, which includes building construction and ancillary costs such as utility relocations, moving costs, construction staking, permits and fees, soils testing and third party inspections.
The first phase of the project will begin the week of Aug. 25 with the demolition of the “NACC” or the National Avenue Community Center Building, which most recently housed the Parks Department and the crew meeting and lunch room.
After the demolition, construction on the new building will begin in the existing employee parking lot. Once construction fencing has been erected, customer parking will be near the front of the Engineering/Operations building.
“The District is pleased to move forward with this project,” said Lane Lewis, North Tahoe Public Utility District board of directors president.
“It has been some time in planning, but we are confident that we have a project that will make the District more efficient and last us another 50 years.”
The contractor intends to have building’s exterior dried in to enable continued work through winter.
Once construction is completed, the District will move into the new building.
The two remaining buildings will be demolished so the parking lot, landscaping and site BMPs can be completed.
The North Tahoe Public Utility District provides sewer and water service to the residents of Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista, Carnelian Bay, Cedar Flat and Agate Bay The North Tahoe Regional Park, Tahoe Vista Recreation Area and Boat Launch and North Tahoe Event Center are owned and operated by the District and provide recreation opportunities to residents and visitors.
Visit ntpud.org or call 530-546-4212 for information.