New Madison city fleet building opens

Ribbon cutting at 3:30 Tuesday afternoon.
Published: Jun. 22, 2021 at 7:47 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 22, 2021 at 7:30 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The City of Madison is opening a new, state-of-the-art fleet facility on Tuesday afternoon, with a ribbon-cutting scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

The event features live music, food cart vendors and tours of the new building.

The new City Fleet Building opens Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

The $33 million-facility opened Tuesday and will service over 1,000 city vehicles in one location, as task that used to span four buildings. It is located on Nakoosa Trail. The city’s website outlines what the finished project holds, including several features that strive to make the building more energy-efficient.

The consolidation of the facilities is meant to streamline the work on the city vehicles, from fire trucks to dump trucks.

The new building is also taking steps toward sustainability by heating the building and water with solar panels and using more electric cars.

The goal for staff is to become more green, more efficient, and save taxpayers some money.

A solar wall helps power the heat for the building, and solar panels on the roof heat the water. EV charging stations are set up to power city, employee and public vehicles. According to the city, all are measures to make the facility more sustainable.

The new City Fleet Building opens Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

The fleet building ribbon cutting is free for all to attend and a family-friendly event.

The new building is estimated to save roughly $500,000 a year due to sustainability tools and the efficiency of keeping everything under one roof.

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