The City of Houston contracted with Huitt-Zollars, Inc. to conduct assessments of their facilities. One major component of these assessments was the City’s existing Drinking Water Operations facility at 7000 Ardmore. The original task, following the assessments, was to develop a master plan for the administrative offices and scattered maintenance shops on the existing site. Huitt-Zollars determined that the existing buildings would have to undergo extensive renovations in order to meet the new building codes, user needs, and future growth of the facility. In the end, the best solution was to build a new, $16-million state-of-the-art administrative building and maintenance facility across the street from the existing facility that would serve the needs of the growing city now and over the next fifty years. The 66,000-square-foot two-story building, sitting on a 4.25-acre site, has a service center consisting of maintenance and machine bays, parts storage, a carpenter’s shop, and instrumentation and meter shops, and an administrative area with offices and workstations, conference rooms, and a training room. A designated work crew area has a break room, showers, locker rooms, and restrooms. This project was completed in 2019.
Project of the Year, Structures, $5M-25M, Texas Public Works Association (APWA TX) (2020)