What started as a sketch on Earnest Jones’ dinner table has now become the 10,000 square foot Fleming Park Operations Center (FPOC).
Jones, the Parks + Rec Department Deputy Superintendent of Operations, said he drew up the original plans in the winter of 2015 for a 20,000 square foot two-story building one day while his wife was out. The plans were later re-drawn to a one story building to meet budget restraints. The drawings were then given to the Public Works Department to create engineered drawings and to do the final design.
The center, which is located on Rennau Drive, opened October 12, with an Open House celebration. It will replace the Parks + Rec Department’s old facility on Woods Chapel Road and will allow for a planned beautification project to proceed on that site.
The FPOC will house six Park Operations work divisions; Fleming Maintenance, Natural Resources, Trades, Construction Services, Equipment Services and Trails. By housing the six divisions in one building communication and collaboration between supervisors, foremen and staff will be greatly enhanced.
There are dedicated work areas for carpenters, painters and equipment inventory services and a large training room with wireless internet connections. The facility also has large indoor and outdoor secure storage areas for all parks equipment and vehicles. All operations and storage areas are on one level making the new facility a safer work environment for associates.
The Rennau Drive location offers multiple entrance points, eliminating the congested intersection on Woods Chapel. It is also located across the street from the central fueling station saving travel and time costs.
Construction began in summer 2016 with Parks crews doing the initial site preparation leveling more than 100,000 square feet and moving 1,886 tons of dirt. County associates were also part of the center’s construction with the installation of wiring, doors, cabinets and appliances. Interior paint and finishing was also completed by Parks associates.