It was a great day in Orange Beach on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 as Mayor Tony Kennon, City Council members, department heads and staff gathered at the new Orange Beach Public Works facility for a ribbon cutting and open house. The new location is at 7394 Roscoe Road.
Public Works had to move from its old location off Williams Silvers Parkway after the city donated 40 acres to the Baldwin County Board of Education for what is now home to Orange Beach Middle / High School.
The new Public Works building is located on Roscoe Road, off the Beach Express, near Columbia Southern and Baldwin EMC.
Public Works Director Tim Tucker said his department saved the city nearly $1 million in the construction of the new facility by acting as the general contractor and also using city crews to handle many tasks, such as site work, formwork for concrete, irrigation and landscaping, and interior work, among other things. Sun Coast Builders Inc. constructed the main metal building under a low-bid contract of $1.18 million. The total cost of the project, after the land purchase, came in at $2.8 million.
The building has 9,500 square feet of office space, 27,000 square feet of warehouse space, 1,800 square feet of building maintenance shop space, four mechanic bays covering 8,000 square feet with two lifts and one pit, new fuel dock, and a total of 60,000 square feet of space under one roof. The building was built to withstand winds up to 160 mph. The site will also include two fully functional greenhouses.
The city congratulates Director Tucker, his staff and crews. Your dedication to “Maintaining Paradise” is appreciated.