Brecksville to decide whether to renovate or rebuild city service garage –

The City of Brecksville will either renovate or completely replace its aging service garage. (Bob Sandrick, special to
BRECKSVILLE, Ohio — The city will decide in 2022 whether to remodel and expand its Service Department garage or tear down the building and start over.
Service Director Ron Weidig said the existing service garage, behind City Hall, is no longer big enough to hold some newer equipment and vehicles.
“The original service garage (behind City Hall) was constructed in the 1950s, and additions have been added on three times,” Weidig said in an email to
“The mechanic bays need to be lengthened to accommodate newer equipment and also the garage doors need to be raised.”
Weidig said electric vehicles the city may purchase in the future contain batteries that are extremely heavy. The city will need lifts to remove the batteries for maintenance.
“Also, there is a need for additional bathrooms and larger locker rooms, as the staff has increased through the years,” Weidig said. “The lunchroom and the front offices also need to be upgraded.”
The city has hired Makovich and Pusti Architects Inc. in Berea to evaluate and provide cost estimates for both the remodeling-expansion and tear-down-and-rebuild options. The city will pay the firm between $26,200 and $28,700.
“We felt it was important to have an analysis of the existing building and compare it to a new building, and determine the most cost-effective and efficient way to move forward,” Weidig said.
City Council approved the contract with Makovich and Pusti in September. Weidig said the firm will present its findings to council sometime next year. Construction might take place in 2023.
“This is all dependent upon City Council approval and funding,” Weidig said.
Weidig said the city’s 2021 budget included a remodeling of the service garage and mechanic bays. However, when the architect visited the site earlier this year and was told what the service garage needs now and in future years, the second option of a new service garage on the same site was introduced.
According to Makovich and Pusti’s scope-of-work document, submitted to the city in August, a service garage renovation would include:
· lengthening the building by 14 feet along five bays
· replacing five overhead bay doors, making them 14 feet high instead of 12 feet high
· raising the roof to allow for more interior height and to accommodate the higher doors
· providing a new roof, including insulation and ventilation
· replacing damaged concrete doors
· installing a new ventilation system
· replacing four vehicle lifts
· adding a ceiling-mounted or rolling hoist
· replacing all lights with LED lighting
· expanding the lunchroom, locker rooms and restrooms, and providing facilities for female workers
· enlarging the foreman’s office
· considering installing new fire-alarm and sprinkler systems.
The second option, a new state-of-the-art building, would provide the same features as a renovation.
Both a renovation and rebuild would involve temporarily moving service garage operations to another location.
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