Water utility facility brings efficiencies and urban renewal

The new Madison Water Utility Operations Center meets the city’s goals of increased safety, sustainability and urban renewal. The former facility, located on a contaminated urban site, was dilapidated and inadequate for the utility’s needs. The new 40,520-square-foot building design called for reuse of the historic building, combined with new construction. The project team designed a sustainable building to enhance operations and provide a quality industrial work environment. The building now houses administrative offices, work crew staging areas, separated workshops, vehicle maintenance work bays and staff support area.

Mead & Hunt seamlessly managed complicated building systems and constrained site issues during construction. Sustainable features include a green roof system, LED and natural daylighting and enhanced mechanical systems. The site also features an underground stormwater treatment vault that exceeds reduction standards. Once an eyesore, the openness and vibrancy of the facility has led to improved relations with the neighborhood.


American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin
American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin
Engineering Excellence Award
Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin
Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin
Project of Distinction


Madison Water Utility Operations Building


City of Madison Water Utility


Madison, WI


“The reconstruction of the Operations Center on a small contaminated site in the heart of Madison required overcoming significant obstacles and effectively mixing historic architecture with a modern maintenance facility.”
Alan L. Larson, PE, BCEE
Madison Water Utility