Sun Prairie Utilities is planning to build a new facility to provide the additional space needed to serve the growing community. This expansion combined with enhanced security, improved energy efficiency, the central location, and ease of access to the building for employees and the community will allow staff to serve the residents of Sun Prairie to the best of their abilities.
Sun Prairie Utilities (SPU) has been located in Downtown Sun Prairie for over 50 years. In 1972 the population was over 10,500. By 1986 the city had grown to around 14,400 and swelled to over 20,400 by the year 2000. A few expansions took place throughout the years but have not kept up with the growth of the city. In 2021, the U.S. Census Bureau reported the number of residents in Sun Prairie had grown to approximately 36,100.
Why a new building?
The current building is not keeping up with the utility demands resulting from Sun Prairie's rapidly growing city. The 19,000-square-foot, 50-year-old facility forces offsite storage of numerous vehicles and equipment. Similarly, limited to no space exists for new employees in the 9,000-square-foot, 22-year-old main office area. Additionally, the mechanical systems of the existing facilities are aging and require escalating operation and maintenance costs. The 83,000-square-foot new facility will incorporate various sustainability and technological advancements and is expected to provide the utility with adequate space to grow for the next 30-50 years.
How will the new building help the community?
The new facility is being designed to fit the needs of the community. The additional space for vehicles, equipment, materials, and staff will increase operational efficiency and minimize the length of potential service interruptions. The public will continue to have access to customer service, attend meetings, and the new community room will be available for public use.
Where will the new building be located?
To maintain the central location and accessibility to its customers, the new operations facility will be located on Linnerud Drive across the street from Sun Prairie Utilities' inventory storage facility located on Craftsman Way.
The Sun Prairie Utilities Commission has approved Carbon Net Source Zero and LEED Gold Certified design goals for the new facility. At the end of August 2023, submittals for consideration and approval were submitted to the City's Planning Department. Following all approvals, the construction process is expected to begin in the first half of 2024, with building completion in 2025. Kueny Architects will initiate the bidding process likely in the first quarter of 2024. Additional details can be found in the tri-monthly newsletters at the bottom of the Newsroom page on our website.
Sun Prairie Utilities' current building - view the video here.
Sun Prairie Utilities' new facility -
*Images may vary due to the designs changing.
Sun Prairie Utilities achieved 2023 Climate Champion status for the future facility.