The city of San Marcos broke ground on a $44 million Public Service Center on Clovis Barker Road next to the Hays County Juvenile Detention Center. Funding is provided by certificates of obligation.

A press release issued by the city stated nearly 250 city employees will work in the facility once completed, including staff from the water, wastewater, electric, traffic, transit, general services, transportation, stormwater, facility maintenance and conservation teams.

Current facilities can longer accommodate the needs of increased staff, fleet vehicles, warehouse area and materials storage.

“We incorporated growth forecasts into the design of this building to ensure it will meet our needs as our community and service levels continue to grow,” Public Services Director Tom Taggart said. “The facility site plan includes additional expansion opportunities in preparation to serve the projected 2035 City population of 110,000 residents and beyond.”

To reduce the center's environmental footprint, 500 kilowatts of solar panels will generate a portion of the facility's power, and four 18,000-gallon cisterns will capture rainwater.