Recent data from the American Community Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau shows Frisco’s population is estimated to have grown by over 10,000 people between 2017 and 2018.
“As you’re growing, the capacity and capability of the capacity needs to grow,” Deputy Director of Public Works Robert Kopp said.
Kopp’s department is seeking a bigger space for maintenance and operations. Currently located on Research Road, the department’s building is meant to hold 150 people, he said.
The public works department is now at around 210 people, Kopp said.
The department is looking at expanding its current building with 9 acres of land next to the current location, Kopp said.
Design for this will continue through summer 2020 for construction to begin that fall, he said. Construction and relocation of the department is expected to be completed by spring 2022.
The entire project is expected to cost $16 million, Kopp said. This is funded by the May bond election and utility funds, Director of Engineering Services Paul Knipple said.
“These men and women are the stormwater, streets and traffic signals people,” Kopp said. “They’re out there day to day taking care of the infrastructure and making sure we have quality of life for the community. They need to have a good place to work.”