The $14 million facility provides a consolidated space for ESD 16’s administrative and maintenance staff, according to Lance Wilson, who serves as commissioner and president of ESD 16. Within the building, 23,000 square feet will be devoted to administration space and 10,000 square feet will be used for the maintenance section.
Wilson estimated the project—located on Stuebner Airline Road in Spring—will be completed by mid- to late-February.
“Currently our maintenance and administrative staff are distributed in different locations due to space restraints,” Wilson said. “This will allow for a more cohesive process and convenient access to our offices to the public and staff.”
The cost of the project is funded by a loan with an interest rate of less than 2%, Wilson said. The loan will be paid off using sales tax revenue ESD 16 receives.
“We were able to accomplish this project without raising taxes,” he said.
The property will include enough space to build a new fire station or replace an old facility, should the need arise in the future, Wilson said. A large training/multipurpose room inside the administration and maintenance facility will also be available for community use, he added.
In September, ESD 16 took over services for the Klein Volunteer Fire Department, which provided fire suppression, prevention and education service throughout a 52-square-mile area in unincorporated Harris County. KVFD also provided emergency medical response and hazardous materials response services.
As previously reported by Community Impact, about 200 employees with KVFD were transferred to ESD 16’s payroll over the summer as part of the transition process. This transition had been in the works since 2020.
ESD 16 was founded in 1984 and serves almost 174,000 individuals in the Spring and Klein communities as of 2022, according to ESD 16.