On Thursday, November 6, 2014 District One held a groundbreaking ceremony for the future Manatee Operations Center.
The current Sarasota Operations Center, located in Sarasota County, is an inefficient facility that needs to be updated. Many of the 34 buildings are well over 60 years old and do not meet today’s requirements for life safety codes, building codes, American Disability Act (ADA) compliance, and energy efficiency requirements. Due to access and property constraints, FDOT is unable to renovate the facility in its current location.
After completion of the Project, Development and Environmental study (PD&E) FDOT determined that a new operations facility should be on an existing 42 acre parcel owned by FDOT.
The future Manatee Operations Center will consolidate the current 34 buildings with 10 buildings and a total of 52,600 square feet.
The Operations Center will provide maintenance of existing highways and bridges, and construction of new facilities in Sarasota and Manatee counties. These counties continue to be high growth areas in District One. This project creates a Manatee Operations Center by combining Maintenance and Construction at one location.