Note from Supervisor Leenhouts: Construction of new Department of Public Works facility will get started in June
On Wednesday, May 15, the Penfield Town Board awarded five contracts to begin construction on a new Department of Public Works facility. Work will start in June and should take about two years to complete.

This moment truly is the culmination of years of preparation and planning. I want to thank everyone who got us here including the current Town Board, previous Town Boards, and our dedicated Town staff.

As this Town Board and past Town Boards have discussed at length over the years, the project is very much needed to make sure we have a modern facility to protect the Town’s vital equipment and ensure continued delivery of public works services to our community. The original DPW has been around since the 1950s and the new facility is going to be a tremendous boost to our operating efficiency.

If you’re interested in learning more about the project, and how we got here, I encourage you to visit our website which has a great deal of information about past discussions and planning work dating back to 2017.

A total of 27 bids were received for the project’s five individual contracts. I am happy to report the lowest responsible bids received for all contracts were well under the cost estimates prepared during the design process. The five bids awarded to complete the project totaled $21.4 million.

The bid breakdown is as follows:
  • General Construction: LeFrois Builders - $15,443,556
  • Plumbing: Lloyd Mechanical - $1,897,050
  • HVAC: Landry Mechanical Contractors - $1,260,260
  • Electric: Kaplan Schmidt Electric - $2,107,500
  • Fuel Island: LaValley Brothers Construction - $708,000
The new facility will be built on the northern side of the current DPW complex (1607 Jackson Road), which will require phased construction. Once complete, the 73,000 SF structure will include a 26-bay vehicle garage with modern amenities, a maintenance area, an administration office, a breakroom, restroom facilities, kennel space for animal control, a fire suppression system, and additional modern safety features. The site improvements are also going to include the relocation of the salt storage building, sand storage building, pole barn, and fueling station.

Funding for the project will come from assigned capital reserve funds and a municipal bond, which was approved by the Town Board on November 1, 2023. Any additional grant dollars received will help us offset the total costs.

It’s really an exciting time for Penfield with multiple projects in the works to make our community even better. I look forward to this project getting started, and I know our DPW team and the entire community are going to benefit tremendously from this new facility.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.

See you around.

Jeff Leenhouts, Town Supervisor