City of Cartersville Breaks Ground on New Water Department Complex

CARTERSVILLE, GA — On February 27, 2023, CPL joined representatives from the City of Cartersville’s Water Department, local government officials and members of the Bartow County community to celebrate the groundbreaking of the city’s new Water Department Complex.

A reliable provider of domestic water that oversees 237 miles of distribution lines, the agency is responsible for safeguarding public health and the environment by implementing effective measures for water pollution control and sewage management.

Through planning and design workshops led by CPL with Assistant City Manager Freddy Morgan, Water Department Director Sidney Forsyth and other invested stakeholders, the team developed a master plan to relocate the agency’s outmoded administrative offices, laboratories, maintenance and storage yards —which were positioned disparately throughout the existing water plant complexto consolidate all teams and activities into a single, comprehensive location.

Situated on Douthit Ferry Road, a new pre-engineered 30,650 sq. ft. building will be constructed with energy-efficient insulated ACM panels and a brick wainscot façade. Plans for the interior include administrative office spaces, domestic and wastewater testing labs, maintenance areas with plenty of room for vehicles and a new pipe and materials yard to support the staff in carrying out tasks pertaining to water engineering, distribution, collection and maintenance.

A rendering showing the new Water Department Complex for the City of Cartersville.

“Our team joined forces with department stakeholders to create a facility that will not only increase capacity, but provide two new custom laboratories designed specifically for the testing staff with their direct participation,” said CPL Principal K. Scott Gordon, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, who served as the project’s Principal-in-Charge. “The design brings all employees together under one roof, which will improve communication and facilitate superior service delivery for the City of Cartersville.”

As Architect of Record, CPL provided comprehensive planning, architectural and engineering services, and will work alongside Reeves Young (Construction Manager), which was selected by the City to construct the project.

The complex is expected to be completed in 2024.

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