New LPA Maintenance Facility Nearing Completion

Insulated walls of the 10,000-square-feet shop were built in sections elsewhere, and delivered to the site for assembly. Once the walls of the new shop were complete, a crane was used to mount the roof trusses. The shop exterior features a metal roof and siding, decorative cupolas, and a covered main entrance. These concrete pads and walls soon will be topped with hoop structures, and used for storing sand and salt to treat Lake Panorama roads in the winter.

By Susan Thompson 

The LPA’s new maintenance facility to serve the Lake Panorama community is on track for completion and occupancy by mid-October. The facility is located on the lake’s east side at the corner of 200thand Chimra. 

It replaces the old maintenance facility located a quarter-mile further west. Replacement of the old facility first came before the LPA board in the fall of 2014. The current shop is 4,000 square feet and was built in 1973. Signs of corrosion were discovered in late-2016 and the building was temporarily modified in the fall of 2018 to support LPA operations this past winter.

The new facility includes a shop that measures about 10,000 square feet. Also included on the site is a new cold storage building, two large hoop structures for salt and sand storage, a smaller hoop building for brine mixing, and storage bins for aggregate and other materials. 

An earthen berm has been built on the west and south of the property. On top and outside of this berm will be a series of evergreen plantings to provide a visual screen. Plantings also will be used on the north to ensure the entrance to Lake Panorama remains appealing. Cupolas, wainscot and a stone entrance to the shop’s office area “dress up” the facility.

The maintenance complex cost is $1.7 million. LPA worked with a consortium of local banks to finance the project, with payoff structured as a 20-year loan. 

The cold storage building located at the old maintenance facility site will be repurposed for boat storage beginning in the fall of 2020. 

An open house at the new facility will be scheduled once a move-in date is finalized, probably late October. Watch the LPA Panorama Prompt e-newsletter for details.