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Public Service Building

Midway through demolition

There is a significant change going on to the old Public Service Building on North Meldrum. Originally built as the Public Service Company building in 1972 (undoubtedly replacing some nice looking homes), most recently this building house a series of engineering companies. In 1993, RBD, a local engineering company purchased and moved into the building. Yours truly did the landscape plan for this remodel. Next up was Sear Brown Engineering which bought out RBD. They in turn were bought out by Stantec Consulting, until their move out to Harmony in 2008. I have spent a lot of time in this building having worked with all three engineering companies. Now this building will become home to Otter Box, another local startup. I have no idea how much of the original building will be left, guess we will find out in a few days.

5 comments to Public Service Building

  • I biked past yesterday and was shocked at how much they were peeling off. I guess I just hadn’t expected it. I’m very curious to see how the re-do comes out.

  • Having inside info on Otter, it’s not just the building that’s going to change. The company is growing by leaps and bounds and expect the surrounding area to follow suit.

  • Lisa

    I live within sight of the lot and yes, the second building is coming down today.

  • Having seen the renderings for the new place I can tell you it will be a vast improvement over the outdated structure they are expanding. This building will serve as a nice transition from the larger scale buildings to the east and the neighborhood to the west.
    More workers, increased density, and more activity is exactly what this corner of downtown needs.

  • Terence

    I have seen the renderings too, and also agree that it will be a nice building, and nice to keep a major employer downtown.

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