- Project Owner: City of Tavares
- Location: Tavares
- Project Size: 28,980
- Partners: GatorSktch
The City of Tavares will construct a regional workforce training and innovation center in partnership with Lake Technical College in what is considered one of the most innovative projects combining government and education resources that have ever been created.
The Public Works Operations Center will accommodate the complete operations of the Public Works division and serve as the new training location of Lake Tech’s Diesel Systems Technology programs. Utilizing this innovative model, students can train in an authentic environment as they work alongside the City’s technicians. This will also allow for increased opportunities in job shadowing, cooperative work experiences, internships, and apprenticeships. Both Lake Tech and the City are committed to completing the entire Public Works/ Regional Training Center project, which will provide additional space in the complex to relocate additional transportation programs in the coming years.
The project includes the following, which will be built on city-owned land: An 8,532-square-foot public works facility for the City. A combined 28,980-square-foot building includes a 9,350-square-foot vehicle fleet storage space, a 12,670-square-foot space for Lake Technical College’s diesel mechanic program, and 6,960 square feet for the college’s automotive program. Additionally, this complex will include a 10,540-square-foot operations building.