Public Works

Public Works Engineering Division

What We Do

The Division is responsible for designing, bidding, and managing construction and facility improvement projects for Dane County. The Division serves as an in-house consultant for all other departments providing professional engineering services, participating in space allocation and development, planning, reviewing and assessing county facilities, and developing recommendations for facility upgrades, repairs and maintenance. Approximately 80-120 projects are designed and bid out each year. Projects are awarded through a formal Request for Bid (RFB) process for larger projects and through informal quotes for smaller projects. Consulting and architectural / engineering services are solicited through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process. A link to current RFBs & RFPs is above.

Public Works Engineering provides leadership in implementation of the County's "green building" policy promoting safe, cost efficient, and environmentally sound construction and energy use practices effectively reducing the tax burden on County residents.

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Current and Previous Projects

  • Juvenile Shelter Home Improvements
  • 911 Radio Communications Upgrades
  • Parking Ramp Restoration
  • Lakes Waubesa & Kegonsa Locks & Dams Renovation
  • Northport Energy Efficiency Improvements
  • Medical Examiner’s Building
  • Lakeview Nurses Dorm historic Preservation

Types of Projects

  • New Buildings
  • Civil & Concrete
  • Utility Infrastructure
  • Mechanical / HVAC
  • Plumbing / Piping
  • Site Work / Surveys
  • Sustainable Design
  • Other Associated Facility Work
  • Building Renovations / Additions
  • Roofing
  • Structural
  • Electrical
  • Controls & Building Automation
  • Energy Management
  • LEED

Public Works Lakes Division

What We Do

The title of the Lakes Management Division of Public Works is deceiving. Their mission is actually twofold. This small group of 3 permanent employees and varying numbers of temporary summer employees is responsible both for aquatic weed harvesting on all of the County's lakes as well as performing construction work on many County projects.

This division is overseen by the Parks Department from mid-May to mid-August during which time their primary focus lies in aquatic weed harvesting on the County's lakes. More information regarding that aspect of their mission can be found on the Parks Department's Aquatic Weed Harvesting web page. However, one interesting fact that you won't find there is that the equipment used by Dane County for harvesting aquatic weeds was all designed, fabricated, and built by Lakes Management staff.

Lakes Management's second purpose is more obscure. Lakes Management also facilitates the timely and cost-effective completion of special projects County-wide. Their primary responsibility in this area is to assist the Public Works Engineering Division performing semi-skilled trades work on various construction projects. Situations that arise in many of Engineering's projects, which could cost thousands of dollars in change orders, add months to the project completion schedule, or simply never reach completion due to budgetary restraints, are handled by Lakes Management for a fraction of the cost and time.

As you can now see, the Lakes Management Division is truly a hidden asset to Dane County not only keeping the beautiful lakes beautiful, but also performing work and completing projects that would otherwise require contracting out at a much higher cost.