Up until the final days of 2021, District project and design teams were adding the final touches to the plans that will soon become the new Lakehaven Administration Building. Toward the end of this past March, the last steel beam was set on the new building, a very important milestone on the project. To mark the event, the general contractor, Lydig Construction, held a “Topping Out” ceremony at the building site. Lakehaven staff and commissioners, along with Lydig employees, celebrated by signing their names on the beam before it was set in place. Although it will be covered up from view and never seen again, we are hopeful that this beam will serve to provide structural strength to the building for the next century (or more!) A picture of the beam and all those that signed it will be displayed somewhere in the building as a commemorative to the event!
If all goes according to plan, Lakehaven employees will occupy this new state–of-the-art building toward the end of this year. I know our staff is looking forward to having updated office and working areas that are much needed. It has been a long time coming and the excitement of occupying our new building is palpable.
Another thing changing at the District is that we continue to see staff turnover as a number of long-time employees retire and others leave to find new work opportunities. At Lakehaven, we are proud of our employees and value their service. Many of the retiring employees have been working to provide your water and sewer service for 30 years and more. Others leave Lakehaven for opportunities that allow them career advancements not currently available at the District.
Regardless of the reason for leaving, we wish them well in their lives as they move to meet new horizons. We are deeply indebted to them for the efforts they have made, which has enabled us to provide reliable and affordable water and sewer service to you for many years.
The fact that we have staff turnover means an opportunity for others to join our team; which is why I would like to mention that the District is an excellent place to work! I encourage those of you that are interested, or know others that are interested, to consider working at the District. We offer competitive pay and benefits and opportunities for you to build a career, and place in the community, with the best water and sewer utility in the state. You can find our job postings on our website at www.lakehaven.org.
Lastly, if you’re out and about and find yourself along First Aveue between 312th and 320th, glance to the west and take a look as our new building takes shape.