The Public Construction Division of the Department of Public Works manages the construction of projects built to serve the citizens of the County. Projects include the redesign and renovation of current County-maintained buildings and the construction of new facilities such as fire and rescue stations, libraries, office buildings, public safety buildings and road construction or reconstruction. Included in the construction process is the budgeting, contracting and management of projects.
The CIP (Capital Improvements Program) consists of project descriptions and expenditures. The CIP is a long-term plan for developing or improving public facilities. The typical CIP includes a multi-year schedule of proposed public facility expansions. It lists major non-recurring expenditures for libraries, museums, fire and rescue stations, parks, large building renovations, and street construction or rconstruction. Costs associated with capital projects include feasibility studies, architectural and engineering design, land appraisal and acquisition, construction, and installation of related furnishings and equipment for new facilities.
Since many public facility improvements are large and expensive projects, utilizing a CIP enables local government to anticipate and budget for capital items years in advance. Stafford County's CIP includes all projects with a construction estimate or purchase value of $500,000 or more.