The Merced County Mosquito Abatement District held an open house Friday to show off its new and improved office home.
The district, which provides areawide mosquito control and works to prevent mosquito-borne diseases, had been working out of buildings from the 1940s that were no longer compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
According to Allan Inman, entomologist and manager at the district, the move was long overdue. The old building lacked air conditioning and frequently experienced electrical and plumbing problems, he said.
“The new design is a lot more efficient,” Inman said. “We got a lot of ideas from other districts ... the way the office is laid out is really an adaptation from the abatement district in Sacramento.”
In the old buildings, Inman said, the offices, storage and chemical loading areas were spread throughout the lot, but the new design has brought them together.
The new blue-and-white building has a larger storage area, larger control room and an enhanced security system.
District officials looked into possibly moving into Castle Commerce Center and the Merced Regional Airport before deciding to build behind the older buildings on its Beachwood Drive lot.
Construction of the $1 million project on the 4-acre lot began in August 2013. Staff began moving to the new building early this month. The older building still stands, but is closed off. Inman said expansion of the new structure is a possibility.
Sun-Star staff writer Ana B. Ibarra can be reached at (209) 385-2486 or aibarra @mercedsunstar.com.