This project involved completing and adapting a shell building in a business park that sat vacant for several years. The renovated 55,000 sf building houses the electric co-op’s entire office and operations functions.
The building was also designed to help the co-op deal with the severe weather emergencies that they have historically encountered, such as an EF-5 tornado that struck in 2011. The new facility includes a case-hardened tornado resistant structure to house their control room and data center and act as a tornado shelter – a “building within the building.”
The facility was designed to accommodate visiting out-of-town utility crews that may come to the aid of the co-op during emergencies, providing space to orient and feed the crews as well as temporary sleeping quarters.