Washington Electric Cooperative constructing new headquarters facility


Washington Electric Cooperative moves into new facility
 
 The doors opened for the first time Jan. 30 at Washington Electric Cooperative's new headquarters facility at 440 Highland Ridge Road in Marietta, near Exit 6 of Interstate 77.
 
Office hours are 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Drop payment boxes are located at the front of the new facility and also at Warren's Plaza on St. Rte. 60 in front of Warren's IGA. The cooperative also strongly urges members to take advantage of the easy and secure online or phone payment methods that are offered.
 
 
The cooperative's phone numbers remain the same:
 
Main: (740) 373-2141
 
After Hours OUTAGE calls: 877-544-0273
 
Pay-By-Phone: 866-923-8148
 
 

 
Washington Electric breaks ground on new facility  
 
There was nothing as satisfying as the sound of a co-op shovel sinking into the southeastern Ohio soil on March 8, 2011, as Washington Electric Cooperative members, employees and trustees broke ground on the co-op's new headquarters facility.  
 
Local government and business leaders joined in the celebration at the building site on Highland Ridge Road near the northern Marietta exit on Interstate 77. The symbolic gesture signified not only the beginning of the project's construction phase, but was also a recognition of Washington Electric's commitment to providing affordable, reliable electric service to its members now and in the future. Efficiency and sustainability have been the driving forces behind the project from the beginning, and once completed the 30,000 square foot facility will combine the cooperative's three existing buildings and bring all 26 employees under one roof.
 
Under a perfect blue sky, representatives of the cooperative's past and present joined with some of the folks who helped the project transition from plan to reality to turn the first shovelful of earth. Taking part in the ceremony were 40-year co-op employee and Director of Operations and Engineering Calvin Hendershot; Washington County Commissioner Steve Weber; Clyde Knoch, a member of the crew that set Washington Electric's first poles 70 years ago; Muskingum Township Trustee Carolyn Dempsey; WEC Second Vice Chairman Frank Haught; and Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Charlotte Keim. In addition to co-op employees, the crowd gathered at the construction site also included representatives from Washington County Farm Bureau Federation, Ohio Small Business Development Center, and The Ohio State University Extension Service.  
 
Washington Electric Cooperative is pursuing LEED (Leadership Energy Environmental Design) certification for the facility. LEED was developed by the United States Green Building Council, whose mission is to promote healthful, durable, affordable and environmentally sound building practices in building design and construction. "Green" building features of the co-op building include geothermal heating/cooling and hot water; solar panels; enhanced roof and wall insulation; energy efficient windows; in-floor radiant heat; natural ventilation; low-flow plumbing fixtures; LED lighting; recycled materials; natural daylight; and regional materials.  
 
Mark Mondo Building and Excavating of Reno is the project's general contractor; Mondo is a local contractor and has committed to using only local labor for this project. Washington Electric's board of trustees has authorized the sale of the current co-op office at 406 Colegate Drive and warehouse property on St. Rte. 821 in Marietta.
 
 
  
 General Manager/CEO Ken Schilling, left, speaks to the crowd of co-op employees, trustees and supporters during the groundbreaking ceremony.
 

Excavation work continued in April.


A Washington Electric Cooperative crew sets new electric poles at the facility site at the end of May.
 
Construction crews work at installing the facility's steel frame in early June. This portion is the office
area at the front of the building.


June



The steel frame began going up in July.
 
 
By August, the exterior was ready for the brick work.
 
 
Insulation and siding work continued through September. This is the rear portion of the building.
 
 
 This shot shows some of the landscaping at the front of the building.
 
Nearing completion!
 
 
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