New Facility FAQs
Why is TCEC building a new facility?
The cooperative’s current facility in downtown Hooker was built in 1961 and remodeled in 1986. The cooperative has steadily grown over the years. The need for a new building was identified prior to the acquisition of Xcel Energy territory in 2006. The cooperative no longer fits in its current building and has numerous satellite locations to accommodate the needs.
Further, the cooperative’s headquarters are out of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. To come into compliance with ADA requirements would be cost prohibitive in the cooperative’s current facilities. To remain out of compliance with the ADA is a serious liability for the cooperative.
The cooperative continues to see unprecedented growth in kilowatt hour sales since the acquisition in 2006. The cooperative requires an efficient, well-organized and central location for its operations so it can meet the demands of its members.
Are rates going to be raised to pay for the new facility?
No, our financial forecast shows the cost of the new facility will not require additional revenue from the cooperative’s rates. Rates may still rise regardless of the new building. Significant regulatory, generation and transmission strains are being put on retail rates. Now is the best time to build a new facility based on interest rates and the cooperative’s financial health.
Did TCEC get help making its decision to build a new facility?
Yes. TCEC received help from several sources.
Cooperative Building Solutions (CBS), a firm that brings together past cooperative CEOs, architects and construction management firms to assist cooperatives with planning and construction of facilities. CBS partnered with Paric and Guernsey to assist TCEC with the project from start to finish. Paric is a firm located in St. Louis that pairs design/build services with construction management and negotiated general construction. Guernsey, an architectural and consulting firm located in Oklahoma City. Guernsey performed a review of the cooperative’s current facilities in 2012 and determined the cooperative has insufficient facilities for current and future needs. Because the current facilities are already over capacity, the cooperative’s ability to grow is greatly inhibited.
Where exactly will the new facility be located?
The new facility will be located on a tract of land northeast of Hooker between Highway 64 and Highway 54. It will be near Hooker’s Dollar General on Highway 54.
How big will the building be?
The facility will be large enough to accommodate current needs as well as future needs. The building will be cost and energy efficient. It will be designed for easy expansion should the need arise in the future.
An artist’s rendering of the new facility is available here and is also available in the cooperative’s current facility lobby for members to view.
Which employees will be located in the new facility?
All employees will be located in this single location. Employees currently work out of numerous locations scattered around Hooker because our current facilities are inadequate for our needs. The single location will allow us to operate the cooperative in a more efficient manner.
During the construction process will local contractors and vendors be used?
Yes, if the contractors are able to meet the requirements and timeline of construction. The bid process opened in March 2014 and was available to local vendors. Visit the New Facility overview page for more information.
What is the timeline for construction of the facility?
Groundbreaking and construction began in April 2014. Construction is scheduled for completion by summer of 2015.