New Facility: Growing by demand
By Erin Moore, Member Solutions Coordinator
Originally published in January 2014 issue of TCEC LiveWire newsletter
In 1986 when the current TCEC building was remodeled the architects designed the facility for 18 office employees. While the cooperative had a total of 38 employees in 1986, 20 of those employees were field personnel. Today, TCEC has 92 employees, with more than 40 employees in the office and the remaining employees in the field.
Accommodating more than double the number of people the office was designed for has been a challenge. TCEC has converted all conference rooms to offices and lined the basement with desks in the main office to meet the demand. The cooperative has also installed two modular buildings for office personnel. Warehouse facilities have been rented in Hooker to store meters, bucket trucks, safety materials and other equipment.
The cooperative is growing. Since 2006, the electric load served by TCEC has grown more than any other Oklahoma cooperative. The acquisition of Xcel’s service territory in 2006 doubled the cooperative’s meters and members, yet the facilities remain the same. The new facility will help support the growth and expected future growth.
Expert planning assistance
The cooperative’s new facility is being designed and built by a team of specialists who have experience with distribution electric cooperatives. Cooperative Building Solutions headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., is the coordinator of TCEC’s new facility project. Guernsey, Inc. an architect, engineering and consulting firm located in Oklahoma City is the architect and Paric Corporation is constructing the new facility.
Drawings of the new facility will be available soon and will be shared with members in this newsletter.