Message From the Manager
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
North Bend, Washington, June 5, 2018 – Tanner Electric Cooperative, Inc., a member owned electric utility, is expanding and has begun construction on a new administration facility on the existing property owned by the Cooperative in North Bend, Washington. The building construction officially broke ground on June 1st. and when completed will offer the members and staff a updated facility capable of housing front-line technology that it takes to efficiently provide outstanding member services and system reliability.
General Manager, Steven Walter expressed his enthusiasm about the news on June 5, 2018, stating “After 5 years of studies, meetings and consultant work we are excited to announce we have received our building permit for the new administration facility.” Both prior to and subsequent to the construction of the property the Tanner Electric Cooperative (TEC) Board and staff has extensively reviewed the suitability of the new building site, including hydrology, soil studies, traffic studies, etc. that support the suitability on the existing TEC property for construction of a new administration building.
On April 29, 2018 the TEC Board of Directors approved the final costs for the construction of a new building. TEC. The reality of constructing a new facility has been a main topic of discussion at the TEC Annual Membership Meetings for the last several years. The existing office building as of April 2018 was over 48 years old and does not meet current government regulations, fire codes, and current ADA requirements for handicapped access for staff or guests. Significant environmental concerns, known or suspected, exist in the current facilities, and are not adequate for the number of current employees, and the expected growth of the Cooperative in the next 20 years will further exceed the capability and capacity for a safe environment for the staff.
Local general contractor, DHL Inc. was selected to lead the construction on the new administration office for TEC. A Seattle based architectural firm GANT NYCHAY, specifically Laroy Gant lead architect, for the project, designed the new 7,940 square feet building, as well as associated paved parking, landscaping, site and street frontage improvements. TEC General Manager, Steven Walter, Mr. Gant and staff are excited to finally see the building process begin to take shape. This new facility will serve TEC and its members for a minimum of 40-50 years and will have room to expand for the future if the need arises.
North Fork Enterprises, another local contractor, has started clearing the trees and building the construction entry way off of 140th. They started moving in all the equipment on June 1st. In just a few days a lot of progress has been made.
The civil work will proceed in about 10 days including all the dirt work and concrete work, which includes the preform concrete front wall. The civil work will take an estimated 3 months before the actual walls and roof get started. You can view the construction camera feed at the bottom of our Tanner homepage.