After years of planning, Firelands Electric Cooperative’s new unified headquarters will be completed by the end of 2018.
Over the past two years, Firelands’ board and management have exercised due diligence in preparation to build the new facility, which will incorporate a 12,180-square-foot office and 22,800-square-foot warehouse — all under one roof. This facility will replace three current buildings.
Firelands is taking advantage of lower interest rates and other financial opportunities available from USDA Rural Utilities Service (RUS) to finance the new facility, located on 15 acres of property in the Village of New London — a site that will be beneficial to the cooperative.
Monroeville-based firm Janotta & Herner is constructing the building, and an official groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility was held in October. Soil boring tests, environmental studies, and some groundwork were completed at the end of 2017, before resuming construction in late April.
Firelands’ new facility will encompass energy-efficient heat pumps in the office, radiant floor heating in the warehouse, LED lighting, foam insulation, and other innovative technologies. The property will also incorporate the cooperative’s OurSolar community solar project, which will become available in September as a generation resource to the cooperative’s membership.
“The new facility is an investment in both our future and in the community. It is reflective of the comprehensive strength and financial health of Firelands Electric Cooperative,” said General Manager Dan McNaull. “Having the cooperative’s operations under one roof will offer improved communications and efficiencies to our workforce.”
The cooperative’s board and management will continue to oversee and manage the project to ensure a long-lasting structure that will serve Firelands Electric and its members for many years in the future.