PUD Breaks Ground on Facility Expansion
On Monday Nov 25th, after years of discussion and planning, Jefferson County PUD broke ground on the expansion and remodel of its 310 4 Corners Rd. Operations Facility. Commissioners Jeff Randall, Ken Collins, and Dan Toepper joined General Manager Kevin Streett in a ceremonial dig and dirt toss. Hoch Construction of Port Angeles is leading the project, which is expected to continue through most of 2020.
Since entering the electrical business, PUD employees and operations have been spread across multiple locations around the county. The goal of the $4.25M project is to bring all employees and all PUD board meetings onto one modern campus. The existing 1970s era operations center has been closed since October and will be gutted and remodeled for employee office space. A 4500 sq ft addition will house public meeting space and new improved customer service center as well as additional office space.
General Manager Kevin Streett expects the upgraded facility to reopen in late 2020 or early 2021. He noted that funding for the project comes from cash reserves, and that the PUD is not borrowing or raising rates to pay for the expansion and upgrade.
Pictured in group photos: From left: Dist 3 Commissioner Dan Toepper, Dist 2 Commissioner Ken Collins, Dist 1 Commissioner Jeff Randall, PUD adviser Don McDaniels, and GM Kevin Streett.