Glencoe, Minnesota (July 25, 2019) – Attendees gathered for an official groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, July 25 at the site of McLeod Cooperative (Co-op) Power Association’s future headquarters. The team for the new 52,000-sf facility is comprised of Tegra Group, Brunton Architects and Engineers and Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP).
After years of deliberation, this spring the McLeod Co-op’s board of directors made the courageous decision to move forward with construction. “In my mind, it showed great leadership when this board voted to approve the new building,” Carrie Buckley, General Manager of McLeod Co-op Power expressed. To accommodate the 10-acres needed for their building, the City of Glencoe helped purchase, annex and merge an additional three acres of agricultural land with the Co-op’s seven-acre parcel in Glencoe’s East Industrial Park.
“After inevitable storm related outages in the past, this building is designed to be storm-resistant and provide sturdy reliability and power restoration,” emphasized Buckley. One of the highest priorities of the 52,000-sf precast concrete building is the need for a new garage. The facility will include a 40,000-sf covered storage area with enough room to house rolling stock, such as bucket trucks, service trucks, as well as most of their trailers and other equipment. The remaining 12,000 sf will be allocated to office space and include a multi-function room that can fit all their employees in it at one time for training and meetings. Additionally, the new building will be more accessible for their members to visit as there are no more steps to cross into the lobby.
“Sometimes a little ingenuity can move mountains… it’s a real joy to be standing on our future home and I’m proud of our board which is willing to move that mountain to build a building that will serve our members for the next 70 years,” stated Keith Peterson, President of McLeod Co-op Power. Several partners, including the City of Glencoe, Glencoe Light and Power Commission, McLeod Co-op Power board of directors, building committee members and employees, helped make the reality of a combined facility possible.
Construction is expected to be complete in July 2020.