Jemez Mountains Electric Co-op Plans New Headquarters
Action was taken on Feb. 6, 2019 through unanimous Board of Trustee consensus, to award a contract for the construction of a new headquarters campus to be located in Hernandez, New Mexico. The contract was awarded to Bradbury Stamm Construction of Albuquerque, N.M.
The project will include demolishment of the current headquarters which was built in 1961. “The decision to embark on the project was not an easy one,” said Donna Montoya-Trujillo, General Manager of the Co-op. It began in June of 2016 when a feasibility study was discussed by the Board of Trustees to determine the cost to bring the current building into compliance with several regulations– including the Americans with Disabilities Act.
“The current headquarters houses 75 employees and is experiencing flooding issues, plumbing problems -including a saturated leach field, and HVAC difficulties, to name a few,” notes Montoya-Trujillo. Additionally, in order to upgrade systems with state- of-the art technology, new wiring is critical. “Our antiquated building infrastructure does not lend itself easily to these upgrades,” explains Montoya-Trujillo, “in order to effectively continue to serve our consumers we need to make an investment that will carry us forward rather than holding us back.”
The contract has a fixed firm cost of just under $9.5 million. Construction is slated to start this spring and should be completed by the summer of 2020. There are no plans to increase rates due to this project. “Construction of a building is a ‘balance sheet’ or asset item,” explains Montoya-Trujillo, “it is the ongoing costs of maintaining a 60 year old building that really impacts the ‘bottom-line’ for the members.”
Anyone interested in reviewing any documents related to the construction plans may reach out to the general manager of the cooperative. In addition anyone wishing to tour the current building can schedule with Eli Gallegos, Plant Manager.