VEA to Break Ground on Campus Expansion Project in Pahrump

PAHRUMP, Nev. – Valley Electric Association, Inc. (VEA), a member-owned electric cooperative headquartered in Pahrump, invites community members to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of its Pahrump-based campus at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 25 at 800 E. Highway 372. The event will include presentations from VEA’s project team and refreshments for attendees.

The event will kick off a 12- to 14-month expansion project designed to provide numerous benefits to VEA and its members, including a new community conference center in Pahrump, an enhanced customer service center, and a new building for the cooperative’s operations, dispatch and engineering departments.

“VEA has grown rapidly in recent years as a result of our proactive business strategy and continued dedication to our member-owners,” said Tom Husted, CEO of VEA. “As a result of our continued growth, we simply do not have enough existing space for our operations in Pahrump. This carefully planned campus expansion project will offer a solution to this problem by providing our cooperative with enough space to accommodate our growing workforce for years to come.”

To ensure the project remains on schedule and on budget, VEA has assembled a project team that includes Par Development, Inc., Martin-Harris Construction and Pugsley. Simpson. Coulter. Architects. In an effort to support the local business community, VEA plans to enlist the services of local subcontractors.

The construction project will include four phases, beginning with the addition of new parking areas on the campus. The second phase will encompass the construction of a new, 33,120-square-foot operations, dispatch and engineering building. The new building will feature a variety of energy-efficient technologies, including a self-contained geothermal system for heating and cooling. In addition to a conference room, offices, storage areas and other traditional office features, the building will provide VEA and its members with a state-of-the-art dispatch center.

The third phase of the project will include renovations to the lobby of VEA’s administration building. The renovation will provide members with a redesigned lobby featuring an additional bathroom and a hallway to the new operations, dispatch and engineering building. To promote safety during the renovation, VEA will temporarily relocate its customer service center to the former engineering building for six to eight weeks. This is expected to take place during the third quarter of 2014.

The final phase will focus on transforming VEA’s existing engineering building into the Valley Conference Center, a fully equipped 6,600-square-foot facility that will provide the community with a spacious venue for meetings, concerts and a wide variety of other events. VEA also plans to use the facility for large, companywide meetings and training sessions.

“We look forward to providing our members with a new location for the meetings and events that bring us together as a community,” Husted said. “As a community-focused organization, we take pride in giving back to our member-owners.”

Community members can RSVP for the April 25 groundbreaking event by contacting VEA Member and Communications Coordinator Dax Whittle via email at daxw@vea.coop.

Event Details

Who:               

Valley Electric Association, Inc. (VEA)

What:              

Groundbreaking ceremony for VEA’s campus expansion project. Members of the community are invited to attend and receive information about the new project.

When:             

Friday, April 25, 2014
10 a.m.

Where:            

VEA’s Pahrump campus
800 E. Highway 372
Pahrump, NV

Why:               

The event will kick off the 12- to 14-month expansion of VEA’s campus, which will provide a new community conference center in Pahrump, an enhanced customer service center, and a new building for the cooperative’s operations, dispatch and engineering departments.

RSVP:             

To RSVP for the event, please contact Dax Whittle at daxw@vea.coop.

About Valley Electric Association, Inc.

Valley Electric Association, Inc. (VEA) is a member-owned nonprofit electric utility headquartered in Pahrump, Nev. While VEA started as a small rural electric utility in 1965, the company now provides service to more than 45,000 people within a vast 6,800-square-mile service area located primarily along the California-Nevada border, with the majority in Nevada. VEA’s service area starts in Sandy Valley, southwest of Las Vegas, and extends north for more than 250 miles to Fish Lake Valley. For more information about VEA, please visit www.vea.coop.