Headquarters Project

 

Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative to Construct New Headquarters

Wadena, MN, April 9, 2020- Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative (TWEC) Board of Directors unanimously voted to construct a new headquarters building at their Board Meeting on March 26, 2020. The Cooperative has operated from its current facility since it was constructed in 1949, with an office addition built in the 1980s.

The decision comes in response to intense study and planning with appropriate experts to evaluate TWEC’s needs and possible solutions to determine the state of the building, which has served the Cooperative for 71 years. The evaluation examined the building’s structure, sustainability, building needs, building inefficiencies and recurrent flooding issues.

The current facility offers little insulation, no ventilation, and an inefficient HVAC system. The square footage of the facility is inefficient for office workflow. “As our current headquarters have served us well for the last 71 years, the Board realizes it is cost prohibitive to carry us for the next 71 years,” said Miles Kuschel, TWEC Board Chair.

The Board of Directors are working with Contegrity Group- a construction management company based out of Little Falls, MN. The architects have developed designs and specifications based on input from TWEC. The final bids selected came to a total price just over $2.7M, which was just below the Cooperative’s estimated $3M project cost. The project will not affect members’ rates.

“This decision has been given a vast amount of thought and due process over the years while taking into consideration the needs of our members and staff,” said Kuschel.

The new headquarters will boast hands-on displays for members to learn about energy efficiency, rebates, and overall ways to interact with the Cooperative. A small conference room will also be available in a private and comfortable setting where members can meet with TWEC staff.


Communicating with Members

Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative has been communicating with members about the Headquarters Project in the Pine to Prairie Newsletters. A member forum was held on February 27, 2020. Read the Headquarters Project stories here:

November 2019

December 2019

January 2020

February 2020

March 2020

April 2020

May 2020


Headquarters Project Timeline

April 2020: Break Ground on Headquarters Project

May 2020: Demolition of Shop/Garage Completed

May 2020: Construction Begins

November 2020: Construction of Headquarters Complete, Office Moves to New Building

November 2020: Demolition of Old Headquarters Office


Contractor Bid Tab


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