Preparing to Serve Generations to Come
Over three years ago we began the strategic process of evaluating our facilities, with the main focus on our operations headquarters in the City of Newport. We initially explored moving out of the city due to space constraints and to allow for new business development. However, we determined that the most cost effective and economically prudent path was to renew our longstanding partnership with the City of Newport and remain in our current location. That commitment also meant we would need to step up as an anchor tenant and improve the appearances of our facilities.
With that, we began by purchasing the adjacent parcels on the north and south ends of our current lot. We removed the existing buildings and temporarily graveled and fenced the parcels. We then engaged an architecture firm (Cortner Architectural Company) to design a multi-phased improvement plan that would advance our efficiency, reliability and aesthetic appearance and still fit within the budget we had set from annual reserves to fully fund the project without affecting our customer rates. We are currently finishing the design on the first phase, which includes a new mechanics building on the south