SVEC Unveils New Headquarters

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September 10, 2018
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MOUNT CRAWFORD — Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative unveiled its new $25 million complex just north of Mount Crawford Saturday afternoon.
Michael Hastings, SVEC’s president and CEO, said he’s proud the cooperative was able to keep its headquarters in Rockingham County.
“ We’re very fortunate to be in the community,” Hastings said during a media tour.
Founded in 1936, SVEC started with about 35,000 customers. But the utility has experienced tremendous growth in the last decade.
The electric cooperative’s 2010 acquisition of part of Allegheny Power’s Virginia territory boosted its customer total by about 60,000. Now, SVEC serves roughly 97,000 in an area from Augusta to Frederick counties.
At the time of the acquisition, Hastings said, the cooperative knew its headquarters on Dinkel Avenue near Mount Crawford and a customer service, warehouse, vehicle maintenance and field operations office on West Mosby Road on Dayton’s eastern edge would eventually be too small. Those structures had about 65,000 square feet under roof.
“The [employees] were crammed in there,” Hastings said. “It was very inefficient.”
The co-op paid $ 735,000 for the 18 acres just off South Valley Pike. The new complex, which consists of 113,000 square feet, consolidated its two Rockingham County facilities.
SVEC sold its Dinkel Avenue facility to Blue Ridge Christian School for $3.4 million.
In October 2016, Harman Construction began construction of the three story steel, pre-engineered building and a one- story steel, pre- engineered garage at 70 Oakwood Drive. Harman used roughly 25 subcontractors, most them local, to complete the job.
The new facility features a 24-hour drive-thru kiosks so customers can pay their bills without leaving their cars.
Greg Rogers, vice president for engineering and operations, said the new garage has room to allow SVEC to store all its trucks indoors.
Previously, Rogers said, some had to be kept outside, putting millions of dollars worth of equipment susceptible to damage from the weather.
“A little bit of a shell around them makes a whole lot of difference,” said Rogers, adding that by housing everything inside, the step will add a year or two to the trucks’ lifespan.

The front lobby of the new Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative office.