Central Texas Electric Cooperative
In Fredericksburg, CTEC established a new Operations and Maintenance building on a ten-acre site adjacent to their headquarters building. The new buildings relocated their linemen, dispatch, and mechanics from temporary spaces. The operations portion of the building contains locker rooms and meeting spaces for over 40 linemen with enclosed vehicle parking areas to accommodate 36 large bucket trucks. An 8,000-square-foot warehouse with mezzanines connect directly to the main building for ease of use. A separate 6,500-square-foot maintenance building contains work areas for six vehicles, accommodations for an overhead bridge crane, and an outdoor covered wash bay with an attached equipment shed.
Although the Operations and Maintenance buildings in Fredericksburg are not public facilities, the exterior materials and landscaping are similar to the headquarters facility to create a unified campus.
In Mason, Guernsey worked with CTEC for the design of a new district office on ten acres of new property. The district office has member services that consist of a drive through and walk-in lobby with open service counter. Because the Mason building was for public use there is an emphasis on design and use of stone and EIFS to create a building with local vernacular.
Behind the member service portion of Mason are locker rooms for linemen, an enclosed vehicle storage area, small warehouse, and four-acre laydown yard.
Both buildings contain a storm-hardened area containing the dispatch room, conference room, and electrical and mechanical services to resist 250 mph winds.
The two new buildings for CTEC resulted in improved electric cooperative operations in West Texas to better serve their members.