Energy giant moves into new regional office and service center in Fort Dodge
27 Jan 2019
More than 60 employees of MidAmerican Energy Co. have settled into a modern and spacious facility recently constructed in the Decker Development Park on the east side of Fort Dodge.
It is the first new facility built under the MidAmerican Energy name.
The new customer office and service center has consolidated multiple other facilities and departments under one roof, and, according to Dave Ostheimer, manager of electric operations, the additional space was much needed.
“We came from around a 3,000-square-foot facility and a 4-acre lot and now we are in a 72,000-square-foot facility with a just under 20-acre lot,” Ostheimer said. “Effectively, we are pushing the limits of the building with what we have now, so you know we were crammed into what we had before. It has expanded us out to be able to function more effectively, more efficiently, and more safely. That’s the big key to me. It will allow us to better serve our customers in this area.”
The 72,311-square-foot development includes an employee office, customer office, fitness center, welding shop and general shop, vehicle maintenance work space, indoor and outdoor material storage, truck storage and a vehicle wash. It was substantially completed in December 2018. Construction began in September 2017.
“The environmentally-friendly facility incorporates a contemporary design that facilitates a smooth and efficient flow for customers and employees, and also encourages employee collaboration,” Geoff Greenwood, MidAmerican media relations manager, said.
The facility serves 32,312 customers in the cities of Fort Dodge, Manson, Barnum, Badger, Otho, Burnside, Callender, Coalville, Kalo, Duncombe, Moorland and Clare.