New Burlington building will consolidate generation and transmission personnel

Construction of a new Tri-State field facility in eastern Colorado that will consolidate the Burlington-based transmission maintenance crew members and generation personnel at Burlington Station at one site is progressing on schedule this fall.

Construction is on schedule for a spring 2014 completion of the Burlington Generation and Transmission Maintenance Facility in eastern Colorado.

Construction is on schedule for a spring 2014 completion of the Burlington Generation and Transmission Maintenance Facility in eastern Colorado.

The new building, referred to as Burlington Generation and Transmission Maintenance Facility, replaces an outmoded generation building at Burlington Station. “We moved the Burlington Station personnel to an adjacent, temporary building about a year-and-a-half ago,” said Ben Mayer, Tri-State’s general facilities manager.

The four members of the Burlington transmission maintenance crew are currently based at a leased facility in the nearby town of Burlington. Transmission maintenance personnel, along with the five generation employees at the plant site, are expected to move into their new building once it is completed in March of 2014.

The new building combines Tri-State generation and transmission personnel from two locations into a modern, centralized multi-purpose facility.

The new building combines Tri-State generation and transmission personnel from two locations into a modern, centralized multi-purpose facility.

As of the first week of November, construction crews at the Burlington site had all of the building’s foundation completed and all of the walls are up for the office areas of the building. “We are hoping to have the entire structure up and closed in by mid-December, so construction can continue on the inside of the building during the colder winter months,” Mayer explained.

Mayer said the new concrete masonry building is similar in design to Tri-State’s Ogallala, Neb., and Northern Colorado Maintenance Center (Frederick, Colo.) buildings, which includes highly efficient energy-saving features.

The five employees from the generation group at the site are Jeff Chartier, Sergio Baquera, Bryan Campell, Jason Carrillo and Gina Miller. Transmission maintenance employees who will be relocating to the new building are Troy Bloyd, Clint Hubbell, Smitty Smith and Steve Wheat.

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