Headquarters Project Summary – What You Need to Know
As you know the Cooperative has been working on a consolidated headquarters facility to be located at the current location of the Cooperative’s shop at 5 North Depot Street in Delhi. The member benefits of this project are simple, bring all staff together to a combined location to help promote better communication and efficiency.
The new DCEC headquarters will integrate the existing DCEC shop and the former CE Kiff Inc. shop. This will include material warehouse space and a secure member service area. In order to incorporate all needed functionally and project goals, additions will be constructed to both existing buildings. There will also be an addition that will link the two existing buildings together. Other improvements will be the creation of a truck fueling island, and new pole storage bunkers.
At the February 2020 board meeting the Cooperative’s board of directors approved a project budget of approximately $2.5 million dollars. This budget is to include all materials, contractors, permits, and service charges associated with the construction of the consolidated headquarters facility.
Barring any unforeseen impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the project schedule, the office move from 39 Elm Street to 5 North Depot Street will begin after the office closes on Friday, August 14, 2020. On Monday, August 17, 2020 the DCEC office will be closed to finish the moving process. That means that Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 7:30 am the office will be officially moved and open to the public, ready to resume regular office functions. 39 Elm Street in Delhi will no longer be owned by DCEC and members and the public will no longer be able to conduct Cooperative related business at that location. The Cooperative has sold the office at 39 Elm Street to the owners of Decker Advertising, which performs custom publication services in addition to publishing their own newspapers, including The Reporter.
For any members that are interested, the Cooperative will be hosting an Open House of the 39 Elm Street office. This Open House will consist of guided tours of the building before the official move of the Cooperative headquarters. More information about this Open House will be provided in the July/August edition of this newsletter. The Cooperative will also be hosting several Open Houses of the new consolidated headquarters, dates to be provided at a later date.
DCEC will continue to monitor and update information on the headquarters projects as it may become affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you want to know about specific project details please check our website or Facebook page. For additional information, questions, or concerns about this project please contact the Cooperative’s CEO/General manager Mark Schneider at (607) 746-9282.