GreyStone Power and Choate Break Ground on 50-Acre Site Expansion
July 23, 2019
A new chapter in the history of GreyStone Power Corporation began with the official groundbreaking of their new 50-acre Paulding County headquarters. GreyStone Power and Choate broke ground on July 11, joined by GreyStone Power leadership and staff, stakeholders, and local community partners. GreyStone has been at its current site since 1963, and its last major expansion was in 1990, when the cooperative served around 50,000 members. Since then, the co-op’s membership has more than doubled, along with the operating revenue, and miles of additional lines. The new headquarters will provide a centralized location for its service area and will provide much needed room to accommodate GreyStone’s daily operations.
“Out of more than 830 electric distribution cooperatives in the country, GreyStone ranks 15th in size for number of members, and is the fourth largest in the state. In our current facility, we simply have no room to grow,” added Miller.
The project includes a 99,000-SF, three-story Class A office building, a 40,500-SF operations and engineering building, a 50,000-SF warehouse, 75,000-SF in vehicle maintenance/metering shop, and approximately 13-acres of concrete paving is programmed for service buildings. The new facility in Hiram is expected to be completed by December 2020.
“We are excited to begin construction on GreyStone’s expansion, which is truly a transformative project for the region,” said Ben Bunyard, SR. Vice President, Division Manager, Atlanta at Choate Construction.
Located west of Atlanta, GreyStone Power serves eight counties including Paulding, Douglas, Fulton, Coweta, Cobb, Fayette, Carroll, and Bartow. A recent recipient of a J.D. Power award, GreyStone Power Corporation is a member-owned electric cooperative.
Atlanta-based SMALLWOOD is the architect for the project. JLL Project and Development Services Division serves as the program manager that will oversee development and construction, co-managed by Mark Elliott, AIA, Vice President and Heath Hans, Vice President.