August 13, 2013
Contacts: Chris Tryba (812) 876-0337
Rick Moore (812) 876-0282
Hoosier Energy breaks ground for new Bloomington headquarters
Hoosier Energy broke ground Tuesday, Aug. 13 for its new $27-million headquarters facility in Bloomington.
Hoosier Energy Chief Executive Officer Steve Smith and Chairman James Weimer welcomed local and state officials and other guests to the groundbreaking ceremony. Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann, Ninth District Congressman Todd Young and Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan also addressed guests.
The cooperative power supplier will build an 83,000-square-foot headquarters just northeast of the Tapp Road intersection with State Road 37. More than 115 employees will be based at the facility, which will improve workforce efficiency and meet company needs for years to come.
The site was selected after an evaluation of several alternatives. Limited space, high remodeling costs, site issues and accessibility ruled out expanding at the current headquarters location north of Bloomington.
The building will have two three-story wings with a central atrium/lobby and board room. The south wing also will have a basement.
Sustainability with minimal environmental impact has been a key consideration in design of the facility including Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED certification. The building will use about half the energy per square foot of current facilities by utilizing Light Emitting Diode lighting, geothermal heating and cooling and other energy efficiency features.
Indianapolis-based F.A. Wilhelm Construction has been selected as general contractor. Schmidt Associates is the architectural firm. Construction will begin immediately with occupancy scheduled for December 2014.
Downloadable high resolution headquarter image available here