The Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) is a not-for-profit electric utility located in the Shenandoah Valley. Serving over 90,000 member-owners, the co-op maintains over 7,600 miles of electrical lines in the counties of Augusta, Clarke, Frederick, Highland, Page, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Warren in Virginia, and the city of Winchester.
In 2016, the SVEC found the need to combine their district office with the corporate headquarters. The resulting project will sit just off Route 11 in Mount Crawford, Virginia. The new campus will consist of three main buildings: a 3-story, 71,000sf headquarters building, a 1-story, 27,000sf warehouse, and a 2-story, 17,000sf garage building.
The Headquarters building is a union of local historic architectural design principles and modern technology and responsible environmental design. Blue Stone, cast stone, aluminum, and glass create a contemporary design that draws from local historic architecture.
The building will house the entire corporate and district offices of the SVEC and will include the infrastructure necessary to meet the need inherent to a cooperative. A 300-person conference room will allow for the member-owner Annual Meeting in which individual costumer’s will vote and express their thoughts on how the cooperative is operated. The building will also house a 24/7 operations and communication center that will allow the SVEC to be connected to their entire grid. The building is also equipped with catering kitchens, a boardroom, and 1200 sf veranda on the third floor.
The 6-bay garage building provides a local base of operations for the maintenance, repair, and deployment of the entire SVEC vehicle fleet. From here, SVEC has the ability to respond immediately to any outages or problems that may arise.
The new SVEC Campus is a design solution that addresses the growing needs of the Cooperative while emphasizing value and innovation – the cornerstones of SVEC .