Flathead Electric to build new office for members in Libby
The Flathead Electric Co-op (FEC) office in Libby will undergo a major overhaul in the coming months. Built in the 1950’s, the office is antiquated in a number of ways and the Board of Trustees feel the time has come for renovation. Jason Williams, Assistant General Manager, says plans are underway.
“The old building is horribly inefficient, the roof leaks, and it has asbestos in the cinder blocks and the floor tiles. Our newer line trucks don’t even fit in the truck bays. The new building will be designed to be much more member friendly (including having a drive-up window), secure, visually attractive and energy efficient.” Williams says there are also plans to add some solar power and electric vehicle charging capacities.
Due to COVID-19 and the call for social distancing and protecting the health of employees, FEC is reevaluating a timeline on construction, but tentatively plans to move the Libby personnel into a temporary office (just south of the current location where the Lincoln County Credit Union was once housed) in the next few months and hopes to demolish the existing structure beginning in the late fall or early winter. Besides the addition of a new office (scheduled for construction to begin on the existing site in the spring of 2021), the project includes improved and additional facilities at the Libby Substation for trucks and other equipment to improve efficiency and response times. Williams says that Libby is worthy of its own new dedicated office and crew.
“Although Libby is a part of Flathead Electric Cooperative, if it were its own Co-op– based on the number of meters from Thompson Lakes westward—it would be approximately the seventh largest Co-op in the state of Montana. We are excited to play a part in beautifying and rejuvenating Libby’s downtown area.”
Flathead Electric will notify members of new developments as the project evolves.