Support of this growth requires not only additional generation and transmission, but also new resources and employees to better meet the members’ needs. The amount of space at Headquarters is maxed out. Currently, Basin Electric has more than 550 employees in Bismarck spread out among four different locations.
Basin Electric’s board is taking a practical approach in addressing the need for more space at Headquarters. Recently, directors approved funds for Basin Electric to hire an architect to assess the existing building and determine expansion options. This due diligence process has given the cooperative’s leadership a sense of what the space needs are and how to best address it.
“As we investigate our expansion options, our members can be assured we’re doing it so we can be responsive to their needs, while keeping costs in check,” Sukut says. “The overall result will be a further commitment to serve the next generation of cooperative members.”