Kirksey was selected to design the new 50,800-sf Member Services Building, which allows for continued occupancy for the existing building during sequenced construction of this new facility. The design of the Sam Houston Electric Cooperative involved programming not only for the service needs of the Co-Op members but also for the future growth and continuous operations of the Co-op during times of disaster. The challenges presented to Kirksey were to develop the new facility next to the existing facility that Sam Houston Electric Co-op utilizes as their member services building while maintaining the existing facility utilities, customer access and customer safety. The existing facility was removed in phases to allow for operations to remain within the existing facility while allowing for the new building to be constructed.
This project was completed on budget with value engineering evaluations taking place at various stages of planning, as the team investigated cost-effective means to deliver long-term value. Open office planning was implemented where practical to optimize interior flexibility.