Officials from Snohomish County PUD held a ground-breaking or perhaps more accurately a building-smashing event Thursday afternoon at what will be the new site for the Snohomish County PUD office in Lynnwood.
The publicly-owned utility company is set to build a $7.8 million facility at 21020 63rd St. S.W. in Lynnwood, home of the former HMC Industries Building. Demolition of the current building could start later this month.
Snohomish County President Toni Olson, Commissioners Dave Aldrich and Kathy Vaughn and General Manager Steve Klein each took a sledgehammer to an interior wall of the current building.
The new PUD complex, expected to be completed in about a year, will replace two facilities, a customer service office at 21018 Highway 99 in Edmonds and the utility’s operational center near Halls Lake in Mountlake Terrace.
Staff members who now work under two different roofs will be sited at the same location. The new facility doubles the size of the warehouse. A new vehicle car wash will enable crews to avoid having to travel to the Everett Operations Center or other car washes.
The closure of the Halls Lake facility will provide more room to expand an adjacent switching station.
Snohomish County PUD is the second-largest publicly-owned utility in the state, serving 320,000 electric customers and 20,000 water customers in Snohomish County and Camano Island.