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Kootenay Operations Centre

December 2016 update

Construction on the new, centralized facility is progressing well.

Right now, work is focused on the exterior building envelope — the walls are up, the vapor barriers (which ensure the building remains watertight) are nearing completion and the exterior walls are mostly framed with fiberglass board.

Once the exterior and roof framing are in place, the structure will be winter-ready. We expect the entire building shell, including doors, windows and roof, to be ready for lock-up and interior work by the end of February.

What is it?

​The Kootenay Operations Centre represents a significant investment in serving the long-term electricity needs of the West Kootenays and Boundary. Once complete, it will be the central location for electric operations in these regions.

It will contain office and crew space, material storage and a dedicated Emergency Operations Centre. Finished space will be approximately 30,000 square-feet, with approximately 23,000 square feet as office space and another 7,000 square feet as dedicated warehouse space.

Approximately 100 operations employees will operate from the new facility which includes administration staff and field crews that work with transmission and distribution services.

Why is it needed?

​This new facility will ensure the best, most cost effective service over the long term. In addition to replacing facilities that are at end of life, some additional benefits include improved communications and project coordination within departments, reduced travel time and improved safety.

Quick facts
  • ​Located on a 10-acre parcel of land in the Oostichenia region of Castlegar.
  • The overall project cost is close to $23 million dollars which includes items like the land purchase and construction, migration costs and equipment purchases.
  • Vic Van Isle Construction (VVI) is the general contractor and they were selected in May 2016 following an extensive procurement process.
  • Construction began in June 2016, is expected to open in October 2017 and be fully operational by December 2017.
Project timeline


Activity​ ​Timeframe to complete
Start construction June 2016
Concrete footings and walls June to September 2016
Steel erection September to November 2016
Exterior frame October to November 2016
Interior slabs November 2016
Roof framing December 2016 to January 2017
Lock-up February 2017
Substantial completion August 2017
Moving in September to November 2017

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