Posted 7/9/2012 05:08 pm
Updated 10 months ago
Southwest Power Pool of Little Rock on Monday marked the grand opening of its 20-acre, $62 million headquarters campus.
Located at 16100 Pride Valley in west Little Rock, the campus is intended to improve efficiency both from technical and personnel angles. There's room for expansion, and Southwest will apply for LEED certification.
Speaking at the event, Gov. Mike Beebe praised the firm for staying in Little Rock. The center has 550 workers and plans to have 600 by the end of the year, according to The Associated Press. Jobs at Southwest Power Pool pay an average of $85,500 per year.
Southwest, a nonprofit regional transmission organization, provides power supplies, transmission infrastructure and other services to 65 members in the electricity utility industry in nine states.
Arkansas Business toured the campus and gave readers a sneak peek in April. The campus contains a 34,000-SF control center, a 150,000-SF administration building and a two-story parking deck.
Nabholz Construction Corp. of Conway built the campus, Witsell Evans & Rasco of Little Rock was the architect and TME Inc. of Little Rock was the engineering firm.