Building Up BEC
On September 18, 2019, the Boone Electric Cooperative Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve a $25 million project that will greatly improve the headquarters at the cooperative’s current location on Rangeline Street. The board hired local general contractor Coil Construction to oversee the project that will include both new buildings and rehabilitation of existing ones.
The board of directors spent the last two years strategically planning BEC's future. It had become apparent to the cooperative's leaders that the buildings' problems could no longer be fixed by band-aid repairs. The board hired different firms to study all options which included renovating the buildings, building new, and moving to a different site and starting fresh. After vetting the multiple options and proposals, the board decided Boone Electric's home is here on Rangeline St., but major construction would be necessary for a healthy, safe and efficient work environment.
Boone Electric built its first building on this property in 1952. We built a second building for an expanding operations staff in 1976. In 1996, we built a third building that combined the first two. The 1952 building will be demolished in the final phase of this project. It is the building you see from Rangeline St. It has served this cooperative well for nearly 70 years. Commercial buildings, today, are expected to last 25 years. The remaining two buildings (although under one roof) will be completely gutted and rebuilt to also eliminate their issues.
We want our members to be in-the-know when it comes to this project. We first introduced this issue during the 2019 Annual Meeting of Members in July. Board President Joel Bullard addressed what the board had been considering the previous 18 months and wanted members to know they were determined to find a solution for the cooperative. You can listen and see his presentation below. We've also included the written and visual version of both so you can read and study at your own pace. A letter was sent out to each member regarding this decision in late September. We encourage anyone with questions or feedback to let us know: (573) 449-4181 or fill out this form.