Empire District Service Center

Industrial

Baxter Springs, Kansas

Brief Summary

The previous Empire District Service Center in Baxter Springs was built in the early 1960s and located in a rock yard, which caused a dust problem for nearby residents. A new building was needed that would meet current code requirements and provide expanded space for growth. Crossland was hired to construct a new six-acre service center to house employee office space, new and longer fleet trucks, and materials. 

The new service center is significantly larger than the previous location, encompassing a 2,000 SF office building for the line departments, including space for equipment storage and linemen to work from, a 7,000 SF heated garage to service line trucks, and a 10,000 SF building to store materials such as transformers, poles, and other equipment. 


The new buildings have contemporary lighting systems, heating and air, and a backup generator for both systems. Office space included an attractive lobby, a ready room, breakroom, restrooms, open area for designers, and a shop for line managers to service transformers and test their meters. 

Weather played a significant factor in job progress, but good communication and collaboration between field personnel, suppliers, and the design team maximized the efficiency of work between weather events.

Project facts

  • SIZE - 24,000 SQUARE FEET
  • CONTRACT VALUE - $4.1 MILLION
  • SELF-PERFORMANCE - Finish Carpentry, Rough Carpentry, Steel, Concrete
  • CONSTRAINTS - WEATHER
  • DELIVERY METHOD - Design-Bid-Build / Hard Bid
  • OWNER - Empire District Electric Company
  • ARCHITECT - Peckham, Guyton, Albers, and Viets, Inc.

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