At 3:00 pm on Monday, July 9, 2012, Governor Mike Beebe joined Southwest Power Pool (SPP) Chairman and CEO Nick Brown to cut the ribbon on SPP’s new $62 million, 191,750 square foot Corporate Center at 201 Worthen Drive.
The opening will bring SPP’s 538 employees from three different locations under one roof, improving communication and collaboration. While some employees had already moved into their new facilities as of the opening, most were expected to be at their new desks by July 16th.
The Corporate Center consists of the four-story Office Building (155,000 square feet) and the Operations/Data Center (36,750 square feet), from where SPP Monitors power flow in a nine-state region and coordinates regional response in emergency situations or blackouts.
The headquarters features: ●11 beverage stations ●cafeteria with seating for 300 ●two caterer’s kitchens ●one nurse’s station ●one lactation room ●cloud-printing services ●four post-workout showers ●first floor conference center holding up to 240 people in six difference rooms ●661 parking spaces
The headquarters’ security features 134 cameras and 24/7 guards.
Construction officially began August 3, 2010, and SPP received its Certificate of Occupancy on June 15, 2012.
Because of its natural light, use of recycled materials, and inclusion of reserved parking for Alternative Fuel Vehicles, it is anticipated that the Office Building will achieve Gold Status LEED Certification.
About Southwest Power Pool SPP is a Regional Transmission Organization, mandated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to ensure reliable supplies of power, adequate transmission infrastructure, and competitive wholesale prices of electricity. As a North American Electric Reliability Corporation Regional Entity, SPP oversees compliance enforcement and reliability standards development. SPP has members in nine states.