New Operations Center
With an eye to the future, the Greenville Utilities purchased 82-acres of land on NC Highway 43, adjacent to the Highway 264 Bypass, for relocating the Operations Center. The Center that is currently located on Mumford Road had major damage due to flooding from Hurricane Floyd back in 1999. At that time, GUC determined it would be best if we could find higher land which would allow for better opportunities to serve our growing region as well as avoid flooding.
Just a few months after the land was purchased, flooding from Hurricane Matthew forced the evacuation of the Operations Center for a second time and proved how vital it is that we relocate to a site that is easily accessible and not prone to flooding. The future site of the Operations Center remained high and dry after the storm, proving the site selection was correct.
Phase I of construction is expected to begin early in 2019 with site work. Vertical construction (buildings and structures) is expected to begin shortly afterwards and be completed sometime in 2020 or 2021. This will include facilities for engineering, crews, the dispatch and call centers, equipment and supplies storage, and shops for the utility crews.
Planning and construction for buildings and facilities in Phase II will begin as funding allows.
When all phases are complete, the facility will house engineering, human resources, finance, field and operations staff, and other related functions.
Ariel views of GUC's Operation Center during the Hurricane Floyd Flood event of 1999.
Conceptual drawing of the proposed Operations Center.
Location of the property.