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Lake Country Power holds groundbreaking ceremony for Cohasset Service Center

Tuesday, July 31, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shari Wormwood
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Grand Rapids, MN – Lake Country Power representatives gathered today for a special groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site of its future new headquarters in Cohasset, Minn.


Officials from Lake Country Power, Hawk Construction, Architectural Resources, Inc., and the City of Cohasset, were present with shovels in hand, hard hats and comments for the nearly 60 individuals in attendance. Other local officials were also present. 


“This is a long-term investment that will serve Lake Country Power members and employees for the next 50 years or more,” said Greg Randa, general manager for Lake Country Power. “It’s also a positive change for the co-op’s future as the new building will replace a timeworn and over-crowded service center in Grand Rapids.


“Since late 2016, the building committee and board has collaborated closely with architects to design a service center that will meet present and future needs.”


Randa added that the facility will provide adequate space for the co-op’s fleet and equipment to be under cover and protected, which will be a vast improvement in the near-term and for the long-term. The new location is also expected to provide a safer access for employees and members as they enter onto U.S. Highway 2. 


A building committee, comprised of several LCP directors and members of the co-op’s senior staff, made the decision to award the bid to Hawk Construction after reviewing five competitive proposals. Hawk Construction, a Grand Rapids area union general contractor, provided the lowest bid at $11.2 million for the 68,000-square-foot facility.


Architectural Resources, Inc., from Hibbing, is leading the architectural and engineering of the project with a forward-thinking building design. Randa said ARI provided Lake Country Power a strong framework for a competitive bidding process and practicality.


Lake Country Power,, is a Touchstone Energy® cooperative serving parts of eight counties in northeastern Minnesota. The rural electric cooperative provides services to nearly 43,000 members and has offices located in Grand Rapids, Kettle River and Mountain Iron.


Pictured left to right: Michael Forsman, district 2 LCP director; George Harvey, district 3 LCP director; Jim Huhta, district 8 LCP director; Sherman Liimatainen, district 9 LCP director; Craig Carlson, district 4 director; Jason Long, district 1 LCP director, district 7 LCP director; Dan Kingsley, district 6 director; Greg Hagy, Mayor; Robert Bruckbauer, district 5 LCP director; Greg Randa, LCP general manager; Max Peters, City of Cohasset; Patty Heaton, LCP material coordinator; Sandy Crowe, LCP executive assistant; Mark Bakk, LCP director of finance and administration; Karl Larsen, ARI; Doug Hanson, President of Hawk Construction; Representative Sandy Layman; Todd Johnson, LCP director of operations; Wade Gould, LCP area supervisor; Marianne Coatsworth, LCP consumer account I; Sid Spicer; and Dean Reed, Hawk Construction supervisor of LCP project.  

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