A first for FD’s newest industrial park

MidAmerican begins building new local headquarters

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen

A worker from Woodruff Construction helps guide an excavator digging out a foundation as they work on the new MidAmerican Energy Customer Office and Service Center Tuesday. The development is the first business to build in the new Crosstown Industrial Park on the east side of Fort Dodge.

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
A worker from Woodruff Construction helps guide an excavator digging out a foundation as they work on the new MidAmerican Energy Customer Office and Service Center Tuesday. The development is the first business to build in the new Crosstown Industrial Park on the east side of Fort Dodge.

The site of the new MidAmerican Energy Fort Dodge customer office and service center at 4000 First Ave. S. in the Decker Industrial Park is a beehive of activity.

A stream of trucks deliver concrete, workers unload a flatbed load of rebar, an excavator is busy digging a hole for more foundation work, concrete sewer pipes are lined up ready to be installed, a large crane is ready to move steel and other building elements into position.

The building is the first development in the new park.

Work began a few weeks ago.

Adam Jacobi, a public relations representative from MidAmerican Energy, said the new site will better serve MidAmerican’s customers.

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen

Workers from Woodruff Construction pour concrete as they work on the new MidAmerican Energy Customer Office and Service Center Tuesday. The development is the first business to build in the new Crosstown Industrial Park on the east side of Fort Dodge.

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
Workers from Woodruff Construction pour concrete as they work on the new MidAmerican Energy Customer Office and Service Center Tuesday. The development is the first business to build in the new Crosstown Industrial Park on the east side of Fort Dodge.

“It will be over 77,000 square feet,” he said. “More than double our current space in Fort Dodge. Local customers will now have one location to visit.”

Currently, MidAmerican has a facility at South 22nd Street and an accounting/billing center on the west side of the Crossroads Mall. Those two facilities are expected to be closed, with the city of Fort Dodge taking over the South 22nd Street site for commercial redevelopment.

The new building combines work and services currently performed at several Fort Dodge locations.

“The increased size lets us have all our local work groups in a single location,” Jacobi said. “This will improve efficiency and cooperation. It also gives us more space to work safe and be better prepared to meet our customers’ needs.”

The building sits on a 20-acre site.

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen

The Woodruff Construction flag flies proudly under the U.S. flag at the new MidAmerican Energy Customer Office and Service Center Tuesday.

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
The Woodruff Construction flag flies proudly under the U.S. flag at the new MidAmerican Energy Customer Office and Service Center Tuesday.

City officials have previously said that the park could potentially be the site of 800 jobs and $63 million worth of new tax value.

MidAmerican will have both gas and electric services at the site.

Jacobi said the building is expected to be completed and open in the summer of 2018.

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen

Signs show the appearance of the finished building as the flag flies proudly from Woodruff Construction’s crane at the new MidAmerican Energy Customer Office and Service Center Tuesday. The development is the first business to build in the new Crosstown Industrial Park on the east side of Fort Dodge.

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
Signs show the appearance of the finished building as the flag flies proudly from Woodruff Construction’s crane at the new MidAmerican Energy Customer Office and Service Center Tuesday. The development is the first business to build in the new Crosstown Industrial Park on the east side of Fort Dodge.

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