We’re excited to share that our new building, warehouse and green space in Great Bend is now open!
Wheatland Electric broke ground on the new 30,000 square-foot building in September 2020 to centralize our operations in our south-central district.
Previously, our administrative and warehouse operations (located at 2300 Broadway Ave., and 1820 Second St., respectively) were housed separately within city limits.
Now, our facility at 200 10th St., allows us to consolidate these operations and better serve our membership.
The brick building features both a walk-in customer-service lobby and drive-up window to assist our Great Bend members with payment and other needs. The new facility also boasts an outdoor green space with working fossil-free energy sources — a wind-generator, a solar generator, and battery storage — and will be irrigated with a water recovery system.
The member green space also features a pergola, picnic tables and chairs for members to enjoy, and will soon house an electric vehicle charging station. Once complete, our representatives from the cooperative will be available to discuss all facets of the green space with local students or other interested groups upon request.
In addition, our new Great Bend location will house a mobile substation, designed for emergency and severe weather outages caused by tornadoes, ice events and other natural disasters within Wheatland’s eastern operations. This includes District 6 (Great Bend) and District 7 (Harper, Caldwell, Norwich, Argonia, Conway Springs, South Haven and other communities within Kingman, Harper and Sumner counties).
This much-anticipated construction project has been completed by Wichita-based GLMV Architecture during the design and development phase and Eby Construction, also from Wichita, during the construction phase. Local subcontractors included Hammeke Electric, Stone Sand Co., Comfort Pro, Inc., Golden Belt Roofing & Exteriors, Inc., Jimlo Glass Center, Inc., all from Great Bend, and Joiner Construction Inc., from Ellinwood.