Construction of a new service center for Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) will soon be underway in Weatherford. A ground-breaking ceremony for the new facility is expected to take place this summer.
Built in 1989, PSO’s current 4,500-square-foot facility at 222 W. Tom Stafford is overcrowded, difficult for today’s big line trucks to maneuver, and lacks enough space for material storage. The new $2.5 million PSO facility will be located at 4600 Commerce and at 9,810 square-feet, will be more than double the size of the current building. It will include office space, meeting rooms, a storeroom, expanded truck parking and a “laydown yard” for poles, transformers and other materials.
The lack of space at its current facility requires PSO to store most materials off-site, which takes extra time when responding to outages and other emergencies.
“We are extremely pleased to be getting this new facility, which will allow us to better serve our Weatherford-area customers,” said Mike Hixson, PSO community affairs manager. “The size of our new facility will provide more room from which to operate and to store equipment and materials. That will translate into faster response times and better service for the nearly 10,000 customers served by our Weatherford-based employees.”
The new energy-efficient PSO facility will be designed and built to meet requirements for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.
Construction is expected to be completed by the end of this year.