North Tahoe PUD moving into new $4 million digs this week
TAHOE VISTA, Calif. — After operating out of multiple buildings dating as far back as the 1940s, the North Tahoe Public Utility District is moving this week into a new building that will improve operational efficiency, an official said.
The newly constructed “Base Facility” replaces three outdated district buildings with a two-floor, 11,560-square-foot structure that complies with current ADA standards, building and seismic codes, and TRPA Best Management Practices.
The Base Facility is located on National Avenue in Tahoe Vista, adjacent to where the current administration building at 875 National Ave.
On Monday and Tuesday, district staff will move into the new building, which will retain the same address, said Pam Emmerich, NTPUD technology and public information administrator.
“It’s so exciting to have everyone under one roof, making everything much more efficient,” she said, ranging from communication among employees to building and outdoor maintenance.
According to the NTPUD, the three buildings being replaced — which were all constructed prior to 1962 — required high levels of maintenance and had high energy costs.
While the district anticipates operational savings due to the move, a figure can’t be estimated at this time, Emmerich said.
The National Community Center Building, which most recently housed the Parks Department and the crew meeting and lunch room, was demolished last August to make way for the Base Facility.
The remaining admin and the engineering/operations buildings will be demolished to make way for employee parking, Emmerich said.
The entire project is anticipated to be completed by mid-October, she said, at an estimated cost of about $4 million, with funding coming from district reserves.