Building For Our Future
As a public agency that operates water delivery, conservation and management, Northern Water currently employs approximately 160 people between its Berthoud headquarters and West Slope facilities located in Grand County. Our employees work to bring clean, supplemental water to municipalities, industries and farmers through the Colorado-Big Thompson and Windy Gap projects. However, these operations have grown more complex as we integrate contemporary water collection and delivery challenges into our daily operations. Additionally, our region is growing and we are designing new projects to meet future demands. These needs require increased personnel, additional and updated offices, and new equipment facilities.
As we plan for growth within our organization, Northern Water completed a Master Plan study in January 2020 to evaluate the Berthoud headquarters campus, as well as our West Slope Granby campus. We are currently implementing recommendations in the Master Plan.
In Berthoud, our existing 18-year-old campus consists of six buildings including the headquarters office building, maintenance facilities, conservation gardens and the Colorado-Big Thompson Project Interpretive Area. When built, the office building was sized to accommodate 15 years of growth. While the headquarters facilities are in excellent condition and have worked well for our needs, we have outgrown our space. The Master Plan identified various projects for future expansion on our existing campus that have been divided into three phases to be implemented throughout the next several years.
Phase I construction will begin in May 2021 and includes construction of Building F to house the Operations Division, buildings H and K for fleet and long-term storage, as well as parking lot expansion and other site improvements.
Our West Slope employees work out of various locations, including Farr and Windy Gap pump plants. Farr Pump Plant was constructed from 1947 to 1951 but was never meant to be a full-time office for staff and does not allow for expansion. This led Northern Water to look at constructing a new campus for the West Slope. The new campus will be located just south of our Willow Creek Pump Plant on land owned by Northern Water. The campus building will be approximately 41,000 square feet and will be a mix of office and fleet maintenance space, as well as home to our control room. The new campus will house approximately 30 full-time employees and is intended to replace the existing office/shop facilities at Farr and Windy Gap pump plants. Construction will begin in May 2021.
For questions regarding the Campus Development Project, please contact Celine Walsh, 970-622-2261.