Building For Our Future
As a public agency that operates water delivery projects and promotes conservation, Northern Water currently employs 167 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 Willow Creek campus on the West Slope. 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 began in May 2021 and is anticipated to be complete in November 2022. It 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. Phase II construction began in August 2022 to add a new wing onto the main Building A. This new wing will allow for additional offices for staff to meet long-term project needs.
Willow Creek Campus
In September 2022, West Slope employees moved into the new Willow Creek Campus located just south of the Willow Creek Pump Plant on County Road 40 in Granby. This became the first Northern Water offices on the West Slope as employees have been working out of various locations, including Farr and Windy Gap pump plants, since Farr Pump Plant was constructed from 1947 to 1951. The campus building offers a mix of office and fleet maintenance space, as well as the new control room to allow staff to maintain the Colorado-Big Thompson Project, which we jointly operate and maintain with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The new campus houses approximately 30 full-time employees.
For questions regarding the Campus Development Project, please contact Project Manager Amy Cook at 970-622-2261.