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Power marketer has plans for a safer, simpler and more efficient workplace at its Ross Complex in Vancouver

This story has been updated from its original version.

The Bonneville Power Administration that services more than seven states and 300,000 square miles across the Pacific Northwest has selected Hennebery Eddy Architects to lead a major facilities upgrade at its Ross Complex in Vancouver, Wash.

Portland-based Hennebery Eddy designs buildings and interiors with a specialty focus in historic resources and net-positive design. This project is BPA's first using the construction manager/general contractor effort.SOURCE: GOOGLE SATELLITE - The 250-acre Bonneville Power Administration Ross Complex (USDOE) site is located north of Vancouver, Washington. The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) coordinates the distribution of hydroelectric power generated by the Federal Columbia Power System to regions throughout the Pacific Northwest. The EPA took the site off the Superfund programs National Priorities List (NPL) in 1996.

The BPA is a nonprofit federal power marketing administration based in the Pacific Northwest. Although BPA is part of the U.S. Department of Energy, it is self-funding and covers its costs by selling products and services. The BPA's territory includes Idaho, Oregon, Washington, western Montana and small parts of eastern Montana, California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. The BPA operates and maintains about three quarters of the high-voltage transmission in its service territory.

The new plans include a 45,000 square-foot fleet service building with separate repair and administrative services. There will also be distinct zones for heavy equipment, personal vehicles, bikes and pedestrians.

That's because most of the BPA's large equipment is too complex to maintain at the regional heavy mobile equipment maintenance facilities, so it all returns to the Ross Complex for repairs.

Right now at the Ross Complex, the existing fleet services building does have appropriate repair tools, but none of its nine service stalls include pull-through bays. Also, the ceiling height prevents indoor repair of some specialized fleet vehicles, causing delays and increased risk of injury from weather.

"We are very excited to join BPA's effort to develop a beautiful, high-performing building that results in a safe work environment by design. From our perspective, BPA's aspirational goal of developing a Net Zero Energy and LEED Gold project are to be celebrated and have inspired our team to bring exceptional creativity to the project," said Hennebery Eddy associate principal John McGrew, project manager.

Hennebery Eddy's new designs will accommodate the disassembly and indoor repair of extending heavy equipment in 10 pass-through bays. The service area is oriented along a single east-west building axis to reduce vehicle repositioning and organization time — because they can pass straight through now, it will put regional equipment back in the field more quickly.

Along the building's north-south axis will be the administration offices and break spaces — an access barrier to the facility's service section.

Overall, the BPA's new fleet services building is being designed to perform efficiently to reduce ongoing operations, maintenance costs and to conserve resources.

When the new building is done, the BPA plans to repurpose the existing 20,000 square foot art deco building.

By Jules Rogers
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CORRECTION: This project is BPA's first using the construction manager/general contractor effort.

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