PGE plans indoor training facility in Washington County
Portland General Electric is gearing up to build a new 15,695-square-foot training facility off of Southwest Langer Farms Parkway, north of Tualatin-Sherwood Road.
"The site has actually been operating as a training center for our line workers since the 1990s, but we're now upping the game with a new, state-of-the-art facility that will include an indoor arena and classrooms as well as outdoor facilities," said Steve Corson, PGE's longtime spokesperson. "The site was previously all outdoor equipment — essentially a field with poles, a shed and portable toilets."
Corson said the new center will focus on PGE's pre-apprentice and apprentice training programs as well as be used for safety programs and continuing education for journey-level line workers and crew leaders.
The site, located at 20680 S.W. Langer Farms Parkway, will also contain a 43-stall parking lot, as well as an outdoor training center containing non-energized poles for training and practice, according to PGE's application to the Sherwood city government for permission to build.
"We're very enthused about the support this will provide to help improve our line worker training and safety programs, and also to improve the efficiency with which we can deliver these programs," Corson said.
He added that the facility will allow for more realistic training scenarios by allowing training items to remain in place longer as opposed to having to tear them down at the end of the day, something that occurred with the outside location.
Site preparation began last spring and workers are almost done installing below-ground infrastructure, said Corson.
"We expect to be pouring concrete this month and beginning construction of the main building in March, with final completion late this year," he said.
This will be the second major PGE project under construction in the industrial area where Sherwood and Tualatin meet.
Just up the road, on the southeast corner of Tualatin-Sherwood Road and 124th Avenue, the company is building a 108,000-square-foot integrated operations center in Tualatin. The facility is expected to house between 250 and 350 employees.
The operations center is built to withstand a magnitude-9 earthquake, ensuring PGE can continue to function in the event of a Cascadia subduction zone earthquake. The site will also have a helicopter landing pad.
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