Groundbreaking is set for next month on GreyStone Power’s new headquarters in Paulding County on a site it sees as necessary for future growth and accessibility to members.
A ceremony is set for July 11 to formally begin construction on the new facility at the corner of Ga. Hwy. 92 and Ridge Road in southeast Paulding, according to a GreyStone spokesman.
Atlanta-based Choate Construction Co. will oversee construction services on the project, according to a news release from Choate.
“We are excited to begin construction on GreyStone’s expansion, which is truly a transformative project for the region,” said Craig Cartrett, project executive at Choate Construction.
The project is set to include 264,500 square feet of new buildings, including a three-story, 99,000-square-foot office building; a 40,500-square-foot operations and engineering building; a 50,000-square-foot warehouse; and a 75,000-square-foot vehicle maintenance and metering shop, said GreyStone spokesman Tim Williams.
GreyStone is a member-owned electric cooperative that serves parts of Paulding, Bartow and six other counties.
It has almost 42,000 customers in Paulding and Bartow and 117,000 throughout its service area.
GreyStone has operated its 16-acre headquarters facility since the early 1960s on U.S. Hwy. 78 in western Douglas County, where it employs about 270 and hosts its annual meetings of members.
The co-op has planned the new headquarters since early this decade after finding it needed more space for its operations and was unable to expand beyond the Douglas County location’s boundaries.
It has used part of the Paulding site to produce solar power from 5,000 panels it installed in 2016.
Officials announced in late 2018 GreyStone planned to move its headquarters to the Paulding site by late 2020.
The new headquarters will provide a more centralized location for its service area, which stretches from southern Bartow County in the north to northern Coweta and Fayette counties in the south, Williams said.
GreyStone plans to close its Dallas service center because the new building will serve Paulding County, Williams said. It also is considering selling the current headquarters facility after the new building is completed and leasing a smaller building for a new Douglas County service center.
Construction of the new headquarters also could help spark new residential and commercial development in the mostly rural area of southeast Paulding surrounding the site.
The site is on a section of Ga. Hwy. 92 that is being widened from two lanes to six lanes in Douglas and Paulding counties.
In addition, Paulding County Water System is set to extend sewer service to the GreyStone site and connect it to new lines it plans to install in the adjacent east Hiram area.
The project is set to include a a sewer lift station and about 27,400 linear feet — more than five miles — of new sewer lines which will tie-in to an existing Cobb County sewer main at the county line.
County officials anticipate it could open the mostly rural areas around Bennett and Pine Valley roads to new residential and commercial development as sewer service becomes available.
Atlanta-based Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart is the architect for the GreyStone project. Its projects have included the Alpharetta City Center and Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, among others, according to its website.
JLL Project and Development Services Division is the program manager that will oversee development and construction, that will be co-managed by Mark Elliot and Hans Heath.