Snohomish County PUD has started construction on a new North County Community Office complex in Arlington. The complex is slated to open for customers and PUD staff by mid-2024, replacing the aging 1950s era Stanwood and Arlington PUD community offices.
The new community office will be located along 59th Avenue, across the street from the Arlington Airport. The complex will include a two-story, nearly 29,000 square-foot office building that will include a customer service lobby as well as a publicly available auditorium and conference space. Next door will be a 12,000 square-foot warehouse that will house crew facilities and a loading dock, permitting the PUD to locate more resources at the complex. Seven public electric vehicle charging stations available are also planned.
Faber Construction of Lynden is the PUD complex construction contractor. The buildings will be constructed to LEED Gold Standard and will incorporate a photovoltaic system on the roofs designed to produce at least 52,000 kilowatt-hours per year. The buildings will also be designed for optimal thermal performance and reduced air infiltration.
Another feature is that the complex will be connected to the recently completed PUD Arlington Microgrid project. The connection will permit the microgrid’s solar array and battery storage to power the new office building and warehouse during a storm or natural disaster that adversely impacts the overall power grid.