Tracey Christensen, APR
At today's Metropolitan Utilities District Board of Directors meeting, directors approved management's recommendation to purchase the property at 7350 World Communications Drive as the District's new headquarters.
The District is selling its current headquarters at 1723 Harney Street to Douglas County. The purchase agreement is finalized and the property is scheduled to close later this month. A separate lease agreement will allow the District to occupy the building through April 2020.
“Our downtown facility has served our customers and housed our employees since 1926. Although this decision is bittersweet, it’s the next step in our long-term strategy to realign our organization, improve efficiencies and enhance collaboration among our employees,” said M.U.D. President Mark Doyle. “Our new headquarters will also support our infrastructure replacement efforts, including ramping up our water infrastructure replacement work.”
The property at World Communications Drive includes a three-story brick office building with more than 91,000 square feet and a parking garage. Constructed in 2003, the office building will accommodate more than 300 employees from administrative and professional functions of the company.
The property is an open, collaborative space allowing for a better work environment for current and future staff and the opportunity for expansion of District staff and services.
The District is committed to maintaining a downtown presence for payment kiosks and customer interactions. M.U.D. plans to occupy space at the OPPD Energy Plaza building starting in September to further enhance the customer experience when conducting business with the public utilities.
About Metropolitan Utilities District of Omaha: M.U.D. provides safe, reliable and cost-effective natural gas and water services to our community. We serve drinking water to 216,180 customers in the metropolitan Omaha area and maintain 27,000 hydrants for fire protection. The District’s water meets or exceeds all federal and state standards for drinking water. The District also is the fifth largest public gas utility in the United States, serving natural gas to 231,012 customers. We are a public utility and proud to be customer-owned. The District is governed by a board of seven directors, elected by our customer-owners. Visit www.mudomaha.com for more information.