Stearns Electric Breaks Ground on New Headquarters and Operations Center

Stearns Electric Association members, Board of Directors and employees came together on Monday, May 6, to celebrate the groundbreaking for the Cooperative’s new operations center and headquarters. Excitement was in the air as Stearns Electric CEO Matt O’Shea and Board President Eric Peterson welcomed individuals to the event and shared details of the project.

Also attending were project partners from the City of Melrose, project architect GLTArchitects, and construction manager W Gohman Construction. 

Stearns Electric is replacing its current 54-year-old operations center and headquarters with an 89,000 square foot building and a larger pole yard. The additional space, as well as new work and storage areas, are needed to support the Cooperative’s growing operations now and far into the future. The new facility will be located just west of Stearns Electric’s current headquarters along Interstate 94 in Melrose, Minnesota.

“The new operations center and headquarters represents an important investment in our long-term ability to continue meeting the energy needs of our members,” O’Shea said. “This project will help us make our services more efficient, which will allow us to control costs more effectively and keep our energy rates competitive.”




The new facility will feature larger garages, an enhanced mechanic shop, meeting areas and storage spaces for important material and equipment like poles, wires, transformers and meters. Additionally, office departments and workspaces were designed for efficient workflow, productivity and collaboration for all employees.

“The new operations center and headquarters facility is a building for employees and members alike,” Peterson explained. “The additional space will help us better maintain our fleet of vehicles and equipment needed to sustain the delivery of reliable electricity our members expect and deserve.”

The projected cost of the project is $21.5 million. Expected completion is in late summer or early fall of 2025.

Stearns Electric operates an operations center and headquarters in Melrose along with a branch office in St. Joseph. Both facilities are essential to the reliability of service needed to the Cooperative’s membership. The Stearns Electric branch office in St. Joseph will be unaffected by this project.


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At a ceremony in early December, members of the Builders Association of Minnesota recognized Michael Gohman as the 2016 Builder of the Year, an honor that is given to a member of the organization who has given support and time to the industry.

“I was absolutely amazed and astonished,” said Gohman. “It is truly humbling to think that my peers honored me this way.”

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St. Cloud Aquatics Community Center and St. Cloud Area Family YMCA

It is our vision to become the front porch of the community. A place to knit together neighbors and newcomers through physical, educational and spiritual growth.


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This project responds to the call and brings together the entire community – connecting all people by serving as the front porch of our community.

  • $25 million total budget
  • 106,000 total square feet
  • 8,100 square feet of aquatics
  • 3 gyms with basketball courts
  • 2 racquetball courts
  • 1 walking track (1/9 of a mile)
  • Kids Zone with indoor and outdoor play spaces

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Spring 2015

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