Dominion donates downtown Main Street building to Harrison County Board of Education

By Local News | February 17, 2017
 
On Monday, Dominion announced the donation of its former Dominion Transmission, Inc., (DTI) headquarters building in downtown Clarksburg to the Harrison County Board of Education. The 130,000-square-foot facility located at 445 West Main St. was the operations center for Dominion Transmission and its predecessor for nearly a century.

Dominion vacated the building in September 2015 when it moved its operations center to a new building in the White Oaks Business Center in Bridgeport. The West Main Street building was maintained while the company determined the best future use.

“We are pleased to see this structure will continue to play an important role in the community,” said Brian Sheppard, vice president, Dominion Transmission Operations. “Supporting education has long been a focus of Dominion’s philanthropic and civic activities, so we are hopeful that our latest contribution will benefit students and educators for many years to come.”

Dr. Mark Manchin, superintendent of Harrison County Schools said, “On behalf of myself and the employees of Harrison County Schools, I would like to express our gratitude to Dominion for graciously donating the Clarksburg building to Harrison County Schools. We are very excited and look forward to the move to our new complex. We anticipate to begin our move in late spring or early summer.”

“The Board of Education would like to thank Dominion for this very generous donation,” said Gary Hamrick, president of the Harrison County Board of Education. “Because the building is located in downtown Clarksburg, it gives us the ability to consolidate administrative functions into one facility.

“It also allows us to divest ourselves of properties for a more cost-effective solution. This center will not only serve as a central office, but it affords us the opportunity to develop a true educational complex for classes and training. In addition, we hope this serves as a stimulus for economic development in downtown Clarksburg.”

In addition to the primary office building, the property has a two-story annex with more than 13,000 square feet of office and garage space. On the west side of the complex is parking for 100 vehicles, a park and green space.

While the Clarksburg building was a great facility, Dominion’s operations had grown to the point that it needed to relocate its operations to a building that could be more easily configured to its current and future needs. Last year, the Dominion Transmission building at the White Oaks Business Complex attained a gold LEED status. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally recognized green building certification system that provides third-party verification that a building is constructed in an environmentally sustainable manner.

Dominion is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 26,400 megawatts of generation, 14,600 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline, and 6,600 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion operates one of the nation's largest natural gas storage systems with 1 trillion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves more than 6 million utility and retail energy customers. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's website at www.dom.com.

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