Grayson-Collin Electric Cooperative (GCEC) looks to the next phase as company officials broke ground on a new facility on Aug. 25.

“It’s a new chapter,” said General Manager/CEO David McGinnis. “We’re very excited.”

What has McGinnis — and indeed the entire GCEC staff — excited is the beginnings of a new facility just west of Van Alstyne on FM 121. The company’s new headquarters will be situated on 43 acres (five to eight acres of which will be used for the actual facility) with ample room for not only the administration complex but for maintenance shops, warehouses and even parking spaces, space that is in extremely short supply at its current location on Highway 5. That location is being purchased by Van Alstyne ISD as Superintendent John Spies was authorized at Monday night’s school board meeting to execute a contract for the purchase of the 17,000 square feet of property on five acres.

As for the new facility, McGinnis said plans are being finalized. The architectural firm of McCarthy and Associates, Inc. has been retained after what McGinnis termed a “very competitive” bid process, while Pulliam Construction Management has been hired on as the general contractor for the project.

The timeline on the project has completion slated sometime for the fourth quarter of 2017 with dirt work on the property to begin in approximately 30-45 days, according to McGinnis.

“We’ve been working on them all summer. It’s where the square footage gets used best for each department,” he said.

McGinnis stated that he would like to have plans finalized by September or October.