Alameda Municipal Power’s headquarters at 2000 Grand Street was built in the late 1980s. The utility says the building is showing its age and is due for a makeover.
In making the case, Robert Orbeta assistant general manager, noted a number of ad hoc renovations to the facility over the years, some related to the utility’s ultimately doomed foray into cable television and internet service, which saw staffing increase from 90 to 140 employees. A television production studio was created to support the cable television service, and then converted to a mail room after the utility sold the division.
Alameda Municipal Power wants to renovate the main lobby to better educate the public on its projects and programs, renovate office areas to set work groups together, renovate conference rooms and, more generally, provide a better work environment to promote productivity and employee satisfaction.
Staff have solicited various architectural firms to help with the renovations, and plan to bring proposals back to the Public Utilities Board in the coming months.