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The El Centro Operations Base was created in response to client demands for a more flexible and cost effective building type for construction and maintenance bases. The building at El Centro is a departure from two typical paradigms of the gas utility: a “wagon wheel” configuration of administrative and support buildings situated at the center of the site surrounded by a sea of parking, and the concrete masonry unit (CMU) building type.

The new building type will utilize a prefabricated metal building and incorporate a variety of flexible building features, including a raised floor system for easy access to routing of power and data, a dynamically re-configurable ceiling power and data grid, space planning which allows the capturing of space from adjacent uses should demand for each space type wax or wane, and the ability to add mezzanine to the interior of the building.

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