6/13/2018
Appalachian Power starts construction of downtown Roanoke parking facility


ROANOKE, Va., June 13, 2018 – Appalachian Power officials today commemorated the beginning of construction of a multi-level parking structure as part of a 2017-announced project that will bring 200 employees into its downtown Roanoke office building. The additional employees are from sister company AEP Transmission.

Appalachian is remodeling about 66,000 square feet of the 40 Franklin Rd. building and held a groundbreaking ceremony for the parking facility to accommodate the additional employees. Another 200 Appalachian employees already work in the almost 70-year old structure.

The event was attended by City of Roanoke Councilman John Garland and other dignitaries.

“Appalachian Power is extremely happy to be able to have these transmission employees join us in our downtown location,” said Chris Beam, company president and chief operating officer. “The major remodeling and the new parking construction re-emphasize our company’s commitment to Roanoke and southwestern Virginia.”

The new parking structure will be built on Appalachian Power property across 1st Street from the Appalachian building main entrance. The property is already being used as surface parking for current employees.

About 260 parking spaces for the additional employees will be available in the new 90,000-square foot facility. The company will install charging stations for electric-powered vehicles in 20 spaces.

The new building is being built by Branch and was designed by Balzer & Associates, both of Roanoke.

The office building remodeling and new parking construction will cost about $13 million and is expected to be complete by spring 2019. It will be a phased process so that it can be done with minimal disruption to Appalachian employees currently in the building. During the remodeling, some of the transmission employees are being housed in leased downtown office space.

Appalachian Power has 1 million customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee (as AEP Appalachian Power). It is a unit of American Electric Power, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity and custom energy solutions to nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states. AEP owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP also operates 224,000 miles of distribution lines. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning approximately 26,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP supplies 3,200 megawatts of renewable energy to customers.

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John Shepelwich
jeshepelwich@aep.com

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