Investing in a well-organized, creative process of program and performance criteria development results in substantial resource conservation, productivity, and a culture of strong employee ownership and morale.

The Johns Prairie Operations Center is the culmination of nearly 5 years of collaboration between Mason County Public Utility District (PUD) No. 3 and TCF Architecture. The PUD’s administrative, engineering, and crew functions, formerly in separate facilities, saddled the organization with built-in inefficiencies and a somewhat fragmented staff. A thorough programming process with the goal of bringing all departments┬átogether led to a visionary master plan of a 50-acre site owned by the PUD on the outskirts of Shelton, WA. The design of the seven building, 142,000 sf, 22-acre operations campus now houses over 115 administrative staff and crew with room to grow.

The facility’s refined, yet industrial aesthetic of concrete, steel, masonry and wood reflects the merging of the administrative and crew functions and cultures. The west end of the Administration building is a large auditorium used for PUD Commission meetings and is also available for public use. As a gesture to the timber industry in Mason County, the space is constructed with generous amounts of wood species that contribute to the local economy.