Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op (PIE&G) is excited about the construction of its new service center and administrative headquarters in Onaway.

According to Tom Sobeck, PIE&G’s CEO, “As a not-for-profit utility, owned by more than 30,000 of our members, PIE&G’s investment demonstrates that PIE&G is committed to bolstering the local economy and the broader region of northeast Michigan where we serve.  Furthermore, members will also benefit from the efficiencies that come with moving operations from a deteriorating 65-year-old building to a state-of-the-art facility designed to optimize functions and better meet the needs of members in the 21st century. PIE&G’s mission is to work continuously to provide reliable and affordable energy and other services to sustain and improve the quality of life for our members. This project will help us accomplish our mission.”

Please check back for progress as the construction continues in the coming months.

UPDATE – July 9, 2020

Construction progress continues. Here are additional photos of the activities.

Distant view steel framework

Progress of steel placement for building framework. Steel insulated wall panels will be added (wrapped in white) on right.

Distance view structural steel walls and roof

Distant view of progress being made on structural steel walls and roof of warehouse area.

Close-up of warehouse steel structure progress and crane operator

Close-up of left side of warehouse steel structure progress and crane operator.

Close-up warehouse structural steel -worker on raised hydraulic lift.

Close-up view of right side of warehouse structural steel progress with worker on raised hydraulic lift.

View of steel grid on roof of structure.

View of steel grid on roof of structure as new steel walls are being added (back left of photo).

Perimeter concrete footings.

Concrete footings have been poured at building perimeter.

PIE&G crews carrying conduit for underground utilities

PIE&G crews carrying conduit for underground utilities.

PIE&G crews laying conduit in trench for utilities

PIE&G crews laying conduit pipes in trench to house utilities.

UPDATE – July 8, 2020

Here are additional photos of the construction activities taking place for our new building.

on site rock crusher

Rock crushing machine processing rock into top soil

trench dug out ready for footings

Trench dug out ready for footings

pouring of concrete footings

Pouring of concrete footings

Aerial view of footings being poured for foundation

Aerial view of footings being poured for foundation

Wide angle photo of crane and new steel framework

Crane and steel framework in progress

Close up of Steel framework structure taking shape

Beginning stages of steel framework structure taking shape

Close up of workers in raised hydraulic platforms securing steel grids at top to the sides of the steel framework structure

Close up of workers in raised hydraulic platforms securing steel grids at top, to the sides of the steel framework

7-8-20 Workers on raised hydraulic platforms fasten steel grid at top of structural steel framework

Workers on raised hydraulic platforms just finishing up with securing the top steel grids to the side framework of the structural steel

UPDATE – July 6, 2020

Construction crews have begun to erect steel on the west end of the warehouse and garage walls of Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op’s (PIE&G) new headquarters facility just north of Onaway. Crews are almost done laying the underground water main and sanitary and storm utilities, while excavation and grade work continues on the site. Trenching on the east end of the building has started and concrete for the foundation is also being poured.

Photo of crane, steel framework and PIE&G principals

Pictured (L to R) Sally Knopf, Dir. PI District, Kurt Krajniak, Dir. Alpena District, Tom Sobeck, CEO, Sandy Borowicz, Dir. Cheboygan District, and Nick Tilicki, Brivar Construction Superintendent.

Here is a bird’s eye view of our new building construction site through June 7, taken by drone. The video gives a great aerial perspective of all the work being done to prepare the site.

UPDATE – June 24, 2020

Here is a bird’s eye view of our new building construction site through June 7, taken by drone. The video gives a great aerial perspective of all the work being done to prepare the site.

UPDATE- June 16, 2020

Stone crushing machine processing gravel and rock into smooth textured dirt.

Conveyor crushing rock on-site.

Rock under construction road.

Stepped layers of ground that has been worked

Stepped layers of ground that has been worked.

UPDATE- June 2, 2020

Here are a few photos of construction crews preparing the groundwork for the new building.

UPDATE- May 13, 2020

Commercial building contractors have begun site preparation and excavation work at the former Onaway Airport property to start the construction of Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op’s new headquarters and member service center.

According to PIE&G’s CEO, Tom Sobeck, “Construction crews and excavators have been working over the last few weeks preparing the ground to lay the foundation for the new building. We want to make the public aware that it has become necessary for the contractors to use dynamite at the site to break up some of the underground rock to set the footings for the foundation.  The process includes drilling and blasting through rock, which is expected to start on Monday, May 18 through Friday, May 22 from 8 am to 5 pm.  We apologize for any inconvenience during this activity and we’d like to thank area residents in advance for their patience and understanding.”