New Power Systems Facilities
Yuba Water Agency recently broke ground on its new Power Systems administration building and associated facilities on Marysville Road in Oregon House. Construction is expected to be complete by spring 2025.
The planned facilities will include an administration building, warehouse, mechanics shop, covered equipment storage, laydown yard and parking. Yuba Water’s current power systems administration building and mechanics shop are in an aging building adjacent to New Colgate Powerhouse, at the base of the Yuba River canyon in Dobbins.
Yuba Water’s new facilities will be able to adequately accommodate the agency’s present and future needs and will allow for future growth. It will also be closer to the communities where many of the Power Systems staff live and will be approximately the same distance as the current headquarters is to Yuba Water’s New Bullards Bar Dam and Reservoir. Its centralized location between New Colgate Powerhouse and New Bullards Bar will reduce drive times to the agency’s other facilities, as well as improve security and safety by reducing the amount of traffic on the narrow, steep road that is used to access the current administration building, mechanics shop and powerhouse.
Yuba Water’s Board of Directors approved the $39.5 million project, awarded to Hilbers Incorporated of Yuba City in May. The budget includes the Hilbers construction contract and project management and inspection services.
A computer rendering of the administration building at Yuba Water's planned power systems site.
A rendering of the conference room.
A rendering of some of the open office space.
- Facebook Live: Yuba Foothills Community Meeting discussing Yuba Water's new Power Systems facilities (presentation begins at approximately 21:30)
- Yuba Water Power Systems facilities renderings (video)
- Where will Yuba Water’s new Power Systems facilities be located?
Our new Power Systems facilities will be located at 8897 Marysville Road in Oregon House, between the post office and the Alcouffe Center. The new site is about eight and a half miles up the road from our current building at the end of Lake Francis Road.
- Why is the agency building a new administration building?
Our existing Power Systems administration building is the old Colgate Powerhouse built in 1950, which was modified into office space after the New Colgate Powerhouse was completed in 1970. The old powerhouse was never meant to accommodate a large staff or have the capability to work as a corporation yard. Yuba Water needs a bigger, more modern building to accommodate the current and projected growth of our operations and staff.
Its centralized location between New Colgate Powerhouse and New Bullards Bar will reduce drive times to the agency’s other facilities, as well as improve security and safety by reducing the amount of traffic on the narrow, steep road that is used to access the current administration building, mechanics shop and powerhouse.
- What are the features of the new facilities?
The new property will encompass six acres and include a 14,000-square-foot administration building, warehouse, mechanics shop, covered equipment storage, 80-ft communications tower, 150,000-gallon fire water tank, laydown yard, parking and more.