It didn’t take long for the Minburn Communications office in Woodward to come down on Tuesday, May 8.
Demolition started around 8:45 a.m. and the building was down in about an hour. A new building will be constructed on the same site, located at 100 South Main St.
Minburn Communications, which serves Minburn, Woodward, Perry and rural Dallas County, continues to grow. Because of that growth, General Manager/CEO Deb Lucht said staff members were staggered between the Minburn and Woodward offices. Another group of technicians is located within a separate warehouse in Woodward.
“From an operational standpoint, it makes it a little challenging for consistent communication,” Lucht said. “And from the management team perspective, we’re located in three different buildings.”
The company looked at a number of options to solve that problem. One option was to move completely off-site and build a new building to house all of the staff. Another option was to add an addition to the existing Woodward office.
The most cost effective option, Lucht said, was to tear down the Woodward office and build a new building on the same site. The Woodward office was closed in February of 2018 and staff members were moved to a temporary site, located at 216 South Main St.
DeCarlo Demolition, out of Des Moines, took down the Woodward office on May 8. Breiholz Construction is the general contractor and CMBA Architects developed the plans. Both companies are based out of Des Moines.
The new building in Woodward will be 3,800 square feet. It will house 11 out of the 12 Minburn Communications staff members. The technicians will also be moved from the Woodward warehouse into the new office.
Lucht said the company will keep the Minburn office open.
The new Woodward office will feature a large meeting room that can accommodate up to 50 people. The room, Lucht said, will be available to businesses and individuals who need a solid Internet connection for meetings.
Another feature in the new office will be the addition of an engagement center in the front customer service area. Staff members will be able to meet with customers to demonstrate the various products and services.
“We really see that as a really big advantage over what we had in the past. For people to be able to sit down and actually put their hands on and feel the product instead of just hearing about it,” Lucht said.
Private offices for the management team will be built, along with a work space for the technicians to work on equipment. The new office is set to be completed by Nov. 1.
“Hopefully it will allow us to streamline our operations, be a little more efficient with our processes and procedures and just overall communication with our staff and with our customers too,” Lucht said.
She is also likes seeing Minburn Communications remain committed to the communities it serves.
“Hopefully it’s going to not only add to the aesthetics of the main street, but help bring pride in the community that we’re continuing to invest there,” Lucht said of the Woodward office construction.