Fort Worth-based CEC Electrical Inc. — as well as affiliates CEC Cos., CEC Facilities and CEC Technology — has begun developing its new corporate headquarters in Irving, which will bring 450 employees to the North Texas city and give the fast-growing a place to expand its business.
“When we were looking for land for a new corporate headquarters, we found this site in close proximity of our current office,” CEO Ray Waddell told the Dallas Business Journal in an exclusive interview. “We are right in the middle of it. We wanted to stay in the area so we were centrally located for our employees and we could easily navigate the Metroplex.”
CEC Electrical — which has worked on big projects like 7-Eleven’s new campus, the new Renaissance Hotel at Legacy West and Nebraska Furniture — is in the midst of developing a new two-story, 35,000-square-foot facility at 1275 Valley View Lane in Irving.
This is the 8-year-old subcontracting company’s first big real estate investment, which Waddell said will make the company financially stronger and build towards a bright future.
“From a financial standpoint, it makes sense and from a growth standpoint, it makes sense,” he added. “We want to build something everyone can be proud of.”
Dallas-based Merriman Associates Architects is the building architect. Brasfield & Gorrie is the project’s general contractor.
As part of relocation, CEC will move 450 employees into the new Irving facility that will give the firm room to grow and add additional workers. Waddell said he expects the new facility will continue to bolster morale at the firm.
“Our company is driven by being a great company and doing things the right way and still be profitable,” Waddell told me. “We are not driven to be the biggest company, but we want to be a great company, as one of the largest subcontracting companies in Texas.
“To be a great company, we need to have great people from the top down to the field,” he added. “I’m fortunate to lead a company that is as successful as we are and have the great people we have here.”
Upon completion, the new $9 million corporate facility is expected to earn LEED Gold certification and will have a solar panel component. CEC is currently working with the City of Irving on an economic incentive package for the in-market relocation.
Construction is slated for completion in September. CEC expects to move into the new facility in early October.
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