FirstEnergy going green with new West Akron Campus
AKRON — Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, Akron Mayor
Don Plusquellic and FirstEnergy President and Chief
Executive Officer Tony Alexander spoke at a groundbreaking
ceremony July 31 for FirstEnergy’s new West Akron
According to FirstEnergy, the new 208,000-square-foot campus building, located at 253 White Pond Drive, will be the first large-scale “green” office building in Akron. A rendering for the new building is shown above.
The building, designed by Cleveland-based Vocon, will be constructed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) specifications. Welty Building Co., of Fairlawn, is the general contractor for the project, and construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2008.
Shown above middle, from left, are Strickland, Alexander and Plusquellic with the first shovelful from the groundbreaking.
Shown in far right photo at far left, state Sen. Tom Sawyer (D-District 28), of West Akron, talks with Alexander, Plusquellic and Strickland after the event.
The campus will house approximately 550 FirstEnergy Information Technology Group employees and those from the company’s FirstEnergy Solutions subsidiary. In addition, approximately 150 new jobs will be added in the first three years that the West Akron Campus is open, according to company officials.
About 700 employees already work at the West Akron complex, which includes Ohio Edison’s West Akron Service Center. This facility maintains service for most of Akron and its surrounding suburbs.
FirstEnergy will vacate its Ghent Road facility, which is being purchased by Sterling Jewelers for its own expansion.
Photos: Ken Crisafi