Natural-Gas distributor Atmos Energy dedicated its new "The Charles K. Vaughan Center” on June 21 in Plano. Named after the company’s founding Chairman, the facility houses a training center, modern gas-flow lab, local service center and 80 employees.
The new $9 million Vaughn Center occupies 48,600 square feet, covers 10.8 acres of land and is LEED-Silver certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The center will generate a lot of exposure for Plano while generating hotel stays and retail spending. According to Chairman Robert Best, the company expects to train more than 650 employees and host 6,000 visitors this year at the Vaughan Center. "Visitors to the center come from other utilities-even some from other countries, from state regulatory agencies, from fire departments and emergency-responder organizations and from the community, including public officials and school children, to learn more about natural gas distribution,"
One interesting feature of the center is Gas City, which simulates a mini-community with houses, apartments, commercial buildings, and city streets as well as natural gas distribution pipelines and other underground utility infrastructure.
"This state-of-the-art facility further reinforces the reputation of Atmos Energy as a model corporate citizen," said Plano Mayor Phil Dyer. "The company's major investment in this clean technology, coupled with this LEED-certified building, fits perfectly with Plano's focus on sustainable growth."
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