The $2.4 Million Building Replaces Several Outdated Structures
Des Moines, Iowa, December 16, 2010 – Union Pacific Railroad employees gathered today to officially open a $2.4 million office building in Des Moines. The more-than-11,600-square-foot building replaces several outdated structures used as offices.
"Our new office provides more than 150 Des Moines employees with a facility that was designed with safety and ergonomics in mind. The building is at ground level which eliminates steps, the open floor plan reduces blind corners inside the structure, and extensive windows and exterior doors provide improved visibility when exiting the building. The new furniture and office equipment also help our employees execute their jobs more efficiently," said Rod Doerr, superintendent transportation services.
"The building of this facility supported more than 40 construction jobs, with 30 of those jobs being filled by persons from the Greater Des Moines area," Doerr added.
Construction began on the office at the Union Pacific rail yard off of East Market June 7, 2010, and was completed December 15, 2010.
The features of the office building include:
- General office area and 11 offices
- Conference/training room re-enforced to double as a storm shelter
- Train crew work area that includes four computer stations and two travel bag staging areas
- Copy room
- Vending/coffee area
- Men's locker and shower room
- Women's locker and shower room
- End of train device storage area
- Communications equipment room
- Mechanical shop
- Material and package receiving area
Since 1996, Union Pacific has invested more than $1 billion in Iowa in branch line upgrades, east-west corridor capacity improvements, ethanol and grain related projects, communication and signal improvements, the growing wind turbine market, and major projects such as a new double-track bridge near Boone.
Union Pacific plans to spend approximately $2.6 billion in 2010 to support America's current and future freight transportation needs and enhance the safety and efficiency of the railroad's 32,000-mile network. Improved and additional rail capacity benefits everyone. It allows freight rail service to grow, helping to build a cleaner environment. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, freight trains are nearly four times more fuel efficient than trucks.
About Union Pacific
Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and provides Americans with a fuel-efficient, environmentally responsible and safe mode of freight transportation. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad emphasizes excellent customer service and offers competitive routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America's premier rail franchise.