UGI Utilities has broken ground on its new corporate headquarters in northeastern Lancaster County, a project which will move about 150 jobs from its existing home in Muhlenberg Township.
The new 93,000-square-foot facility will be on a 32-acre tract at the intersection of Route 222 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike in East Cocalico Township, near the border with Berks County. Construction is expected to last 12-15 months and be complete by the end of next year.
Robert F. Beard, UGI CEO and president, said the move reflects the company’s continued growth. The new building is designed to hold 350 employees.
“Moving ahead on our new headquarters building marks a significant milestone in the history of UGI Utilities,” Beard said. “We are pleased to locate our new headquarters building in Lancaster County, which is one of the fastest growing areas in our service territory. “
UGI, which has doubled its customer base to about 700,000 in the past decade, will continue to have a significant presence in Berks. More than 300 service and field employees will remain at its site at 225 Morgantown Road in Reading, a UGI official said earlier.
One of the reasons the new headquarters site was chosen was its easy access for commuters. The company previously told Lehigh Valley Business that a survey showed the move would not excessively add to overall employee commute times. It said the company has employees living in Berks, Lancaster and Philadelphia counties.
Bernardon of Philadelphia is the architectural firm that designed the building. BL Companies of Mechanicsburg is the engineering firm overseeing the site development. Warfel Construction, a Lancaster County firm, is the general contractor.