Lights. Heating. Electricity. It’s a simple fact that our society requires power for a smooth operation. When Henderson Municipal Power & Light (HMP&L) asked for a new headquarters that housed all departments—the Hafer team understood how important it is to get this project right for the community. The residents have relied on HMP&L for their power supply for over 125 years, so for this new build project, the design will incorporate pieces of the company’s history, industrial design elements and modern design ideas into the new headquarters.
Walking through the front doors, you will be greeted by the front office desk and a vintage HMP&L sign from the original building. The front of the building will house all office personnel in offices featuring natural wood textures, industrial concrete floors, highlights of greenery, and pops of the HMP&L blue branding. You’ll find industry tools integrated into these spaces including a display of antique insulators from powerlines and an electric wire wall that will be used as a privacy barrier for a conference room. The board room is designed to be the community focal point of the project as it will be the space where the community will be welcomed into board meetings and will incorporate a floor-to-ceiling wall graphic of a map of Henderson, KY.
The transition into the other departments of HMP&L was seamless for the Hafer team as the industrial design elements featured in the office naturally carry over into the rest of the building. There will be training rooms, a meter shop, a garage, a warehouse, and locker rooms. There will also be a space dedicated to storm dispatching so HMP&L can better serve the Henderson community in the case of a severe weather event.
The project is currently in the design phase and is expected to be completed in June 2023.