Construction underway at Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative, Inc. Photo by James R. Mountain/valleydailypost.comInterim General Manager Andrew J. Chavez shows a rendering of the Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative, Inc. construction project. Photo by James R. Mountain/valleydailypost.com By JAMES R. MOUNTAINValley Daily PostJemez Mountains Electric Cooperative, Inc. broke ground in May on new buildingConstruction of a new home for the Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative, Inc. (JMEC) is well underway.JMEC was finally able to break ground in the spring after concluding a Request for Proposal process that was vetted back to May of 2017 and awarded to general contractor Bradbury Stamm Construction for the design-build of the new facility. Several changes occurred in May at JMEC with the beginning of construction and the appointment of Interim General Manager Andrew J. Chavez.Chavez took over after GM Donna Montoya-Trujillo submitted her resignation in early May. Chavez brings several years of experience as an employee at JMEC including serving for 11 years as director of Information Technology. Taking on the interim role of GM, Chavez expressed his excitement with the projects and forward path of JMEC.“I certainly look forward to the future of Jemez Mountain Electric Cooperative, the undertakings of the Board, the quality of services, and the affordable services JMEC provides in power,” he said. The Valley Daily Post recently visited with Chavez and toured construction progress on the new building to replace the outdated facility.“The original building has served its purpose. A new building is well deserved for the community,” Chavez said.The new 2-story building will encompass approximately 31,000 square feet and house updated facilities and the appropriate technological infrastructure necessary to best service JMEC customers into the future. The completion date is scheduled for the end of summer 2020.Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative (JMEC) was founded in 1947. The co-op began as a small hydropower generating station in Jemez Springs serving three families. Today, JMEC is the largest electric co-op in the state serving consumers in the five counties of Rio Arriba, Santa Fe, San Juan, McKinley and Sandoval. The current building was engineered and built in 1960.