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Neumann is excited to announce the completion of the Missouri Valley Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) project! The Missouri Valley JATC building is a state-of-the-art training facility for the Missouri Valley Line Constructors located in Indianola, Iowa.

Construction on the 50,000 square-foot facility began in August of 2019. Designed by Ethos Design Group, the building brings together several different building materials, including structural metal stud framing, pre-engineered metal, precast panel walls, and structural masonry. This combination of materials allows the training facility to meet students’ needs for their careers in line construction.

Corten columns on the building’s façade give the illusion of wooden power line poles supporting the building’s main entry canopy. The interior of the building features an industrial style with exposed ceilings and sealed concrete floors.

The building’s unique features are extensive, including the 8,000 square foot indoor pole yard. The pole yard’s ceiling stands at 50 feet, with a catwalk mounted at 27 feet along the perimeter for instructors to communicate with the students while climbing. The training facility provides everything students need to complete their training, including high-voltage training labs, simulator rooms, maintenance shops, classrooms, and office space.

The Missouri Valley JATC project faced multiple challenges, beginning with the COVID-19 pandemic and ending with a natural disaster. In March of 2020, COVID-19 could have brought the entire construction process to an immediate halt. However, the team worked together to manage scheduling and they safely moved forward with the project.

In August of 2020, a derecho brought 110-140 mph winds across the Midwest, equivalent to those of a category 3 or 4 hurricane, and the state of Iowa was devastated. The Missouri Valley JATC building did not sustain any derecho damage, but building materials were delayed for months. Despite these challenges, the project was completed on time–a testament to the teamwork and coordination efforts between Neumann, Ethos Design Group, and all of our trade partners.

The success of the Missouri Valley JATC is the result of working with a great owner, design team, and contracting group. Neumann Brothers is proud to provide this state-of-the-art training facility that will serve the community for years to come!