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Major renovations underway at PEF Headquarters

Major renovations to the PEF Headquarters in Latham, NY (a suburb of Albany) started in late fall of 2019.

Since that time, a new roof was put on and new improved HVAC systems were being installed, before construction was halted due to the COVID pandemic.

PEF built its headquarters in the British-American Airport Park in 1987 and moved into the building the following January.  Most of the original infrastructure and fixtures were over 40 years old and in need of replacement, having surpassed their useful life.  Upon demolition, it was clear that these renovations were well overdue, with the sight of decaying fixtures, outdated and frayed wiring and worn out flooring as an example.

Construction resumed in June to the two-story, 30,000 sq. ft. structure. The major renovations also include installation of energy efficient windows, ADA compliant bathrooms, modern conference rooms with virtual technology, and other updates to bring the building into the 21st Century to meet current safety and code standards. The construction, which closed the building to almost all staff and visitors, was accomplished with the relocation of some staff and the telecommuting of others.

“These are the first major renovations to our headquarters building in about 30 years,” said PEF President Wayne Spence, “and the project is being managed by PEF and British American with unionized labor and in close collaboration with local union leaders.”

PEF Secretary-Treasurer Kay Alison Wilkie said, “PEF is committed to advancing the union movement, so we invested significant time and money using unionized workers. PEF leads by setting high standards, actively supporting our unionized brothers and sisters in the construction industry, and remaining true to our core union values.”

PEF leaders and PEF staff look forward to returning and welcoming PEF members when the construction and COVID pandemic conclude.