WHIRC's central gets a facelift

'It's cool'
Friday, June 1, 2007

ROCKFORD, Minn.--"We just remodeled our central station to upgrade everything," said Wendy Youngren, business manager at WHIRC.(See WHIRC and HS3 shake hands, page 29.)
"We've been in this facility since 1994, when we had less than 5,000 accounts." Now at 40,000, WHIRC monitors burg, fire, and PERS accounts all over the United States and Canada. "Essentially we grew out of the space ... We went from six functioning work stations to 11."
A local design company called Interium did the design work. All the work stations are Herman Miller products.
"The staff love it," said Youngren, "because we put in glass barriers. They can see each other but the noise reduction is very much a pro for them. It gave them renewed pride in their workplace and greater employee satisfaction."
Space for new technology was also a problem. "We've been growing with the equipment in the same footprint of the building," said Youngren.
"It was time to make improvements with our racking of technology. We wanted to make sure it was easy for our staff to use." The company used APC for its new racking, and "our equipment racking is more up-to-date and organized so that it is easier for us to do equipment testing now."
"It's cool," said Youngren.