Town Pump, Butte's fourth-largest employer, plans to nearly double the size of its corporate office building on the 600 block of Main Street.
The project, expected to take 10 months to complete, will begin this spring.
“We’re excited to announce this investment in our company and in Butte,” Town Pump spokesperson Maureen Kenneally said in a statement.
The project involves the construction of a 24,000-square-feet, four-story building, just to the east of the current office. Breezeways will connect the two structures, and an elevator will serve the entire complex. A small warehouse currently occupying the space is scheduled for demolition to make room for the construction.
Company officials declined to say how much the project will cost.
The exterior of the addition will match the current exterior, created in the company’s last corporate office expansion finished in 2005. Several lots along the east side of Nevada Street have been acquired to accommodate the construction of at least 75 additional parking spaces.
“The expansion serves a twofold purpose,” Kenneally said. “First, it provides more room for our current employees, and second, it provides space for the future hiring of employees needed to support future expansion and growth of the Town Pump family of businesses.”
The first corporate office for Town Pump was located at 825 E. Mercury. Expansion of the mining operations at the Berkeley Pit forced the relocation of the offices to 221 N. Main St. A fire in the building next door forced the office to be moved to 600 S. Main St. in 1971. That building was just 1,000 square feet. The office was expanded to 2,100 square feet in 1973, expanded again in 1984 to 4,400 square feet, then to 11,600 square feet in 1992, and finally to the present size of 30,470 square feet in 2005.
The expansion project for the corporate office reflects the continued growth of the company, founded in 1953 by Tom and Mary Ann Kenneally.