The Latest Update on NBU’s Headquarters
When the NBU Headquarters project was initiated, NBU was pursuing the design of its new headquarters facility in parallel with a workforce study to more accurately forecast the number of employees needed to serve our growing community in the long term. The study showed that if a facility were to be constructed on NBU’s property at the end of Westpointe Drive, it would be filled within ten years of opening if it housed the entire organization under one roof.
In light of the land constraint, NBU revisited the assumptions in its Facilities Master Plan, which had recommended combining the workforce from the FM 306 Service Center and the Main Plaza office complex into one facility. We also revisited our analysis of available land within NBU’s service territory to check assumptions and revisit evaluation criteria.
According to 2020 Census data, in the last decade, New Braunfels experienced a 56 percent growth rate in population and has been consistently recognized as one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. While this area’s growth has provided new opportunities and amenities for citizens, it has required New Braunfels Utilities to be even more strategic in its planning. Though not many land options are left within the NBU service territory for centrally locating a facility to ensure efficient utility operations and customer convenience, finding NBU’s future Headquarters site remains a top strategic priority.
Construction continues on the expansion of NBU’s well field and treatment facilities at the end of Westpointe Drive. Since NBU owns the property and has room to build, it is still an option for constructing a facility of some type, but likely not of the size originally conceived.
New Braunfels Utilities will post any new activity and updates to this page as information becomes available.
Below are some frequently asked questions about the NBU Headquarters Project.
New Braunfels Utilities has outgrown its Main Plaza and Service Center facilities, and they are simply not adequate for the complexity and security of our community’s critical utility infrastructure. The new Headquarters will allow NBU to consolidate operations and meet the demands of growth and improve efficiency required to continue providing essential services to the community.
Operations at the new facility will be in compliance with the City of New Braunfels’ noise ordinance NO. 2015-43.
As of January 2023, NBU has 349 employees, but not all will work at the NBU Headquarters. Some will continue to work at remote facilities such as treatment plants. Like many employers, post-COVID-19, NBU’s workforce includes some employees who work from home and many others that work in a hybrid arrangement, splitting their time between home and office.
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