Approximately 630 employees will move into the New Albany International Business Park now that AEP's second facility is nearing completion.

Approximately 630 employees will move into the New Albany International Business Park now that AEP's second facility is nearing completion.

AEP's transmission headquarters at 8500 Smith's Mill Road will be finished by the end of this month, spokeswoman Melissa McHenry said. The four-story, 190,000-square-foot facility will house employees that design, build and maintain the transmission system for AEP's operations in 11 states.

Work by Ruscilli Construction Co. began in October 2014, McHenry said. The project architect was Moody Nolan. McHenry said AEP is not discussing the building's cost.

The building's employees will come from other central Ohio AEP facilities, she said. One hundred employees move in Aug. 29, and the remaining employees will move Sept. 12, she said. The building was designed to create collaborative work spaces and allow team building among employees.

AEP officials looked at a variety of properties for the new building, McHenry said. The New Albany site provided a good location for construction, and it was next to AEP's transmissions operations center, she said.

"It just made sense to put it there," she said.

City spokesman Scott McAfee said AEP's second-generation project shows the company's past experience with New Albany has been positive.

AEP has been a good partner in the business park and has provided the city the opportunity to build the infrastructure of its fiber-optic network throughout the business park when AEP first arrived, he said.

"It would have been cost-prohibitive for us to build the network had they not moved to New Albany," McAfee said. "Today, our business-park users can choose their fiber-optic services from more than 200 carriers nationwide."

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