Wisner earns Project of the Year Award

July 13, 2020

NMPP Energy recently awarded the City of Wisner, Neb., with a Project of the Year Award for its City Auditorium Renovation Project.

The award is presented annually to honor a project or program in an NMPP Energy member community that creates a more cohesive community, whether it’s a project created for the entire community or one that makes it easier for city staff and employees to serve their residents. The award is typically presented at the NMPP Energy Annual Conference, but the event was canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City of Wisner participates in three NMPP Energy organizations: the Nebraska Municipal Power Pool (utility-related services), the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (wholesale electricity supply) and the National Public Gas Agency (wholesale natural gas).

The City completed the renovation of its City Auditorium in the Fall of 2019 and transformed the public meeting facility from an aging structure to a fully functional facility that will be used for many years.

The project was a public and private collaboration which included $1.2 million in donations. The project was the culmination of several years of meetings and discussions, bringing together stakeholders to renew a needed space within the community.

The renovation included updating the main social hall and kitchen as well as removing the ceiling to expose rafters overhead to highlight the peak of the building. More natural lighting was added as an expanse of windows replaced a concrete wall. Updates were also made to the heating and electrical system, allowing the facility to run more efficiently.

The auditorium, built in 1956, was last remodeled in 1996. The recent remodeling project makes the facility competitive with the new community centers in the surrounding area. The award includes $200, which will be donated to the auditorium project.