The Lazy Q Ranch is a 2,100 acre cattle ranch near La Grange, Texas, which houses Quanta Services’ world-class training facility. The John R. Colson Training Center was designed, built, and developed by John Colson, one of the founders of Quanta Services. John’s intent was to provide the best hands-on training facility for use by all Quanta Operating Companies to maintain and hone the skills and methods required for Quanta’s industry leading Energized Services program. Since opening in August 2015, the facility has grown and expanded beyond his original vision.
The John R. Colson Training Center provides advanced skills training and certifications for Quanta employees in electric power and pipeline construction. The electric power services training area includes a fully energized distribution, substation, and transmission system with voltages ranging from 13 kV to 500 kV that was designed and built by Quanta specifically for training its personnel in a real world environment. The hands-on facility features world-class curricula which are administered through partnership with local education institutions.
The Training Center is only a small portion of the 2,100 acre ranch. The rest of Lazy Q will be set aside as a wildlife haven. The native habitat that is necessary for wildlife to thrive is being restored. Native prairie grasses are being planted where possible, even in the training areas. Management is working closely with the State of Texas to institute numerous wildlife management practices to benefit the flora and fauna.