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11/21/2014 ~ Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) recently donated a combined total of $2,000 to Key West High School (KWHS) sports and fine art programs for the 2014-2015 school year. KEYS donated $500 each to the KWHS Band program, as well as the Boy’s Basketball, Girl’s Soccer, and Swim teams. These donations, along with others from the community, will help compensate for funding gaps and support these programs and the students who benefit from them.

“KEYS is a long-time supporter of KWHS programs, and we are pleased to once again help students realize their dreams outside of the classroom,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO.

PHOTO CAPTION: Representatives from KWHS Sports and Fine Art programs receive sponsorship donations from KEYS to benefit their respective programs. (From left) Utility Board Member Barry Barroso, KWHS Band Captain Humberto Dos Santos, Utility Board Vice Chair Mona C. Clark, Utility Board Member Charlie Bradford, Utility Board Chair Peter Batty, KWHS Swim Team Co-Captain Krzysztof Bujak, Utility Board Member Tim Root, and KWHS Assistant Swim Team Coach Judd Wise.


11/20/2014 ~ The Utility Board approved the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) of $6.2-million for Biltmore Construction Company (BCC) to act as a Construction Manager at Risk (CMR) for the renovation of Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) Service Building at 1001 James Street in Key West during their regular meeting on Wednesday, November 19th.

The scope of work for BCC includes all site planning, preparation of bids for site construction, and supervision of all construction work. BCC will hire all subcontractors to work on the renovations, and estimate that approximately 50-percent will be locally sourced.

The renovations will include, but are not limited to: upgrading the Service Building to withstand a Category 5 hurricane; installing a new energy management system; remodeling the interior; providing backup generation; providing backup air conditioning for the 24-hour staffed Dispatch Center and Information Technology server room; flood proofing the 1st floor; new roofing; new exterior doors and windows; new electrical, fire alarm & protection systems; landscaping; and site work.

The renovation will return the midcentury modern aesthetic to the exterior of KEYS’ Service Building and reference the 1950s style when the building was originally constructed. The project was designed by Bender & Associates and will blend the renovated historic façade of the building with a reconfigured interior that will better serve the needs of a 21st century utility.

The regular meeting of the Utility Board took place at 5:00 p.m., November 19th, in the Louis Carbonell Board Room of the William Arnold Service Building, 1001 James Street, Key West.

PHOTO CAPTION: Rendering of the renovated James Street façade of KEYS’ Service Building, 1001 James Street, Key West.


11/19/2014 ~ In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) offices will be closed Thursday, November 27th, and Friday, November 28th. To accommodate the extended holiday closure, KEYS’ offices will open at 8:00A on Wednesday, November 26th, instead of the regularly scheduled 9:00A.

KEYS will re-open for regular business on Monday, December 1st, at 8:00A.


11/18/2014 ~ When temperatures dip in the Florida Keys, portable space heaters can warm a cold and drafty house. But space heaters, and any electrical product with a heating element, produce a lot of heat, and, if not used carefully, can become a fire hazard.

Keys Energy Services recommends following these safety principles with portable space heaters:

- Plug portable space heaters directly in to an outlet; do not use an extension cord.

- Make certain the circuit into which you plug a space heater can adequately and safely handle the added demand.

- Never remove the grounding feature on a plug by clipping or grinding off the third prong.

- Use an adapter to connect the heater’s three-prong plug, if you do not have a three-hole outlet. Make sure the adapter ground wire or tab is attached to the outlet ground.

- Relocate heaters away from passageways and keep all flammable materials such as curtains, rugs, furniture and/or newspapers at least three feet away.

- Unplug and safely store portable space heaters when not in use.

For more electrical safety tips, visit the Electrical Safety Foundation International at


11/17/2014 ~ Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) Customer Services department will be relocating to temporary facilities at 927 Eaton Street on Monday, December 8th, in preparation for upcoming renovations to KEYS’ Service Building.

The Customer Services department will close to customers at 1001 James Street at noon on Friday, December 5th, to accommodate the move. The department will re-open at 927 Eaton Street at 10:00A on Monday, December 8th. After December 8th, KEYS’ Customer Service hours of operation will return to 8:00A – 5:00P on Monday through Friday, except for Wednesday when hours of operation are 9:00A – 5:00P.

“The proximity of our temporary Customer Service Center to our current facility should make for a seamless transition to our customers,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO. She added that, “our remaining departments will relocate to temporary facilities at our Stock Island Generation Facility throughout the month of December and renovations will commence in January to upgrade our Service Building to a hurricane Catergory-5 structure.”

The Utility Board is scheduled to approve the Service Building construction work order during their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, November 19th. The project guaranteed maximum price is $6.25-million. Renovations are scheduled to be complete in mid 2016.

PHOTO CAPTION: (From left) Mike Griffin and Sean Kipp from KEYS’ Facilities section work on finishing the interiors of the temporary Customer Service Center at 927 Eaton Street.

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