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03/15/2016 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) dedicated its newly renovated Service Building at 1001 James Street on Tuesday, March 15th. The dedication marks the completion of the $6.2-million renovation project that was completed ahead of schedule and on budget.

Biltmore Construction Company (BCC) acted as the Construction Manager at Risk (CMR) for the project. The scope of work for BCC included all site planning, preparation of bids for site construction, and supervision of all construction work. BCC hired all subcontractors to work on the renovations, with approximately 50-percent being locally sourced.

The renovations included: 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 returned the midcentury modern aesthetic to the exterior of KEYS’ Service Building to reference the 1950s style when the building was originally constructed. The project was designed by Bender & Associates and blends the renovated historic façade with a reconfigured interior that better serves the needs of a 21st century utility.

PHOTO CAPTION: KEYS marks the completion of its Service Building renovation project. Standing beside the plaque commemorating the dedication are (from left) KEYS’ General Manager & CEO Lynne Tejeda, Utility Board Member Charlie Bradford, Utility Board Vice Chair Mona C. Clark, Utility Board Members Steve Wells and Tim Root, and Utility Board Chair Peter Batty.

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