In March 2009, Florida Keys Electric Cooperative opened the doors of
its new storm hardened Tavernier Operations Center.
The new facility was designed to improve FKEC's service to its 31,000
members by combining features for category five hurricane preparedness
and survivability, operational efficiency and safety, and energy efficiency
FKEC used LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) guidelines
wherever possible when constructing the 62,000-square-foot facility.
These features are not only for energy efficiency but include recycled
building materials and water conservation as well.
Energy efficient and Conservation Features:
- 30,000-gallon cistern for watering landscape and truck washing.
- All rain water from roof channeled into cistern plus most
condensation from air conditioning system.
- High efficiency chillers in lieu of standard central air.
- Reflective white roof membrane to reduce energy consumption.
- Louvered red “eyebrow” to direct natural light
in while keeping direct sunlight out.
- Solar-assist water heating: four, 120-gallon units on roof.
- Coral rock mined from site and reused on front face of building
and for front fence at minimal cost.
- Recycled building materials used where possible.
- Energy-saving cross-ventilation in warehouse.
- Water-saving toilets with two flush settings and waterless
- Master lighting control to turn building lights off at night
and on in the morning.
Learn more about the Tavernier Operations Center…
Download the Storm
Hardened Tavernier Operations Center Overview of Key Features
and visit FKEC’s
Video Library to view tours of
the building during and after construction.