Florida Keys Electric Cooperative Association
Florida Keys Electric Cooperative Association
Florida Keys Electric Cooperative Association

Tavernier Operations Center Built Using LEED guidelines

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 and conservation.

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 urinals.
  • 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.

Florida Keys Electric Cooperative Association
Florida Keys Electric Cooperative Association