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JEA Special Board Meeting Results in Changes for New Headquarters
Modifications will require approval of City’s Downtown Development Review Board
Jacksonville, FL – At a special board meeting held on May 21, 2020 regarding the new JEA headquarters, the JEA Board of Directors approved reducing two floors from nine to seven in the headquarters building, reducing square footage from 196,900 to approximately 153,000, and reducing the parking garage by two levels. The reduction in square footage and size of the building does not equate to a reduction in full time employees.
The changes discussed to the headquarters project require an approval by the City’s Downtown Development Review Board (DDRB). The building design will be generally the same in appearance with the exception of the height reductions resulting from fewer floors and minor changes at the upper levels.
JEA has been planning for a new corporate headquarters for several years to address business continuity risks while meeting its headquarters needs in a cost-effective manner. The Board approved a lease with Ryan Companies US, Inc. (Ryan) at its June 25, 2019 meeting after a competitive selection process. The lease was executed by JEA on July 9, 2019 after approval by the Jacksonville City Council of the site Purchase and Sale Agreement (PSA) between Ryan and the City of Jacksonville. Ryan has worked with JEA on project development and reconsideration of the scope of the project over the past few months at the request of JEA.
At the Board’s direction, JEA will begin scoping a separate smaller scale project for a hardened facility to further address business continuity and operational needs to complement the headquarters project.
JEA plans to move to the new building, located at the northeast corner of Pearl and Adams Streets in the late spring of 2022.