ORANGE PARK -- Clay Electric’s newly renovated Orange Park District office at 734 Blanding Blvd. will be open for business on June 17.
The nearly year-long remodeling effort will bring the four-decade-old structure up to modern building and safety codes and provide co-op personnel with more room to serve customers of Clay County, according to Orange Park District Manager Andy Chaff.
“This renovation was badly needed due to the age of the building and the fact that we needed to upgrade our building due to service and security reasons,” Chaff said. “The original office was built in 1975 when the district served far fewer members. Maintenance costs for the old building continued to climb, and it needed serious improvements to bring it up to current building codes.”
The district office space was increased by 3,000 square feet and now includes meeting and conference rooms, a children’s waiting area and public restrooms. There is a covered walkway into the front lobby and an improved, covered drive-thru window.
The new facility has many energy efficiency features, including high-efficiency heat pumps, extra insulation in the ceiling and walls, and a low-wattage lighting system controlled by occupancy sensors. In addition, a completely redesigned heating and cooling system was installed that will be more comfortable for employees as well as more energy-efficient. There are now six heating/cooling zones instead of just one for the entire building. The building has an upgraded security and fire suppression system, and the entire property has a privacy fence.
The warehouse located just behind the office building has a much higher ceiling and includes translucent windows for natural lighting. The fuel island was also upgraded with new underground fuel storage tanks.