After 30 years, JEA in Jacksonville, FL decided it was time for a new headquarters. Their specific design requirements included the desire to stay on the north side of the river, wanting to be close to transportation and downtown restaurants, and looking for something more modern with a better capacity fit. This was a rare and unique opportunity for Ryan to design and build a highly regarded public company. After an extremely competitive process and huge effort with both internal teams and external partners, we were awarded the work.
The proposed building includes nine stories and 153,000 rentable square-feet with an accompanying 640 space parking garage. The design team drew precedent from architectural design features that express and celebrate Jacksonville’s river, industrial bridges and its progression towards the future. From the skyline view to the employee and customer experience, we considered all angles. Natural light, open flexible floorplates and access to outdoor spaces are all part of the design elements included in the building. The design also features multiple outdoor and work spaces affording views of the courthouse lawn, St. John’s River and historic Hemming Park.
JEA’s goal for their new headquarters is to provide the best service by becoming the center of their customers’ energy and water experience. It will be a catalyst for continued growth and provide the foundation for industry innovation efforts. It will also enable JEA to attract and retain an engaged workforce. Ryan is committed to creating a space that reflects the vision of JEA and is dedicated to ensuring Jacksonville’s Small and Emerging Businesses (JSEB), as well as women, minority and/or disadvantage-certified businesses (W/M/DBE) play a meaningful role in the project.