The old KEA Headquarters Building located at 515 E. Marine Way in Kodiak is under demolition. Golden Alaska Excavating LLC is working to demolish the principal structure and all accessory structures located on the property, and to dispose of all debris. The demolition is expected to be complete by the end of April.
The old building was built in 1965 and housed KEA’s Member Services operations and the Finance and Administrative offices. Employees of the Power Generation department were located in the building behind the Hartman Substation adjacent to the structure, while the Operations and Engineering employees were housed at 1711 Chichenoff Street. As time passed, the building became old and inefficient, was within the tsunami zone, and was too costly to renovate.
The (new) current KEA Headquarters is located at 1614 Mill Bay Road, and was built adjacent to land already owned and utilized by the electric cooperative for its maintenance complex on Chichenoff Street. For years, KEA management had been looking at the concept to create a campus environment that would integrate all of KEA’s departments into one convention location to better serve cooperative members. Plans for the new building began in earnest in the fall of 2012, when an apartment building on Mill Bay Road caught fire, rendering that structure uninhabitable, and the land went up for sale. The new building was designed for improved customer service, more efficient management of utility functions, and increased synergies among departments. Ground was broken in 2014, and construction was completed on schedule and within budget for all departments to move in October 5, 2015. The building incorporates modern “green” energy savings and maintenance cost savings features.
KEA and Golden Alaska Excavating LLC request that you use caution as you drive along Marine Way and the demolition area, and help us to keep everyone safe. We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.