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Jax Daily Record Wednesday, Dec. 26, 201810:32 AM EST

VyStar seeks $11.4 million in permits to renovate Downtown building for headquarters

That's in addition to $2.2 million for upgrades to SunTrust Tower it will rename and move into in 2019.

With the goal of moving in next year, VyStar Credit Union seeks permits for an additional $11.4 million in work at the Downtown property it bought in July for $59 million and is renovating for its corporate headquarters.

It follows an application in November for $2.2 million for core building upgrades that include restroom and elevator lobby work on at least 13 floors.

The 23-story tower is at 76 S. Laura St.

The Jacksonville-based financial services institution submitted plans Friday for $8 million in renovations called “Tenant improvement – Package 1” and recently for $3.4 million to add backup generators and fuel tanks.

Dana B. Kenyon Co. is the contractor listed for the tenant improvements for office uses on the second through seventh floors and for employee amenities – such as cafe, game and collaboration space – on the 23rd floor.

Dana B. Kenyon Co. also is the contractor listed to add the power equipment to the six-story parking garage next to the tower. VyStar said it submitted plans for the construction of three backup generators and two fuel tanks.

“These will enable the continued operations of any and all VyStar staff located in downtown Jacksonville for several days in the event of natural disaster/emergency,” VyStar said.

It said it is the same level of emergency planning and disaster recovery at its major operations centers and many of its branches. VyStar said the design allows for construction of up to five backup generators on-site.

VyStar President and CEO Brian Wolfburg said previously the total remodel will cover 195,000 to 200,000 square feet of space over 16 floors at the 358,278-square-foot tower. VyStar also will open a branch office.

VyStar expects to move about 900 employees Downtown by year-end 2019 and put its name on the building. SunTrust, now the anchor tenant, intends to move to the Bank of America Tower.


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