HVAC, The Mechanical Contractors Of Choice For New KVAT/Food City Office Complex

ABINGDON, VA - Food City is in the process of locating their new corporate headquarters at the recently vacated Johnston Memorial Hospital site in Abingdon, VA.  The new, four-story corporate office facility, now under construction is over 130,000 square feet and has an occupancy rating of 2,230. HVAC presently has a crew of nearly thirty trained experts installing plumbing and mechanical systems along with state of the art building automation systems.
According to Jon Roberts, HVAC Vice President of Operations, the Honeywell Building Automation System will control the central energy plant, the mechanical systems for the corporate offices and control the entire facility's lighting.
"The entire automation system is designed to work together to use the least amount of energy possible, resulting in lower energy costs for Food City", Roberts said.
According to Keith Rhymer, President of HVAC, this is an exciting project for the company.
"We at HVAC are very excited to be a part of the Food City corporate office project. KVAT - Food City is so entrenched in our region and they do so much in giving back. We are very proud to be their mechanical contractor of choice. Like us, they strive to be great corporate citizens and we are proud to be a small part of their continued growth", Rhymer said.
The corporate office includes a new data center, a full commercial kitchen, and a conference center. The project is scheduled for completion in August 2013.
According to Food City, the company operates over 100 retail supermarkets in Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee and employs over 13,000 associates company-wide. For Abingdon and Washington County, this project involves the retention of the 350 existing corporate employees, as well as the 25 new employees needed to operate the company's state-of-the-art data center.  Food City anticipates a capital investment of $20.4 million dollars at the JMH Hospital property.
Food City has had a presence in the Abingdon area for over 35 years.  In the last 10 years, the company has experienced tremendous growth, not only at its distribution center in Washington County, VA, but throughout its chain of supermarkets.  This growth prompted the necessity of the relocation, as the company rapidly outgrew its facility on Trigg Street in Abingdon and began to actively evaluate potential locations.
"We are pleased to be able to maintain our headquarters in the Town of Abingdon and Washington County", says Steven C. Smith, Food City President and CEO. "We are extremely grateful for the support of this community, the Town, County, Tobacco Commission and our legislators, without whom none of this would be possible.  Johnston Memorial Hospital has helped us acquire a location that will accommodate our corporate growth for years to come."
"We are proud to be the home of Food City's corporate headquarters," says Abingdon Mayor, Ed Morgan, "Our town benefits from their business activities, vendors, customers, and corporate support for entities ranging from the Barter Theatre to the United Way."