Tuesday, January 18, 2011

U.S. Bank building progressing

By Steve Vied, Messenger-Inquirer
Published: Monday, January 17, 2011 12:05 AM CST

With the deadline for completion six weeks away, work is moving at a quick pace on the U.S. Bank Home Mortgage building at Carter and Tamarack roads in the MidAmerica Airpark.

A&K Construction of Paducah is building the 47,900-square-foot, single-story call center for the city of Owensboro, which will lease it to U.S. Bank Home Mortgage, the mortgage servicing arm of the financial institution.

The deadline for the building to be finished is March 1, and an official monitoring its progress said meeting the deadline remains possible.

In early December, Tony Cecil, the city's operations manager, said the exterior wall framing on the structure was 95 percent complete, and 75 percent of the building was enclosed and roofed.

Much more progress has occurred since then. Last week, according to the city's most recent project update report, installation of drywall was proceeding. Exterior weather protection using DuPont Tyvek housewrap was about 85 percent installed. Exterior brick installation had started on the south side of the building but was progressing slowly because of weather.

Meanwhile, above-floor plumbing installation was about 90 percent complete, and the sprinkler system had been roughed in. Installation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning ductwork was about 85 percent finished, and interior electrical rough-in had been finished.

Mike Ranney, president of RBS Design, the architectural firm hired by the city to be the construction manager on the project, said the building is now completely enclosed and under roof. Meeting the March 1 completion date remains a good possibility, he said, but even if the building is not completely finished by that date, U.S. Bank can begin installing furniture and equipment at that time.

"They are still shooting for March 1, and it will be close," Ranney said of A&K's efforts to finish the project on time.

When the first phase of the building is finished and the approximately 33,100-square-foot second phase is eventually built on the 13.5-acre site, U.S. Bank Home Mortgage intends to employ 500 or more people at the location by 2014, bank officials have said.