MAKING UP FOR LOST TIME
By Bill Rautenstrauch
Crews working on the N.K. West Building on Adams Avenue downtown are trying to make up for some lost time and Project Manager David Reece is confident the four-story, mixed-use building will be completed by the March 2005 end date.
"My end date doesn't change, no matter what," Reece, of Reece Construction, said of the project at 1214 Adams. "We'll gain some time on the masonry work, and some more by prefabricating the wall panels. I think we'll pick up two to three weeks on the wall panels alone."
Reece, whose company is constructing the building for Salem-based Telos Development, said delays in completing the foundation, plus problems obtaining certain permits, set the project back about five weeks.
But that isn't to say there's hasn't been progress. There has been, and lots of it.
Excavation work is done, and a 10-man crew of masons from the Boise area is putting up masonry walls this week.
"We're trying to get the skeleton of the building up instantly," Reece said. He said the Boise crew was hired because there weren't enough qualified masons to be found locally.
Reece said steel framing for the lower levels will start by the middle of next week. Following that, concrete pads in the basement and on the first and second levels will be poured.
The upper two levels of the building will be wood-framed. Reece said he hopes to hire a couple of local carpenters.
"We're looking for a couple of highly-skilled, highly-motivated guys," he said.
The sidewalk along Adams Avenue in front of the construction site is closed.
Reece had hoped to relieve congestion by placing a staging area for materials and equipment in the alley behind the site. It looks, however, as though that will not happen.
For the staging area to be established, power and telephone lines running behind the site would need to be placed underground.
Cost to bury the lines may be prohibitive. In the latest round of negotiations, OTEC said it would bury its elecrical lines for under $10,000, but Verizon priced its portion of the job at about $20,000.
"I'm assuming it's not going to happen," Reece said.
The building, to be constructed at the site of a 1994 fire that destroyed the Bohnenkamp Interiors store, will feature over 4,700 square feet of ground floor commercial space, and 24 apartments on the upper levels.