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The Civic Center Expansion is on Schedule

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Warming temperatures have construction season is in full swing.
But one crew didn't let winter stand in the way of one major project.
Courtney Plante takes us to the construction site for more.

After breaking ground last June -- the Civic Center expansion is moving along.

"The construction is coming along great. We're tracking exactly where we need to be with the schedule and things look good," said Brandon Moore, Project manager, Scull Construction.

Moore says they were finally able to pour part of the floor yesterday -- after a slight bump in the road.

"The only struggle we've had is the weather...this was a rough winter,"said Brandon Moore, Project manager, Scull Construction.

When they aren't fighting against the weather, a crew of about 50-60 construction workers are on site each day getting the building ready for the petroleum conference this May

 "It's going to be the shell, the concrete floor and construction lighting,"said Charlier Jeske, Civic Center manager.

To get it up and running -- 5th street from Front Avenue to Sweet will be blocked off temporarily.

"We're adding the actual west walls and the rafters so the crane is actually working from 5th street putting the walls up," said Charlie Jeske, Civic Center manager.

It may seem like an inconvenience for drivers -- but Jeske says the delay will be worth it.

"It will double the size of our current exhibit hall," said Charlie Jeske, Civic Center manager.

A few unique features will also be included.

"There's going to be a large walkway that's going to connect the second level all the way up to the corner of 5th and front," said Jeff Ubl, project architect.

Along with an expanded parking lot.

"We haven't lost any parking. We'll actually have more convenient parking," said Jeff Ubl, project architect.

This is a project 10 years in the making -- and both Moore and Ubl are excited to be a part of it.

"This is one of our bigger projects and we take a lot of pride in it," said Brandon Moore, project manager, Scull Construction.

"It's a great project. It's a very important project for the city of Bismarck both economically and as far as tourism goes," said Jeff Ubl, project architect.

Jeske says the expansion will allow them to hold more large conventions, like the one in May.
Reporting for KX News, I'm Courtney Plante.

Part of the expanded exhibit hall will be up and running in May -- but the final finish date is this fall. 

 

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