by Crystal Leto
The weather was perfect for North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters’ (NCSRCC) groundbreaking ceremony for the new NCSRCC Altoona Training Center located at 1st Avenue N and Adventureland Drive NE in Altoona, IA. The project is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2017.
Funded entirely by union members locally and across the nation, the effort and cooperation required to make the project happen was praised numerous times. “The work that’s going to take place here is going to build good lives for families for years and years to come and the investment that’s being made is a wise one,” said UBC Midwestern District Vice President Dave Tharp.
The opportunities the center will provide to those interested in learning a trade as well as those committed to perfecting their chosen craft was another topic several touched on. “This building and the occupants – members, students, instructors, and local unions – means to us a future for the working class,” said NCSRCC Executive Secretary-Treasurer John Raines.
The new training center will be approximately 49,000 sf and divided into two major areas. The first two story area will be approximately 20,000 sf that will house offices, classrooms and general administrative spaces. The second one story, open bay area will be approximately 29,000 sf that will house hands-on training and workshops spaces.
“Even though it’s an institutional facility, it’s going to have the detail that states quality. We’re proud to be a part of it and we’ll keep you posted on the progress,” Project Manager Berry Reeves said.
It takes numerous people from various trades and sub-specialties contributing their talents and expertise to deliver a quality project. Conception, design, planning, pre-construction, construction, finishes and delivery – quality construction takes a team.
As the General Contractor on the project, we’re looking forward to working with NCSRCC, Schemmer Associates, Inc., subcontractors and vendors. In the coming months, keep an eye out here and on social media for project updates, construction milestones, and articles featuring a few of the talented men and women in the field.