By now, you’ve read all about CIRI headquarters’ move to the Fireweed Business Center. Maybe you’ve even had a chance to visit the Shareholder Relations department on the top floor.
But CIRI’s work at its old C Street location isn’t done. Since July 6, after the company’s move, heavy equipment and workers with Weldin Construction, a CIRI subsidiary, have been tearing out old retaining walls and timber curbs from the parking lot in an effort to “spruce things up,” according to CIRI Real Estate Project Manager Robert Gransbury.
“The first thing prospective new tenants see when they show up is the parking lot,” Gransbury adds. “So the goal is to make that first impression a good one.”
The project started as a landscaping effort to remove aging timber curbs and retaining walls, but gradually evolved into a civil construction job for Weldin. In addition to replacing retaining walls, installing curbs and gutters and restriping the lot, Weldin brought on an arborist to provide tree root care and protect the existing trees onsite.
CIRI also coordinated with Corvus Design to replace any trees that had to be removed with species that would match the existing look and feel of the site. “It was a priority to protect the existing trees onsite, which have been there since the site was originally developed,” says Gransbury.
“Weldin has been a pleasure to work with and they’ve been really responsive,” he continues. CIRI and Weldin have been able to respond to changes with flexibility while working through an evolving project scope.
The project is slated for completion by the end of August.