Like all successful projects, the key to this project’s success was good communication. Over the course of 22 months, TEPCON collaborated closely with AZFCU’s director, facilities and architect, Cuningham Group. Together, we designed, planned, and budgeted a three-phase renovation and build-out of a 30-year-old, multi-story, occupied building. Building occupants were relocated to different floors during construction phases so business services were not interrupted. As with all occupied building construction, occupant safety, business continuity, employee productivity, and open communication were top priorities during construction.
A few of the project highlights include:
- Full interior demolition of the first, second, and third floors.
- Complete tenant improvement of first and second floors.
- Demolition of the existing vault, which was structurally integrated and part of the occupied second floor, to include installation of new structural footings, columns, and support beams.
- Relocation of existing ATM and conversion of the drive-through into a corporate board room and inviting exterior patio space as part of a new build-out.
- Building renovation including new SES and redundant SRP Transformer installation to support new back-up call center.
- Complete demo and replacement of building glass and glazing system.
- Ground up construction of a new, 1,700 sq. ft. accessory building.
The project was completed with minimal business interruptions and resulted in satisfied customers. The first floor was converted from an active Credit Union branch to what is now an open and collaborative Headquarters for The Arizona Group (TAG), and includes flexible workstations, corporate meetings rooms, modern technology and an inviting outdoor patio for employees and client enjoyment, the renovated second floor now has two suites. An N1 call center back-up site and new office space for a local non-profit organization. The third-floor infrastructure was built-out and now ready for leasing.
“The contractor’s experience proved to be valuable as we together successfully navigated AZFCU and TAG on-site staff continuing to do their jobs while the demo and construction was completed. TEPCON was able to provide a safe and (mostly) quiet working environment throughout the process.” Scott Beutler (Director, Facilities – AZFCU)
Working in an occupied environment is a specialty that requires a contractor with experience and a team that understands the importance of safety and preventing disruptions to occupants.
For more information on special factors to consider when working in the occupied environments, read Working in the Occupied Environment.