Durrant will move to East Village
The venerable Scandia Building at 510 E. Locust St. is being remodeled to serve as the Des Moines office of The Durrant Group Inc., a Dubuque-based architectural and engineering company.
DurrantÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s two local offices will combine and occupy the second floor of the Scandia Building beginning next January. The move will bring together the companyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s architectural staff, currently at 303 Locust St., and the Pulley Durrant engineering team, now located at 1105 Grand Ave. in West Des Moines.
Durrant acquired Pulley & Associates Inc -- founded in 1951 by Frank Pulley -- in 2001 and added an architectural office shortly after that. Pulley & Associates was renamed a year ago, and last week the name was shortened to Durrant. The parent company has 13 locations and more than 300 employees nationwide.
The former Pulley Durrant office provides engineering services to other Durrant locations and is currently working on projects in 12 states, China and South Korea. Those projects include the Lotte II Tower in Busan, South Korea, which will be the tallest building in the world when it tops out at 107 stories in 2009.
DurrantÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s combined office in the East Village will house 30 employees, a 30 percent increase from the two existing officesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ staffing at the start of 2005.
The renovation plan calls for adding windows and replacing the building facade with materials that suit the evolving character of the area.
Ladco Development Inc. has gutted the building and is removing the materials from several facades that were installed over the years. Ladco is negotiating with a possible restaurant tenant for the ground-floor space.
MPI Corp. owns the building, having purchased it in 1990.
on a side note, I was told that Blues on Grand is moving East to the Village next to Olypic Flame...
then again I dont really care for snow!
I love the name you came up with luvr--- District 10. That's hot!
One of the vacant spaces next to Eden now has a "Drama Workshop" sign in the window -- so they must also be making the move. That will be a nice addition to have over there ...
The Developer is proposing to renovate the vacant and dilapidated building for a mixed-use project with possible basement and first floor retail/commercial and 2nd floor residential or commercial.
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