The Huntington Bank building project located at 17 South High Street provided several unique challenges. The building was leased out to approximately 90% of its capacity and the Owner wanted to limit the disruption to the tenants.
Phase I of this project consisted of bringing the 12 story building up to current sprinkler and fire alarm codes. To achieve this, all of the installation work was completed at night. Phase II of the project consists of upgrading the HVAC system for the entire building.
The design approach limited the disruption on any floor to not more than two weeks. During that two week period, temporary cooling units and fans were used to satisfy the tenants. In order to limit the disruption, Heapy proposed filling in the existing light well with a new equipment room. Once the new “spine” structure was complete and the new distribution piping was run thru the infill space, new air handlers were installed and tested prior to removing the existing air handlers. It was estimated that it would take two weeks per floor to remove the old air handlers and connect the new ductwork to the existing. This work takes place inside the existing equipment room, again limiting the disruption to the tenants.
Once the work above the ceiling was complete, a new ADA restroom was built in place of the existing equipment room in addition to gaining some additional lease space. The building contains 33 tenants in addition to Huntington’s main banking offices.
Additional tenant finish office space projects include approximately 106,000 SF.