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'We want to know what the most
important things to our clients are.'
four-story, wood-frame building, built over
the top of a parking garage. The building's
exterior features a mixture of brick and
metal panels. Drywall and finishing work is
underway in the 142-unit, 195,000-squarefoot Nexus, which is slated for completion
Each building is targeted toward a different renter base. As a workforce housing
development, units in the Nexus building
feature high-end finishes and are geared
toward the luxury market.
Both buildings include amenity areas.
The Edge has a community room and
fitness center, while the Nexus includes
an outdoor pool, an outdoor plaza with
grilling areas, a yoga studio and first-floor
The Nexus at Gray's Landing is being built
to LEED for Homes certification. Each unit
will include energy-efficient air-handling
units. Unused building materials were
recycled, and several of the materials used
contain recycled content, Superintendent
Richard Mills says.
Sherman Associates' plans for the Gray's
Landing development include a Holiday
Inn Express hotel and an office building.
In addition to the two apartment buildings, Knutson also built a road extension
leading into the Gray's Landing property.
The 75-acre site formerly housed a Pittsburgh Steel plant.
The site's former use, as well its location
within a floodplain, posed challenges for
Knutson. During excavation, the company needed to dispose of excess waste and
footings from the former steel plant. In
addition, the company needed to replace
much of the soil on the site with a new rock
base, Mills notes.
Another challenge the project faced was
framing the building during winter weather. Knutson rose to each of the project's
challenges with the help of its subcontractors, which included electrical contractor
Baker Electric, Ladco Heating and Cooling,
A.J. Plumbing and Mid-Iowa Drywall. In
addition, Corell Contractors performed
sitework, earthwork and utility work on
the project, and the concrete contractor was
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