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Commercial | SNAVELY GROUP - NATIONAL INTERSTATE INSURANCE CO. HEADQUARTERS

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The first floor of the building will include a full lunchroom and
cafeteria with outside patios for dining and an executive patio on
the fourth floor that overlooks a scenic valley. Because the headquarters is being built on a rolling hill, "There is a nice patio area
with a fire pit and places where you can spend time and meet as
groups," he says.
Snavely Group started on the $25 million project in November

2016 and expects to have it finished by April 2018. This is not the
company's first project for National Interstate, Porter notes.
"They've been a great client and partner for us," he says, explaining that the contractor built National Interstate's original headquarters 20 years ago. Over the years, Snavely Group has completed
additional work in its present facility along with another National
Interstate building.

Stuck in the Middle
Snavely Group has found it challenging to work on the National
Interstate campus, Porter admits. With the new headquarters' location between two pre-existing buildings, "There's a lot of interaction
between the two," he says.
"We have to accommodate a walkway for National Interstate employees to go from one building to the other," Porter says. "The other
challenge is that we're on a hillside that is not easily accessible."
The contractor copes with these challenges by maintaining clear
lines of communication with National Interstate. Snavely Group also
divided the site work into phases, which required a lot of coordination between the company and its client, he says.
The company also avoids accidents through safety and job meetings. "Safety coordinators also visit the site for our subcontractors,
whether they be the steel manufacturer or the installer," he says.

Helpful Partners
Snavely Group maintains strong relationships with its subcontractors as they build the new headquarters. Many, Porter notes, are
firms that it has used in the past.
"That's been helpful," he says. "The steel package was developed
using a design/assist approach where our steel fabricator collaborated with our engineering team to help design the building and some
of the structure."
Snavely Group also has a similar partnership with its glass and
glazing contractor. Working together, "We were able to streamline
things and it definitely helped our schedule," Porter recalls.

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