CenturyLink is undergoing a $534,000 renovation project at its garage and office facility in the Detroit Lakes industrial park.

The city saw near-record snowfall last winter, and the building was damaged by snow and ice, according to CenturyLink Corporate Real Estate Director David Jackson.

The office facility, used by engineers and technicians, will be rebuilt and the garage portion repaired, Jackson said. Employees are currently working at other locations.

“Weather issues have delayed the project, but we’re hoping to have employees back in the facility sometime in early 2020,” Jackson said.

Kraus-Anderson Construction Co. of Bemidji is the general contractor for the project.

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“It’s going good,” said Joe Gish, project manager with Kraus-Anderson. “We just demoed out the old office (section of the building) because of the roof collapse from the snow last winter.”

It is being replaced with a much smaller steel-frame office area, which will attach to the larger steel building that is being renovated. The smaller office space is designed to fit the need, since the former office space was old and larger than needed, Gish said.

Construction started in late September and progress was slowed some by the rainy autumn, and by adjustments required when remodeling an older building, but “we’ve been on schedule for the most part,” Gish said. “We should wrap up toward the end of December.”

It’s a relatively simple project, he said. “The biggest thing was demoing out the old building.” Other than that, the new core steel building is easy to work on, he said.

Subcontractors are Ace Electric of Detroit Lakes for the electrical, Peterson Sheet Metal Inc. of Bemidji for mechanical and plumbing, and Hough Inc. of Detroit Lakes for excavation work.

The commercial building permit for a steel building at 804 10th Ave. S.E. was issued on Sept. 3 and expires March 1. The permit fee was just over $6,000.