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Don't let recent headlines fool you.  There are a lot of positive things happening in downtown Shreveport.  And on Monday, a major event got underway.  Even the rain and colder temperatures didn't dampen the spirits at the ground-breaking ceremony at 500 Fannin Street Monday morning.

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According to the Downtown Development Authority:  Here is the current timeline from the Louisiana State Office of Facilities and Maintenance.

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Phase I Demolition includes:

1. The asbestos abatement of all asbestos containing materials on site.
2. Complete exterior and interior demolition of the main building. The only items that will remain will be the floor slabs and the steel structure.
3. Demolition of the existing parking garage.
Gill Industries in Shreveport will oversee Phase 1 and will be using Lloyd Nabors Demolition for the major demolition.
This portion of the project is scheduled to take 300 days, with estimated completion July 14, 2024.

 

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In the picture above, you can see the previous parking garage has already been completely razed.

 

Phase II Renovation includes:

1. Construction of the new parking garage.
2. Construction of the new office building.
3. Furnishing the office building.

Building designs will be submitted to the state on Sept. 30, 2023 for review, a construction manager will be brought in during October and construction documents will be ready on or around May 2024. Once those construction documents are complete, the state can begin going on for bids.

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This is an architectural rendering of the new state building, expected to be completed and employees moved in by 2025.

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