NORTH LIBERTY– It will be the first of its kind in North Liberty.
The University of Iowa Community Credit Union (UICCU) presented its commercial development site plan to the North Liberty City Council on Aug. 9 for the four-story building to be built on 24.5 acres just off Kansas Avenue and north of St. Andrews Drive.
The building will also be one of the first in the city’s newly-designated office/research park districts, in keeping with an amendment to the zoning code that created specific zoning for larger, corporate development such as this.
Dick Noble, representing UICCU, told the council members that construction at the site is expected to begin Oct. 1, with the building’s foundation being laid before winter.
The site plan depicts high quality design standards, and City Planner Dean Wheatley described it as having “an imaginative layout,” including a centralized reflecting pool surrounded by pedestrian areas, well-developed landscapes and bicycle racks.
Dwight Dobberstein of Neumann Monson Architects, said the plan is to use local subcontractors for the $28 million project. Dobberstein said the design incorporates energy-saving features such as geothermal heating and cooling, day lighting and the use of recycled and local materials in its construction.
Noble suggested the UICCU project will propel some growth along Kansas Avenue.
“We will move in with roughly 150 people,” said Noble, “with room to grow to about 450 people in that facility.”
Noble said the building should be completed and occupied by the fall of 2013.
UICCU President Jeff Disterhoff, in a telephone conversation with the Leader last week, said UICCU hopes to break ground later next month.
“We really couldn’t be more excited to finally make this come to reality,” said Disterhoff. The member support center will consolidate administrative offices, currently located in Iowa City, Coralville and Tiffin, into a single location. “Bringing us all under one roof creates greater efficiency that can be passed on to our owners in the form of great rates. It will be better for the members of our cooperative and great for residents of the North Liberty community, in terms of economic development of the area.” Disterhoff said a number of UICCU employees plan to build or buy homes in the area.
“I expect them to be doing a lot more of their shopping and spending here,” he added. “I think it’s a win-win for the credit union and for the community we serve.”