By Jesse Wood
The 224-foot-tall crane has been doing most of the heavy lifting the past couple weeks as construction continues at The Standard of Boone development in between Faculty Street and Blowing Rock Road.
Construction of the parking deck for the development is visible and will continue for several more weeks. At the end of August, Landmark Construction senior project manager Kyle Moore said that parking deck construction would last nine weeks (weather permitting) and motorists would see 10 to 15 trucks per day delivering pre-cast materials.
The Standard of Boone development by Stonegate Developers is estimated to cost $42 million, according to project plans submitted to the Boone Planning and Inspections Office. It consists of 560 beds of student housing, 12,600-square-feet of commercial space fronting the boulevard and a five-level parking deck, according to Dale Tweedy with Stonegate Developers.
The project first started in January with the demolition of the old buildings on site, including the Scottish Inn and Red Carpet Inn. Then daylighting of the creek and grading of the development site took place.
Moore – in a letter to the Boone Area Chamber President Dan Meyer – said that construction activity would pick up “substantially” as the public would see more flaggers and traffic interruptions along Blowing Rock Road and Faculty Street.
“We are working closely with our subcontractors to minimize the negative impacts to traffic and the surrounding businesses (and maximize positive impacts), but as with any large construction project there will be temporary interruptions associated with the construction traffic,” Moore said.
The Stonegate Developers enterprise will open before the 2016 fall semester.
“Additionally, we will be pouring concrete for the building foundation at building A along 321 as well as building B located on Faculty Street. This will require multiple concrete trucks as well as reinforcing steel delivery trucks on a daily basis,” Moore wrote.
Three to four additional trucks per day will deliver wall panels, floor joists and floor decking once the erection of the “light gauge structural steel (building structure)” begins towards the beginning of October.
Moore said that an offloading site for materials will be staged on the site and traffic interruptions will only be temporary. During these delays, certified flaggers and signage will be working or visible to control vehicle and pedestrian traffic.