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Marion Public Library

After the 2020 derecho tore through Marion, Iowa, the already aging Marion Library took on damage. We were thrilled to partner with the Marion Public Library to build a new library across the street from the original location. The design of the new space was not just a warehouse for books, but an active place and community hub for the city of Marion where people of all ages can congregate and learn.

The two-story, 50,000-square-foot library features modern, open spaces with floor-to-ceiling windows, giving a bright and welcoming feel. The first floor includes a large community room with a demonstration kitchen for meetings, classes, and other programming, as well as a cozy reading area with a double-sided fireplace.

With special attention to cater to families with young children, the second story features various spaces that function for the entire family unit including adult workstations with conjoining playpens, an indoor playground area, and a children’s programming room.

Other notable spaces include a second-floor terrace, various tech spaces, study rooms, and conference rooms. “I think this library will be a model for all libraries in the future,” said Marion Mayor Nick AbouAssaly. We sure think so, too!

City of Davenport Police | Station Firing Range

The City of Davenport project included a build-out of a new firing range and restrooms in the basement of the Davenport Police Station. The firing range features soundproofing and a special filtration system to remove lead particles from the air. The facility also includes a bullet-containment system, bullet-resistant glass, epoxy flooring, tectum panels, HVAC, and electrical upgrades.

Rock Island Arsenal | Building 250

Building 250 on the Rock Island Arsenal was a vacant, deteriorating building that required extensive renovation in order to make it ready for industrial use. Bush Construction was able to work with the Rock Island Arsenal Development Group (RIADG), a group that represents a public/private partnership, whose mission is to provide civilian businesses a cost-effective option while restoring existing, un-utilized government buildings.

The renovation of this historic facility began by coordinating with the owner’s abatement contractor to develop a phased start to the project as the abatement and remediation efforts were carried out. Historic preservation guidelines needed to be in followed during the major building envelope modifications. New office spaces, a break room, restrooms, and a locker room were also added.

Bush also faced a myriad of changes to the original scope of work, over the course of this project, including the discovery of deteriorating pyro-bar roof panels, which necessitated their replacement, and the replacement of a large area of woodblock floor with a hardened, reinforced concrete topping. Bush Construction accommodated these significant changes to the project with schedule modifications and were able to overcome these conditions, turning the vision of the RIADG into reality.

Vander Veer Park | Enabling Garden

Vander Veer Park Enabling Garden is a 3,000 SF project that created an accessible garden for people of all ages and physical abilities. This garden featured raised flower beds and serpentine shaped concrete planters with sandblasted finishing, accessible paths, a pergola, water feature, custom-made western red cedar fence, teak wood cabinets and doors, wrought iron gates and various flowers & plants that appeal to all of the senses.

This unique project allowed Bush Construction to work with the City of Davenport, a client we have worked closely with in the past. The Garden required a high level of communication at all times amongst Bush Construction, the City of Davenport, the design team, and all of the subcontractors and suppliers performing work on the project.

Bush Construction takes pride in our involvement with the Enabling Garden, as it was designed to improve and maintain the physical, mental, and social health of those who utilize it. Our strong ties and involvement in our community make projects such as the Enabling Garden extremely gratifying.

Davenport Public Library | Eastern Avenue Branch

The Davenport Public Library Eastern Avenue Branch project included the construction of a new 25,800 SF LEED-certified public library. The work involved a steel frame on standard concrete footings and foundations, stone and masonry exterior on metal stud back-up, a metal panel on metal stud back-up, aluminum windows, storefront and entry systems, and membrane roof. Building systems included new HVAC, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and communications. The Mechanical GSHP system was dependent on a vertical geothermal well field located on-site. Site features included a Children’s Garden, reinforced turf area for outdoor events, and landscape features to support the LEED criteria for stormwater management. Building components included administrative support areas, public meeting rooms, a computer area, and a public reading room with Adult, Teen and Children’s collections.

Davenport Central Fire Station

The Davenport Central Fire Station was originally built in 1902. The main building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This fire station is the oldest operating fire station west of the Mississippi River. Over the course of its life, the Central Fire Station has had two additions, 1940 and 1951, and several renovations. Because of its age, space and access problems, the City of Davenport hired Bush Construction as Construction Manager to demolish the 1940s – 1950s additions, to build a 20,000 SF innovative and modern addition, as well as to renovate the 10,000 SF original historical section of this facility in accordance to historical regulations.

Quad Cities Multi-Modal Station

The Quad Cities Multi-Modal Station was a renovation, plus an addition, to the old Sears warehouse. The station included a bus drop-off, bike parking, and future train station addition. Every detail had to be approved on a state and federal level as the development was a historic project with the National Park Service and Illinois Historic Society of Reconstruction.

MetroLINK | Transit Maintenance Facility

MetroLINK, Rock Island County’s Metropolitan Mass Transit bus service, needed a larger, updated space. This $22 million, 150,000 SF facility houses all MetroLINK’s administrative and maintenance offices, training areas and fitness center. Diesel & CNG fueling, paint booths, vehicle lifts, a bus wash, vehicle lubrication system, a methane gas detection system and cranes and lifts were some of the components of this project.

The goal of this project was to create a LEED Silver Certified facility featuring a PV Solar Array System, a Solar Thermal Hot Water System, a Water Reclamation System at the bus wash, bio-swales, native grasses, management of construction waste, and the use of recycled materials.

The Maintenance Facility also featured some unique systems such as Diesel & CNG Fueling and Management Systems, paint booths, vehicle lifts, cranes & hoists, a Bus Wash System, Vehicle Lubrication Systems, and a Methane Gas Detection System.

Due to the Owner’s desire for sustainable construction and the unique function of the completed building, there were many challenging components associated with this project. With the help of our highly regarded team of subcontractors and suppliers, who are recognized leaders in their respective fields, Bush Construction rose to the challenge.

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