By RITA DUCKWORTH
Korte & Luitjohan Contractors Inc. is nearing the finish line in the construction of Distinctive Dermatology in Fairview Heights. Construction began in May 2018.
The building should be substantially completed in October. Dermatology partners Susan Jouragan, M.D. and Courtney Tobin, M.D. plan to move from their Swansea office and start seeing patients at the new building on Nov. 1.
“The total facility is 9,400 square feet with Distinctive Dermatology occupying 6500 square feet of the one-story structure. The remaining 2,900 square feet will remain unfinished for future tenants and growth,” says Scott Muentnich, director of Design and Construction at Korte & Luitjohan.
The doctors wanted something unique, energy efficient and contemporary rather than a standard office building. The building will have a stone veneer with EIFS (exterior insulation finishing system) providing a modern look. There is also a wood-grain feature wall made of fiber cement panels manufactured by Nichiha USA. It is a focal point for the building, starting outside and continuing into the interior vestibule.
Inside, the doctors wanted a large, versatile open space, capable of changing with their business and future technologies.
“We are one of the only local design/build firms that can provide in-house design for pre-engineered steel systems. Our design offers a free-span layout and many environmentally friendly advantages,” says Muentnich.
Once the structural design was complete, Korte & Luitjohan coordinated with the Farnsworth Group (formerly EWR,) the architect on the project. They worked together on the placement of the columns to create the clear-span structure that the doctors wanted.
“The choice of steel construction over a wood-frame building reduces maintenance, increases building life cycle, and lowers overall operating cost for the life of the building,” says Muentnich.
Despite rain in May that delayed pouring the foundation, the project is scheduled to finish on time. It will also come in under its original complete project budget of $2 million.
By RITA DUCKWORTH