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October 4, 2013

McKinley senior housing construction pushed back to November

New standards added to McKinley designs

The transformation of the former McKinley school in Logansport into a senior housing facility, originally scheduled to begin this month, has been pushed back to mid-November after the developer decided to include features that will make the building more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

"Originally we thought we'd be buttoned up right now in delivering the building in late spring, but now we're thinking early summer," said James Wilson, president of Indianapolis-based Crestline Communities, which is developing the property.

A month's delay resulted from including provisions in designs that would bring the property at 1501 Meadlawn Ave. in line with standards established by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, program through the U.S. Green Building Council.

LEED uses a rating system that offers credits in the areas of sustainability, water efficiency, air quality and other criteria to determine a building's certification level.

While McKinley was built in 1925, requiring several adaptations to be added to the designs to bring it up to LEED standards, Wilson said preserving the building is also among his goals.

"We want to be mindful of the structure and want to preserve what we can," he said. "It's actually in very good shape and we want to take advantage of that."

Some work has started at the site, Wilson said, like the removal of a boiler in the building's basement and having structural engineers cut into the walls to get a better idea of what lies beneath them.

The project will not require a lot of demolition, Wilson said.

"The building lays itself out almost into apartment-home sizes," he said, adding most of the interior walls will be kept intact.

While windows will need to be added to the existing building, most of project's construction will come in the form of the addition of the three-story wing, along with the drainage work that will commence this fall.

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