US Bank Flood Recovery
U.S. Bank experienced significant damage to its main bank location in downtown Cedar Rapids from the historic flooding that occurred in June of 2008. Flood waters not only filled the lower level, but also reached four feet of the ground level of the bank. Once the flood water receded, the next step was to assess the architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical condition of the building. The main branch needed to be restored in order to continue to serve customers.
Temporary measures were designed and put in place to stabilize the undamaged areas of the multi-story building for occupancy. Prior to the return of tenants on upper floors, Shive-Hattery also conducted an air quality assessment of the building. A site plan was also prepared for a temporary mobile bank location near the main bank. Then work began to design the restoration of the damaged first floor and basement of this magnificent downtown icon which was built in 1881. The final design involved all new finishes and mechanical and electrical systems.
In order to be prepared for future disasters, minor floor plan changes were incorporated to improve the operations of the bank while retaining the pre-flood historic look and feel of the facility. Most impressively, the project was completed less than one year following the devastating flood. The full restoration of the building and its services served as a milestone in recovery for the Cedar Rapids community.