OGDEN -- Excavation is slated to start by early next week on a $21 million IRS facility being built at the corner of 24th Street and Lincoln Avenue.
The digging is a precursor to the installation of foundations and footings for the 116,000-square-foot building, said Steve Waldrip, a manager with Boyer, which is overseeing the project.
Boyer will own the building and lease it to U.S. General Services Administration, the federal government's real estate arm, for use by the IRS.
Construction on the building is slated for completion in early 2012, Waldrip said.
Buildings at the site formerly used by Wonder Bread Inc. and Ogden Blue, each encompassing about 6,000 square feet, have been demolished to allow for the IRS facility.
The building will house about 750 employees, but city officials haven't been told by the IRS how many of those workers represent new jobs or how many will be transferred from other facilities, Tom Christopulos, the city's deputy director of community and economic development, has said.
The new building will consolidate space from two leased IRS facilities in the Ogden area. The GSA has declined for security reasons to disclose the location of the two facilities or detail the exact number of IRS employees who will work at the new facility.
Consolidation of multiple IRS functions into the new building will allow more efficient operations and be more cost-effective, because it will no longer be necessary to move personnel and work materials between two facilities, according to the GSA.
The facility will be adjacent to another IRS operation in the Scowcroft Building at 23rd Street and Wall Avenue.
The new building will feature state-of-the-art construction that will achieve a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Silver certification.
LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system in which a building is designed and built using strategies intended to improve performance in energy savings, water efficiency or carbon dioxide emissions reduction.
The new IRS facility will incorporate high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, water-efficient fixtures, energy-conserving lighting and the use of regional and recycled building materials.