A $1.6 million renovation of the Louisiana Associated General Contractors downtown offices are underway.

Ken Naquin, chief executive officer of the organization which represents nearly 800 general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and service companies across the state, said the work will involve “totally rebuilding the office from the inside out.”

The organization has been in the building at 666 North St. since the early 1990s, but the property was built about 10 years before that. “The building is very dated and old,” Naquin said. “It just felt old with wood paneling.”

Originally, the plan was for the organization to move into an office next door that would be built by the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors. After bids came in more than $2 million over the estimated price, the contractors scaled back their plans for a 28,000-square-foot building. “Instead of being a good tenant for the licensing board, we’re going to be a good neighbor,” Naquin said. The two organizations will share a parking lot.

Construction Industry Center building in the works for downtown Baton Rouge

The nine employees at the organization have been temporarily working out of the Bon Carre Business Center on Florida Boulevard while the work goes on. Construction is expected to be complete by October or November, Naquin said.

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