Chomping at the bit

As renovations progress, officials and contractors are eager to finalize plans for PNC building

Times Observer photo by Josh Cotton The in-process fifth floor that will house the administrative headquarters of the Northern Pennsylvania Regional College.

If you had been on the fifth floor of the PNC Building at the intersection of Second Ave. and Liberty St. in downtown Warren a few months ago, you wouldn’t recognize it now.

And part of the second floor is soon to follow suit.

A planning session for Innovault – a proposed co-working space currently slated to occupy a portion of the second floor – resulted in design decisions as well as a tour of the rest of the building on Wednesday.

Warren County Commissioner Ben Kafferlin walked the group through continuing an effort to identify aspects such as; who the co-working space would serve, what resources would be offered and how the organization would function.

An article from the Harvard Business Review describes coworking this way – “membership-based workspaces where diverse groups of freelancers, remote workers, and other independent professionals work together in a shared, communal setting “

Times Observer photo by Josh Cotton Jim Decker, Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry CEO and president presents drawings for the second floor of the PNC Building, slated to be the location of a co-working space.

Kafferlin said he is hearing from potential members and reflecting those sentiments at the Wednesday decisions in which decisions regarding the use of the space.

“(The) contractors are chomping at the bit that we don’t want to lose control of,” Jim Decker, Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry CEO and president, said. “The sooner we can define what the plan is the better.”

The group walked the second floor to make decisions about layout and settled on the floor plan and ceiling work.

Decker said there is “not really that much to be done” in that second floor space, indicating that Wednesday’s meeting “refine(d) the scope” allowing details to now flow to the contractors.

He said he would like to see work start on the second floor in January with a potential move-in by April.

The fifth floor will be the home of the administrative offices of the Northern Pennsylvania Regional College.

Decker said the NPRC will be moving furniture into the space next week.

NPRC Project Executive Duane Vicini told the Times Observer in February that they were presented with a deadline of Dec. 1 for occupancy.

Kafferlin said that the fourth floor is currently reserved for potential NPRC expansion while the final use of the third floor has yet to be determined.

PNC Wealth Management, which occupies the first floor and a portion of the second floor, will remain in the building.

Congressman Glenn Thompson (R-5th District) in July announced a $90,000 grant to the Warren County Development Association for the rehabilitation of the PNC Bank Building on the corner of Second Ave. and Liberty St. in downtown Warren.

The grant will specifically be utilized “to complete interior renovations and improvements to the co-working center….”

The building was originally constructed in 1900 as the home of the Warren National Bank.