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MCCU building almost complete

The outside view of the new Members Cooperative Credit Union building can be seen by passersby on Minnesota Highway 33 in Cloquet. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal1 / 4
A bank of floor-to-ceiling windows will be behind tellers as they serve customers at the new MCCU in Cloquet. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal2 / 4
Boldt carpenters Ryan Lehti and Tim Nelson work on cabinatry Tuesday, March 5, in the MCCU building. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal3 / 4
This vibrant-colored lobby will greet customers as they walk into Cloquet's new MCCU. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal4 / 4

Construction is progressing on the Members Cooperative Credit Union building in Cloquet.

"February was tough due to the cold, snow, etc.," Boldt construction services manager Joshua Kostiuk said. He said the project has gone fairly smoothly and is still on schedule to be completed at the end of March.

They are working on interior finishes, casework, flooring installation, trim, specialties installation, electrical systems and heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

"There are some new design elements, which had a little bit of a learning curve, including the installation of a new acoustical system in the facility," Kostiuk said. "The rain we had over the summer of 2018 could have really hampered us, but didn't."

"After some less than fortuitous weather this winter, we are on target for a branch opening the first half of April," MCCU marketing director Lara Wilkinson said.

The former MCCU building will house the City Hall staff and Cloquet Police Department. The purchase price of the old building is $1.8 million. The estimated cost for renovations and updates is between $1.8 million and $2.2 million.

The move should save the city more than $3 million over its original plans to remodel the current CPD and fire building on Cloquet Avenue. A 2014 facility plan put the cost of renovating and rebuilding the current building at $6.4 million, plus an estimated $775,000 in work to rearrange the office space at City Hall.