D.W. WILBURN, INC.
D.W. Wilburn joined as construction manager at risk with The Webb Companies, Greer Companies, and Rabun Architects to recover a vision for a long-delayed project that was thought to be lost after years of setbacks and disappointment. Now, the million-dollar mixed-use development, appropriately named City Center, lights up the downtown area as the largest private project in Kentucky and the epicenter of Lexington, Kentucky.
City Center was constructed in three separate project phases. The first phase included the 700-space three-floor underground parking garage, the second phase was the office tower, and the third phase launched production of the hotel tower. The 12-story office tower offers luxury office suites, retail shops, a Starbucks, and a Jeff Ruby Steak House. All of which overlooks the center of downtown Lexington between Main and Vine Streets. In addition, the development includes two hotels, City Center Marriott and City Center Residence Inn. In addition to the 336 guest rooms, the hotels also include a state-of-the-art fitness center, a virtual fitness studio, a rooftop pool, and a sky bar above the Residence Inn.
Project challenges included an extremely limited staging area, the usage of two tower cranes, mitigation of traffic congestion in downtown Lexington, rapid design changes, a fast-tracked construction schedule, the 24-hour removal of groundwater from the site, access roads being temporarily blocked due to the area being used as a film location for a movie set, and firm dates marking the beginning of tenant leases.