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Two of the building’s broadest—and
longest—improvement projects are its
asbestos abatement and sprinkler implementation programs. Over the past
15 years, the IDS Center has abated
about 68 percent of its asbestos and has
installed a sprinkler system in about 74
percent of the building.
Neither asbestos abatement nor
sprinkler implementation can be done
when tenants are occupying the space.
Therefore, getting to full compliance
revolves around lease rolls.
“Our overall goal is to always put
[abatement and sprinklers] into the
plan when we know a lease roll is going
to happen,” Kolar said. “We make use
of those windows of time when they are
In addition to managing tenants’ ex-
pectations and needs during the abate-
ment and sprinkler projects, Kolar and
the management team work closely
with the city to navigate city codes and
“This project is a big commitment.
And the city is on board with our plan
to get to full compliance,” said Kolar.
“We’ve developed relationships with
the city and the right people in the city
to create a real sense of partnership.”
In a building like the IDS Center,
there is a new challenge around every
corner for the 10-person building and
“It’s amazing to watch a property
of this age not age,” said Kolar. “It is
a building that inspires us all to keep
challenging project that will continue
to improve it.”
We’ve developed relationships with
the city and the right people in the city to
create a real sense of partnership. “ “ —DEB KOLAR, IDS CENTER