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Siouxland Chamber temporarily moves to Pioneer Bank building

July 2, 2018 GMT

SIOUX CITY -- After 49 years, the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce building, 101 Pierce St., is set to get a major facelift.

Barbara Sloniker, the Chamber’s executive vice president, said last week that the 1969 building will barely be recognizable after renovations are finished in fall 2019.

“We’re really going down to the bones of the building,” she said. “It’ll look totally different than what it has.”

In the meantime, the Chamber has set up shop in the first floor of the Pioneer Bank building, 701 Pierce St. Sloniker expects the Chamber and its eight (soon to be nine) staffers will enjoy their time in the downtown office building.

“It’s a beautiful space, it’s convenient for us,” she said.

Some of the Chamber’s larger meetings may have to be moved outside the Pioneer Bank building due to parking and space constraints, she said. Board members have already begun volunteering space to hold larger meetings.

Sloniker described the Chamber building’s future exterior as a “glass envelope” encircling the structure, with long aluminum slats up and down the facade. A large “101″ (the building’s street address) will be featured prominently on the north-facing side.

“I think it’s going to have really great curb appeal,” she said.

While the old space has served the Chamber well, Sloniker said they’re hoping the building will wow prospective businesses when they stop by for a visit.

“We want to take them into a nice place, where they think, ‘These people are really moving forward,’” she said.

Nathan Kalaher, with PLaN Architecture, has been selected as the architect, though the Chamber has yet to name a contractor. Sloniker declined to say how much the Chamber expects the renovation to cost.

Across Pierce Street from the newly renovated Chamber will be the newly built Gilchrist Learning Center. Sloniker said it’ll be nice to have the new facilities so close together.

“I think having those two sort of right there on that corridor will really spruce up that area,” Sloniker said.