New office spaces grace former KQYB building

The cycle of reduce, recycle and reuse goes on with the renovation of the former KQYB (98.3 FM) radio station, west of Spring Grove on Highway 44. 

Ben and Laura Thorson, owners of ICON Construction, bought the building from Family Radio, Inc. in December 2017, and much work went into it resulting in the almost finished office spaces.

“The building was in very tough shape when we purchased it,” Laura Thorson said. “It was basically uninhabitable.”

Mold inhabited the building in place of people and very little was done to combat the mold. Thorson said due to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and regulations, Mid-West Family Broadcasting had to retain ownership of the building for a certain period of time, once broadcasting ceased, before it could be sold. 

However, without the daily activity and general upkeep, the building fell into disrepair. Enter the Thorsons and ICON Construction.

“Not ones to shy away from a ‘project,’ Ben and I thought the location was fantastic, of course, and felt we could rehabilitate it into a great office space,” she said. 

Contrary to the exterior appearance of the building, it’s bigger on the inside. It’s also located just outside of Spring Grove and its amenities, which was key in the decision to purchase the building.

Renovations started in the summer of 2018, after a long search for an available carpenter. They found one in Josh Myhre, who just finished the drywall inside. 

Also working on the project was Marso Electric, Grove Plumbing and Heating, Lifetime Insulation and Reggie Berns. Thorson says they’ve all been “top-notch and fantastic” to work with.

When the space is completed and move-in ready, six large individual offices will be available for rent. 

The building will also feature an open reception area, break room with cupboards, small kitchen workspace and men and women’s restrooms (an improvement from just one).

Energy efficiency? You bet. New windows, roof, spray foam insulation, heating and cooling units grace the building, keeping its new inhabitants at the right temperature all year.

Landscaping and remaining outdoor spaces will be completed this spring.

On the outside, there’s ample parking for renters and their customers. It’s also on Highway 44, which is ideal for passerbys and customers to find, Thorson said. 

“If you’ve got an idea, bring it to us! We will work something out,” she added. 

If you are interested in renting the space or touring the space, contact the Thorson’s at 507-493-5590.