Liberty Mutual gets an upgrade

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LEWISTON – Work should be finished this month on a renovation to the Liberty Mutual complex on outer Lisbon Street.

The Boston-based insurance company is in the midst of a $53,000 demolition project, taking down walls and reconfiguring its upper level to make a more open-concept work space.

Adrianne Kaufmann, spokeswoman for Liberty Mutual, said the renovations are part of an effort to improve the work environment for the company’s 309 employees there.

“It’s really just restacking the building, realigning the inside so we can provide more efficient work space,” she said. The 93,000-square-foot building also leases office space to about 150 Citistreet employees, whose offices are not included in the upgrade. R&R Construction of Lewiston is doing the demolition work.

The upper floor of the two-story building will be reconfigured for the revamped offices while the lower level will get new carpeting, computers and overall sprucing up.

Kaufmann declined to reveal the cost of the overall project, calling it simply a “good-sized investment,” but local indications are the project will top $1 million.

Liberty Mutual bought the building from RCA in 1972, having come to Maine a few years earlier to tap its ready work force. Today, the international company has more than 900 offices worldwide and employs 39,000 people. In 2006, it reported $23.5 billion in consolidated revenue.

– Carol Coultas

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