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Sparks Fly as Work Continues at Electric Works

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Crews working in Building 20, the West Campus’ oldest remaining building.

A little over four full months of hard work put into the Electric Works campus, and so much has already changed!

With a lot of the major demolition wrapping up, the Weigand team has had their hands busy tearing off old roofing materials from all the buildings, removing old flooring and concrete, and we’ve even recycled over 2,806 cubic yards of waste! One of the most noticeable of these demos was in April, there was the careful removal of all the original large windows that checkered the complex’s two towers also known as Buildings 26 and 19. Currently, teams are beginning work on masonry restoration and reroofing efforts throughout Dynamo Alley. Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing are also starting to take shape in some of the buildings.

In other exciting news, the official announcement naming the Union Street Market was revealed earlier this month! Upon the finish of Electric Works’ Phase 1, it will mark Northeast Indiana’s first food hall and public market, where it will also become the permanent home of the Fort Wayne’s Farmer’s Market. 

By seeing all of the progress that’s happening at Electric Works every day, we can’t wait to see that energy carry on to its new life as a thriving community center that will truly be an electrifying addition to Fort Wayne.

Building Contractors Association – Excellence in Construction Award 2021

BCA Excellence in Construction Award 2021
BCA Excellence in Construction Award 2021

Weigand Construction was proud to take home the Building Contractor’s Association Excellence in Construction award for our work with Design Collaborative on the New Covenant Impact Center on the southeast side of Fort Wayne. This 13,200 square foot space now serves as a “beacon of light” to the local community. A plethora of services are being offered such as mental health counseling, ESL courses, a free café, parental and prenatal care education, and “restore and renew” programming to help mentor previously incarcerated individuals. This much needed resource will continue to expand their services as their capital campaign continues.

It was an honor in its own right to be part in giving such an important source of aid to the most diverse and in-need quadrant in Fort Wayne. One of our driving principles here at Weigand is that we strive for Building Landmarks That Impact The Lives And Communities We Serve. To us, these aren’t just words; but instead they are a promise to people like those in the southeast side of Fort Wayne that if we’re on the job it will be done right.

New Convent Impact Center Fort Wayne
New Convent Impact Center Fort Wayne
New Convent Impact Center Fort Wayne
New Convent Impact Center Fort Wayne
New Convent Impact Center Fort Wayne
New Convent Impact Center Fort Wayne
New Convent Impact Center Fort Wayne
New Convent Impact Center Fort Wayne
New Convent Impact Center Fort Wayne
New Convent Impact Center Fort Wayne
New Convent Impact Center Fort Wayne
New Convent Impact Center Fort Wayne
New Convent Impact Center Fort Wayne
New Convent Impact Center Fort Wayne

Electric Works Construction Begins

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LARRY WEIGAND, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER – With 2020 firmly behind us, we look forward to an exciting and hopeful 2021. We are so proud of our team for the many successes and achievements they accomplished this past year, despite the changes and the challenges. Our team completed lots of notable projects this past year for a variety of industries. These projects are helping us live our “Weigand Why” – building landmarks that impact the lives and communities we serve.

As we look to the future, we are encouraged by a very strong backlog of projects. We currently have major projects lined up for all kinds of markets. As I’m sure you know, the largest of those projects is none other than the long awaited (and highly anticipated) Electric Works.

This adaptive reuse of the old GE campus offers 700,000 square-feet of corporate offices, innovation, retail, and healthcare space. Construction has just begun, and will wrap up in 2022. We’re so excited to be involved in a project that will impact our community for generations, and we can’t wait to share this beautiful new space with everyone soon!

I look forward to working with all of you in 2021!

** An excerpt from our Q1 2021 Newsletter **

Electric Works In The News

WPTA21 – Machinery is moving on old GE site; construction on Electric Works project launches

Northeast Indiana Public Radio – Developers close on Electric Works financing, construction can begin

Inside INdiana Business – Electric Works financing deal closes, Construction to begin

WANE15 – Developers close on $286 million Electric Works deal; construction to begin

Inside INdiana Business – Developer Calls Electric Works Milestone ‘Rewarding’

The Rescue Mission – New Lifehouse and Restoration House Reveal

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Changing Lives for Good

The Fort Wayne Rescue Mission serves a variety of displaced individuals in the Greater Fort Wayne area, and was in need of a larger facility to meet their goals of creating a safe haven for the homeless and a larger restoration program to help graduates restart their lives. Their new facility is nearly 4 times the size of the previous location, giving them the ability to house 3 times the amount of residents and expand critical services by partnering with up to 16 local agencies to help those in need merge back into society smoothly. They’ve also partnered with local businesses and colleges to create jump start programs and classes to help displaced people get the education and skills they need to hold lasting jobs. Weigand Construction is so proud to have been the Construction Manager on this project, one that is such an important asset to our local community.

 

The Rescue Mission FW - New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW – New Lifehouse & Restoration House

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The Rescue Mission FW – New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW - New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW – New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW - New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW – New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW - New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW – New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW - New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW – New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW - New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW – New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW - New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW – New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW - New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW – New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW - New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW – New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW - New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW – New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW - New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW – New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW - New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW – New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW - New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW – New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW - New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW – New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW - New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW – New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW - New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW – New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW - New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW – New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW - New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW – New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW - New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW – New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW - New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW – New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW - New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW – New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW - New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW – New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW - New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission FW – New Lifehouse & Restoration House

The Rescue Mission Honors Donor With Naming Rights

As our project at The Rescue Mission in downtown Fort Wayne finishes up, they’ve got an announcement to make – A major donor was honored today with the reveal of his name on the side of their building! With a longstanding history in relations with The Rescue Mission and a heartwarming story to go along with it, the W. Paul Wolf Rescue Mission was shown off with pride. The new facility is just about ready for move-in, which will take place later this summer. We can’t wait to show this space off to the public – a much needed asset to our downtown community. As things finish up over the next couple of months, keep an eye out as we’ll be showcasing the vast differences between the old space and the new. Congratulations!

The Rescue Mission Donor Announcement

The Rescue Mission Donor Announcement

The Rescue Mission Donor Announcement

The Rescue Mission Donor Announcement

The Rescue Mission Donor Announcement

The Rescue Mission Donor Announcement

 

Take a peek inside the Sweetwater Sound Office & Warehouse Expansion

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In early 2020, production began in Sweetwater’s new $52.5 million dollar state-of-the-art distribution center. The facility has 480,000 square feet of usable space – nearly quadrupling the size of the previous warehouse – and has a footprint of more than 7 acres. In addition to more space for increased inventory, new technology that was custom-built by Sweetwater’s IT team will allow orders to be processed and filled faster, resulting in shorter delivery times.

The distribution center saw its first day of use on February 18, 2020, with news crews hoping to get the first look at the action as semi trucks began to unload inventory and stack the shelves sky high. The new warehouse also includes signature amenities that the Sweetwater campus has been known for, such as a large new cafeteria and “Downbeat Diner” where employees can get grab and go snacks as well as scratch-made meals on their breaks. Ample locker room space and an office suite round out the new facility.

Weigand is happy to be a continued partner with Sweetwater as their campus grows by leaps and bounds, and older buildings on the campus are refreshed for different uses. The new distribution center is now also home to Sweetwater’s Guitar Gallery and Guitar Shop as well as electronics repair, installations, product photography, and more. Congratulations on the much needed campus expansion!

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Sweetwater Sound 2020 Office & Warehouse Expansion

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Sweetwater Sound 2020 Office & Warehouse Expansion

Barnes & Thornburg Earthwork

We’ve got to go down ⬇️ before we can go up! ⬆️

The earthwork has officially started at the Barnes & Thornburg building site in downtown South Bend. The basement level of the building can accommodate 21 cars and even includes a vehicle elevator, a unique feature that helps conserve that precious square footage.

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Project Spotlight: The Barnes & Thornburg Building

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As the first new Class A office building in over 20 years, the construction of The Barnes & Thornburg Building in downtown South Bend is generating a lot of excitement.  The official groundbreaking for this five-story modern glass and steel structure took place on April 9, with Mayor Pete Buttigieg remarking, “This is exactly what we hoped, what we dared to hope, South Bend’s comeback would look like…”  Lou Hansell, managing partner of Bald Mountain LLC, concurred, “It is gratifying to see Barnes & Thornburg’s long-term dedication to a project that will accelerate South Bend’s position as a professional destination.”

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Located at the southwest corner of Main Street and Jefferson Boulevard across from the federal courthouse, the 64,000 square foot building is in the heart of downtown South Bend’s business core and within walking distance of Weigand’s offices.  Law firm Barnes & Thornburg will lease floors two, three and four of the building, with River Park Leasing Corp occupying the top floor and plans for a drive-thru coffee retailer and restaurant planned for the street level.  Fourth and fifth floor terraces will provide fresh air, city views, and green space to tenants.  The basement level of the building can accommodate 21 cars and boasts a vehicle elevator, a unique feature that helps conserve precious square footage. This city corner is experiencing a major face lift – there is new life where previously a parking lot quietly occupied the space.  Continued growth in the heart of the city is exciting to see, and Weigand Construction South Bend is thrilled to once again be selected to lead this landmark project, a critical component in the city’s ongoing economic surge.

Sweetwater Expansion Project Award


It’s been a big week for announcements here at Weigand Construction! We’ve already got the ball (drum?) rolling on the latest Sweetwater headquarters expansion. ?

The 350,000sf warehousing/office space along with a 35,000sf conference center will be the perfect addition to their ever growing campus. Onward and upward, Fort Wayne!

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