Category: Fort Wayne News

From K-12 to Construction: Dr. Diane Woodworth’s Story

An Excerpt from our Q3 Newsletter

My name is Diane Woodworth, and I serve as the Business Development Education Specialist at Weigand Construction. During my K-12 career, I was a high school mathematics teacher, school counselor, and principal. I also served in various roles in district offices, retiring as the superintendent of Goshen Community Schools. I enjoyed each of the roles I had in public education, as I believe good education can truly change the trajectory of young lives! 

During my career, I oversaw over $100M in projects utilizing a wide variety of delivery methods. At Goshen, a referendum was passed to build a new intermediate school as well as an addition to our high school. We utilized the delivery method known as CMc (Construction Manager as Constructor) to build these projects and chose Weigand Construction as our construction manager. I became a big fan of both CMc and Weigand during that final construction project before my retirement. It was the most transparent, efficient, and pain-free of all the projects I have ever been involved in.  

Every Weigand employee I met demonstrated high levels of honesty and responsibility. I was not surprised at all when I began working for Weigand to find that our company values integrity tremendously. I have greatly enjoyed being part of a team that continues to “Build landmarks that impact the lives and communities we serve.”

Diane Woodworth

Dr. Diane Woodworth
Business Development Education Specialist


New Expansion Topped Out – Parkview Kosciusko

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“It will be a place where hopefully they feel like their loved ones can come and receive care, and they feel like they’re safe while they’re there.”

Scott Gabriel (President, Parkview Whitley, Kosciusko Hospitals)

The Cherry on Top

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Celebrating the successful completion of the Parkview Kosciusko hospital addition’s frame, we put together a special, final beam. Once we had it primed and ready for signatures, it was signed by everyone who is involved in this project. After that, the tower crane lifted the last piece, where our team secured it. And with that, the construction of the expansion framework was complete!

Watch our team top off the steel right here!

For the County

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For Parkview leadership, this accomplishment is a testament to the community that they are serving. “Those grateful patients are always the key to what keeps us going,” says Scott Gabriel (President of Parkview Whitley and Kosciusko Hospitals). This expansion has been an ask by the Warsaw community for years. It will provide more accessibility for patients in the area to receive medical treatment. In the past, residents of Warsaw had to travel to neighboring counties for serious care. However, with the addition of this new section, that problem will remain what it was: a thing of the past.

“We opened up six years ago; the community immediately began asking, ‘When are you going to have inpatient beds; when are you going to have surgery?’ …To be able to say we’ve topped off our expansion project to include those services and more is great.”

Jeffrey Rockett (V.P. of Outpatient Services)

Just like the team at Parkview, we’re so excited to see the progress on this new section! We’re honored to join forces with them once again to meet the needs of this county.


Now Open – The Amp Lab @ Electric Works!

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“We’re not just preparing students for jobs; we’re preparing them for careers that haven’t even been developed yet.”

Riley Johnson (Amp Lab Director)

A New Kind of Education

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Think-tanks, group projects, and cooperation are in the works at the new FWCS Amp Lab! Built as part of the Electric Works expansion/renovation project, Weigand operated as the construction manager, making sure that every section went up as planned and on time. The Amp Lab is a special school program that is available for up to four hundred juniors and seniors that attend any of the five FWCS high schools.

With the goal to prepare students for an ever-changing workplace, it functions as a space where students can focus their passion and creativity. By tapping into what inspires them, these members of the future working world can grow as a team. Since collaboration is a central value of the Amp Lab, the construction design is geared towards wide, open concept learning suites. Therefore, students have the room to develop and contribute together.

State-of-the-Art Learning Environment

The Lab features all kinds of collective spaces where students can work, study, and create with one another:

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  • Indoor greenhouse
  • Media production lab
  • Wood/Fabrication shop
  • Music production studio
  • Collaborative halls
  • Conference rooms
  • Classrooms

Get a tour of the Amp Lab below in our Electric Works Construction Update!

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We’re so excited to partner with FWCS on this venture as they invest in a brighter future for their students!


The Noble County Annex Building – New Construction Project Reveal

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Delivered On Time

As of this June, the Noble County government began transitioning many of its offices into the newly complete Noble County Annex building! Serving as the construction manager for this project, the Weigand team worked with Noble County commissioners to ensure that task planning was completed as intended – even with the global pandemic shaking things up throughout the process. By regularly reworking and sticking to the plan, we were able to finish this 40,000 square foot project on time. In spite of the disorder caused by the pandemic, we executed on our commitments!

The new building consolidates 16 different county offices into one area, improving the interconnection between departments. It holds rooms such as:

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  • Dispatch call center
  • Conference rooms
  • Multipurpose space
  • Commissioners’ meeting room
  • Event plaza
  • Mixed-use sections
  • Employee lounge

See what it looks like on the inside!

Plenty of Room

The building houses spaces for a majority of the county departments including:

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  • The Treasurer
  • The Public defender
  • The Prosecutor
  • The Auditor
  • The Recorder
  • Deputies
  • The Investigator
  • Caseworkers
  • The Assessor

The annex sits just across the street from the historic Noble County Courthouse, which will be receiving its own set of renovations in the coming fall months. So, soon enough, the whole campus will be ready to serve the needs of the region for years to come!

All in the Family

We had a chance to chat about the job with Jason Schoeff, our superintendent on this project. For him, this building held some special history. The annex is in Albion, IN, which is where he lives. “This is a pretty important job for me as this is my hometown; it had a lot of significance to me,” said Schoeff. His family has been pouring into this town for many years now. In other words, this makes him the third generation to carry on the legacy. “The building that stood here previously was the old prosecutor’s office, which was built in part by my father and grandfather.”

We love to see our team members from all over making a difference right where they live. Great work Jason!

“This is a pretty important job for me as this is my hometown; it had a lot of significance to me.”

Jason Schoeff (Project Superintendent)

Weigand is thrilled to support Noble County by providing a landmark designed to impact the community for the better!


Sweetwater Sound – New Retail Expansion Reveal

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a rapidly expanding campus

If you haven’t seen the new retail store at Sweetwater then what are you waiting for? What was once their first warehouse, is now the largest music store in the US!

This new space on the Sweetwater corporate campus covers a sprawling 40,000 square feet, with separate showrooms, demo spaces, and unique experiences (like piano keys made from light fixtures in the piano showroom) for each musical style.

The new front entrance makes more of a statement and moves the main doors to the center of the building for easy access to the main concourse of the building. Check out the images below of the final product, or take a virtual tour of the whole campus!

Phenomenal job, Sweetwater team!

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.

We’re Hiring!! Fort Wayne Area Safety Manager Position

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We’re Hiring!!

Weigand Construction is looking to hire an experienced Safety Manager within the Fort Wayne area. This is an opportunity to be a part of building up your community and make sure that everyone is safe while doing it!

Apply now on our careers page!

This position is responsible for assisting the Safety Director with the planning and preparation of job site set-up; inspecting and conducting job site visits; advising, supporting, and providing projects safety-oriented environments; scheduling safety training, processing worker’s compensation and administration claims; purchasing safety equipment; and administering the safety program. This position serves on various committee assignments and is invited to address various committees regarding safety issues.

Internally, this position works with the Safety Director, the Assistant to the Director of Field Operations, Project Supervisors, and Project Managers. Externally, this position interacts with subcontractors, vendors, government regulatory agencies, and others associated with project-related activities.

Below is an in-depth descriptive list of position responsibilities and requirements.

Principal Responsibilities:

Job Site Set-up

  • Preconstruction Checklists
  • Safety Informational Posting
  • First Aid
  • Safety Equipment Management

Site Visits

  • Job Site Inspection
  • Inform Internal and External Teams
  • Job Site Investigation
  • Technical Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • Flexibility
  • Safety Equipment Inspections

Administration

  • Manage Safety Training Program
  • Filing Traditional and Digital Documents
  • Correspondence
  • Time Management/Scheduling
  • Retain Project Knowledge
  • Work with Safety Committee on Changes to Safety Program
  • Preparing Reports Regularly

Management

  • Team Building
  • Self-Evaluation
  • Professional Development Training
  • Proper Delegation to Support Staff
  • Effective Communication

Required Qualifications:

  • College Graduate (Safety Degree or Related) OR Applicable Working Experience of 4+ Years
  • College Internship with a construction company or previous safety-related employment in the construction industry
  • Specialized Knowledge including but not limited to: Workman’s Compensation rules and regulations (Indiana), Federal OSHA, IOSHA (Indiana), MIOSHA (Michigan), Rules and regulations for the construction Industry 29 CFR 1926

Core Values:

  • Communication
  • Customer Service
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Adaptability
  • Decision Making/Problem Solving
  • Planning and Organization
  • Attention to Detail
  • Conflict Resolution

Compensation & Benefits Package:

  • To be determined upon experience aligning with company needs

*Please include salary requirements with resume submission.

The Weigand Why:

BUILDING LANDMARKS THAT IMPACT THE LIVES AND COMMUNITIES WE SERVE

Building Contractors Association – Excellence in Construction Award 2021

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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.

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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

Focused on the Field

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JADE PAINTER, DIRECTOR OF FIELD OPERATIONS –

Spring has Sprung! We are looking forward to a great year in 2021 (Not that we have been in hibernation!) Behind the scenes, we’ve been getting started on the largest backlog in our company’s history. We’ve made a point to educate and cultivate our robust team to both tackle our current backlog and pursue new opportunities!

In a market where tradesmen numbers have decreased, it is completely vital that we maintain our manpower base. Internally, we have created educational programs at all levels, from Apprentices to Project Superintendents, that allow us to collectively share our practical knowledge and encourage professional development. Externally, we continue to have heavy involvement with our surrounding high schools trade programs. By partnering with the trades programs, we are able to provide pathways for students with interest in joining the trades. Weigand also has a program for students pursuing Construction Management degrees. Our program requires 2 summers of field internship, and 2 summers of office internship.

These programs have allowed us to build the largest manpower base in Northeast Indiana! Our base allows us to tackle large projects like Electric Works, fulfill secured projects and pursue all kinds of new opportunities!

Gary “JR” Hunter – 2020 Robert M. Weigand Award Recipient

Gary JR Hunter 2020 RMW Award Recipient

Presented by Larry Weigand, Chief Executive Officer –

The Robert M. Weigand Integrity in Construction Award was started in 2006 as a way to honor my father. Bob’s career spanned over 50 years at WCI serving the roles of Superintendent, General Field Superintendent, Vice President, and finally President & Owner from 1984 through 1993.  He was a third-generation leader of our company, started by his grandfather in 1906.

From now on, handing out this award will be bittersweet. I’ll miss standing next to my father and watching him congratulate the much-deserving recipients in person. My dad constantly reminded me that the WCI Holiday get-together and award ceremony was his favorite night of the year. It is hard to believe it’s already been over a year since his passing.  I still miss him each and every day, especially when I walk by his “old office”.

Due to Covid restrictions, we were unable to have the annual Holiday dinner, but that couldn’t stop us from this tradition! I am so pleased to announce the 2020 RMW award recipient… Gary “JR” Hunter!

JR has been a leader in our company since 1999.  He was one of the first masons to come on board when we decided to start-self performing masonry again. JR has consistently stepped up and done a great job making our masonry department what it is today.

The criteria for the RMW award are the following: Unwavering Business Ethics, Humility, Hard work, Integrity in actions, Always doing the right thing, Lives the mission statement in actions.

These were all characteristics of the man for which the award is named, and JR definitely exhibits each and every one of these every day.  So please join me in congratulating JR!

Weigand Construction appreciates you.

** An excerpt from our Q1 2021 Newsletter **