2023 has been a great year for Weigand Construction. We have experienced measured growth and currently have a healthy backlog going into 2024. Many of you know that we have been providing Construction Management as Constructor (CMc) services to our private clients since 1994. In 2017, the state allowed public projects, such as schools, jails, courthouses, and more to be delivered in this manner.
The Partner Advantage
Our public partners have enjoyed the benefits associated with this method, and because of that, a large portion of our growth is attributed to CMc. This wouldn’t be possible without strong preconstruction and estimating services to set the table and an operations team that executes on promises made during our interviews.
Thanks to You
It’s a rewarding feeling to have our clients reach out to their peers to share their experiences with our team. Thank you for all of your hard work and partnering mentality when it comes to supporting our clients. It matters! We will continue to work as an extension of our clients and be more than just their builder. It’s all a part of what it means to embody the Weigand Difference.
“The group at Weigand have been fantastic to work with, I couldn’t imagine working with a different provider.”
Chris Newton (Huntington County Sheriff)
More Space to Serve
The Huntington County Jail is now equipped to better impact inmates, families, and the community at large through the completion of its new expansion and renovation! With Weigand operating as the general contractor on this project, the county sheriff commissioned development of the prison to fulfill the need for more space.
The 30,000 square foot expansion includes:
Enough rooms and bunks to host 233 people.
Sleeping and communal areas.
A tower for monitoring security with efficiency.
A vehicle port to improve transportation and processing.
A kitchen overhaul to account for the influx of staff and inmates.
Classrooms for rehabilitation programming.
Space for indoor and outdoor recreation.
With these additions to the jail, the sheriff’s department will be able to move forward with several different initiatives:
Provide a safer environment for inmates and staff.
Implement GED programming.
Facilitate rehabilitation care.
Host Church gatherings.
Teach spiritual classes.
The objective is to create an atmosphere that fosters growth in learning, skills, and overall welfare. In this way, the jail can set up inmates for success in the real-world, making their first offense their last offense.
Everything in its Right Place
Because this project involved renovation and expansion, we helped with rearranging some of the equipment in the old and new spaces. As a result, it took some extra planning and teamwork with the Sheriff’s Department to make sure everything got placed in the right spots. By doing this, we were able to keep on track with our project schedule!
We were honored to work alongside the Sheriff’s Department and help give a new lease on life to their facility!
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!
Construction of the new beam processing plant for Lippert Components is underway! Last month we broke ground on the 107,000 square foot automation plant in Elkhart, Indiana where they will streamline the process of building chassis for the RV world.
The Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity ReStore has officially opened its doors! This morning we had the pleasure of participating in the ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for their new location on Lima Road. The new 26,000 square foot facility is twice the size of their previous location on Wells Street. We are so proud to be part of this project to not only serve the community itself, but also the families in need of affordable housing.