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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.”
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.
Can we just take a moment to appreciate the amazing work of our tradesmen? ?
The details of Ruth’s Chris Steak House are one of the main reasons why the ambiance is so show-stopping. Did you know that all of those beautiful wood details in the ceiling, shelving, and walls were hand created by our carpenters? I mean, wow!