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.”
Dr. Diane Woodworth Business Development Education Specialist
“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
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:
Media production lab
Music production studio
Get a tour of the Amp Lab below in our Electric Works Construction Update!
(Amp Lab featured at 0:41)
We’re so excited to partner with FWCS on this venture as they invest in a brighter future for their students!
Weigand Construction is proud to announce that we’ve been selected for the Concord Community Schools 2021 Bond Projects in Elkhart, Indiana. This project will include numerous safety renovations, roofing repairs and interior upgrades to different schools throughout the district. Schools included in this project are Concord High School, Concord Intermediate School, East Side Elementary School, Ox Bow Elementary School, and West Side Elementary School. Preconstruction for these projects will start immediately, and the full scope of work should be completed by Summer 2022.
As the first new religious chapel of this magnitude in over 70 years in the United States, the construction of Christ Chapel on Hillsdale College’s campus has been a truly unique opportunity. The official dedication ceremony for the Chapel took place on October 3, with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas remarking, “[College students] need a place where they can go to be relieved of their troubles and get their bearing as so much comes at them so fast. By building this chapel, Hillsdale College has provided that space where students can come to discern God’s calling, to pray through difficult times and to praise God for his faithfulness.”
The dedication of Christ Chapel was part of Hillsdale College’s 175th anniversary celebration. Located in the heart of the campus, between the Grewcock Student Union and Dow Leadership Center, the 27,500 square foot building is a new focal point on campus. The interior of the Chapel pays homage to the classic English church, St. Martin-in-the-Fields. The Chapel’s 64-foot painted barrel ceilings, fourteen columns, wooden pews, and arched windows give it a timeless grandeur and beauty.
With seating for 1,350 and ample room for large performance ensembles, the Chapel will provide Hillsdale with a much-needed venue for college ceremonies and concerts, as well as religious services. Weigand Construction is proud to have been the Construction Manager of such a monumental project, the seventh that has been completed throughout the relationship with Hillsdale College.
Goshen Intermediate School Groundbreaking Ceremony
LARRY WEIGAND, CEO – Our Weigand Why is “We build landmarks that impact the lives and communities we serve.” Many of these landmarks are educational projects, and the impact these upgraded facilities have on our community are paramount for our younger generations. We are fortunate to be very active in building Kindergarten through High School (K-12) and College and University (upper educational) projects throughout Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan. In 1982, one of my first jobs at Weigand Construction was an upper education project – working the business end of the broom as part of the “continuous clean” crew at Huntington University. Since then, we have built landmark projects and long standing relationships with many incredible upper education clients such as:
Purdue University (West Lafayette & Fort Wayne Campuses), Indiana Wesleyan University, Indiana University, Grace College, University of Notre Dame, Ball State University, Hillsdale College, Saint Mary’s College, and Andrews University, among others in our region.
As far as K-12 projects, we’ve recently worked with Fort Wayne Community Schools, Southwest Allen County Schools, Northwest Allen County Schools, East Allen County Schools, Adams Central Community Schools, Warsaw Community Schools and Goshen Community Schools… just to name a few.
At Weigand, we are understandably proud that our involvement with educational projects throughout the region is both a result of the longstanding relationships we’ve formed in our communities and our ability to continually exceed client expectations on each and every project. We are excited that Indiana has adopted IC-5-32 which allows public education projects to be contractually delivered with the Construction Manager at Risk method. Weigand Construction Co., Inc has been delivering projects under this contract delivery method for over twenty years for our private clients, so needless to say we have quite a successful track record. To think we have played a small part in helping educate our children and young adults by improving their learning environments with our construction services is really inspiring for our team. I wish all of our friends and co-workers health and happiness as we wrap up 2019!
We are incredibly proud to have served as the Construction Manager of the new Andreasen Center for Wellness project at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. The largest new facility construction project in Andrews history, the Andreasen Center for Wellness boasts 2 floors of fitness equipment, an indoor 1/11th mile track, an outdoor fitness suite, a sensory retreat, an indoor saltwater pool, a healing oasis including a sauna, steambath, infrared lighting cove, and sunroom retreat. The Wellness east wing includes multiple classrooms (including a full demonstration kitchen classroom with outdoor event patio), massage therapy suites, multiple sports courts complete with locker rooms and athletic team offices. Congratulations on the opening of this beautiful new facility!
Adams Central’s kindergarten students learned all about their school’s construction project from Weigand employees Jason Gerber and Dan Roe. They also received a sneak peek of the newly renovated Band and Choir space!
Last night, we had the honor of cutting the ribbon at Adams Central Community Schools state-of-the-art new student activity center. With multiple basketball courts, new locker rooms, and a large mezzanine (currently being used for wrestling) Adams Central Athletics now has ample space in their new home!
Is it not the perfect time of year to dedicate a cozy woodland cabin? ?☕❄️
We think so! Epworth Forest Conference Center opened their gorgeous new Buck Lodge this month, equipped with a large gathering area by the fireplace, friendly bunk rooms, and if you’ve ever been camping, the fanciest kitchen and bathrooms you may have ever seen in a cabin. Just in time for Thanksgiving! Congratulations everyone!