“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!
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.
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
We’ve got a preconstruction think tank happening at WCI headquarters today! A full parking lot means a full training room of skilled professionals ready to make an impact on Fort Wayne – by putting their expertise to the test on the Electric Works project. ??⚡