The Building Contractors Association of Northeast Indiana (BCA) recently presented its 16th annual Excellence in Construction Awards. The BCA partnered with Irving Materials, Inc. (IMI) to recognize significant construction projects completed in 2018 and located within a 75-mile radius of downtown Fort Wayne. Awards were given in four different categories: Renovation Under $2 million, Renovation Over $2 illion, New Construction Under $6 million and New Construction Over $6 million. Projects were judged by a panel of industry experts using criteria for project uniqueness, significance or impact to the community where it was constructed, BCA member involvement and the job’s safety record. Judges were from organizations outside of BCA membership.
The BCA and Business People are proud to join together for this special section, honoring the 2019 winners of the BCA's Excellence in Contruction awards. The following pages contain information on the award winners, as well as advertisements for businesses supporting the BCA. Tremendous work is being done by BCA member companies in northeast Indiana, and we are proud to feature some of their work here. Thank you to the BCA and member companies supporting this section.
Taking top honors in the 2019 BCA Excellence in Construction Awards are as follows:
The Renovation Under $2 Million award was presented to Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, submitted by Design Collaborative and The Hagerman Group. DC was responsible for architecture, electrical/mechanical engineering and interior design, and Hagerman was the construction manager for the project.
The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership is the economic development hub for the 11-county region of northeast Indiana. It selected regional vendors – at least one from each county – to help complete its interior. This includes furniture, cabinetry and workstations. An architectural wood wall greets visitors who enter the space, and the employee lounge showcases a large moss wall featuring elements of the Regional Partnership’s logo.
The Regional Partnership has visitors from around the world looking at northeast Indiana as a place of possibility. Views from the 9th floor office showcase a growing downtown Fort Wayne, as well as other parts of the city. Its modern, unique space is a welcoming environment to conduct business and work, and highlights the unique talents of our region.
The Renovation Over $2 Million was awarded to The Clyde Theatre. This project was submitted by MSKTD & Associates, which provided architectural, mechanical/plumbing, electrical, civil, structural engineering and interior design services for the project, and The Hagerman Group, general contractor.
Constructed in 1951, the A.M. Strauss-designed Clyde Theatre with its art deco-style interior was Fort Wayne’s premier movie theatre, seating more than 1,700 patrons. The theatre ceased operations in the early 1990s. The property changed hands several times, and neglect left the venue in disrepair.
With a vision to transform the dilapidated venue, Rick Kinney of EvenKeel Productions bought the facility in 2012 at a tax sale for $500. A meeting with MSKTD’s Jim Kratzat, and later the design team at MSKTD, mapped out the renovation plan. Enter Chuck and Lisa Surack, philanthropists and Sweetwater owners, whose significant investment, along with funding support from a $1 million Legacy Fund loan, $1 million in Regional Cities grant money and a city of Fort Wayne façade grant brought Kinny’s vision to fruition: a multi-purpose arts and entertainment venue with state-of the-art lighting and sound, VIP lounges and boxes, and a luxurious lobby.
The Russel & Evelyn Fahl Aquatics Center submitted by Michael Kinder & Sons, the project’s general contractor, won the category of New Construction Under $6 Million.
A new aquatics center quickly became a high priority in Whitley County after the 60-year-old Burnworth Pool underwent an assessment in 2012. Many costly problems were found, deeming the former facility unusable. The solution was clear – demolish the existing structure to pave the way for a new and improved space for aquatic recreation. After funding from the city and numerous contributions by members of the community and organizations, this new construction project began in October 2017, and the Russel and Evelyn Fahl Aquatics Center opened its gates to an excited community in July 2018.
The facility includes a 25-meter competition style pool, two 15-foot
slides, two smaller slides, a splash pad, vortex channel, lily pad walk, diving board, a concrete deck, shade structures and four buildings for restrooms, offices and storage. The incorporation of several radius walls along with countless play features and amenities make for a very unique design/space.
Design Collaborative and Weigand Construction took home awards for the Skyline Tower project in the category New Construction Over $6 Million. Design Collaborative served as the architect, electrical/mechanical engineer and interior designer for the project. Weigand Construction was the general contractor.
The $28 million, 170,000-square-foot Skyline Tower is a city-changing, revitalizing project in Fort Wayne, where urban professionals can live, work and play in the growing downtown. The first two floors are commercial spaces, while floors three through 12 are residential, with 123 luxury apartments ranging from studios to three-bedroom units. A shared patio space is located on the third level, encouraging residents to build community by lounging on patio furniture and using community grills for cookouts. A community room available for residents to reserve for parties and events is also located on the third level and connected to the outdoor patio. An exterior greenspace to walk pets is located on the fifth level. Residents also have access to Skyline Park, the largest green space in Indiana located on the roof of the parking garage connecting Skyline Tower and Ash Brokerage Skyline Plaza.
In addition to the top projects in each category, BCA has also recognized numerous projects that did not receive a main award but were certainly outstanding. The 2019 honorable mentions include:
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