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IU Health upsizes downtown hospital project to better serve Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS – Construction is in full swing on Indiana University Health’s new downtown hospital and expanded medical campus, which will bring a next-generation acute-care adult hospital to Indiana. The significant project at 16th Street and Capitol Avenue will combine operations of IU Health Methodist and University hospitals upon its …

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Indiana Landmarks Awards more than $170,000 to Save Meaningful Places

INDIANAPOLIS – In 2022, Indiana Landmarks awarded more than $170,000 to help nonprofits and cities around Indiana save meaningful places. Drawing from a variety of funds, these grants support efforts ranging from architectural assessments and repairs at historic houses of worship to digital walking tours and workshops, videos and summer …

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STUDIOAXIS Refreshes Brand and Expands Offerings by Opening Two New Offices in Asia

Almost three decades and more than 50 AIA design awards later, Axis Architecture is announcing a refreshed brand and expanded offerings by opening two new offices in Asia – Bangaluru, India, and Bangkok, Thailand.

Drew White, Co-Founder and Partner at STUDIOAXIS said the company’s new name will better reflect …

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CFA Foundation Eases Burden for Injured Workers in Need of Assistance

This August at Eagle Creek Golf Club, the Construction Family Assistance (CFA) Foundation, Inc. hosted nearly 150 golfers and raised over $30,000 to help construction workers and their families who are in need of financial assistance.

Originally founded as the MICCS Foundation in 2010 as part of its sister organization …

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What Goes into a Workspace that Works?

We would love to know too!

In January of 2021, DORIS (Design Oriented Research for Impactful Solutions) knew it was moving offices. Staying true to themselves, DORIS researchers conducted an internal assessment to understand what employees wanted in the new office. Researchers aimed to understand how they could optimize their …

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Grants Help to Preserve Nine Historic African American Sites in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS – Nine sites significant to Indiana’s African American history are receiving restoration and rehabilitation assistance through two funds established by the late Eli Lilly chemist and preservation champion Standiford “Stan” Cox.

Grants totaling more than $150,000 are being distributed from the Standiford H. Cox Fund and the Dovie …

Indiana Landmarks Announces Annual List of 10 Most Endangered

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Landmarks recently announced the 10 Most Endangered, an annual list of Hoosier landmarks in jeopardy. The list includes a church designed by a trailblazing Black architect; one of the state’s oldest covered bridges; an Art Deco skyscraper; a commercial block that embodies Indiana’s limestone legacy; a classic …

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Making the Case for Healthy Buildings

As the third-largest asset class in the U.S. behind stocks and bonds, real estate is a cornerstone of a vibrant economy. By some estimates, the domestic commercial real estate (CRE) industry has a market value well over $1 trillion. Yet our streets feel empty, storefronts look vacant, and offices feel …

Exhibit Columbus Announces University Design Research Fellowship

COLUMBUS, IN — After the launch of the fourth cycle of Exhibit Columbus in June, with a “Community Kickoff” event in downtown Columbus, Landmark Columbus Foundation announces the next step in the 2022–23 cycle of Exhibit Columbus, the University Design Research Fellowship Competition. More than $70,000 will be awarded to …

Roundabouts Improve Safety and Solve Complex Traffic Issues

INDIANAPOLIS — In the first in a series of podcasts, American Structurepoint experts reveal key safety facts and statistics about roundabouts and how roundabouts designed by American Structurepoint help solve complex transportation issues across the nation.

American Structurepoint Vice President and Partner Mike McBride, a nationally recognized roundabout expert, …

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Construction Salaries are on the Rise According to NCCER 2022 Construction Craft Salary Survey

Skilled craft professionals continue to earn high wages, according to NCCER’s 2022 Construction Craft Salary Survey. More than 135 commercial, industrial and residential construction companies across the U.S., representing over 337,000 employees, participated in the survey. The individual craft areas reported provide average annual salaries, not including overtime, per …

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How the US Will Deploy Intelligent Transit Networks That Enable Connected Vehicles

While America’s transportation infrastructure continues to be one of the country’s greatest historical accomplishments, as well as the lifeblood of the American economy, the system itself continues to have serious challenges during the last two decades.

This is mainly due to the rise in traffic congestion which has ensnarled hundreds …

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Is Poor PR Driving Construction's Labor Shortage?

The global upheaval of the last few years has undoubtedly rocked the construction industry – and stories of labor shortages driven by COVID-19 abound. Add to that an aging workforce further stressed by current conditions, combined with a lack of skilled replacements, and the current struggle makes sense.

But beneath …

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Labor Shortage is a Universal Issue in the Construction Industry

The ever-growing labor shortage is a universal issue, affecting nearly every business sector that relies on the availability of a workforce. It’s an issue that was happening before the COVID-19 pandemic and has persisted.

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, there are 11.3 million job openings in the U.S., …

Poor Project Data and Miscommunication Responsible for 52 Percent of All Rework

Most people in the construction industry will say that on any given work site, there is always an amount of waste that could have been avoided. Whether it be poorly handled materials, re-work, weather damage, or working from out of date documents, there are plenty of ways that humans can …

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Telematics Expert Gives Industry Outlook

Most construction jobs run on tight timelines and margins, and to keep everything running on schedule and within budget, fleet managers use telematics to give visibility into their equipment’s location and operating condition any time of the day or night.

Telematics has been around for quite a while, however, it …

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How Do Solar PV Systems Work Technically and Financially?

The window for getting a robust federal tax rebate on solar panels is set to dwindle. Before 2020 you could get a 30 percent rebate on a new solar panel system. As of March 2022, you can get 26 percent back thanks to an extension of the federal Investment Tax …

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Three Ways VR/AR Engages Audiences While Building Consensus

Seeing your building project on paper is one step closer to becoming a reality but, thanks to technology advancements in Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR), you can now see a project in 3D and start using it to build consensus, early in the process. This is good news for owners, …

RJE Announces Partnership with Allsteel

INDIANAPOLIS – RJE recently announced its new primary manufacturing partner, Allsteel—one of HNI Corporation’s (NYSE: HNI) recognized family of global brands. Allsteel and the HNI brands will lead RJE’s current portfolio of offerings.

“We could not be more thrilled to announce our partnership with Allsteel, and we feel that …

The Annex Group Announces Plans for the Annex of Bloomington, a New Workforce Housing Community in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS – The Annex Group, a leading workforce, affordable and student housing developer, announced plans to develop a new workforce housing community in Bloomington, IN. Funding for The Annex of Bloomington closed in early January. The $23.04 million community will be located at 321 and 403 East Third Street, …

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William Baker Company Celebrates 50 years in Business

INDIANAPOLIS – 2022 marks a milestone for William Baker Company. In 1972 William (Bill) Baker started his one-man manufacturers’ representative agency with probably no thought in mind that 50 years later it would represent some of the best-known manufacturers, have third generation ownership, and work out of a new …

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AIA Indianapolis and Spohn Associates Host Annual Holiday Event

INDIANAPOLIS – AIA Indianapolis recently gathered at Spohn Associates for their Annual Holiday event. The evening was kicked off with their Annual Meeting, where the 2022 Slate of Officers was voted on and approved. Leading AIA Indy for 2022 will be Patrick Kestner, AIA /President – Still Architecture; Desma …

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AIA Indianapolis Hosts Past Presidents, Fellows, and Sponsors Breakfast

AIA Indianapolis’ Past Presidents, Fellows, and Sponsors Breakfast was recently held at the Indiana Landmarks Center. This annual event is a favorite of those who attend as it brings together some of the more senior members of AIA Indiana’s Indianapolis Section with valued sponsors.

“After taking a pause …

Holladay Sponsors Damar's Holiday Village

INDIANAPOLIS – Holladay Properties and Holladay Construction Group (Holladay) are once again teaming up in support of Damar Services, Inc. (Damar), a non-profit group in Indianapolis dedicated to providing a variety of programs and services to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families. This time, the two firms …

Indiana Landmarks Awards more than $140,000 to Save Meaningful Places

INDIANAPOLIS – In 2021, Indiana Landmarks awarded more than $140,000 to help nonprofits and cities around Indiana save meaningful places. Drawing from a variety of funds, these grants support efforts ranging from architectural assessments and repairs at historic houses of worship to digital walking tours and workshops, videos and summer …

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January 2022 Upcoming Industry Events

Editor’s Note: Events below were still planned at time of publication. Please check with the organizer to confirm.

IFMA Indianapolis – Work on the Move: Building a Better Workplace After the Pandemic
  • January 11, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Ruth’s Chris Ironworks, 2727 East 86th Street, Indianapolis
  • Join Pat Turnbull, …
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RQAW Gives $100,000 to Establish Engineering Scholarship at ISU

INDIANAPOLIS – RQAW, an Indianapolis-based engineering and architecture services firm, has committed $100,000 to establish the RQAW Civil Engineering Endowed Scholarship at Indiana State University. The gift advances the company’s commitment to building the pipeline of professional engineers in the state of Indiana. 

“Currently, there is a real shortage …

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AGC of Indiana ‘Gets the Band Back Together’ for Annual Conference

On November 10th, the Associated General Contractors of Indiana (AGC of Indiana) hosted its annual conference at Crane Bay Event Center in downtown Indianapolis.

AGC of Indiana Annual Conference Task Force Chair Molly Burns kicked off the morning by welcoming attendees to the former potbelly stove factory before introducing Gerry …

City of South Bend’s Enhanced Long Term Control Plan Wins Approval

SOUTH BEND, IN — American Structurepoint, as a key member of the consultant team led by Stantec, has contributed to the City of South Bend, Indiana reaching an agreement with the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Indiana Department of …

Indianapolis Airport Receives Largest Airport Improvement Grant in the Nation

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA) learned in September it will receive the nation’s largest allotment of recent Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program funding, pulling in a massive grant of more than $56 million to be used for airfield improvements at the Indianapolis International Airport (IND).

“This is …

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Coalition for Construction Safety Holds Anniversary and Awards Celebration

The Coalition for Construction Safety (CCS) held its anniversary and awards celebration on September 30 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral to recognize the safety achievements of those in the construction and contractor maintenance industry. This was the first large in-person event that CCS has held since the start of the …

CTB Breaks Ground on Multi-Phase Campus Upgrade Project

MILFORD, IN – A groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction for a multi-phase renovation by CTB, Inc. at its Milford manufacturing and office headquarters was held in late September. Three years of planning followed by three months of demolition work has been completed to clear the way for …

Holladay Breaks Ground on New Northwest Health Facility

MICHIGAN CITY, IN – Holladay Properties, Holladay Construction Group and Northwest Health are teaming up to deliver their third medical office building in the past year. The new facility is located at 6923 W. 400 North in Michigan City.

The 9,372 square foot facility broke ground earlier this month. …

November/December Industry Events

ACEC Indiana – Diversity Businesses and Majority Firms Networking Fair
  • Wednesday, November 10 3-5:30 PM
  • Ivy Tech Culinary and Conference Center, 2820 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis
  • Join ACEC Indiana for a casual networking event featuring 25-plus XBE firms offering a variety of services in the engineering community.
ISA – Exec …
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12th Annual CFA Foundation Golf Outing Raises Over $29,000 for Construction Workers and Their Families

The Construction Family Assistance Foundation's 12th Annual Golf Outing raised over $29,000 for the organization.

Held August 19 at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Indianapolis, the event included over 160 golfers and over 50 sponsors. Proceeds from the golf outing will benefit the CFA Foundation and its mission of …

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AIA Indianapolis Hosts Association’s Largest Golf Outing in Years

AIA Indianapolis recently held its 2021 Golf Outing at Brookshire Golf Club in Carmel. Twenty-seven teams, several sponsors, and many volunteers enjoyed a great day to be on the golf course.

With temperatures nearing 90 degrees, the weather was as hot as the contests of the day, which included longest …

Construction Retrofit Opportunity

Construction professionals have a golden retrofitting opportunity as commercial facilities expand their precautions against viruses: an effective new type of “germicidal” LED fixture that can be quickly and easily installed in existing structures. This specialized, enclosed LED fixture draws in air and irradiates it with ultraviolet light (UV), significantly improving …

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ERMCO, Inc. Breaks Ground on New Headquarters

GREENWOOD, IN – ERMCO recently broke ground on a new corporate headquarters and service center facility in Greenwood. The new building and location give the industry-leading electrical, systems, and automation contractor room for continued growth. Getting ready to celebrate its 60th Anniversary in 2022, ERMCO has steadily grown its staff …

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For Workforce Wearables on Construction Sites, Comfort and Mobility Must Go Hand In Hand With Assistance

A few years ago, I worked with a warehouse stocker named John who had injured his back and was looking to get back to full duty. His job was important to him because he had a family to support, which included taking care of an adult son with special needs. …

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Horizontal Directional Drilling Operator Training Pays Dividends

For over a decade, the team at Rays Electrical Services in Elgin, Illinois has worked diligently to earn the reputation of being a quality residential and commercial electrician for the greater Chicago area. Since Ray Sakolari opened the company in 2008, he’s made a commitment to employees, customers, and family …

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Next Gen Demolition

A nation’s buildings stand as a visual representation of its history. In New England, that history is written in stone and red-brick facades overlooking century-old neighborhoods. Recent trends are bringing people and businesses back to these urban centers, forcing developers and city managers to find ways to reimagine spaces to …

October 2021 Upcoming Industry Events

Editor’s Note: Events below were still planned at time of publication. Please check with the organizer to confirm.

IFMA Indianapolis – Annual Golf Outing
  • October 7, 12 p.m. check-in; 1 p.m. shotgun start
  • The Country Club of Indianapolis, 2801 Country Club Road, Indianapolis
  • The IFMA outing will provide a unique …
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Preventing Heavy Equipment Theft

Heavy equipment theft of everything from forklifts, skid steers, and trucks to bulldozers, backhoes, excavators, and wheel loaders can be a serious issue for business owners, whether at the rental yard or jobsite. Stealing batteries, catalytic converters, and entire vehicles can be a relatively low-risk, high-reward opportunity for thieves unless …

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The Impact of BIM on Construction Projects

BIM (building information modeling) is an intelligent 3-D model-based process that gives architecture and construction professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage projects.

Forgoing the traditionally siloed architecture, engineering and construction disciplines using BIM can develop more integrated workflows to improve collaboration through the …

AIA Northern Indiana Hosts 2021 Golf Outing

SOUTH BEND, IN – Twenty teams recently enjoyed the AIA Northern Indiana 2021 Golf Outing in South Bend.

Held at Morris Park Country Club, this annual event raises funds for scholarship opportunities and for the section.

“A great day on the course with colleagues from around the State is always …

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BIM Industry Standards Create Predictability and Cost Efficiency

The adoption of technology in the construction industry in 2020 hit a record high, outpacing even the most aggressive forecasts and there are no signs of this momentum slowing. In fact, the annual Global BIM Industry Report has projected the global building information modeling (BIM) market will grow from $4.5 …

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CTS Maintenance Tips to Extend Equipment Life

Landscapers and dedicated green industry professionals know that the key to success lies in their machines. Whether operating a ride-on trencher or walk-behind machine, it’s the performance parts – the chain, teeth and sprockets (CTS) – that often determine the productivity of an operation. In other words, when faced with …

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Heavy Equipment Dealers Increase Profitability with GPS Tracking

Heavy equipment dealers’ profitability depends on efficiently renting out their assets and keeping it in good working order for the long term, whether that involves tractor trailers, semi-trailers, or moving trailers; buses or RVs; backhoes, bulldozers, cranes, excavators, scrapers, graders, dump trucks, or all-terrain forklifts.

To maximize profitability, dealers need …

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How Innovative Technology Can Support the Response to the Infrastructure Damage Caused by Wildfires

As California concludes another hot, dry summer, the state faced another historic wildfire season. Not only are residents subject to unhealthy levels of smoke and significant property destruction as a result of the wildfires, but they must also face damage to public infrastructure caused by the fires or other related …

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Optimizing Self-Cleaning Screen Media to Reduce Blinding and Plugging

In the aggregate industry, efficient screening is critical to achieve not only high production but also accurately sized product for particular applications and projects. However, two of the most common production bottlenecks – screen blinding and plugging – must be minimized to run an effective, profitable operation.

Blinding occurs when …

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Six Tips for Selecting the Right Traveling Axle Trailer

Finding a level surface with plenty of room to load a trailer on today’s congested jobsite is challenging. Towing and recovery operators have it even worse – struggling to move dead equipment, often singlehandedly, while also contending with traffic, poor visibility and soft shoulders. Operators in the towing and recovery, …

SMPS Indiana Launches Onboarding Program for New Members

SMPS Indiana Membership Co-Directors Travis Stevenson and Tracy Park noticed a few years ago that a growing amount of new SMPS members were beginning to opt out of their memberships after only one year.

“We did some preliminary research and found that, because the new members didn’t know anyone, they …

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Weekly News and Year-Round Value

When David Gordon joined the Independent Equipment Dealers Association (IEDA) as Executive Director in December 2020, he focused on one main goal.

“As we continue to grow our membership, we have to continue providing year-round value,” he said. “Our mission is to help our members be more profitable and successful …

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Why Smart Roads are Just as Important as Autonomous Vehicles

There’s no doubt that self-driving cars, or autonomous vehicles (AVs), are much safer than the average person-manned vehicle. In fact, more than 90 percent of serious crashes are due to human error, which means autonomous vehicles have the potential to significantly reduce the number of collisions and save lives.

However, …

August 2021 Upcoming Industry Events

Editor’s Note: Events below were still planned at time of publication. Please check with the organizer to confirm.

AIA Northern Indiana – Golf Outing
  • August 9, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Morris Park Country Club, 2200 McKinley Avenue, South Bend, 46615
  • Join fellow AIA members and sponsors for this year’s …
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CSI Indianapolis Hosts 2021 Awards Banquet

This past year has been a challenging one for associations to maintain programs and offer value to members while conducting business virtually. This is an all-too-familiar statement from many organizations.

The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), Indianapolis Chapter continued to work through the pandemic offering virtual monthly programs, virtual CDT Certification …

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Electrical Safety Awareness for Non-Electrical Contractors

Electrical safety awareness isn’t just for electricians. Believe it or not, non-electrical workers actually run the largest exposure to electrical hazards. Without the electrical training that licensed electrical professionals receive, one careless mistake can turn into a big accident – or worse.

By paying attention to the small details, you …

Exhibit Columbus Opens 2021 Exhibition

On Saturday, August 21, Exhibit Columbus – the annual exploration of architecture, art, design, and community – will open its third exhibition to the public. Exhibit Columbus commissions some of the most creative minds in architecture, design, and art to create new works in dialogue with the iconic buildings, landscapes, …

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Greenwood Mayor Unveils Designs for New 40-Acre Sports Complex During State of the City Address

GREENWOOD, IN – Greenwood Mayor Mark W. Myers said Greenwood is emerging from the pandemic stronger than ever, emphasizing the city’s economic development successes, infrastructure improvements, and quality of life investments during his tenth State of the City address.

“We’ve worked hard to position Greenwood for success, which includes the …

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Instant Concrete Moisture Measurement Ensures Construction Quality and Speed

In the construction industry, the quality of cast-in-place concrete foundations, superstructure, slabs, stairs, and architectural features, along with the speed of project completion, can largely depend on getting moisture measurement right – and the same is true with the masonry mortar used to build brick, block, or stone walls.

Water …

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Integrated Precision

Hitachi continues to provide customers with efficient, reliable and durable equipment featuring advanced technology – the newest being factory-integrated Solution Linkage 2D and 3D Grade Control.

“We gave a sneak peek of Hitachi’s grade control technology at CONEXPO-CON/AGG last year,” said Justin Steger, Solutions Marketing Manager, Site Development and …

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Newman Road Project Receives Indiana Engineering Achievement Award

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — American Structurepoint received the 2021 Indiana Engineering Achievement Award from the Indiana Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE-IN) for the Newman Road Underpass project in West Lafayette, IN. NSPE-IN gives this award annually to the most outstanding project in Indiana most notable for its quality of design, functionality, …

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Proper Care Pays Off Over Time

It’s become a fact of life: When you need to work for extended periods of time in high, hard-to-reach places, you turn to mobile elevated work platforms, or MEWPs (also known as aerial work platforms). Over the years, two of the most popular MEWPs – scissor lifts and boom lifts …

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The Risks of Not Knowing Who’s On Your Job Site

The pandemic has driven general contractors (GCs) to diligently record who is at their job sites and headquarters. This primarily includes workers, subcontractors, developers, realtors, and property managers. With so many different people coming onto a job site and staying anywhere from 30 minutes to several weeks or months, it …

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The Simple Keys to Vacuum Excavation Success

Vacuum excavators are one of the fastest growing machine segments in the underground construction industry. Originally popularized by their role in daylighting existing utilities on directional drilling jobs, these machines are now being used for irrigation installation, landscaping, and even nursery tasks.

One reason for this growth is that vacuum …

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Tier 3 Nozzles Optimize Sewer Crew Efficiency and Profitability

For contractors responsible for sewer, storm and sanitary line cleaning, hose nozzles are an essential tool that directs pressurized water to clear out obstructions such as silt, sludge, grease, mineral buildup, and tree roots as part of required maintenance or to prepare pipes for re-lining. In this way, the nozzle …

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AIA Indianapolis Hosts First In-Person Event in 15 Months

AIA Indianapolis held its first in-person event since March 12, 2020, on June 10 at Harry Cooler Conference Center in Greenwood, Indiana.

This event brought members of AIA Indianapolis, sponsors, and friends back together after 15 months. The evening’s venue, originally known as Southwind by the Mills Family, the first …

Construction Spending Posts Modest 0.2% Gain in April

AP – U.S. construction spending rose a modest 0.2% in April as strength in housing offset further weakness in nonresidential construction.

The April increase followed a much stronger 1% gain in March which was revised up from an initial estimate of a slight 0.2% advance. The April increase pushed construction …

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Fanning Howey Wins National Design Award for Columbia City High School

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Fanning Howey earned a Bronze Citation for design excellence from American School & University’s 2021 Educational Interiors Showcase. The firm received the award for the design of the new Columbia City High School in Columbia City, IN.

The 2021 Educational Interiors Showcase is a national competition recognizing …

Fort Financial Breaks Ground on New Corporate Headquarters in Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, IN – On Wednesday, June 9, Fort Financial broke ground on its new corporate headquarters to be located at 8815 Lima Road in Fort Wayne. The new building will replace the credit union’s existing corporate headquarters at 3102 Spring Street in Fort Wayne and will house all of …

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Hooklift vs Cable Hoist, What’s the Best Choice for Me?

When it comes to loading containers or truck bodies onto a truck chassis, regions around the world have traditionally opted for different equipment. The North American waste and recycling market usually favors the cable hoist, while the hooklift has been more prominent internationally.

One trend that all customers are impacted …

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IIDA Presents the 2021 IDEA Awards

The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) has a strong Indiana Chapter that strives to connect interior design to the community. IIDA provides meaningful resources to commercial interior designers and their clients to advance the profession and enhance business value.

Through different events, IIDA’s goal is to create community networking, highlight …

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ISA Hosts ‘Thirst for Knowledge: Staying Ahead of Material Escalation’

The first day of June marked the first in-person event for some industry professionals in two years as ISA hosted a Thirst for Knowledge panel discussion/bocce ball tournament at Blind Owl Brewery, covering the latest on supply chain issues currently affecting most projects across the U.S.

ISA’s hybrid event featured …

July 2021 Upcoming Industry Events

Editor’s Note: Events below were still planned at time of publication. Please check with the organizer to confirm.

ACEC Indiana – Annual Scholarship Golf Outing
  • July 8, 11 a.m.
  • Dye’s Walk Country Club, 2080 S. SR 135, Greenwood, 46143
  • This outing raises funds to provide meaningful scholarships to Indiana students …
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NETA Shares Outlook for the Work Truck Industry

The work truck industry includes some of the largest motor vehicle businesses in the world supplying truck chassis (incomplete vehicles) that will be completed by upfitters, using specialized bodies and equipment. These companies are all part of the complex process of producing work trucks, which starts with vocational fleets ordering …

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Succeeding with Standardization

For fleet owners looking to standardize their operation, selecting a trailer manufacturer might feel more like picking a favorite sports team than a strategic move to maximize hauling equipment investments. To some extent, it is. Teams with dedicated fans play smart and deliver results year after year. Similarly, original equipment …

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Transformation of P.R. Mallory Complex Wins State’s Top Restoration Prize

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The massive rehabilitation of a community landmark that stood vacant for 30 years has won Indiana Landmarks’ 2021 Cook Cup for Outstanding Restoration. The P.R. Mallory complex, once a vibrant manufacturing center and today home to two schools and a hydroponics operation, earned the honor following …

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Why Tank Chances?

Water is an essential component of any construction or roadbuilding project. From dust control to site prep and compaction, thousands of gallons of water are required every day. How it is hauled and applied can significantly impact overall productivity and safety. Though water tanks appear basic, certain factors can have …

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‘A Day at IMS’ Welcomes AIA Indiana Members Back to In-Person Events

AIA Indiana and Patterson Horth gathered AIA Indiana members and sponsors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on a sunny Friday in May for ‘A Day at IMS’.

On the speedway’s first day hosting in-person events in nearly two years, keynote speaker and voice of the Indy 500 Paul Page shared …

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Cutting Inefficiency, Not Corners

Demolition, like every industry, is constantly evolving. To keep ahead of the curve, contractors seek out the machines and methods that increase productivity while decreasing the physical toll on workers.

Concrete sawing is viable option for fast, effective removal. However, savvy contractors are finding that adding remote-control demolition robots to …

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Eight Factors to Consider When Selecting an Exosuit for Your Workers

A construction site can be a bad back waiting to happen.

Whether it’s a brick mason, concrete finisher, roofer, or any other necessary occupation for a job site, workers are at risk of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) because of the nature of the job – the awkward postures, repetitive lifting, …

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Elevatus Architecture, Indiana Tech Break Ground for Addition and Renovation Project

FORT WAYNE, IN – Elevatus Architecture recently broke ground with university officials, design teams, and construction management partners to commence construction of Indiana Tech’s Zollner Engineering Center addition and renovation project.

The $21.5 million, 30,000 square foot, three-story expansion and full building renovation project is slated to be complete in …

ERMCO Announces Plans for New HQ in Greenwood

GREENWOOD, IN – The headquarters for Indianapolis-based ERMCO, an electrical, systems and automation contractor – one of the top such companies in the country – is relocating to Greenwood.

Preparing to celebrate its 60th Anniversary in 2022, ERMCO has steadily grown its staff to over 125 corporate employees and …

Hafer Ranked Among Top Healthcare Architecture Firms

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Hafer, a leading architecture, engineering, and interior design firm was named the #30 Top Healthcare Architecture Firm in the U.S. in 2021 by Modern Healthcare magazine.

Each year, Modern Healthcare ranks firms according to their dollar volume for completed healthcare projects in the previous year. Modern …

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Heavy Equipment Underground Waste Disposal Systems

Heavy equipment dealers, rental companies, and service centers with underground waste disposal systems – floor drains or sinks in service bays that connect to a septic system or dry well (i.e.- catch basins) – are regulated by the EPA.

During normal vehicle repair and maintenance, fluids such as engine oil, …

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Improving Efficiency in Roadbuilding

Let’s face it, road widening, aggregate placement, backfilling, and other road construction tasks have always been messy, backbreaking operations. Busy road construction seasons, limited budgets, and a number of other elements have constrained equipment innovation for decades. This has left road crews in the dust, relying heavily on traditional methods …

Indiana Association's Summer Events for 2021

In-person events will return once again this summer after a 15-month, pandemic-induced hiatus on large gatherings forced groups to meet virtually for over a year.

The summer of 2021 marks a unique opportunity for AEC industry professionals and businesses across Indiana to embrace the company of close friends and colleagues, …

Machyne and Purdue University Extension at 16 Tech to Offer Workforce and Educational Training Program

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Machyne, a 21st century makerspace opening in the 16 Tech Innovation District this March, announced a partnership with Purdue University Extension Marion County (PEMC) to provide workforce and educational training for residents in the neighborhoods near 16 Tech.

PEMC and Machyne will focus on workforce training opportunities …

Milhaus Breaks Ground on $40M Whitestown Project

INDIANAPOLIS – Milhaus, a national award-winning developer, owner and operator of Class-A multifamily properties, and partner Humphreys Capital are excited to announce that Milhaus Whitestown has broken ground in Whitestown, IN.

Milhaus Whitestown is a $40 million apartment project to be located near 7279 S. Indianapolis Road, fifteen miles …

Registration Open for Free BY Construction Training at CAFE

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Registration is now live for the free upcoming BY Construction Training at CAFE. Taining will start on June 15th and run until August 5th. Classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday from 5 – 9 PM ET.

The BY Construction Training class prepares students for a career …

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Renewing and Revitalizing Downtown Indianapolis

SMPS and ICR collaborated in May at the Living Room Theatre and via Zoom to present a panel discussion about the methods by which organizations and stakeholders are engaging businesses and citizens to rejuvenate, rebuild, and reshape downtown Indianapolis after the pandemic.

Panelists who are directly connected to the economic …

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Utility Inspection Systems and Their Benefits

It is obvious that knowing the condition of underground sewer and water infrastructure is necessary to properly maintain essential services, and today’s CCTV (closed circuit television) inspection systems visually identify structural and maintenance issues like cracks, broken or collapsed pipe, infiltration, grease, and roots, as well as other issues.

Mainline …

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Vacuum Excavators Help Maryville Municipality Expand and Maintain Its Underground Infrastructure

Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the City of Maryville, a suburb of Knoxville, Tennessee, is going through a growth spurt. With a population of nearly 30,000 people and climbing, the town has experienced a big spike in utility development within the last two to three years. …

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Former Bloomington Hospital Site Aims for Sustainable Redevelopment

The City of Bloomington purchased IU Health’s former downtown hospital site – bound by Second, Rogers, First, and Fairview Streets – to steer the area’s redevelopment consistent with the values of Bloomington residents. Foremost among those expressed communal values for the site were sustainability and inclusion.

Skidmore Owens & Merrill …

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Greenwood Moves Forward on $83 Million Redevelopment of Former Middle School Property

GREENWOOD, IN – During a special meeting by the Greenwood Redevelopment Commission (RDC) in early March, members voted to approve a project agreement between the city, CRG Residential, and Great Lakes Capital.

Bonds to fund the project will now go before the Greenwood Common Council for consideration and approval.

“This …

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June 2021 Upcoming Industry Events

Editor’s Note: Events below were still planned at time of publication. Please check with the organizer to confirm.

AIA Indianapolis – June Virtual Program: Building and Running a Successful Hybrid Practice
  • June 3, 6 – 7 p.m.,
  • Presented virtually by Evelyn Lee, FAIA
  • Many firms are just beginning to navigate …
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The Road to Becoming an Architect

For many architects, it is licensure – not graduation – that represents the successful culmination of their educational pursuit. For the past several years, AIA Indiana has recognized the newly licensed architects during a formal ceremony, which leaves a lasting impression on the architect and their loved ones and publicly …

William Baker Company Creates Endowed Scholarship for Construction Management Students at Ball State

MUNCIE, IN – William Baker Company recently announced the creation of an endowed scholarship fund in the name of the William Baker Company at Ball State University’s Department of Construction Management and Interior Design. Scholarships from this endowment will be awarded each year to two college juniors majoring in the …

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AIA Indianapolis and YAF Host Virtual Day at the Statehouse

AIA Indiana and AIA Indianapolis Young Architects Forum (YAF) held a virtual tour of the Indiana Statehouse in March to give young designers insight into Indiana’s legislative process and its effect on the design industry.

The Indiana General Assembly is made up of 100 members of the House and 50 …

April 2021 Upcoming Industry Events

Editor’s Note: Events below were still planned at time of publication. Please check with the organizer to confirm.

AIA Indianapolis – April Meeting: A Presentation by Dr. Nigel Oseland
  • April 8, 9 – 10 a.m.
  • Presented virtually
  • AIA Indianapolis presents a morning webinar with Dr. Nigel Oseland, an environmental psychologist, …
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Enhancing Safety in the Heavy Equipment Rental Industry

Renting heavy machinery has become increasingly popular in the construction and mining industries with many companies now opting to rent instead of purchase equipment. In fact, market analysts predict that the heavy equipment rental industry is set to grow by 11 percent over the next three years as construction companies …

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Enhancing Safety in the Heavy Equipment Rental Industry

Renting heavy machinery has become increasingly popular in the construction and mining industries with many companies now opting to rent instead of purchase equipment. In fact, market analysts predict that the heavy equipment rental industry is set to grow by 11 percent over the next three years as construction companies …

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Five Tips for Maintaining Low-Level Access Mobile Elevating Work Platforms

Even though preventive maintenance can be the single most crucial factor in keeping an equipment fleet operating in peak condition, while lowering a machine’s total cost of ownership, it is easy to have an “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality. Especially in lean years, maximizing each piece of …

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Getting the Most From Compact Track Loaders

Compact track loaders are an increasingly vital part of contractors’ businesses. The sheer versatility of these machines allows them to thrive in a variety of working conditions, and – thanks in part to growing attachment diversity – CTLs can be used for more applications than ever. A strategic purchase of …

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Getting the Most From Compact Track Loaders

Compact track loaders are an increasingly vital part of contractors’ businesses. The sheer versatility of these machines allows them to thrive in a variety of working conditions, and – thanks in part to growing attachment diversity – CTLs can be used for more applications than ever. A strategic purchase of …

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How to Maximize Bridge Repair Productivity with Hydrodemolition Attachments

For decades, road and bridge repair contractors have relied on the power and precision of hydrodemolition robots to increase efficiency for concrete removal and surface preparation applications. Traditional methods of bridge deck repair took hours of manual labor using handheld water jetting equipment or handheld pneumatic tools. By switching to …

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Performance-Based Smoke Detection Reduces Cost and Enhances Safety

Today, the owners of a growing number of non-standard building designs like museums, arenas, stadiums and structures with atria or large open spaces are turning to performance-based design for substantial cost savings and enhanced safety while maintaining architectural concerns.

As an International Code Council (ICC) accepted alternative, performance-based design allows …

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Towers of Tomorrow

Despite COVID-19’s tumultuous toll on urban living, there will come a day when normalcy returns to large metropolitan areas. Human beings are resilient; they will continue to work, learn, live, and play following economic downturns and unprecedented times that temporarily rid cities of normal activity. Downtowns have a future, and …

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Using Technology to Solidify a Unified Team Culture in 2021

Whether it’s on the front lines of a battlefield, a supply chain or a construction site, culture is a fundamental aspect of human existence. Culture keeps us bonded to groups of people – whether it’s within the context of our families, our communities or even our workplaces – and allows …

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AIA Indiana Hosts Dr. Dotson for Presentation on ‘Why Indiana Avenue Matters’

AIA Indiana recently hosted Dr. Olon Frederick Dotson, Associate Professor of Architecture at Ball State University College of Architecture and Planning, and Chairman of Indiana Landmarks’ African American Landmarks Committee, to present ‘Why Indiana Avenue Matters’.

In his presentation, Dotson explains how the physical and institutional abandonment of black …

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Historic African American Sites in Indiana to Benefit from Grants

INDIANAPOLIS,IN — Two funds honoring the legacy of a retired Eli Lilly chemist are providing grants to organizations working to preserve significant African American landmarks in Indiana.

Standiford “Stan” Cox, who passed away in February 2019, joined Eli Lilly and Co. in 1957 as its first Black chemist and …

March 2021 Upcoming Industry Events

Editor’s Note: Events below were still planned at time of publication. Please check with the organizer to confirm.

ACEC Indiana, March Cocktails with Colleagues (Virtual)
  • March 17, 5-6 p.m.
  • Via Zoom
  • Join ACEC Indiana for a special networking event after hours. Bring your own favorite beer/cocktail and engage in a …
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'Vietnam Wall' Foundation and Walls Completed at Veterans National Memorial Shrine & Museum

FORT WAYNE, IN – Groundbreaking for the permanent Vietnam Wall construction at Veterans National Memorial Shrine & Museum in Fort Wayne took place on Veteran’s Day in 2020. Today, the Wall has taken on a whole new look.

Chris Harmon, director of field operations, The Hagerman Group, is …

16 Tech Innovation District Welcomes Vendors to the AMP

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – 16 Tech Innovation District announced the first chefs and retail entrepreneurs to locate in the AMP – a new artisan marketplace in the Riverside neighborhood of Downtown Indianapolis. The European-style market, offering local food, drink, retail and entertainment, is located in the district’s innovation hub, HqO, and …

AGC Indiana Hosts Schoppman in Webinar About Constructing in a Post-COVID-19 World

AGC of Indiana recently hosted Gregg Schoppman, Principal at FMI in a webinar that gave AGC members advice on maintain a profitable and fulfilling businesses in a post-COVID-19 world. Schoppman identified seven habits for construction firms to embrace during the pandemic to help their businesses adapt amidst unprecedented marketplace …

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A Good, Hard Look at Prestressed Concrete

When it comes to bridge design and construction, concrete is the material of choice. It’s easy to make, affordable, and can withstand a tremendous amount of compressive stress. However, concrete is not naturally flexible. It’s weak in tension, which can cause deflection on bridges and lead to cracks, which opens …

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Elon University Puts Vacuum Excavator to Work in a Wide Range of Applications

Traditionally, vacuum excavators have been used by contractors for daylighting buried utilities, minimizing disruption to the impacted area, and leaving behind a negligible mess. Today, the benefits of soft digging – the process of using a combination of suction and high-pressure water and air to remove dirt and other materials …

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Finding a Snow-Worthy Track Loader

What’s better for clearing snow, a skid steer or a compact track loader? The common perception is that a wheeled machine would fare better, and it’s often true with many track loaders. It’s why many compact track loaders are parked for the winter while their wheeled counterparts keep working. However, …

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Four Strategies for Construction Companies to Rebound from COVID-19

It has been almost a year since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, and unfortunately, we don’t have an answer as to when life will go back to normal, or even what the “new normal” will look like. Disruptions in the hard-hit construction industry – such as supply chain shortages and …

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Sustainable Construction Waste Management and LEED

There was an estimated 600 million tons of construction and demolition (C&D) waste generated in the United States in 2018 alone, which is more than double the amount of Municipal Solid Waste (i.e. normal garbage). Concrete accounted for the largest portion of this C&D waste (67.5 percent), followed by asphalt …

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2021 Manufacturer Forecast

After a difficult 2020, many of us are looking for things to turn around with the new year. Significant progress on a vaccine and the possibility of new funding for infrastructure projects has many in the construction industry optimistic that 2021 will put the U.S. economy back on track. We’ve …

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ABC 2020 Review and 2021 Construction Economic Forecast

Despite chronic difficulties sustained by contractors and others with securing human capital in January 2020, the nation added 214,000 net new jobs. It followed that up with an even more blistering 251,000 jobs in February.

For 113 consecutive months, the nation had added jobs – an unprecedented winning streak in …

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AIA Indiana Hosts Annual City County Council Reception Virtually

AIA Indiana Executive Director Jason Shelley, AIA moderated the association’s annual City-County Council Reception at the end of 2020. Members of the City County Council started the webinar by introducing themselves to viewers and providing brief descriptions of some of their districts’ most pressing issues.

City Council members featured in …

ARTBA 2021 US Transportation Construction Market Forecast

Transportation construction activity is forecast to decline 5.5 percent in 2021, as transportation authorities, state, city, county, and local governments face unprecedented revenue shortfalls, budget pressures and lower demand for travel and freight services, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) model shows. The 2021 market will reflect the …

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How AGC of America is Making Sure Politicians Learn the Right Lessons from the Election

The 2020 elections appear to have delivered simultaneous rebukes to both President Trump and the liberal agenda. While he performed better than most polls predicted, as of writing, the President’s ongoing efforts to contest the election appear to have little chance of success. Yet enough down ballot elections broke Republicans’ …

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McCarthy Building Companies Partners with Adaptive Construction Solutions in Support of Veterans

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. announces a new partnership with Adaptive Construction Solutions, Inc. (ACS) to recruit and train veterans for careers in the construction trades, addressing a national workforce shortage. Together, the two organizations will identify and enroll veterans with military occupational specialties in an apprenticeship program that can lead …

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Three MKM Projects Receive ARCHie Awards for Historic Preservation

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – Three MKM architecture + design (MKM) projects have received ARCHie historic preservation awards from ARCH, a Fort Wayne, IN nonprofit dedicated to celebrating, protecting, and preserving architecture and community heritage in Northeast Indiana. ARCH has presented historic preservation awards for over 40 years, recognizing the preservation …

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Wells Fargo 2021 Economic Outlook

The longest U.S. economic expansion since the end of the Second World War came to an abrupt end earlier this year as the COVID-19 pandemic essentially shut down the economy. Following an unprecedented plunge in Q2-2020 – real GDP nosedived at an annualized rate of 31.4 percent – economic activity …

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Wheeler Mission Receives Grant to Create Indoor Play Area at New Center for Women and Children

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Wheeler Mission is pleased announce that they are the recipients of a $225,000 True Inspiration award from Chick-fil-A to build an indoor playground at the Center for Women and Children.

The True Inspiration Awards program was created in 2015 to honor the legacy of Chick-fil-A founder S. …

Construction Industry Companies Putting Employee Well Being at the Forefront

No one can argue that 2020 and the coronavirus pandemic have created major stressors in our personal and professional lives and have caused many of us to experience greater levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and fear. Even before COVID-19, one in five Americans suffered from a mental health condition and …

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Demolition Doctors

Like many cities with a long history, the skyline of San Diego, California, has changed significantly over the centuries. Even in the modern era, demolition and construction continue to transform California’s second-largest city. However, with growing populations and congested urban environments, demolition contractors are forced to find safer ways to …

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High Efficiency ‘Shaped’ Wire Screens are the Way to the Future

For aggregate producers, efficient and accurate sizing of material during processing is essential to profitability. One renowned screening expert has termed plant screening stations as the "cash box" of the operation. Square opening, woven wire screen is still the media of choice in most aggregate operations. However, carryover of prime …

ISA Holds Virtual Town Hall to Outline 2021 Goals and Potential Changes for the Association

Indiana Subcontractors Association (ISA) Executive Director Scott Grimes recently moderated a town hall webinar that gave ISA President David Peterson and a panel of ISA board members a platform to discuss the organization’s future heading into 2021. Peterson and members of ISA’s Board of Directors spoke candidly with Grimes about …

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The Role of Rental in 2020 and What It Teaches Us for 2021

If there is any one thing to be said about 2020, it’s that uncertainty ruled the day in many ways and in many aspects of life. The construction industry was no exception, as contractors in all segments juggled the unknowns of an election year, a global pandemic, and everything else …

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Unlocking the Full Potential of Construction Fleet Physical Security Integration

For construction firms with significant fleet vehicle and equipment assets needing to be protected from theft or vandalism, fully integrating the latest capabilities of physical security and access control systems can drive down costs significantly.

This “virtual” approach combines video surveillance, access control, and information technology (IT) integration to replace …

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Advanced Water Treatment to Increase Efficiency and Meet Environmental Standards

More and more, concrete repair contractors are turning to robotic hydrodemolition, and the reasons why are simple. The method provides faster, safer, and more efficient removal than traditional means. Recent technological advances have also made hydrodemolition machines more versatile, compact, and durable than ever before. But, one important question still …

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AIA Indiana Convention Hosts Awards Show and Panel Discussion on Equitable Practices

This year’s AIA Indiana convention took place in historic Garfield Park in Indianapolis on September 25th, marking the organization’s first outdoor convention due to pandemic-related concerns. In an event that included a trade show, a panel discussion on racial equity in design, AIA’s annual meeting, and a design awards show, …

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Avoiding Costly and Potentially Deadly Shortcuts in Netting System Selection

Construction managers, general contractors, and building owners are certainly familiar with safety netting systems and the reasons to install them, which include protecting workers and debris from falling from structures, as well as façade and ceiling containment. They also believe these passive systems create and maintain a safe work environment. …

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Bomanite Cares

Humanitarian, hero, and three-time heavyweight champion of the world, Mohammed Ali once said, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” Revered for his accomplishments in the ring and beloved the world over for his sharp wit and big heart outside of it, Ali’s …

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HDD Training Teaches More Than Just Basic Skills

When it comes to horizontal directional drilling (HDD), simple training is not enough – it needs to be the right training. Because HDD is an art and a science, the right training, education, and experience is a critical combination in knowing the right balance between the two.

As HDD expands …

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Making the Whole Person Matter

The construction worker offers much for which to be celebrated. They transform blank canvasses of earth to create spaces for work, education, or play and build structures to cross bodies of water that connect communities. Bottom line, the construction worker helps to build a country’s future.

Driving this ability is …

MD+A/Meticulous Cares Supports the CICF Pandemic Fund for Students of Color at Ball State University

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Meticulous Design + Architecture, a global architecture firm, is proud to partner with Lisa Sobek, Executive Project Manager at Ball State University (BSU) R. Wayne Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning, and the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) to support BSU students of color who …

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Mortenson Pushes the Boundaries With Large-Scale Modular Projects

The construction industry has proven to be one of the most difficult industries to revolutionize. Many aspects of constructing a building have not changed for centuries. It is becoming increasingly difficult to build in downtown urban settings where sites are tight, streets are crowded, and skilled labor is difficult to …

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Tire Tales

Tires are witness to everything that goes on in a truck and are filled with information that can tell you a great deal about your fleet.
There are many reasons tires are removed from service outside of normal wear – ranging from driver- related behavior, to running the wrong type …

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Don’t Get Caught in the Cold

When we think winter maintenance, we start thinking about cooling systems and antifreeze, fuel systems and fuel storage, engine oil, Hydraulic oil and systems, batteries and all the fluids, components and systems that suffer the ravages of cold and freezing temperatures. If its equipment, it needs winter maintenance. If operates …

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Indiana Furniture Awarded Grant to Help Stimulate Future Growth for Hoosier Operations.

JASPER, IN – Recently, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), in partnership with Conexus Indiana, announced awards totaling $2 million to Hoosier businesses in Manufacturing Readiness Grants, which Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb first announced in May.

Indiana Furniture, along with 19 additional Hoosier businesses, received a …

ISA and NAIOP Collaborate for a Webinar About the Future of Business Facility Spaces

Last month, the Indiana Subcontractors Association (ISA) and the National Association for Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP) collaborated to host a webinar discussing the current state of the global economy and how pandemic-related regulations and tariffs have affected local companies. Pete Mento, Managing Director of Global Customs and Duties …

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Living on the Cutting Edge

Mining and quarrying are deep-rooted businesses. The oldest known mine is located in Southern Africa and was active, quite appropriately, during the Stone Age – an astounding 43,000 years ago. Possibly even more incredible are the ancient mines that are still producing.

Fast forward to today, where we find an …

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Pulling Augers No Longer Needed

One of the most time-consuming tasks while auger boring is pulling augers to check line and grade and adjust steering constantly,” said Walter Keyes, a 25-years auger boring veteran and Team Leader/Superintendent with S.J. Louis Companies. “Typically, on large-diameter sewer jobs, crews will pull augers every 20 feet, …

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Ready to Roll

Near the Kansas City International Airport lies a well-traveled stretch of road that connects NE Cookingham Drive to I-435. A 20-mile jaunt separates the airport from downtown Kansas City, and while some drivers might make their way via the direct I-29 route, others choose the I-435 route that might take …

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Technology Enables Construction Continuity

As we look ahead and try to make predictions about the future of construction, some aspects are murky. No one would have predicted the situation we found ourselves in during 2020, with a global pandemic bringing the economy to its knees, delaying construction projects nationwide, and changing the way we …

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Virtual Reality Leaps Forward, Providing New Value to Stakeholders

The AEC industry has been experimenting with the use of virtual reality (VR) for well over 20 years, and the medium has successfully provided value and Return on Investment (ROI). However, for many projects, the form factor, technical requirements and user friction for delivering walkthroughs has prevented the medium from …

CII and AGC Bring Together a Panel of Industry Leaders for COVID-19 Webinar

The Construction Industry Institute (CII) and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) recently held a webinar called “Roundtable on Perspectives and Best Practices in Owner-Contractor Collaboration During COVID-19” to provide updates on a variety of industry topics concerning the virus. The panel for the webinar featured two CII owners, …

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Elevatus Architecture Celebrates Five Years Since Rebrand

FORT WAYNE, IN – Elevatus Architecture has marked their fifth anniversary since the rebrand of Schenkel Shultz Architecture - Fort Wayne. As a strong business in the Midwest, their work portfolio covers significant public and private projects that help design greater communities. Their business model is about putting people first, …

ISA Hosts Webinar about Rebounding & Adapting During the Pandemic

The Indiana Subcontractors Association recently hosted four panelists in a webinar about best practices for adapting to a pandemic. Moderator Kevin Turner, Vice President of Wurster Construction, posed questions about the current state of the industry to panelists Chris Harrington, owner of Gaylor Electric and ISA board …

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Leadership Through Extreme Circumstances

When Robert “Bob” Lanham, Jr., P.E., started his tenure as 2020 President of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), he set three main goals: expand member engagement, increase federal investment in construction, and reduce and reform federal regulations on construction and development.

Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. …

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Northwest Indiana Companies Greatly Exceed National Safety Averages

CROWN POINT, IN — The Northwest Indiana Business RoundTable (NWIBRT) announces that companies from the NWI region are beating national averages for construction safety time and time again. Many regional firms have demonstrated consistent improvement over time, and willingness to go above and beyond when protecting workers.

Recently, 60 regional …

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Point and Measure

Traditionally, moisture tests require laborious effort and are slow to return results from the laboratory.  The risk of damage increases during transit of the materials potentially altering or destroying the entire sample, making this option much less practical for construction sites.  Industry innovators have developed a simplified approach with testing …

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Restoring the Interstate Highway System

At 64 years old, an age at which many Americans are approaching Medicare eligibility and reduced workloads, the Interstate Highway System is deteriorating, its traffic load of cars and trucks continues to increase, and the system lacks an adequate long-term care plan.

The Interstate Highway System remains the workhorse of …

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Ten Equipment Trailer Maintenance Tips

Heavy-haul trailers trek thousands of miles during their service lives and encounter many challenges – from rocks and ruts to bumps and jolts, no trailer gets out unscathed. To get the most from trailers, here are some tips to prevent costly damage and keep your trailers in top shape.

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Top Northwest Indiana Construction Companies and Projects Receive Honors

PORTAGE, IN – The Construction Advancement Foundation (CAF) of Northwest Indiana recently celebrated the region’s highest-quality project outcomes and contractor performances with an awards presentation. Altogether, the contractors honored by the foundation clearly demonstrated an ability to consistently exceeded national industry standards while establishing projects that will benefit NWI for …

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Accelerator for America Introduces New Partnership on Infrastructure Playbook

Accelerator for America recently hosted a webinar with some of the country’s most determined mayors to discuss the organization’s New Partnership on Infrastructure (NPI) initiative.

Founded by CEO Rick Jacobs, Accelerator for America is an organization led by an advisory council of mayors and other local leaders from across …

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Construction Business as Project Business: Project Business Automation

All project businesses essentially operate the same way. Whether you are in the construction, engineering or architecture industry, the overarching commonality is that your company delivers goods and services to your customers through projects, making your company a project business.

Only by recognizing your company as a project business are …

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Fluid Bridge Repair

Infrastructure repair is a hot topic today, and rightfully so. From potholes to deteriorating bridges, keeping up with repairs – and finding the money to do so – is a constant struggle. In an effort to complete jobs faster and win more bids, contractors are always looking for ways to …

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Modular Design Trends, Challenges, and Increased Construction Liability Risks

Once again, the U.S. economy has hit a crossroads. Even before the current COVID-19 outbreak, the predictions for the coming year were mixed at best.

On the one side, the Association of Equipment Managers (AEM) said that “Steady and solid growth is likely to continue for the construction sector. As …

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Preventative Maintenance Creates Longevity for Drills

It’s a common situation: Your equipment isn’t working as effectively as it was the day it came off the manufacturing line. With most tools and machines, regular maintenance and replacement of worn-out parts can be the key to restoring it back to maximum power. Earth drills are no exception. Knowing …

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The Complex Made Simple

The history of the construction excavator goes back quite some time. The very first excavator is said to have been built in 1882 by Sir W. G. Armstrong & Company in England, where it was used in the construction of Port of Hull docks. Unlike today's excavators that use hydraulic …

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The Importance of Safely Purchasing, Handling and Storing API Certified DEF

As restrictions are being lifted across most states in the country and with warm weather upon us, it is important for truck drivers to consider proper management of Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) used in most diesel-powered trucks.

DEF is made from a mixture of technically pure urea and purified water …

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We Only Get to the Stars by Starting from the Ground

Given the excitement with SpaceX and NASA’s recent historic manned launch, many people are looking to the stars. To many, space means rockets and satellites. However, every major component of these missions are built, designed, tested, launched, and controlled in one or more ground-based facilities. And every one of those …

AIA Indiana Seeking Members to Join Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — AIA Indiana is seeking members to join its Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee. The AIA Indiana Board of Directors approved the creation of the EDI Committee at its April meeting. Justin Ferguson, AIA, has stepped up to lead this new initiative.

Through the EDI Committee, …

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Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program Accepting Applications

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — 2020-2021's AIA Indiana Christopher Kelley Leadership Program (CKLDP) applications are now available and the deadline to submit is Monday, August 3 at 5 p.m. The selected 16 scholars will be notified by August 31. CKLDP boot camp will kick off Friday, October 9, and CKLDP sessions will …

The Pangere Corporation Among Select Few to Earn National Certification

GARY, IN — The Pangere Corporation, a commercial and industrial contractor based in Gary, Indiana, recently became one of just a few midwestern contractors to earn Door Safety Inspector (DSI) certifications.

Much of the work The Pangere Corp. conducts takes place in sensitive environments such as health care facilities, …

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Cloud-Based Employee Time Tracking

There is no doubt that technology has increased project management efficiency and safety in the construction industry. Case in point: construction worker illnesses and injuries went from 10.9 incidents (in 1972) to 2.8 incidents (in 2017) per 100 people, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But, there are …

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Engineering Firm Leaders React to COVID-19 Pandemic

As COVID-19 concerns interrupt the day-to-day operations of many business across Indiana, companies are implementing new safety measures to combat the spread of the virus. Engineering firm leaders are constantly adapting to new methods of doing business, and a few of these leaders from firms across Indiana talked to Building …

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Going the Distance

The hardest part of a project for most contractors is the bid. Balancing customer specs with overhead costs to produce a number both sides are comfortable with takes skill and a deep understanding of an operation’s capabilities. Partnering with industry-leading OEMs to provide efficiency-optimizing equipment can give contractors an edge …

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How Technology is Advancing One of the Most Dangerous Jobs in America

Construction was recently listed in the top 10 most dangerous jobs in America by CNBC. So when it comes to day-to-day operations, what can construction managers do to ensure workers receive the information they need to produce quality work and stay safe on the job? One company, MindForge, is …

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RP Develops Square Sided Water Tank

Creative thinking and the willingness to take a new approach is often what sets innovators apart from their peers. These qualities are also the fuel that propels industry forward. Construction is one of the oldest industries, but thanks to continuous advancements in technology, techniques and materials, today’s structures have come …

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Steering Through Sandy Soils

The economy in Garden City, Kansas, is strong with the recent opening of a Dairy Farmers of America plant. Approximately 4 million pounds of milk from regional farmers make its way to the dairy plant each day, which has led to expansion for many other companies throughout the area. To …

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Why Productivity in Construction is Flatlining

Let’s face facts, the construction industry does not do well when it comes to completing projects on time and within budget. Approximately 98 percent of megaprojects suffer cost overruns of more than 30 percent and 77 percent are at least 40 percent late, according to a McKinsey & Company report. …

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Architecture Firm Leaders React to the COVID-19 Pandemic

As COVID-19 concerns interrupt the day-to-day operations of many businesses across Indiana, companies are implementing new safety measures to combat the spread of the virus. Firm leaders are adapting to new methods of doing business by embracing web-based meeting technology, enforcing physical distancing, and more. A few of these leaders …

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Indiana School Wins Grand Prize at 28th Annual Future City Competition

OSSIAN, IN — Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a provider of comprehensive software and digital twin cloud services for the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, and DiscoverE, a network of volunteers that introduces students, parents, and educators to engineering and provides hands-on engineering experiences, announces that Yemoja, a city of …

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BCA Announces 2020 Officers and Directors

FORT WAYNE, IN — Building Contractors Association of Northeast Indiana (BCA) announces the results of its recent election of officers and directors to serve on its 2020 Board of Directors. Elected to serve in office are the following:

  • President: Brad Smith, The Hagerman Group
  • 1st Vice-President: Greg Lynch, …
ICR Holds 2020 State of Construction Event

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Indiana Construction Roundtable (ICR) kicked off 2020's educational programming with a session on the future trends driving construction. Matt Will, Ph.D., from the University of Indianapolis and Jay Bowman from Fails Management Institute (FMI) led the learning.

More than 140 attendees joined the educational session. Highlights of …

Indianapolis-Based Schmidt Associates Welcomes Louisville Architecture Firm

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Schmidt Associates, an Indianapolis-based architecture and engineering firm, announces that it has welcomed the team at Arrasmith in Louisville, Kentucky, into the firm.

Arrasmith’s experience in healthcare — including university lab, hospital and medical research facility design — will support the joined firm’s Healthcare Studio. Full-service …

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AIA Indianapolis Hosts Various Outreach Initiatives at Monthly Event

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Members of AIA Indianapolis recently gathered at Ball State University’s CAP:INDY office to hear fellow professionals discuss outreach initiatives for young architects. Presenting at this event were Ashley Thornberry of the Young Architect Forum (YAF), Brandon Farley of the Indiana High School Architectural Design Competition (IHSADC), Daniel …

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BOMA Donates to Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — The Building Owners and Managers Association of Indianapolis recently presented a $5,000 check to the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention, or CHIP, during their annual meeting. Andy Buroker of Faegre Baker Daniels presented a panel of area experts on the homeless vs. panhandling issue in …