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Bloomington firm wins construction bid for transit center

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The IndyGo board of directors on Thursday night chose Bloomington-based Weddle Bros. Building Group LLC to build the planned Downtown Transit Center.

Weddle's bid of $16,894,000 was the lowest of six  for the project.

The Downtown Transit Center is expected to be the hub for the bus system in Indianapolis. The $20 million center at 201 E. Washington St. will feature a 14,000-square-foot building with a public indoor waiting area, space for IndyGo customer-service employees and facilities for bus operators. The 2-acre site will have 19 canopied bus bays, according to plans unveiled in February.

"The award of the construction contract represents a significant milestone for the transit center project," IndyGo CEO Michael Terry said in a prepared statement. "We're excited to break ground before the end of September."
 
IndyGo said Weddle Bros. has more than 60 years of experience in constructing facilities for the public and private sectors. Other Weddle Bros. operations besides the Building Group include WB Koester, Weddle Bros. Highway Group, Weddle Bros. Design & Build, and WB Transportation Services.
 
Other firms that bid to construct the Downtown Transit Center were JC Ripberger Construction, Gibralter, McDougall-Pierce, Wilhelm and SM Wilson.
 

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  • Glad I won't be around for this
    I'm glad I recently moved away from Indy and won't be around for this behemoth. I am a passionate and vocal supporter of public transportation and have utilized it for almost 30 years. That said, I avoid the bus stops along Ohio due to the clientele and the many instances of fighting and other questionable activities I have personally witnessed there over the years. Now all these people will be crammed into one spot and there will be no avoiding them. I hope this planned transit center includes 24/7 security from IMPD.
  • @Jim hodapp
    It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.
  • It's a good plan
    I think it's a good plan. No need to over-plan this and wait for the justice center/jail to move out. It makes perfect sense to be there as a lot of bus traffic goes right through there including the Megabus. My only question is why did the city select the cheapest bid? Was it the best bid in terms of the firm having a great reputation for building quality, or was it just the least expensive up-front? If just the least expensive, then that is a big shame. I'd really like to see the culture of Indy change to value quality and perhaps paying more up-front instead of paying for something low quality that will need expensive repair over much of its lifetime.
  • Light Rail Already
    We're still stuck on this Bus-centric plan for some odd reason? Wake up Indy, install the light rail already.
  • Union Station
    Why spend $20 million on a new Union Station while also spending $3.7 million to rehab the old Union Station? Shouldn't this be a combined project? The old one looks better than the new one anyway. We should look at what Denver just did with their old Union Station.
  • East Side
    My only comment is I feel with the transit center, MSA Tower, and Cummins site, all future development along the east side until I 70 needs to be at least 10-15 stories. It would add much needed depth/density and give the city a larger feel. Most of the empty lots have filled in with 4-5 story projects, now let's take that up a notch. The infill needs to stretch to 70 and Washington Street needs a master plan. My humble opinion.
  • Totally Agree DRT
    Completely agree with DRT, why not stop and re-think, only have one shot at all this, make the best of it, no need for a rush job and something the city will regret
    • Bus Depot
      You would think so. But the City geniuses know what they are doing. It's not about planning, it's about economic development projects. The rationale for removing the jail is that it will spur nearby development. Yet nearby the Artistry apartments have been built and the Market Square project is set to break ground. And a "bus depot" is going to make it more conducive for development? Personally, I wouldn't want to live next to it.
    • Whole block
      Now that we know for sure that the jail and justice center are relocating it seems like the rest of this block is now available to be redeveloped. Does it not make more sense to re-envision this whole plan rather than try and squeeze something into one strip? I think they should wait and come up with a plan for that entire block.

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