Construction

Building relationships pays off for contractor GrayRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Steve Gray Renovations grew during the remodeling industry’s worst downturn in more than two decades.
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Irving Materials acquires northern Indiana competitor

July 5, 2012
Greenfield-based Irving Materials Inc.'s purchase of Rock Industries in Peru brings its total number of mining operations in Indiana to 18. Rock Industries operates quarries in Peru and Plymouth.
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Residents allege poor construction at another Kosene condo project

June 25, 2012
Cory Schouten
The homeowners association at the Packard condominiums plans to file a lawsuit this week against developer Kosene & Kosene Residential and other companies, alleging the 62-unit downtown building was "improperly constructed and is deteriorating."
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RW Armstrong becomes unit of New York engineering firm

June 20, 2012
 IBJ Staff
RW Armstrong and Associates Inc., Indianapolis’ fourth-largest engineering firm, has completed a merger with CHA Consulting Inc. that makes the local company a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Albany, N.Y.-based business.
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16 Park developer to rebuild after 'heartbreaking' fire

June 18, 2012
Scott Olson
The Friday blaze engulfed a four-story, 28-unit apartment building due to open this fall as part of the $34 million 16 Park project. The Indianapolis Housing Agency says construction will resume as soon as possible.
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Cause, origin of apartment building fire undetermined

June 16, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The fire destroyed part of 16 Park, a $34 million affordable housing development that's intended to help spur a revival of the 16th Street corridor.
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Central Indiana housing market enjoys strong May

June 12, 2012
Scott Olson
In May, pending sales of existing homes in the Indianapolis area increased 7 percent from the same month last year while building permits for new construction rose 20 percent.
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Schneider Corp. CEO's caring ways help firm survive tumultRestricted Content

June 9, 2012
Ann Finch
Victoria Schneider Temple's 50-year-old family engineering firm, The Schneider Corp., survived drastic cutbacks during the recession through a culture of respect and integrity.
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Proposal calls for city planners to consider non-drivers

June 4, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Planners designing roads would formally be required to look beyond the needs of motorists and pedestrians—to also consider bicyclists and public transportation users—under an ordinance to be considered Monday night by the City-County Council.
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Massive Anson project showing residential, retail progressRestricted Content

May 19, 2012
Cory Schouten
Duke Realty Corp. has retrenched at its massive Anson development in Whitestown—focusing on the most promising sections, rearranging some of its site plans, and letting land-purchase contracts expire on about 300 acres where development prospects are likely several years away.
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New warehouse ends drought of spec industrial development

May 17, 2012
J.K. Wall
Construction on the 794,608-square-foot warehouse will begin in the next two weeks in the AmeriPlex Business Park, officials of Atlanta-based developer Industrial Developments International said. They hope to complete construction in December.
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Former Pac-Van owners return to mobile office biz

May 16, 2012
Scott Olson
Brent and Matthew Claymon have founded OnSite Space LLC and acquired Indianapolis-based Tyson Corp., to form OnSite Space by Tyson. The brothers sold Pac-Van in 2006 and have returned to the industry after their five-year non-compete expired.
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Fast-food clients fueling furniture-maker's growthRestricted Content

May 5, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Facility Concepts’ can-do attitude has cemented the loyalty of clients like Southern Bells—one of the largest Taco Bell franchises in the country—and propelled it from startup consultancy in 2004 to full-fledged manufacturer.
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New charter school proposed for North Meridian Street

May 4, 2012
Cory Schouten
An Arizona charter school operator serving middle and high school students has filed plans to build a two-story school at Meridian and 22nd streets.
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Indiana panel approves new stage-rigging rules

May 2, 2012
Associated Press
An Indiana commission has approved the state's first rules governing the type of temporary stage rigging involved in last summer's deadly state fair stage collapse.
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Zoning board rejects Broad Ripple parking garage proposal

May 1, 2012
Scott Olson
Members of the board voted 5-0 to reject the variance that would have allowed Keystone Group to build the garage and retail development below the city's recommended flood plain.
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IUPUI Honors College goes from dreary to dazzlingRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
Scott Olson
Renovation of library space creates academic attraction.
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Indiana fairs, festivals await stage rigging rules

April 26, 2012
Associated Press
Organizers of some of Indiana's county fairs and small festivals are anxiously awaiting new rules governing the type of rigging involved in last summer's deadly State Fair stage collapse.
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Work on city's 8-mile sewage tunnel gets underway

April 26, 2012
Associated Press
Work is starting on an 8-mile-long tunnel under the south side of Indianapolis that is the first major part of a $1.6 billion project aimed at reducing the release of raw sewage into the city's rivers.
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Pulte snaps up, repositions stalled Avon housing development

April 24, 2012
Tom Harton
Pulte is tossing out the prior builder's playbook, which called for duplexes aimed at buyers 55 and older. Pulte rezoned the land to allow for single-family homes on larger lots. The resulting 123 home sites will accommodate ranch-style homes starting in the low $100,000 price range.
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City gives OK for $60M apartment building on canal

April 18, 2012
Scott Olson
Investment Property Advisors agreed to reduce the size of the apartment building from 26 stories to 10 stories and from 485 units to 319 units to help gain support from the city.
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Decision on Broad Ripple garage delayed again

April 17, 2012
Scott Olson
The two-week continuance granted to remonstrators on Tuesday by the Metropolitan Board of Zoning Appeals follows a previous seven-day delay. The board is set to consider a zoning variance for the $15 million project on May 1.
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Area home-building activity up in first quarter

April 12, 2012
New-home permits in the Indianapolis metropolitan area rose 13 percent in the first three months of 2012 compared with the same quarter last year, bolstered by stronger activity in February and March.
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Developer, contractors brawling over FBI construction projectRestricted Content

March 31, 2012
Cory Schouten
The developer and contractors who built the FBI’s new $39 million Indianapolis field office, just north of Castleton Square Mall, are squabbling in court a year after wrapping up work on the project.
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IU breaks ground on $25M lab building at IUPUI

March 28, 2012
Scott Olson
The facility at IUPUI will include nearly 34,000 square feet of research and classroom space and is the first phase of a planned two-stage project to improve the university's research facilities.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. 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.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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