Construction

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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Builders betting on brighter U.S. housing market

March 21, 2012
Associated Press
Residential building permits are being filed nationally at about half the rate considered healthy by most economists, but builders have grown more confident over the past six months after seeing more people express interest in buying a home.
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Deal rekindles $45M downtown projectRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Cory Schouten
Former partners in Kosene & Kosene Development have settled a legal dispute that jeopardized redevelopment of the vacant former Bank One Operations Center downtown. Milhaus Development has until May 1 to begin construction.
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Ohio River bridge plan calls for tolls on 3 spans

March 5, 2012
Associated Press
The governors of Indiana and Kentucky on Monday agreed to use tolls to pay for two new Ohio River bridges and a revamped Interstate 65 bridge over the river, all in the Louisville metropolitan area.
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State economy finally gaining tractionRestricted Content

March 3, 2012
J.K. Wall
Leading indicators for Indiana's economy are looking up: Banks are increasing lending, real estate developers are pulling the trigger on long-shelved projects, manufacturers are expanding, and consumers are even buying big-ticket items, including automobiles.
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CityWay designed to integrate retail, housing, hotel, YMCARestricted Content

February 25, 2012
Marc D. Allan
Architects were told to push the envelope and integrate. Be mindful of where you are in the city and integrate well.
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Technology helps Ivy Tech marry new, old constructionRestricted Content

February 25, 2012
Scott Olson
3-D scans match former hospital with building plans.
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Tax credits spur city apartment constructionRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
Scott Olson
Increase in federal funding helps developers finance projects that include mixed-income rental housing.
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Contractor uses 'process mapping' to overhaul businessRestricted Content

January 28, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
ProClad Inc. founder Brad Hitzfield invested in a 30-year business veteran to help him remake his specialty construction firm when profits couldn't keep pace with revenue.
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Bill requiring Indiana stage inspections advances

January 17, 2012
Associated Press
All outdoor stages in Indiana would have to pass inspections before any performances under a bill approved by a state Senate committee.
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Metro home-building activity sinks again in 2011

January 11, 2012
Scott Olson
New-home construction in the Indianapolis area slid in 2011, marking six straight year-over-year declines in residential building. The 3-percent decrease in building permits, however, was the smallest decrease since 2006.
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Boone County officials ‘surprised’ by ASI closing

January 5, 2012
Scott Olson
ASI Limited informed an estimated 250 employees by letter that the company was no longer profitable. The manufacturer's high-profile projects include Lucas Oil Stadium and the JW Marriott hotel.
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Blakley Corp. hires first outsider CEO

January 3, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis-based Blakley Corp., a specialty contractor and home-flooring retailer, has hired the first outsider CEO in the company's 114-year history.
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Daniels, Beshear reach agreement on bridges

December 29, 2011
Associated Press
Construction on two new bridges costing $2.6 billion and spanning the Ohio River between Kentucky and Indiana could begin in late 2012, with the spans open before the end of the decade, Kentucky and Indiana officials said Thursday.
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Indiana construction biz acquired by Swedish firm

December 29, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Stockholm-based Skanska AB, the Nordic region’s biggest builder, has purchased Industrial Contractors Inc. for $135 million, boosting its U.S. presence with its first acquisition in the United States in a decade.
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Metro home-building activity down in November

December 16, 2011
In the nine-county metropolitan area, the number of home-construction permits filed last month dropped to 225, a 13-percent decrease from the same month in 2010.
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SMITH: Small steps, big results: gauging design's impactRestricted Content

November 26, 2011
Keith Smith / Special to IBJ
Metrics make a difference in health care facilities.
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Fashion Mall getting big upgradeRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
Cory Schouten
A multimillion-dollar makeover now under way at The Fashion Mall at Keystone will add an upscale food court and about 20 stores, many of them new to Indianapolis.
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Green roofs slow to take root in IndianapolisRestricted Content

October 15, 2011
Sam Stall
Indianapolis' movement toward installing green roofs on commercial buildings has advanced slowly but steadily, in spite of a poor economy and the availability of cheaper (at least in the short run) alternatives.
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Maregatti Interiors acquired by HKS architectural firm

October 13, 2011
Scott Olson
Indianapolis' largest commercial interior design business has been purchased by the national architecture firm that designed Lucas Oil Stadium.
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Apartments, retail planned for Virginia Ave. corridorRestricted Content

October 8, 2011
Cory Schouten
Call it Extreme Makeover: Holy Rosary. Just about every building and corner along a four-block stretch of Virginia Avenue in this historic neighborhood southeast of downtown is under construction or will be soon.
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Waiting for construction industry to recoverRestricted Content

October 8, 2011
Tawn Parent
The recession officially ended more than two years ago. But the number of local construction jobs is still down 27 percent from 2007 levels. Will the industry ever feel relief? Some segments might not recover in a big way until 2013.
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Developer proposes $22M project for Keystone Towers site

October 6, 2011
Scott Olson
The Whitsett Group LLC's plans call for a $22 million project that would include nearly 140 apartments and a retail component on the property where Keystone Towers stood. The company submitted the lone bid to the city to redevelop the site.
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Commission approves demolition for Indy East Motel

October 6, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission unanimously approved the demolition of the former motel at 5585 E. Washington St.—with a few conditions. Developers plan an $8.7 million project for the site.
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Investor Buffett gets behind east-side revitalization project

September 28, 2011
Scott Olson
Warren Buffett joined other investors and Indianapolis community leaders Wednesday morning for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the $27 million East Village at Avondale apartment project.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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