Design

Engineering firm exec started at the bottom

January 8, 2011
Ann Finch
Donna Gadient has risen to the top ranks of engineering firm R.W. Armstrong through hard work, and without a college education.
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Art museum closing design-centered gift shop

December 27, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Museum of Art will close its design-centered gift shop next year to make way for a display about the Miller house and gardens in Columbus, Ind.
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State pushing to keep building-review wait times down

December 16, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Wait times in the plan-review process for non-residential projects increased dramatically this year, creating a backlog of cases.
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Summit Realty plans to grow into new headquarters

December 11, 2010
Cory Schouten
Summit Realty Group is building out a new headquarters in a historic downtown building as its principals embark on an aggressive growth plan for the privately held company.
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Builders of faulty Indiana bridge face state-work ban

December 7, 2010
Associated Press
A committee has recommended that the state highway department stop hiring Gary-based Superior Construction Co. and Indianapolis-based bridge designer RQAW Corp. over a northwestern Indiana highway that has been closed because of safety concerns.
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Federal courthouse in Indianapolis slated for green roofRestricted Content

September 25, 2010
Scott Olson
Plants atop the Birch Bayh Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse are expected to cut costs in long run.
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Local developer planning Indiana wind farm

September 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Carmel-based Performance Services Inc. plans a 25-turbine wind farm in a rural area north of Lafayette, across about 2,500 acres in northern Tippecanoe County.
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SHEATS: Make sure you're treating your windows right

August 28, 2010
Jeff Sheats
Well-designed window treatments can provide a multitude of benefits.
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TAYLOR: Reform will drive demand for health care facilities

May 8, 2010
Deeni Taylor
There has been a noticeable uptick in the level of health care real estate development activity this year.
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MOUNAYAR: Indianapolis should rediscover public spaces

May 8, 2010
Michel Mounayar
Too few of the city's revitalization projects are connected by attractive sidewalks, streets, gardens and plazas.
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Connector bridges gap between convention center and stadiumRestricted Content

May 1, 2010
Norm Heikens
Designers of a walkway that connects the buildings are making the experience as attractive as possible in order to overcome the psychological barrier of moving from one building to another.
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Architect finds new path as real estate struggles

April 27, 2010
Tom Harton
The 25-year-old Prince/Alexander architecture firm is on the path to being acquired by Dallas-based REES Associates, an employee-owned firm with 120 architects.
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Engeledow Group acquires estate landscaper

March 29, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Engledow Group, one of the Indianapolis area's largest landscape companies, has acquired Litchfield Landscape Co. to bolster its estates division.
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Indiana Building Green Symposium gains momentum

February 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
What has emerged as the largest local gathering to discuss green building technologies will meet March 10-11 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
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COPPER: Misunderstandings put Indiana school funding in a bind

February 6, 2010
Mike Copper
State government overreacted in its attempts to reign in construction costs, and should seek middle ground
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Program offers women entrepreneurs their own experts

January 9, 2010
Tawn Parent
AthenaPowerLink selects Carmel firm Mitsch Design as the first woman-owned business it will assist locally.
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Ball State to offer new degree at downtown Indianapolis campus

October 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The master of urban planning degree offered downtown will use the city as an urban laboratory.
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Architecture firms launch energy venture

September 26, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Architectural and engineering firm Schmidt Associates Inc. and mechanical contractor Johnson Melloh Inc. have partnered to form Energy Solutions by JMS, which will promote energy-savings programs to school districts, libraries and units of local government throughout the state.
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'Dewatering' system creates space, keeps new Marriott's basement dryRestricted Content

September 19, 2009
Scott Olson
A sprawling network of drainage pipes is designed to keep the underground parking garage of the new JW Marriott hotel dry.
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Environmental consultant renovates offices to LEED standardRestricted Content

September 12, 2009
Scott Olson
August Mack Environmental Inc. renovated the historic Lexington building in downtown Indianapolis with recycled components and energy-efficient lighting.
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Transit, sustainable development likely to be themes in rescue of near-north neighborhoodRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Local leaders and, soon, a national team of experts, are quietly developing a strategy to revitalize Marion County's biggest concentration of brownfield sites and impoverished urban neighborhoods, centered at East 22nd Street and the Monon Trail.
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Flaherty selected to revitalize Barton, Lugar tower sitesRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Locally based Flaherty & Collins Properties plans to build retail and residential space on land that surrounds two downtown public housing towers.
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IMA's new design store bucks frugality trend

March 2, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Museum of Art's Design Center opened last October as a complement to the museum's 20th century design collection, which curator R. Craig Miller expects to grow exponentially.
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Redevelopment plans threaten Gasoline AlleyRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Business owners along the fabled Gasoline Alley north of Rockville Road think a proposal to close a north-south road linking them to the front door of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will have devastating effects.
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Plan calls for creating a downtown feel at IUPUI campusRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
J.K. Wall
In 20 years, IUPUI leaders want their campus to feel more like the rest of downtown — taller buildings, more parks, more people hanging out — and they want to connect it to the city's core.
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  1. Aaron is my fav!

  2. Let's see... $25M construction cost, they get $7.5M back from federal taxpayers, they're exempt from business property tax and use tax so that's about $2.5M PER YEAR they don't have to pay, permitting fees are cut in half for such projects, IPL will give them $4K under an incentive program, and under IPL's VFIT they'll be selling the power to IPL at 20 cents / kwh, nearly triple what a gas plant gets, about $6M / year for the 150-acre combined farms, and all of which is passed on to IPL customers. No jobs will be created either other than an handful of installers for a few weeks. Now here's the fun part...the panels (from CHINA) only cost about $5M on Alibaba, so where's the rest of the $25M going? Are they marking up the price to drive up the federal rebate? Indy Airport Solar Partners II LLC is owned by local firms Johnson-Melloh Solutions and Telemon Corp. They'll gross $6M / year in triple-rate power revenue, get another $12M next year from taxpayers for this new farm, on top of the $12M they got from taxpayers this year for the first farm, and have only laid out about $10-12M in materials plus installation labor for both farms combined, and $500K / year in annual land lease for both farms (est.). Over 15 years, that's over $70M net profit on a $12M investment, all from our wallets. What a boondoggle. It's time to wise up and give Thorium Energy your serious consideration. See http://energyfromthorium.com to learn more.

  3. Markus, I don't think a $2 Billion dollar surplus qualifies as saying we are out of money. Privatization does work. The government should only do what private industry can't or won't. What is proven is that any time the government tries to do something it costs more, comes in late and usually is lower quality.

  4. Some of the licenses that were added during Daniels' administration, such as requiring waiter/waitresses to be licensed to serve alcohol, are simply a way to generate revenue. At $35/server every 3 years, the state is generating millions of dollars on the backs of people who really need/want to work.

  5. I always giggle when I read comments from people complaining that a market is "too saturated" with one thing or another. What does that even mean? If someone is able to open and sustain a new business, whether you think there is room enough for them or not, more power to them. Personally, I love visiting as many of the new local breweries as possible. You do realize that most of these establishments include a dining component and therefore are pretty similar to restaurants, right? When was the last time I heard someone say "You know, I think we have too many locally owned restaurants"? Um, never...

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