Better know a developer: Lauth

September 7, 2007
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NASCAR PlazaLocally based Lauth had a big week. They announced plans for a 7.1-million-square-foot distribution park on 555 acres at Interstate 70 and State Road 39 near Plainfield. But lately the company has been getting more attention for its projects outside Indiana. The company broke ground this week on a 187,000-square-foot, LEED-registered office building in Las Vegas. And they've begun construction on NASCAR Plaza (shown here), a 20-story, LEED-registered office tower in Charlotte, N.C. What do you think of their work? Would you like to see a building like NASCAR Plaze here?
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  • I'm glad to see they are doing LEED registered buildings. Hopefully they can start doing that around here as well.
  • Great Stephen Colbert reference.
  • I second Tony's comments... glad to see the LEED usage. Does anyone know what level of LEED they are aiming for? Since we have not seen much LEED activity locally, I am guess there aren't many tenants asking for it. Hopefully that will change in the very near future.
  • Lauth ROCKS!!!
  • i like the nascar plaza they are building, i would like to see them do something here, just taller, lol.
  • From that angle, NASCAR Plaza looks as thrilling as the JW Marriot.

    The curvy part might have potential, but the tower is about as bland as you can get.

    Someone please tell them the 80s are over.
  • Indy's lucky to have the headquarters two of the largest developers in the country: Duke and Lauth. Hopefully after the market lightens up they can do some large-scale hometown projects we can be proud of.
  • Is one requirement of the LEED program that the building be unimaginitive and dull?
  • what is LEED?
  • Indy needs more visionary developers like Jaron Garrett.
  • LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

    More info can be found at http://www.usgbc.org/
  • Jaron Garrett isn't a visionary, he takes the ideas of others (turning torso) and modifies them slightly.
  • Wow, is Indy now exporting our brand of unimaginative, boring and bland architecure? Is there a name for it yet? How about the Indianapolis School?
  • Lauth Rocks?!? WTF? Lauth's buildings are uninspired, lack quality craftsmanship, and they treat their subcontractors as disposable (ask anyone whose worked for them). In fact, ask anyone who is an employee. Lauth Sucks.

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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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