Quality Pavement Award

Mississinewa High School – Football and Track Stadium

Asphalt Pavement Association of Indiana



Indiana Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects

Honor Award

Prophetstown State Park Aquatic Center for Indiana Department of Natural Resources

The project to construct a family aquatic center at Prophetstown was intended to expand recreational opportunities at one of the newest state parks in Indiana. The overall 2,000+ acre park, located at the confluence of the Tippecanoe River and the Wabash River, includes extensive oak savannah and prairie restoration, a historic farmstead, native American exhibits, camping, trails, and access to the Tippecanoe River and wetland features, but is continuing to expand facilities to enhance the user experience.

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Incorporating an engaging aquatic facility into the open prairie landscape aesthetic without being garish was a key project goal. Initially designed for an approximate bather load of 700, with a plan for expansion to 1,200; components include a zero-depth leisure pool, water spray features, a large interactive water dumping feature, open water play, body and tube slides, a lazy river with adventure channel, lawn areas for sunbathing, lawn volleyball, deck area, wireless access for guests, bathhouse building, and concessions. Other features include a pool mechanical building, new access road, bike paths connected to the park trail network, parking lot, perimeter fencing, and landscaping that carries through the “prairie” theme of the park.

Subdued colors, utilization of natural materials, and thoughtful placement within the existing topography were points of emphasis. Views to and from the aquatic complex were planned to minimize views of parked cars and the impact on the park aesthetic.

The new aquatic center opened in 2013 and allows both new and returning park visitors the ability to cool off and have fun at the new facility.




ASHRAE Region V Technology Award

First Place: Commercial Building – Other Institutional – Existing

Renovation to IUPUI Rotary Building for Indiana University







Lake Central High School

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Chicago Building Congress

Merit Award Finalist

Additions and Renovations to Lake Central High School for Lake Central School Corporation

The Lake Central School Corporation 2011 Referendum Project included work at two sites:  Protsman Elementary and Lake Central High School

Protsman Elementary School is a new 135,000 s.f. school that serves 700 students and replaced an existing school building approximately half its size on the same property, adjacent to and overlapping the existing building’s footprint. The phased project allowed the existing school to remain fully operational while an adjacent 100,000 s.f. addition was built. Following occupancy of this portion of the new school in January 2014, the existing school was demolished. This made room for the completion of the remaining portion of the new school and the balance of the site work, which was completed for the 2014 – 2015 school year.

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Lake Central High School is a new 850,000 s.f. school that serves 3,500 students. There were three major phases of work: site work, new construction, and renovation.

  • Phase One addressed site work and utilities. It included the installation of a new electrical substation, relocation of underground utilities, and demolition of an athletic field and track.
  • Phase Two included the construction of two additions: a 3-story 263,000 s.f. classroom and vocational wing and a 77,000 s.f. aquatics center.
  • Phase Three began with the demolition of 150,000 s.f. of the existing school. New construction included a new 115,000 s.f. music, auditorium, and media center, a 110,000 s.f. competition gymnasium and administration area, and a new athletic fields complex. The athletic area includes a running track and synthetic turf softball field, baseball field, football field. It also has a new stadium, locker rooms, concessions, and bleachers. To finish Phase Three, 273,000 s.f. of the existing building was then renovated.

All of this work was performed while the high school remained fully functional and operational.








Community Impact
There were four promises the Lake Central School Corporation made to its community prior to the referendum:
1) Relieve overcrowding at Lake Central High School and Protsman Elementary School
2) Improve the level of technology available to the students and staff through an improved infrastructure
3) Complete projects that were aesthetically pleasing and a source of pride for the community
4) Complete the projects on time and under budget.


ENR Regional Best

Award of Merit in Office/Retail/Mixed-Use

Hoosier Energy Headquarters

Project Description

As an electric power cooperative, Hoosier Energy serves as the primary power supplier for central and southern Indiana and southeastern Illinois. The company’s daily efforts to manage the power needs of its 18 member distribution systems brings an intense focus on energy use and consumption. This same focus marked the development of Hoosier Energy’s new headquarters building in Bloomington, Indiana.

Early design meetings focused on achieving a collaborative, efficient work environment with high energy performance levels for the power supplier’s new home. The resulting facility, a three-story prairie-style structure of approximately 80,000 square feet, exceeded the original design goal of achieving LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Silver by achieving LEED Gold Certification.

Located on a site with a challenging gradient, the occupants of the building’s interior spaces look out on a heavily wooded site in all directions. Primary design features include the main lobby and reception space, the Board Room with flexible arrangement options, a cafeteria and serving kitchen, training and conference spaces, employee fitness room, open office floors with shared core areas for departmental use, outdoor gathering spaces, and an executive suite that includes a private lobby/reception space, conference room, and office.

Overcoming Challenges and Teamwork 
Describe any challenges or issues that the design and construction team faced, managed and overcame during construction. Be specific about the problems and solutions. Also describe how teamwork was used to accomplish the project goals.

Departmental arrangements went from 75% closed offices in Hoosier Energy’s original buildings to 75% open offices in the new headquarters to promote collaboration, efficiency, and productivity. Employees were included in early discussions to manage expectations and change. Workstation mock ups—with an emphasis on materials to improve speech privacy (sound masking, ceiling tile, carpeting, work station fabric)—were built to allow employees to feel the new spaces and comprehend the changes.

The unusual site is situated along a north-south axis, just the opposite of what best natural daylighting practices would suggest. In addition to creating six-foot roof overhangs, the design team overcame the challenges by selecting high-performance glazing that would work best with respect to the specific façade orientations. The careful selection for the west-facing glazing on the building allowed for the installation of a smaller cooling system—resulting in immediate payback.

The owner’s desire for a flexible, high-volume board room intensely challenged multiple design disciplines. Challenges included:
• The desire for multiple room layouts
• Views to the woods, while allowing for room darkening conditions
• Talkers and listeners placed 65 feet apart, while sounding like a much more intimate space with some users resisting the use of microphones
• HVAC noise designed for recording studio quiet (Noise Criteria/NC25), similar to a concert hall where nuance and detail are key
• Acoustic diffusion for ceilings was carefully arranged for visual impact and to support more natural communication for users facing any direction.

Results were stunning. Four, 16-pane video walls were placed in view of every seat configuration and the HVAC systems measure a very low 22 dBA—allowing users to hear and communicate with less effort, less technology distraction, and more clarity than most professional auditoriums.

Innovation & Contribution to the Industry/Community 
In what ways did this project innovate, or help elevate industry standards? Describe any unusual construction techniques, design elements, materials or new technology used for the project. How will this help the project benefit the client, community or construction industry?

The LEED Gold Certified building was designed to facilitate Hoosier Energy’s goals of:
• Reducing energy consumption to save $10,000 annually in energy costs, despite a 40% increase in square footage
• Reducing water consumption by 40% through the use of metered faucets, dual flush, and ultra-low flow fixtures
• Improving productivity by 10-15% through improved occupant health, employee retention, natural daylighting and views, thermal comfort, and the feeling of social responsibility to the community.
The mechanical system utilizes a geothermal VRF (variable refrigerant flow) HVAC system with a dedicated outside air heat recovery ventilation system, using approximately ½ the energy of a typical office building. This same geothermal loop also provides cooling to the in-rack data center cooling system. Heat given off by the data center heats the building in the winter and rejects extra heat to the ground loop in the summer.

While not required by code, plug load scheduling was incorporated throughout. Gray-plated receptacles are programmed to remain on at all times, while white-plated receptacles are powered down after 9 p.m. and turned back on at 6 a.m. to reduce power demand.

A public education program on sustainable building design and environmental preservation was developed including:
• Digital communication boards
• Building tours (available to the community)
• An interactive kiosk in the lobby featuring a LEED brochure
• A showcase on the third floor executive area telling the story of LEED certification
• An internal Headquarters Update e-newsletter to educate and inform employees, including reminders about the recycling program.
The company also established a five-person Sustainability Committee to engage employees in implementing the organization’s Environmental Compliance and Stewardship goals. The Committee ensures operational compliance philosophies, and daily practices enhance Hoosier Energy’s role in environmental compliance and stewardship—including recycling, sustainable purchasing policies, and locally-sourced food program.

Construction Quality & Craftsmanship
Describe how the construction team excelled in terms of quality and craftsmanship. How did the contractor and subs exceed expectations and achieve extraordinary results? If the project was completed under budget and/or early, how was that accomplished? If your project was not on time or on budget, please explain the circumstances.

Hoosier Energy’s desire for a prairie-style aesthetic served as a primary design driver throughout the building. This architectural style required a high level of craftsmanship and attention to detail and quality. As an example, the intricate stair detailing required 7-8 woodworkers hundreds of hours to complete.

The reception desk, lobby wall, CEO desk and credenza, rolling “barn doors” near the Board Room, and furniture were made with veneers from native maple trees harvested on the building site. Specialized wood workers and Amish craftsmen were commissioned to create these pieces.

In order to achieve high levels of quality, the contractor assigned a full-time quality director to the project. He tracked quality issues from day one using Latista software, which was accessible to subcontractors to review and check when work was completed. Reports were reviewed at weekly progress meetings.

While the project was delayed by seven weeks, this was, in large part, due to extreme winter weather conditions along with Owner-requested design modifications during construction. The end result is a new LEED Gold headquarters in which staff are having positive reactions.

Function and Aesthetic Quality of the Design
Describe how the design fulfills the project’s function and provide information on the aesthetic quality of the design—whether architectural or engineering. The response should include input from the project’s designers.

The wooded site with few neighbors was chosen to assure residual value and improved brand equity. Its place on a ridge maximizes views to the surrounding area and minimizes walking distances from the parking areas. Walking trails around the building connect directly to the City’s Parks and Recreation trail system.

The site features the integration of bicycle racks, car pool stations, and six PEV car-charging stations to encourage alternative transportation. Rain gardens collect, filter, and manage surface storm-water, improving water quality and reducing erosion. Both the rain gardens and site landscaping feature 14,000 plantings of 78 native species, requiring less water and maintenance.

The building layout is arranged in three modules, with two three-story open office blocks flanking a central block with shared feature spaces. The lobby/reception space, Board Room, restrooms, collaboration rooms and conference rooms are placed in the center of the building to promote collaboration and ease of use for employees, board directors, and member managers arriving from off-site. Departmental adjacencies were carefully analyzed to enhance collaboration opportunities and synergy.

Employee workstations were placed around the building perimeter, taking advantage of outside views and natural daylighting. Ancillary services—copy rooms, storage, libraries, and some huddle rooms were located in the center of the office floor plate to minimize travel distances from workstations and offices. All mechanical equipment (HVAC, air handlers, etc.) were placed inside the building to improve the overall aesthetic.

Due to North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) regulations that govern Hoosier Energy’s facilities, additional security precautions and design protocols were implemented. Access controls, surveillance, optical turnstiles, and long range readers on gate entries were key components of the overall security system.

Safety Program Description
Explain how your team went above and beyond the baseline industry safety requirements on the submitted project. How did you achieve these numbers? What training/safety programs were implemented to prevent injuries and assure a safe jobsite? If there were incidents, please briefly explain them.

FA Wilhelm’s Safety Program is above “basic” construction criteria. In addition, Hoosier Energy had specific items to adhere to as well, so the program was elevated even more. A MICCS certified safety program was used, and unique to this project was the use of full-time quality directors. This resulted in extraordinary quality and craftsmanship.

Latista, a software program, was used to track any quality issues from day one. Subcontractors had access to review and then check the work complete. The FA Wilhelm staff then reviewed the work and signed-off the work had been done, until the punch list. Reports were reviewed each week at the subcontractors meeting of open items. At this time issues would be discussed. One such example was finding open ended duct work not covered through meticulous attention to detail. Additionally, a pre-punch list was completed prior to the punch list with the owner and architectural team.


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Monumental Affair

Landscape Architecture – Merit

Marian University Michael A. Evans Center for Health Services

Marian sought to tie together the University’s strong Catholic tradition and the medical school with a highly visible spiritual “lantern” to strategically anchor the corner of 30th Street and Cold Spring Road. The desire was to create a facility with two equally important front doors (north campus/pedestrian entry and the west visitor/car entry). The building engages the site through an ellipse whose edges define both building and site elements, providing a powerful linkage. At its building interface, it creates a strong curvilinear circulation spine identified with stair towers at the buildings west and north sides.










AIA Indiana Design Award

Honor Award

Indiana University Rotary Building

Submission Category: Preservation/Adaptive Reuse/Renovation
Project Type (Specify Use of Building): Office Space
Project Address: 702 Rotary Circle Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
Date of Substantial Completion: May 2014

The IU School of Medicine educates the second largest medical student body in the USA. The school’s commitment to excellence in education is manifest in the preservation and expansion of the Historic Rotary Building, located at the heart of the IUPUI Campus. It occupies a key property between the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital and the modern Riley Children’s Hospital. One of IUPUI’s long-lost treasures, Ball Gardens—designed by the renowned Olmsted Brothers—is located to the south and was restored simultaneously under a separate contract. The 1931 structure, originally designed as the Children’s Convalescent Home, is one of the few remaining historic buildings on campus and an important backdrop to the gardens.

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The primary project goals included:

• Preserve the distinctive character of the building and capture its spirit.
• Transform this jewel of a building into a modern office facility for the IU School of Medicine.
• Make the building a distinctive campus asset in its setting among the new Eskenazi Hospital, Riley Children’s Hospital, and the restored gardens.

The restoration/adaptive reuse maintains the historic fabric of the building, maximizes connectivity to the campus, and gracefully integrates modern office and meeting space. The enclosed sun porch was removed to restore the front porch to its original look and feel at the main entrance. Directly above, an original second floor roof terrace was re-created and overlooks Ball Gardens. To further enhance the experience of being part of the campus, pathways accessing the site from all directions were re-established.

The look and feel of the original windows—including re-creating the window frame face profiles while integrating vision glass into the upper frames—helped make the historically sensitive renovation possible and brought natural daylight deeper into each floor plate. Other exterior strategies included the replacement of failing exterior metals with historically correct metal profiles and colors, and the restoration of the brick and limestone masonry to a fully watertight condition.

Interior space planning was challenged by the need to meet multiple program needs for a variety of users in the School of Medicine. The new layout has creative open office solutions and enclosed offices within the existing building framework. A new communicating stair is a focal element, and assists with wayfinding. The third floor ceilings were opened up to express the rooflines within the workspace.

Other interior strategies included preserving the historic Rotary emblem and reincorporating it into the floor tile of the public space; pulling colors, materials, and textures from the building’s exterior, specifically the copper, through the project’s modern interior space; and historic windows were integral in creating an open office concept with incidental seating around natural light sources.

The new building interior features a timeless, modern environment with a sophisticated material palette to enhance the existing historical character. The railing on the new communicating stair takes its cues from the rail design of the existing egress stair. Existing wood stain color and detailing informed new wall paneling in public areas. When existing interior wood windows were uncovered during selective demolition work, the design was adjusted and the windows were refinished. Plaster ceiling coffers and crown mouldings were also restored.

Utility routing for multiple campus structures runs through and around the building. The Team worked closely with campus facilities directors to pre-plan all current and future routing and to design the project phasing and shut-off switchover schedule. With no room to expand, crawl spaces under and adjacent to the basement were utilized to relocate utilities and create lower level occupiable space. Energy usage was optimized through the integration of a highly efficient, active chilled beam system supported by campus utilities, helping to achieve LEED Silver Certification or higher while meeting a project goal. The high-efficiency heating and cooling systems were designed to outperform the ASHRAE 90.1 baseline for existing buildings by 40%. Approximately 90% of the building lighting is from an LED source and 98% of the building is equipped with motion sensor-controlled lighting.

Creating a new home for the School of Medicine to relocate offices for the Center for Global Health, the Office of Medical Education and the Department of Medicine Divisions of Pulmonary, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, fulfills the third goal of making the Rotary Building a distinctive campus asset — because these professionals will be at the new crossroads of an exciting and expanded medical campus.

In the end, the School of Medicine has a technology-forward facility with new, modern interior functionality for faculty and students, while maintaining its historic character.