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Improving our Built Environment

Center Grove High School Renovation, Greenwood
Center Grove High School Renovation, Greenwood
CRG Residential Headquarters Expansion, Carmel
CRG Residential Headquarters Expansion, Carmel
Boy Scouts of America Skip + Alex Lange Innovation Center, Lawrence
Boy Scouts of America Skip + Alex Lange Innovation Center, Lawrence
The Collective at Midtown, Carmel
The Collective at Midtown, Carmel
Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Center, South Bend
Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Center, South Bend
Moon Drops Distillery, Fortville
Moon Drops Distillery, Fortville
University of Indianapolis Schwitzer Student Center, Indianapolis
University of Indianapolis Schwitzer Student Center, Indianapolis
Eight Eleven Group National Headquarters, Indianapolis
Eight Eleven Group National Headquarters, Indianapolis
The architecture, engineering, and construction community in Indiana has remained steadfast in its commitment to producing high-quality projects across the state in 2023. The March 2023 installment of “Improving our Built Environment” places a spotlight on a handful of local projects which recently broke ground or completed construction.
BEEBE Design: Center Grove High School Renovation, Greenwood
Center Grove Schools welcomed students back to a new two-story art department wing this year. These new spaces designed by BEEBE Design | RATIO were created within the building envelope of the former high school natatorium, which had been taken offline when the new natatorium was opened.

Included within the new art department is a two-story gallery and presentation space overlooking the student entry, a pottery studio, a 3D studio, a fiber art studio, three 2D studios, a digital creation lab, and a full photography studio with a darkroom. Also included within this former natatorium space is a dedicated high school wrestling room, which makes use of the previously existing natatorium locker rooms as dedicated wrestling locker rooms.

The exterior of the building replaced dated glass block panels with new two-story curtainwall, complete with solar shading panels to increase soft indirect natural light and reflect the new energy and creativity into the learning spaces within.

CRG Residential: Headquarters Expansion, Carmel
In recognition of its 30th anniversary and recent growth, CRG Residential commenced construction of a 16,000-square-foot headquarters expansion to accommodate the need for additional office space, a warehouse, and a training facility. Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard and Carmel Redevelopment Director Henry Mestetsky joined the CRG team in January at its City Center Drive facility to celebrate the record year of expansion with a ceremonial groundbreaking.

“We are excited for continued internal growth at CRG so that we can provide top-of-the-line multifamily construction and development services to communities throughout the Eastern half of the U.S.,” said CRG CEO Chris Reid. “This latest addition will provide space for nearly 25 new offices that will bring new jobs to our city.”

The latest expansion project comes on the heels of a 2020 office redevelopment that added 20 offices to CRG headquarters. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2023.

Garmong Construction: Boy Scouts of America Skip + Alex Lange Innovation Center, Lawrence
Boy Scouts of America Camp Belzer recently hosted a successful ribbon-cutting for the renovation and addition to their Lawrence facility. Garmong Construction served as construction manager for the renovation and addition to this 1930s facility.
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The renovation features two classroom spaces, rock climbing walls, ropes courses, and an indoor archery range. The addition includes a new playground, a road around the campus, a parking lot, cart racks, and a new entry plaza.

KBSO Consulting and Studio M Architecture & Planning: The Collective at Midtown, Carmel
Named The Collective at Midtown, Studio M’s new headquarters will be located on the northeast corner of Veterans Way and 3rd Street SW in Carmel. The building will be co-owned with KBSO Consulting, an engineering firm that Studio M often works alongside.

The three-story, 30,000-square-foot building is scheduled to be complete by the first quarter of 2023. Studio M plans to occupy the second floor, with KBSO Consulting occupying to the new building’s third floor. The first floor will include a lobby, the Studio M Interiors Team, the Studio M Makershop, and future retail or commercial space for lease.

Meticulous Design + Architecture: Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Center, South Bend
This January, Meticulous joined the South Bend community for a historic groundbreaking ceremony for the new Martin Luther King Jr Dream Center. The inspirational design was guided by the community’s vision to create a relevant and impactful, inclusive, excellent, and sustainable center where intergenerational programming will take place on the west side of South Bend.

For the groundbreaking, the community gathered for a last celebration in the existing building, where the history of the center was honored, and the plans for the new building were unveiled. This new Dream Center embodies Meticulous’ commitment to meaningful, purposeful, and impactful work that uplifts humanity.

Construction for this 40,000-square-foot project began in January 2023.

Meyer Najem and Curran Architecture: Moon Drops Distillery, Fortville
Moon Drops Distillery is a family-owned distillery and tasting room that specializes in bourbon, vodka, rum, moonshine, and other crafted spirits. Located in Fortville, Indiana, Moon Drops’ small town, community values are stirred into every ounce of their business model, which was founded on supporting local businesses and ensuring their product is made in America – from grain to glass.

The Meyer Najem Special Projects Division partnered with Curran Architecture to bring Founder and President Mark Pressley’s vision to life, creating a rustic tasting room and bar that features stone accents, moody lighting, concrete floors, and speakeasy-style barrel chairs.

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The 3,200-square-foot build-out was completed inside the distillery’s 9,000-square-foot active production facility that houses barrels, copper sills, fermenting tanks, and other essential equipment. Collaborating closely with Moon Drop’s staff, the Meyer Najem team placed emphasis on organization and efficiency, ensuring the distillery’s production was not affected. In turn, construction was completed in just under three months, allowing Moon Drops Distillery to successfully open their tasting room to the public in early December 2022.

RATIO Design: University of Indianapolis Schwitzer Student Center, Indianapolis
A recent renovation to the second floor of Schwitzer Student Center at the University of Indianapolis (UIndy) allows students, faculty, and staff to achieve their 2023 health, wellness, and education goals by tapping into university resources.

With nearly 40 percent of UIndy graduates going on to work in a healthcare-related field, this space encourages applied learning experiences for students studying health-related disciplines.

The 10,000-square-foot shared space serves as a central hub for students and the athletic and dietetics departments. In addition, the fitness area doubles as lab space for the Kinesiology program.

Studio M Architecture & Planning: Eight Eleven Group National Headquarters, Indianapolis
Fronting on College Avenue in Broad Ripple Village, the 121,000-square-foot mixed-use facility serves as the national headquarters for Eight Eleven Group. The consulting firm holds true to its roots by remaining in the Broad Ripple area where it first began by occupying the office building.

The apartment building features dedicated retail and restaurant space on its first floor with the housing portion being on the upper four levels. Each of the fourth-floor apartments include access to private roof deck space.

Studio M Architecture & Planning collaborated with Midtown Development Partners LLC, KBSO Consulting, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc., and OfficeWorks to create this national headquarters facility for Eight Eleven Group.

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Editor’s Note: Showcase your firm’s project on the next installment of ‘Improving our Built Environment’ by contacting Associate Publisher Jack Quigley at jack@acp-mail.com.

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