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A new generation of business and engineering students will benefit from Weddle Construction’s work for the University of Southern Indiana. « Institutional | WEDDLE CONSTRUCTION CO. INC. Staying True to School V WEDDLE CONSTRUCTION ENJOYS ITS WORK WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN INDIANA. BY RUSS GAGER ariety is the spice of life, and if architecture reflects life, the variety of a building’s materials and design can stimulate the fertile minds of university students. Reflecting this variety is the new Business and Engineering Center at the University of Southern Indiana (USI), Evansville, which Bloomington, Ind.-based Weddle Construction Co. Inc. is building. “The architectural style is a mixture of smooth-face cut limestone panels 2 feet wide, but their heights vary,” Senior Project Manager John Ford explains. “Some are 1 to 2 feet high, randomly placed for the character of the building. For the rock-face limestone, they handchiseled limestone pieces 8 inches tall and 30 inches tall – so it looks like a shearcut from rock – and they lay it like a stone or brick veneer. Those are the two major portions of the exterior building.” But those are not all the exterior materials being employed on this building. “More than one-third is stacked brick veneer in three different colors arranged in panels,” Ford adds. Additionally, two types of panels – one that simulates wood grain and another that looks like clear, anodized aluminum – top off the exterior treatment. The aluminum panels match the continuous bands of knockout windows. Ford explains. “All the concrete foundation had to be excavated down to rock, and then filled back with concrete for all our footings. Some of our excavations varied from eight to 26 feet deep to get to a sound rock bearing.” The unusual design of the building continues with its shape. It is four stories tall, but the fourth story has only half the floor area of each of the other floors. “It is not a rectangular building,” Ford points out. “It has a 25-degree slant to it. The north and south walls are parallel to each other, and east and west walls are parallel to each other, but are skewed at an angle – they’re not a perfect 90 degrees.” Weddle’s contract for the Business and Engineering Center amounts to $17 million. “We’re the prime general contractor, but the other two contractors are prime to the owner,” Ford explains. His company still supervises the other two prime contractors, one of whom does the elec- Heavy Floors The center has a welded steel frame with concrete and metal deck floor construction. “They don’t use any bar joists for the floor slab system – it’s all structural beams like hospital work, where they make it very heavy,” Ford points out. “There’s a lot of students in the tiered classrooms, so the floor loading is a little heavier than normal. “The concrete is a little heavier, and the way the seating is confined in rows, you fit more people in a tiered seating classroom, because you’re confined to a fixed spot. Whereas, in a normal, flat classroom, the seats are mobile,” CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM JANUARY 2010
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Construction Today - January 2010
Metrus Construction Limited: Le Parc Tower II
CJ Pink Ltd.
Costello Dismantling Co. Inc.
Allied Building Products Corp.
IDEURBAN: The St. Regis Mexico City
Jersen Construction Group
Killian Construction Co.: The Westin Hotel
Legacy Partners Residential: Riverpark
Strathcona Mechanical Ltd.
Tilton Pacific Construction Inc.
On the Cover
Product Showcase: Software and New Technology
Nicholson Construction Co.
Gilchrist Construction Co.
Turner Construction Co.: MIC Rental Car Center
Union Concrete Construction: Outer Harbor Parkway Project
D’Onofrio General Contractors Corp.
Worldwide Rental Services
AmQuip Crane Corp.
EIC Associates Inc.
Intercounty Paving Associates LLC: N.Y. Route 112
Matrix Design Group
Nicholson Construction Co.: Canton Dam
Wilson & Company Inc. Engineers and Architects: Rail Division
Group Lepine Ltd.
Laurysen Kitchens Ltd.
Aspen Ridge Homes: Vu Living
Walsh Construction: Sherman Replacement Hospital
PortSide Builders Inc.
Summit Builders Construction Co.: Classic Residence at Silverstone
Keystone Construction Corp.: Carmel Arts District Lofts
HDR Architecture Inc.
Brasfield & Gorrie LLC
Dimeo Construction Co.
EllisDon: North Park Quad Pad Arena
CANA Construction: TELUS World of Science
Cornerstone General Contractors Inc.
Harvey-Cleary Builders: City of Austin Public Safety Training Facility
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.: Granada Hills High School
Pirtle Construction Co.: City of Miami College
Sundt: East Contra Costa
Taylor & Parrish Inc.: Carole Weinstein International Center
Turner Construction Co.: Nationwide Children's Hospital
Turner Construction Co.: Duval Unified County Courthouse Facility
Weddle Brothers Construction Co. Inc.
AP Construction Inc.: Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School
The Boldt Co.: Luther Midelfort Hospital Expansion
Choate Construction: NGCSU Projects
Donley’s LLC: Bavaro Hall at the University of Virginia
EllisDon: Woodstock General Hospital
McCarty Corp.: Maneuver Center of Excellence Headquarters
Munlake Contractors Inc.
Murray Company: Kiowa Country Memorial Hospital
River City Construction LLC
Skyline Roofing Ltd.
SpawGlass: Austin Community College Round Rock Campus
W.E. O’Neil Construction: Downtown Women's Center Project
CANA Construction: SMART Technologies
Ecco III Enterprises Inc.
G.W. Peoples Contracting Co.
ARCO/Murray National Construction Co. Inc.
Baker Electric Inc.
Chester Bross Construction Co.
Titan Wrecking & Environmental LLC
Last Look: Urban Landmarks
Construction Today - January 2010