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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 Weddle Construction Co. Inc., Bloomington, Ind., is building. “The architectural style is a mixture of smooth-face cut limestone panels 2 feet wide, but their heights vary,” explains John Ford, senior project manager. “Some are 1 to 2 feet high, randomly placed for the character of the building. For the rock-face limestone, they hand-chiseled 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. classroom, the seats are mobile. “All the concrete foundation had to be excavated down to rock, and then filled back with concrete for all our footings,” he continues. “Some of our excavations varied from 8 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 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.” Ford explains that this means 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 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM DECEMBER 2009
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Product Showcase: Hand Tools
F&R Construction Group Inc.
Suffolk Construction: Met 2
Weitz Co.: Solaris at Crossroads
Chance Construction Co.
Allied Building Products Corp.
Bird Construction Co. Inc.: Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
Broccolini Construction Inc.: EDC Headquarters
CJ Pink Ltd.
Cobra Corporate Management Inc.
DDRM: The St. Regis Deer Crest Resort
T.N. Ward Co.
EllisDon: North Park Quad Pad Arena
Blumenfeld Development Group & Forrest City Ratner – East River Plaza
Clark Construction: Michigan International Speedway
Morton Buildings Inc.
Triangle Associates Inc.: The Gallery on Fulton
Vogel Bros. Building Co.
Walsh Construction: Mercy Corps.
Wasatch Advantage Group: San Tropez
John W. Danforth Co.
Shore Environmental LLC
American Civil Constructors Inc.
Archer Western: I-75/I-475 Reconstruction
Cleland Site Prep Inc.
Delaware DOT: Indian River Inlet Bridge
Goodfellow Bros. Inc.
International Construction Equipment Inc.
Kiewit Pacific Co.: SR 519 – Seattle Intermodal Access Project
Plaza Construction Corp.
B. Gottardo Construction Ltd.
Bergmann Associates: Walkway Over The Hudson
Craig Olden Inc.
G.M. Sipes Construction Inc.
Idaho Sand & Gravel Co.: Ten- Mile Interchange
Malcom Drilling Co. Inc.
Mid Eastern Buildings Inc.: Southampton Wastewater Treatment Plant
Minnesota Department of Transportation: I35W Crosstown/ Urban Partnership
Nicholson Construction Co.
Papich Construction Co. Inc.: Route 46 Expansion Project
Tilcon New York Inc.: Interstate
Tyam Excavation and Shoring Ltd.
W.C. English Inc.: U.S. 321
West Electric Corp.
Turner Construction Co.: Eastern High School
Gafcon Inc.: Carlsbad High School Modernization Project
DASNY: Gouverneur Healthcare Services
Stuart Olson: University of Lethbridge Markin Hall
University of Houston Student Housing
HDR Architecture Inc.
Marshall-Lee Construction Corp.
RA-LIN & Associates
Suffolk Construction: Boston Renaissance Charter School
Suffolk Construction: FIU School of International and Public Affairs
Tower Construction: Huntington Memorial Hospital expansion
Absher Construction Co.: Chief Sealth High School and Denny International Middle School
Casey Middle School
Cedar Ridge High School
Clark: Lowell Reception Center
Gilbane/Banks Joint Venture: Coppin State University
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.: FORSCOM/USARC New Headquarters
Shaw Construction: Mesa State College Student Center
Shiel Sexton: Butler University
SpawGlass Contractors Inc.: Austin Community College Rio Grande Campus Parking Garage
Stuart Olson: New Edmonton Remand Centre
The Christman Co.
Turner Construction Co
Weddle Construction Ltd.
Kite Realty Group Trust: Eddy Street Commons at NotreDame
Last Look: DANSY
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