On Monday, everyone looked to the sky as the Ash Skyline Plaza hit another milestone. A topping out ceremony marked the placement of the final steel beam and celebrated a job well done as construction remains on target.
Ash Brokerage CEO Tim Ash shared his gratitude for all involved. “It’s taken a lot of effort to get here, and there’s a lot more to go, but hard work always pays off in the end. I firmly believe that,” he said. “I could not be more thankful or grateful than I am right now.”
During the ceremony, the beam was signed by many project representatives – individuals from Ash Brokerage, the City of Fort Wayne, Weigand Construction, MSKTD and Associates, and Hoch Associates. It was then lifted 140 feet into the air and secured atop what will become the building’s distinguishing three-story atrium on the southeast corner.
Larry Weigand, CEO of Weigand Construction, explained the significance of the beam, which was adorned with a small evergreen tree and American flag. The tree, he said, is based on Scandinavian and Native American tradition that nothing man-made should be at the highest point of the structure – it also symbolizes continued luck and growth. The flag is a symbol of patriotism, the American dream, and gratitude for those who defend our future.
When the beam is signed, the future inhabitants become a part the building, added Weigand, who said to-date, more than 182,000 man-hours have gone into the project. He thanked every tradesman and worker who’s been involved, and also noted their excellent safety record on the site. The project’s recordable incident rate is 2.2, which Weigand said is half the state and national average.
The Ash Brokerage portion of the project, which includes its three-story headquarters, a level of commercial space for lease and street-level retail space, is marked for completion in May 2016. The city-owned parking garage is on target for completion in December of this year.
More than 20 representatives of Ash Brokerage were on site to witness Monday’s ceremony and take a private tour of their future headquarters. “Fort Wayne is going to be enriched by having our people downtown,” Tim Ash said, adding he hopes the project inspires others in the city. “It’s about impacting our community and impacting lives, and that’s what our company is all about.”
Mayor Tom Henry also discussed the project’s significance in downtown Fort Wayne, noting the Ash Skyline Plaza is about making the city “a point of destination” for residents, businesses and tourist alike. “Fort Wayne is worth investing in – it’s worth a second look,” he said.
It feels like fall in downtown Fort Wayne, and the Ash Skyline Plaza is looking great in the autumn sunlight! Steel erection for the soon-to-be home for Ash Brokerage is nearly complete and will bring the building to its topping out point very soon.
Check out the photo of today's sunrise from the OxBlue Construction Camera - we can't wait to view it from the inside! Also below is an all-angles look at the building progress. We can definitely see crews moving quickly to stay on target for the May 2016 completion. Thank you for all your hard work!
With the city-owned parking garage nearing completion, the Ash Skyline Plaza is really starting to take shape! You don't have to visualize the first five levels any more - you can see them for yourself. Though work remains, the last pieces of pre-cast concrete for the garage were placed Friday, Aug. 7, closing off the southwest corner of the structure.
On top of the garage, work continues on the commercial space for lease (level six) and the Ash Brokerage headquarters (levels seven, eight and nine). Just last week, steel started going into place on the south end of those levels, and the final pieces of steel are scheduled to be in place this fall.
Last week, we got a great look at our project from the inside.
First, our photographer and videographer, Dean Oyer and Toby Robles, got an exclusive tour of the Ash Skyline Plaza, walking through the construction site with Weigand Contsturction’s safety manager, Dan Turzillo, and Stacy Hanna, Weigand marketing coordinator.
Then, Tim Ash and his family got a private tour of the building over the weekend. Check out this picture of Tim with his wife, Libby, and daughters, Lauren and Natasha.
Right now, there are just over 100 workers on the site. Once work moves indoors, however, that number is expected to double or triple!
Concrete is seeing some of the biggest action in the building right now. The white plastic sheeting seen in the parking garage helps somewhat control the process – it keeps the concrete from drying out unevenly as it cures.
On the sixth floor of the building (the top of the parking garage), you can see yellow plastic sheeting with insulated foam underneath. More concrete is being poured directly over that insulation and plastic, which helps keep the building insulated since the exposed parking garage is directly below.
The Big Ash Crane is still in the middle of the action (literally). We already told you how massive this thing is, so here are a few things you may not know:
The Fort Wayne (or should we say Fort Rain?) skyline hasn't been as sunny as we'd hoped this summer. But despite all the precipitation, construction is on track at the Ash Skyline Plaza. Crews are five to seven days behind schedule, but they're confident they'll be able to catch up before our target completion in April ... just in time for spring showers, right? At least we'll be inside our new home!
Check out our latest photos of the site.
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