After weeks of digging down into the ground, construction of the Ash Skyline Plaza is finally going up! Work on the city-owned parking garage, which will be the base of the project, is currently underway, and work on the Ash Brokerage headquarters is projected to begin in April 2015.
Crews have removed more than 52,000 cubic yards of dirt from the site with an average of 300 loads removed daily. Now, 145 40-foot tall “I” beams are being installed as part of the earth retention system.
Leaders say the project is full steam ahead, despite last week’s announcement that Hanning & Bean would discontinue its involvement. Several developers have already stepped forward with interest in the project, and officials are confident a residential component will still be a part of this collaborative effort to live, work and play in downtown Fort Wayne.
Last week also marked a milestone for Weigand Construction, Ash Brokerage, the Indiana Department of Labor and the City of Fort Wayne. A partnership-signing ceremony was held at the site to mark all parties’ commitment to workers’ health and safety.
The groundwork for Ash Brokerage's future headquarters is continuing to progress.
The pile of rubble in the photo from July 15(below) is long gone. Demolition has been completed and crews are working on the foundation for the city's parking garage. The four-story garage will provide the base for the Ash Brokerage section of the project. According to WANE TV, at least 1,300 truck loads of dirt have been removed from the project site.
Above: July 15 - A pile of bricks was all that was left of the buildings razed to make way for the future. Courtesy of Weigand Construction.
By July 30, the site was cleared and ready for heavy equipment to come in and start digging the foundation for the garage.
Above: July 30 - All cleaned up and ready to go
Activity picked up in August, as crews worked hard create the footprint of the parking garage. Check out this time-lapse video of the progress, created by our future across-the-street neighbors, Punch Films.
Curious how the action is progressing? Check out this camera provided by Weigand Construction!
You can see what the project looks like today, or even jump back in time to see how things looked a month ago. Or, hit the play button to see a time-lapse view! Check it out!
There are plenty of cameras capturing the action as it unfolds. Indiana's News Center has a Skyview weather cam in the area that also overlooks the construction site. While it's focused on the sky, it shows action on the ground as well. Check out a shot from July 15.
Missed the groundbreaking ceremony? Check out the highlight video below!
Our CEO, Tim Ash, even drove the heavy machinery to get things started!
In the evening, the Ash staff gathered for pizza and beer to celebrate the start of our new home.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On June 12, Ash Brokerage officially broke ground on its new headquarters, the Ash Skyline Plaza, signaling growth for the company, its partners and the city of Fort Wayne.
The ceremony came after three years of dreaming, designing and planning a new home for the nation’s largest independently owned insurance brokerage firm. Partnerships with city officials and local developer Hanning & Bean have turned the project into a collaboration that will not only change the city skyline but also bring a revitalized spirit to the community.
CEO Tim Ash said he hopes others in Fort Wayne and in the financial services industry will be inspired to invest in their community. “This is about being a part of the community, about giving back to Fort Wayne,” he said at the groundbreaking ceremony, adding he was grateful to see the project coming to life.
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry commended Ash and all who had been involved in the project. “Today is another beautiful day in Fort Wayne. This project will bring momentum and enthusiasm back to our city.”
The building, which will occupy almost an entire city block, will include several elements:
In addition to Ash Brokerage’s $29 million investment in the project, Hanning & Bean will contribute $30 million for its tower, and the city approved an investment of $39 million for the parking garage, land and demolition of existing buildings.
The company will move its 200 Fort Wayne employees to the new building and plans to add 115 more. Ash Brokerage has other offices and employees located throughout the United States. Construction is projected to be complete in late 2016.
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