Donnie Lambert joined the Fetters team in March as Director of Masonry. I finally managed to snag him for 5 minutes to take a photo! Donnie has been a mason since 1990 and has always enjoyed working with his hands. You will see him on the jobsites most of the time and helping bring in and retain great employees. For fun, Donnie loves taking spur of the moment trips and canoeing and hiking with his family. If he isn’t here, he’s working on projects around the house. Take a moment to welcome him to our team and let him know we are glad to have him with us!
We are pleased to welcome Lindsey Greathouse to the Fetters team. She is from a small town west of Nashville, TN. She graduated this spring from Miami University of Ohio with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Her experience at Primus Builders Inc. as a Mechanical Design Intern for one summer and a Project Management intern for the next has helped lead her to her position as Assistant Project Manager with Fetters. Lindsey also spent 5 weeks in Arizona with Primus learning the trades in the field. Her and her fiancé Jon love spending time with their pups and munching down on some good food! We are very happy to have Lindsey on the team with us!
Fetters Construction is close to finishing up their carpentry package at Promenade Park in Fort Wayne. The project surrounds the St. Mary’s River and includes a pavilion, an elevated canopy trail and an amphitheater. The project includes numerous unique carpentry features such as IPE decks, Cedar tongue and groove, and a reclaimed wood wall. Austin Conrad, Khris Royer and Eric Garner are Fetters’ lead contacts on the project. The creation will be complete in time for the grand opening on June 21st.
You can get a bird’s eye view of the construction in progress provided by Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly.
After finishing his education and gaining some field experience, we welcome back Kyle Lagemann to the Fetters team as an Assistant Project Manager! Kyle interned with us for 3 semesters while completing school. He has an Associate’s Degree (2016) and a Bachelor’s Degree (2018) in Construction Engineering Technology as well as an Associate’s Degree in Civil Engineering (2018). Kyle spent 5 years in the field in various aspects of construction; including commercial roofing and commercial carpentry. He loves spending time outside with his wife Erica and 1 year old son Neal. We are very glad to have Kyle back with the Fetters team!
Tyler has recently joined the Fetters team as an Estimator. He graduated from Manchester University and has spent 11 years in Estimating and Project Management for commercial masonry construction. Tyler also spent 2 years on site working. He coaches in his free time as well as spends time with his wife and 4 children. We are very excited to have Tyler join our team!
Fetters Construction’s Safety Director, Carl Swalls, is investing his time to further his education and qualifications to ensure safe work for everyone. Carl has acquired his Associate Safety Professional (ASP) and Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certifications. Fetters is very proud of Carl’s ambition to continue to use his experience and education to create a safe work environment and in supporting the company’s goals.
Fetters Construction teamed up with 11 students from DeKalb High School to plan, design and construct a CanStruction project at the Glenbrook Mall. The theme for this year’s program is Generations and the students decided to display a hand holding an Ipod Generation 1, as they were assigned the decade beginning with the year 2000. Over 4,000 cans of food were used and they will all be donated to the Community Harvest Food Bank when the structure comes down Sunday April 29th. Many members of the Fetters Construction team helped on the project including; Tim Ehlerding, Samantha Dunn, Amber Souder, Austin Conrad, James Watson, George Mouchaham, and Denise DeMuyt.
The new East Noble Middle School building still is mostly concrete and cinder blocks inside at
this point, but the project remains on schedule to open in fall 2018.
The East Noble School Corp. Board of Trustees toured the building Wednesday, and middle school teachers and staff got a sneak peek at the progress Saturday afternoon as Fetters
Construction continues work on the $38.8 million project.
The main takeaway is that the project is on schedule for an August 2018 opening, Business Manager Brian Leitch told staff members at one point during the tour.
“They’ll be working all winter long,” Leitch said. “They are on schedule. They will be done in time for the new school year.”
Voters approved the new middle school by referendum in November 2015, with 63 percent of ballots cast supporting the project and 37 percent opposing it. That was a year after a
middle school construction proposal was narrowly voted down by a mere 97 ballots.
East Noble Middle School Principal Andy Deming led two tours Saturday at the new school building on Drake Road, showing off the work in progress on the gymnasium, auxiliary gym, lunchroom hallways, classrooms, office, front foyer and activity rooms.
Workers have done a lot on the exterior, laying bricks and closing up the building ahead of the winter weather, while the interior still is mostly open space at this point.
But it didn’t take staff long to realize they’re getting something in the new building that they’re missing at the current middle school at 401 E. Diamond St. in Kendallville: space. At several stops on the tours, teachers took notice of the size of spaces designated for things like art rooms, home economics or activity rooms.
The new middle school also will have a full-size gym, auxiliary gym, separate wrestling room and a cafetorium with more space and double the available lunch lines.
One project that should be wrapped up soon is the artificial turf on the football field. Workers recently sewed into place the field surface — alternating sections of light and dark green grass, white line markings, blue end zones and a vibrant blue and gold EN logo at midfield — and will be laying down rubber pellets to cushion the field and then fluff up the turf.
The contractor installing the field is out of Texas and hopes to be completed in a week or two.
“There are guys working out on the field right now. Their goal is to be done by Thanksgiving so they can go home and be with their families,” Leitch said.
The football field will be encompassed by an eight-lane track and areas for track-and-field events, including the high jump and long jump.
The bleachers and press box already are in place, and the stands can hold more than 1,000 fans.
Steve Garbacz, KPC Media
Fetters Construction is currently working on part of Phase 1 of the Riverfront Development project in downtown Fort Wayne. The Journal Gazette featured a photo of the Fetters crew working on foundations this past Friday.
Fetters Construction created a base for an art piece that will be displayed at the Auburn Waterloo Trail next to the pavilion. Thank you to WKM & Associates for the assistance on design work.