Local manager Joel Weinzierl, Wanamaker, has been on the job a month, working on the setup and hiring. “Everyone is from around here. We have a great group.”
The lower level of 10,000 square feet contains storage space; freezers; a changing room for ARAMARK employees; heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment; and a future IT area.
The 10-month-long project cost $4.8 million, according to Dickey. It took about six weeks longer than estimated to finish due to wet weather. “The rainfall was 250 percent above (usual) numbers for the first quarter.”
Behind the expansion were “wonderful companies,” he noted. Architect Blake Wagner and project manager Charles Bellinger both work for InterDesign, Indianapolis. The construction manager was Messer Construction, Cincinnati. One local subcontractor, Ollier Masonry, Batesville, participated.
Grass and flowers – azaleas, petunias, salvias, begonias, geraniums and roses – have been planted. Landscaping was completed internally by director of administrative services Tim Dietz and his staff, with expertise from JP Landscaping, Batesville, and The Plant Doctor, Metamora.
At the June 22, 2011, groundbreaking, the president said, “We very much look forward to sharing this facility. It’s really going to be a community center .... At nights and weekends, I think the community will get a lot of use out of it.” One public event has been scheduled so far, the May 19 Rural Alliance for the Arts auction.
On the other hand, at least one Hill-Rom event is slated for each workday over the next three months. For instance, a Relay for Life company fundraiser and various product displays are planned.
Morale will be lifted during Friday afternoon grillouts and Indianapolis 500-themed events.