F.A. Wilhelm Construction Company Newsletter for Winter 2014.

The art of renovating an art museum: Wilhelm tackles $38 million expansion

The Speed Art Museum in Louisville is Kentucky’s oldest and largest art museum. Founded in 1925, it is known for its “art experiences” and international collections.
Wilhelm Construction is in the midst of a $38 million construction management contract to expand the museum, integrating nature, more exhibition space, and a new Art Park and public piazza.
Scheduled for completion by October 2015, the project includes construction of a new 62,500-square-foot building and an addition to an existing building, which will double the overall square footage and nearly triple the gallery space. The expansion will create more space for exhibitions, new contemporary art galleries, a museum shop, and a multifunctional pavilion for performances, lectures and entertaining.

Expanding an art museum is an art itself. Chris French, operations manager, and John Grosvenor, project manager, head up this impressive project which includes three phases.
With Phase I already complete, Phase II includes the construction of the new north building. It involves the demolition of the existing 1972 addition art galleries and kitchen area. In its place, a 63,000-square-foot concrete and structural steel-framed museum art gallery and visitor center with a café and catering capabilities are being added. Wilhelm is self-performing the concrete and architectural board form walls, and the steel division is erecting the structural steel. Poynter Sheet Metal is performing the HVAC.
Phase III includes the south building and has two segments. The first includes the addition of a 12,000-square-foot concrete and structural steel framed museum gallery with a 140-seat theater. Wilhelm is self-performing the concrete and structural steel on this portion of the project as well.
For an artistic touch, both the north and south buildings are wrapped in aluminum and steel-framed curtainwall with custom fritted glass and custom corrugated metal panels, as if one large beautiful blanket of glittering glass was wrapped clear around the buildings. This creates a transparent effect, opening up the museum to the community.
Only one vendor can produce the custom frit glass.
“It is dual reflective in a shape and pattern still under design,” Grosvenor said. “It will be mounted in a custom steel framed curtainwall system.”
The second portion of Phase III includes a 40,000-square-foot interior renovation of the existing museum art galleries, office and back of house spaces.

French and Grosvenor agree the most important part of this intricate project has been in the planning.

“Wilhelm has been working with the museum and architect, K. Norman Berry Associates Architects, on budgeting, estimating and scheduling the entire project,” French said.
Another unique feature of this project is the architectural board formed walls.
“They’ve never been built with this exact design,” Grosvenor said. “Our team created more than twenty mock-ups with various design changes and concepts incorporated to achieve the look that has been approved.”
Work completed thus far includes the Enabling Project, which consisted of site clearing and demolition, a new entrance to the parking garage, revised utility routing and an underground detention system for the storm drainage. Also completed is the central utility building, which provides steam and chilled water for the existing building as well as new north and south additions.
While Wilhelm progresses in its management of this impressive project, the art museum has closed and moved to a temporary home in downtown Louisville’s NuLu district. The museum is still actively introducing new exhibits and family activities while staff and patrons anxiously await the completion of the museum’s new home.

The museum’s reopening is scheduled for March 2016.
Wilhelm performs maintenance work on historical building

F.A. Wilhelm is currently performing maintenance work on the historic Cerealine Building in Columbus, Indiana.
Cerealine, uncooked flakes which make corn grits, was a popular cereal with consumers in the 19th century and the first dry breakfast food. Indiana was a leader in manufacturing corn products in the late 1800s, right when railroads and new technology opened national markets to Midwest producers. 
A six-story, red brick building built in the late 1800s, the building is part of the Cummins Corporate Office Building Complex and serves as a cafeteria and conference space for Cummins employees. It originally served as Cummins’ first factory and administrative offices. In fact, the building was given a state historical marker by the Indiana Historical Bureau in August 2013.
Wilhelm serves as general contractor and is performing a complete overhaul of the mechanical system, as well as replacing windows and the roof.
According to Jeremy Putnam, project manager, a historical building like Cerealine does not pose any particular challenges but its location does. It is surrounded on three sides by a pond.
“Planning out scaffolding locations in order to replace windows on the sixth floor while moving air handling units into the building was challenging,” Putnam said. “We cut a hole in the roof to lift the units over the pond and get them through the roof.”
Putnam said the main part of the work is starting now as Wilhelm begins replacing windows, gutters, soffit, corbel and trim.
Michael Marciano, Project Manager Facilities Americas for Cummins Inc., has been pleased with Wilhelm’s work in the past and has full confidence in the company to complete this work well and on time.
“They did good work on our Irwin Office Building, so while other contractors did bid for this project, it almost came natural to award it to Wilhelm,” Marciano said. “They are very professional and are willing to go above and beyond for their customers. They have proven that.”
The project will be finished in February 2014.
New Hires

Derek Burdick

Project Manager

Terry Liphard, 10 years

"My 10 years with Wilhelm have been gratifying for me and my family. I have mainly worked on projects for the Resource Group. I enjoy building contacts with the customer so Wilhelm is called back for repeat projects. The one thing that stands out to me is how Wilhelm is a family; we help each other complete a project no matter what!"


Reflecting back, forging ahead: Phil Kenney's Presidential review

As we close out our 90th anniversary year, I want to thank all of the employees and their families for another safe, successful year. In May, we celebrated our anniversary with clients and business partners at a wonderful reception at the Eiteljorg Museum. In June, we enjoyed a gathering at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis with employees and their families. The comments received at these events reinforced why Wilhelm has been successful for 90 years.  The support of our families allows all of us to work the many hours required to provide great service to satisfied clients.
As a company, we accomplished quite a bit in 2013, with our projected revenue totaling $472,000,000, a three percent increase over the 2012 totals. Our safety performance improved with a renewed focus on training and communication. The company’s emphasis on diversity continued, with improvements on both the expense and employment fronts.
We also completed a new Strategic Plan, which includes three distinct goals:
  • Reduce safety incidents by 50 percent by 2016, through an established step process
  • Reduce rework, through education, tracking and focus
  • Double profitability by 2016, with a focus on improved productivity 
Our focus on these three goals will make us a better employer and an all-around better company.
In 2014, we anticipate a number of great opportunities in our targeted markets. The public sector will have several exciting projects competitively bid during the year, but the competition remains fierce for these jobs. Our private clients will continue to provide opportunities for new work as well as maintenance of their existing facilities.
With the continued focus of all our employees, I am confident that 2014 will be another successful year for Wilhelm as we serve our many clients.
Thanks to all of you for your dedication and hard work.
Wilhelm in the Community

Employees forego shaving

About ten employees donned facial hair this past November in recognition of the global charity movement Movember.  This movement raises important funds and awareness to fight prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges.
The Wilhelm team raised $860 in the 2013 campaign, significantly more than the $250 raised in 2012. The funds raised by “Mo Bros” and “Mo Sistas” go towards world-class men’s health programs that are directed by the Movember Foundation. These programs are focused on healthy living, living with and beyond cancer, and research.
Wilhelm’s Kurt Schlebecker, project manager, participated for the first time this year but for very personal reasons. He did it in honor of his parents, who both passed away recently. Particularly, his father, who passed away in September from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
“It drove me to dedicate this year to my father,” Schlebecker said.  “I take great pride in working with Wilhelm because of these connections to the community and their willingness to support great causes. The Wilhelm family is always ready to help a good cause.”
Although his reasons for supporting the cause are tinged with sadness, Schlebecker found humor in the process of not shaving during the month of November.  He mentions his family was not so fond of his new look.
It wasn’t just men who participated either. “Mo Sistas” were also an important part of this year’s successful campaign.
Debbie Gee, benefits coordinator, participated to help drum up contributions for the cause. 

“We have the most generous employees that I have ever seen,” Gee said.
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