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William E. Urschel Plaza and Pavilion

William E. Urschel Plaza and Pavilion

Project Summary

NWICA Contractor: Berglund Construction
Location: Valparaiso, Indiana
Cost: $6,746,575
Type: Municipal
Completion Date: 08/15/2015
Project Size: 18,700 Square Feet

Project Description

Planned within an active city block in downtown Valparaiso, The Plaza dramatically repositions the corridor of Lafayette Street encompassing area into a grand public plaza anchored by a Gateway Water feature. The plaza consists of 40,000 sf of concrete pavement and 10,000 sf of precast pavers to accommodate informal pedestrian traffic, comfortable community seating venues and informal outdoor gathering spaces. The pavilion serves seasonal festival events during the spring and summer months and is transformed into an ice skating rink during the winter months. The dramatic pavilion structure features 105 foot long glu-lam timber beams with exposed wood decking. An adjacent indoor facility provides space for social activities, provides public restrooms and accommodates equipment rentals and equipment storage for outdoor activities.

The project was completed in 10 months; from October 2014 thru August 2015. Many of the key construction activities were performed during winter months requiring heated enclosures to keep the project on schedule. Several logistical challenges were successfully completed within a tight urban site location. The entire effort required effective communication and teamwork between the City of Valparaiso, the design architect; Design Organization and Berglund Construction

Project Participants

Owner : City of Valparaiso; Valparaiso Parks Department
Project Manager : Dennis Murzyn
Project Superintendent : Dave Bradford
Project Architect : Design Organization
Engineer : Millies Engineering

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