Event to celebrate diverse construction crews working on Innovation 1

The construction management team of Browning-Davis will place the final steel beam atop the first new structure in the 16 Tech innovation district – Innovation 1 – at a topping out ceremony at 10 a.m. on July 11.

More than 27 Marion County companies are working on phase one of construction. Of those, 50 percent – 14 companies – are certified by the City of Indianapolis as Minority Business Enterprises, Women Business Enterprises, Veterans Business Enterprises and/or Disabled-Owner Business Enterprise.

The project will create more than 132 construction jobs.

The 10-foot-long steel beam contains hundreds of signatures from residents from surrounding neighborhoods, as well as scientists and leaders in the life sciences, tech and advanced manufacturing industries who will work in the innovation district. It will be placed near the top of the five-story building, which is expected to completed in mid-2020.

WHAT:                 Topping out of Innovation 1 at 16 Tech – Follow link to free registration.

WHEN:                 July 11, 10 a.m. final beam signatures; 10:30 a.m. remarks

WHERE:               1220 Waterway Blvd., Indianapolis

WHO:                   Luis Gomez, owner of Patrium, one of several minority-owned firms on the project

John Hirschman, president and CEO, Browning

David McMath, project manager, Browning

Tracy Short, project manager, Davis & Associates

PARKING:            Follow the parking signs to the lot west of the existing building and new structure.

VISUALS:              Crane operator picks up the last steel beam and lifts it up to the top of a five-story building. Construction workers wearing hardhats weld the beam into place.

Innovation 1 is a 120,000-square-foot, $30 million structure. It is fully leased, and tenants will be the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute (IBRI), the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) and its talent and industry initiatives, and researchers with the Indiana University School of Medicine’s newly established Indiana Center for Regenerative Medicine, a molecular therapeutics program and technology incubator.

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About Browning Davis

Browning Davis is a construction joint venture between Browning and Davis & Associates to construct Innovation 1 at 16 Tech. Founded in 1977, Browning is an Indianapolis-based commercial real estate development, construction and management company with a reputation for executing large transactions and complex projects across diverse product types.  For more at www.browninginv.com.  Doing business since in 1992, Davis & Associates, Inc. is a minority-owned and operated construction management and general contracting company specializing in commercial, industrial, and institutional projects with offices located in Indianapolis, IN and Atlanta, GA. For more information, visit www.davisassocindy.com.

About 16 Tech

16 Tech is one of the largest talent attraction, retention and development opportunities in Indianapolis’s history. Located on the near west side of Indianapolis, 16 Tech will bring talent together to collaborate and drive cross-sector innovation in advanced industries. The nonprofit 16 Tech Community Corporation oversees the development of the district and ensures benefits of economic growth, new investment and job creation in the 16 Tech District extend to nearby neighborhoods as well as the city, the region and the state.  More information can be found at www.16tech.com.

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Media contact:  John Thomas, JTPR, 317-441-3358, john@jtprinc.com