Indiana State Department of Health/Rock Bottom Brewery I
Two West Washington/Two North Meridian Street
In the early 1980s, Charles C. Brandt Construction Co. was awarded the opportunity to build offices for Melvin Simon and Associates (MSA) in the Wasson’s Department Store building located at Two West Washington Street. The project included joining three structures; one steel, one concrete, and one wood framed building. The lower three floors remained retail but the upper six floors became the home office for MSA Corporation. An atrium was created, two skylights were added and the effect was dramatic. To accomplish the construction of the atrium, it was necessary to cut a hole in the structure without losing the integrity of the structural members. A historical element was added to the décor of the offices by salvaging the hand rail from the recently demolished Barrister Building.
Over the years, CCB continued to work on Simon office and retail projects and eventually built offices in their location at 115 West Washington. The building at Two West Washington Street was sold and the new owner changed the address to Two North Meridian in the early 1990s. When it was time for renovation, CCB once again received the nod. The owner was working with a number of tenants including the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and Rock Bottom Brewery.
CCB helped the owner and tenants through the developmental stages of their relationships to find workable solutions to the economic and functional factors that made the building a good fit for everyone. The first floor became a combination of the lobby for ISDH and Rock Bottom’s main floor. Rock Bottom also took the basement while ISDH utilized the upper floors for offices.
The east wall of one building and west wall of another were removed to join the spaces and new support steel was added to maintain solid support for the floors above.
The interior of the building was demolished from top to bottom and new elevators and controllers were installed to handle the added capacity needed to address the needs of the tenants. The mechanical and electrical systems were upgraded to handle the demands of an active business setting. Security systems were put in place because of the highly sensitive nature of the work performed by ISDH.
There were constant revisions to the interior space plan to meet changing needs of the tenant. Continuity of office sizes and configuration was critical and fitting all the pieces into an existing structure was a challenge that was met by flexible coordination and outstanding communication between all team members.
All tenants had demanding schedule requirements which were met by phasing the project to deliver areas as needed. The team worked so well together that when ISDH needed more space than the building could accommodate, the annex of adjoining buildings happened in the late 1990’s and into the current century. Above all else, CCB’s continuing relationship with the building owner and his tenants is testimony to our ability to meet or exceed expectations in complex building situations.