New West Perry Library Celebrates with July 17 Grand Opening

Powers & Sons joined our partners at Schmidt Associates for the Saturday, July 17 grand opening of the new 25,000 SF West Perry Library. The newest branch of the Indianapolis Public Library welcomed a full house of Perry Township residents throughout the day.

Library officials including Peggy Wehr, Curtis Bigsbee, and Jackie Nytes spoke, offering opening remarks for hundreds of visitors. Township, city-county, education, and other local officials were on hand to mark the occasion, as was Powers & Sons’ Indianapolis President Mamon Powers, III and Senior Project Manager & Registered Architect Russell Lewis. Lewis offered remarks at the podium, noting the importance of libraries for lifelong learning, describing the library as a southside Indianapolis public gem.

The facility will serve a growing, diverse community with a range of materials, programs, and services. Located at 6650 South Harding, the celebration began at 10 a.m. with self-guided scavenger hunts, refreshments, live music, kids’ crafts, animal balloons, and a Silly Safaris’ Meet and Greet for children, all hosted by the library. Rowdie from the Indianapolis Indians made an appearance and the Burmese American Community Institute (BACI) gave a musical performance.





#FamilyBusinessHeros: Loyola University Feature

Powers & Sons Construction is excited to announce that we were nominated by our partners at BMO Harris Bank and selected as one of 12 family-owned businesses in a new Loyola University Family Business Center “Celebrating Family Business Heros” campaign co-sponsored by Katten.

The Powers family share how they continue to lead a successful construction business, keeping work on track and field crews safe, during challenging times like the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thanks to advance planning and having the right people and the right systems in place, our team was positioned to pivot and embrace a virtual business environment. We stand strong and stable, strengthened by a legacy of over 50 years in business but firmly focused on a 21st-century future.

More importantly, when the communities in which we live and work experience challenging times like a global pandemic, Powers & Sons remains steadfast in our core beliefs, values, and convictions to lift as we climb.

Watch the YouTube video: Powers & Sons Construction 2021 #FamilyBusinessHeros.

Powers & Sons named a 2021 Half Century Business by IEDC

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) recognized Powers & Sons Construction on June 16 with a Half Century Business Award. Powers & Sons is one of over 100 Indiana companies and organizations who received the award in 2021.

Nominees must be in continuous operation for at least 50 consecutive years and demonstrate a commitment to community service. In addition, nominees must continue to be in the same type of business as when they were founded and be headquartered in Indiana.

Over the award’s 30-year history, more than 1,160 Hoosier businesses have been recognized. Businesses recognized represent a cross-section of retail, corporate, manufacturing, services, and other enterprises. Typically, recipients participate in an award ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse but that did not happen this year due to COVID-19.

“I’m honored to recognize these dedicated, Hoosier business leaders who have created a lasting impact not only on their communities but to the state as a whole,” Gov. Holcomb said. “As we continue to attract new jobs and investment to Indiana, these well-established businesses will set the tone for a Hoosier economy dedicated to hard work, constant improvement and strong community roots. I’m confident these businesses will continue providing great service for the next 100 years and keep Indiana on the path to success for centuries to come.”

Powers & Sons Construction was incorporated in the State of Indiana in 1967. Headquartered in Northwestern Indiana, the company began as a builder of single-family homes but shifted its focus in the early 1980s to commercial construction. The family-owned firm celebrated its 50th anniversary (photos below) in 2017 with events in Chicago and Indianapolis.

Virtual Workforce Outreach Event: Thursday, July 1 at 10 a.m. CST

Are you ready to help us build a stronger and healthier neighborhood on Chicago’s south side? Learn more about possible job opportunities for the construction of Friend Health Center’s new headquarters and clinic in Woodlawn.

You are invited to a Zoom virtual outreach event on Thursday, July 1 at 10 a.m. CST. Please register in advance:

Mark your calendars and plan now to attend! Questions? Contact Dannielle Thomas at or 773.536.3100.

Download the event flyer here.




Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana Opens May 14

The new Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana celebrated its May 14 grand opening with a traditional guitar-smashing ceremony and live music including a performance by Chicago blues great, Mr. Buddy Guy.

Surrounding the 210,000 SF casino are roads, walkways, and surface parking for 2,340 vehicles and tour buses. A 37-foot signature neon guitar marks the main entrance. Inside, the gaming floor features a grand walkway with art chandelier.

The 150,000 SF main gaming area holds 80 tables with games like Blackjack, Mini Baccarat, Pai Gow, and Spanish 21. Patrons can play 1,637 of the most popular slots as well as video poker and video roulette. The casino features a High Limit Slots room, VIP areas, a sportsbook, an acoustically pure Hard Rock Live indoor concert venue with unobstructed sight lines, and gift shop. A Hard Rock Cafe, Asian noodle bar, and plush, high-end steakhouse are among the five food concepts.

Powers & Sons is one of three firms that comprised the JV general contracting and construction management team. The $150,000,000 casino is operated by Hard Rock International owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Future plans call for the property to be expanded with the addition of a 200-room Hard Rock hotel on the property.

Powers recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business and the CAC

Women like Vice President Kelly Powers who work in the construction industry are breaking ground and barriers. Kelly is one of 65 professionals featured by Crain’s Chicago Business in April as “2021 Notable Women in Construction & Design.”

The women recognized this year are leaders in every aspect of the construction industry—including design, site selection, and project management and administration—with specialties in a range of construction sectors.  They represent a diverse cross-section of architects, engineers, subcontractors, general contractors, construction managers, and consultants.

To qualify for inclusion, honorees must be employed in a construction, architecture, engineering, or commercial design firm, have worked on significant projects during the past 18 months, and have striven to advance women in the field.

Click here for Crain’s complete 2021 list of the women recognized. Note that a subscription is required to access the individual profiles published for each honoree.

Also in 2021, Kelly was appointed to the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) Board of Trustees. Formerly known as the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the nonprofit group offers tours, exhibits, programs, and events that inspire visitors to discover why design matters. Established in 1966, CAC is the city’s leading organization devoted to celebrating architectural innovation.

Solar panels installed on roof of new West Perry Branch Library in Indianapolis

Earth Day 2021: Sustainability & New Construction

Applying feasible solutions to reduce the impact of climate change on everyday life is rapidly becoming a global imperative.

In recognition of Earth Day 2021 (Thursday, April 22) and its #RestoreOurEarth theme, here is a short update about the Indianapolis Public Library’s new West Perry Branch.

According to Project Engineer Dylan Etheridge:

  • Library officials expect to meet about 75 percent of their total energy needs using solar technology; 680 solar panels are newly installed on the library’s roof.
  • By harvesting energy from the sun, Indianapolis Public Library will be able to substantially reduce operating expenses at this property.
  • The savings can be reinvested into new library materials, programs, and services for local residents.

Located near the intersection of Southport & South Harding, the project is on schedule to open in 2021. Landscaping on the 60-acre site will feature trees and flowering shrubs, including some which are drought-tolerant species. Etheridge reports that among the trees being delivered and planted are juniper, spruce, sumac, honey locust, hawthorn, red maples, Kentucky coffeetree, and American elm.

Why are trees an important consideration in ground-up new construction?

  • One acre of mature trees can absorb the same amount of carbon that is generated by driving a car 26,000 miles (they absorb other pollutants and toxins as well). That same acre provides enough oxygen for 18 people every year.
  • Trees cool buildings, sidewalks, and parking lots by providing shade and releasing water. Most trees need a minimum of 15 gallons of water a week to survive, but they release 200-450 gallons of water per day depending on their variety and size.
  • In addition, trees play an important role in erosion control, soil fertility, and water absorption.

Site prep for the 25,000 SF facility with parking included installation of a storm water management system. Because storm water can be full of pollutants and nitrogen, trees help reduce run-off instead allowing water to seep into the soil where it is filtered and cleaned.

LEED Certification through the U.S. Green Building Council may be pursued for the project, which includes Schmidt Associates, HBM Architects & Interior Designers, Schneider Geomatics, and RM Consulting.

April 22 @ 9 AM: M/B/D/VBE Opportunities at Northview Middle

Representatives of MBE, WBE, DBE, and VBE companies are invited to join us Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 9 a.m. for a virtual meeting highlighting opportunities with Powers & Sons Construction and partners Messer Construction, Schmidt Associates, Nubian Construction Group, and Winston Terrell Group.

We are building the new 210,000 SF Northview Middle School on a 60-acre site for the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township. Our firms are committed to creating a diverse, inclusive construction site and practicing equitable procurement of materials, supplies, and services by doing business with local small businesses.



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Kelly Powers Baria

Building the Obama Presidential Center

Building the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) is about local, sustainable change and partnership.

CEO & Chair of the Board Mamon Powers, Jr. and Vice President Kelly Powers Baria are featured in a new video released by the Obama Foundation about the Lakeside Alliance initiative.

Lakeside Alliance is a joint venture between Powers & Sons Construction Company, UJAMAA Construction, Inc., Brown & Momen, Inc., Safeway Construction Company, and Turner Construction Company. “Our primary mission is to be transformative,” says Kelly. “We want to leave the construction landscape different than when when we first began.”

The five firms form an innovative team of experienced construction management specialists. Together, the alliance will execute a new paradigm in the industry where community and capability merge. At least 50 percent of the workforce hired for this historic project will live in the area surrounding Chicago’s Jackson Park.

The multi-year OPC project will be a catalyst for substantial investment in the area. Located on the south side of the city near the University of Chicago, the OPC will feature a presidential library, a museum, a forum (event) building, an athletic center, and a spacious plaza with green space. The majority of these facilities will be free and open to the public.

Kelly, Mamon, and partners discuss the vision for honoring our nation’s first Black president in the video at

New Reality Accelerates Need for Strength and Innovation

Mamon Powers, III, an eight-year member of the United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) board and president of the Indianapolis Office, is featured in the first article in a new blog series launched by UWCI last week.

Titled “A Board United: Meet Mamon Powers,” Mamon shares his thoughts on how a strong, inclusive company culture has helped Powers & Sons Construction stand the test of time. It also enabled us to pivot and be flexible in adjusting to the nation’s new reality when the COVID-19 pandemic struck.

Mamon discusses how business leaders had to act quickly to realign company resources, achieve its project goals, and guide their teams through uncertainty. He shares some of his key lessons learned about adapting to changing conditions in the construction industry.

Read the entire article.