We made the list: 2021 Best Places to Work in Indiana

Powers & Sons Construction Indianapolis is one of 125 companies across the state recognized by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce as one of 2021’s BEST PLACES TO WORK IN INDIANA. The Indiana Chamber announced its findings on February 22.

Powers & Sons Indianapolis is one of 30 newcomers to be included on this year’s list. Company culture and job flexibility during the pandemic were two key factors the Indiana Chamber says distinguished those who earned the award this year.

Over 54 years in business, Powers & Sons Construction has withstood the tests of time and change. When COVID-19 struck, business around the world had to act. Ours was no exception.

  • The Powers & Sons team has successfully rallied to adapt to the current 2020-21 social, economic, and business climate. Staff across all levels of our organization have quickly learned new ways of operating from home, in the office, and on the job site.
  • The Powers & Sons spirit of collaboration and teamwork did not dwindle. We used video-based strategy sessions and team meetings to move forward. We demonstrated we could not only maintain business as usual but that we could actually improve the alignment of our daily operations with our overall company goals and values.
  • In the survey, Powers & Sons employees expressed great appreciation and approval of the way management responded to the pandemic, so we are especially proud to be included on the list this year.

Top companies were identified through employer reported data and employee surveys. Winning companies represent 30 cities and towns across the state. Companies range in employee count from 15 to over 2,300. All businesses which participated will receive evaluation data about company strengths and weaknesses that can be used to enhance new employee recruitment. hiring, and retention efforts.

Winners were selected from four categories: small companies of between 15 and 74 U.S. employees; medium companies of between 75 and 249 U.S. employees; large companies of between 250 and 999 U.S. employees; and major companies with 1,000 or more U.S. employees. Out-of-state parent companies were eligible to participate if at least 15 full-time employees are in Indiana. Company rankings will be unveiled May 6 at any awards event.

Black Trailblazers in Engineering: Purdue University

CEO & Chairman of the Board Mamon Powers, Jr. was featured on a panel discussion titled the “Social Impact of Black Trailblazers in Engineering” hosted by Purdue University on February 24.

The Black Trailblazers in Engineering (BTE) event is part of a required four-day 2021 workshop for applicants seeking one of 25 seats in Purdue’s initial class of BTE Fellows. Applicants are Ph.D. and post-doctoral engineering students.

Mamon is a graduate of Purdue University’s School of Civil Engineering. He represents the second generation of the Powers family to have successful careers in the engineering, general contracting, and construction management industry. He was appointed to four terms as a member of the Purdue University Board of Trustees. He holds an honorary doctorate from Purdue in civil engineering and is recipient of the Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award and the Civil Engineering Alumni Achievement Award.

The moderator and panelists were all Purdue University engineering graduates, faculty, and administrators. The goal of Purdue’s BTE program is to prepare future trailblazing faculty in engineering with a focus on preparing outstanding scholars who are also committed to increasing the success of Black engineers.

Contract Awarded for MSD Washington Township

Powers & Sons Construction was awarded a contract to build the new Northview Middle School for the Metropolitan School District (MSD) of Washington Township.

The contract is part of a 2020 MSD Washington Township referendum that includes the development of a new Northview Middle School at 91st Street and College Avenue in Indianapolis. When completed, it will replace an existing middle school facility on the North Central High School campus. The total planned project cost is $72,000,000.

Upon completion, the size and amenities of the new Northview Middle School will be similar to the $44,000,000 in renovation work Powers & Sons is currently completing at Eastwood Middle and Westlane Middle, also schools managed by the MSD of Washington Township.

The new Northview Middle School will largely be a one-story secure facility with a main public corridor connecting event, academic, and administrative spaces. The school campus will include indoor and outdoor activity areas and athletic fields along with vehicle and bus parking required for school operations.

Each  of the three grades will form its own pod with two teams per pod. Grades 6 and 7 will be on the ground level with Grade 8 on the second floor along with additional shared academic spaces for research and study. The new school will feature a special education pod that is central to the others with a separate building entrance.

It will serve 1000+ grade six through eight students. Nearly 30 acres of the nearly 60-acre site will retain its natural canopy of trees and shrubs with storm water detention features.

Designs are expected to be finalized in March or April of 2021, with the architect selected and construction beginning soon after. Project management will include a bidding phase that continues through August of 2021. Construction pf the new Northview Middle School is expected to be completed in July of 2023, in time for the beginning of the fall classes.