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.

Hard Rock Cafe: Turning Up the Volume in Northern Indiana

It’s been a blast being a partner on the $300,000,000 Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana project. The Powers team is gearing up for a spring 2021 grand opening date, likely in May (and with a smashing of the guitars rather than a more mundane ribbon-cutting).

Powers & Sons Construction is providing construction management services on the project, which includes overseeing nine different scopes of work toward completion of the 210,000 SF casino and entertainment complex.

The property includes surface parking for tour buses and about 2,350 private vehicles. It will house 1,650 slot machines, 80 game tables, a sportsbook and bar, five restaurants, including a Hard Rock Cafe, a retail shop, and a nearly 2,000-seat venue for concerts and live entertainment.

At some future point, a Hard Rock Hotel with up to 300 rooms will be added to the hotel along with an attached, multi-level parking garage to replace some of the surface parking areas, reported the NWI Times on March 2.

We look forward to posting some photos in our portfolio later in mid- to late-April. Until then, visit the Hard Rock Casino of Northern Indiana website for the latest grand opening details.

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.