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.

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.