This week, our interns had the opportunity to visit five Shiel Sexton projects to gain knowledge and experience about the construction industry with a hands-on approach.

The first stop on the tour was the recently completed $35 million Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.  The team toured the 7.5-acre property and got to hear first-hand from Senior Project Manager, Doug Adams, about his experience working on this high-profile project.

The team then moved on to Phoenix Theatre located in downtown Indianapolis on the Cultural Trail.  Chelsea Anderson, Artistic Manager of the theatre, gave a tour of the facility and spent time explaining the new location and special details about the theatre. 

The group moved on to three active jobsites at Oasis at 56th, KAR Global Headquarters in Carmel, and Grand Park SpringHill Suites in Westfield. Each project had a unique characteristics and construction challenges, and the interns got to hear from the project teams on how construction is progressing, overcoming obstacles and gained insight on the sheer effort it takes to coordinate construction on projects ranging in size and scope.   

Lindsay Urschel, HR Generalist and coordinator of the outing, states, “The benefit of taking the interns on the job site tour is the exposure to more projects than just the one they are on for the duration of their internship. Each project is so different. It has its own unique challenges with different project teams. There’s nothing more educational than being onsite learning about the types of material, schedules, subcontractors, safety, etc. What the interns learn in the classroom can now come to life.”

Thank you to Lindsay for coordinating this outing, Steve Jansen as the group’s tour guide, and the project managers that could give their insight and tips about the day-to-day responsibilities on the job site.