As another summer comes to an end here at Shiel Sexton, it means the intern class of 2017 will be returning back to their respective universities. A favorite way to round out the internship experience is the annual Shiel Sexton Jobsite Tour, which gives the interns a chance to learn about and explore projects different than the one they had been assigned to.
The day started at 8:00 am sharp, as the bus collected the group at the Shiel Sexton Headquarters and headed to the first location, Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Beginning construction in March of 2017, this project is well underway with a large portion of the concrete foundations poured and the frames of the pavilions standing. Intern Joe Cripe, from Colorado State University, even putted on the mini-golf course’s newly constructed Hole 11.
Ironworks Hotel on Keystone Avenue was the next stop on the tour. Far into the final stage, the 120-room hotel is set to open its doors to guests by early October. With deep blue walls, imitative antique light fixtures, and exposed wooden features, the highly anticipated boutique hotel is sure to become a hot spot for Indianapolis visitors. The group examined the exposed iron beams and board formed finish, along with many other architectural details that makes this hotel stand out among the rest.
After two hospitality and tourism projects, the Shiel Sexton interns headed to Carmel’s newest Class A office building, Encore on Penn. The three-story frame and brick panels have been finished, and wait for the storefront glass to complete the building’s modern facade. The interns got a bird’s eye view of the site from the roof, which will eventually open as a terrace for the building’s employees to gather.
The grand finale of the tour was Carmel’s crown jewel, The Palladium. Completed in 2011, The Palladium’s staggering acoustics bring hundreds of world renowned performers each year. Interns took a special visit to the bowels of the performance hall in its lifted mechanical room. The handcrafted plaster auditorium left everyone in awe as retired Shiel Sexton Senior Project Manager Mike Anderson explained the vast complexities of constructing a $118 million limestone structure.
Overall, it was an exciting, eventful day for everyone involved. Shiel Sexton was proud to have another great intern class and to show off some truly creative projects.