2017 has been a fantastic year for Shiel Sexton. We are so thankful to all of our clients, design partners and subcontractors for the support and friendship that has helped make 2017 great. I hope everyone has an opportunity to take a moment this holiday season to appreciate all we have accomplished together. There are so many great stories to tell.

Our mantra is We Build for People Who Expect More. The hard work and the accomplishments of 2017 were living proof that the men and women of Shiel Sexton try to live that promise every day. I am very happy to say that each of the company’s business units made strides this year that exceeded our expectations.

Our Indianapolis Construction Office opened some incredible new buildings this year, including one of the most amazing boutique hotels I’ve personally ever experienced at the Ironworks at Keystone Village. We also finished a complete renovation of the Downtown Indianapolis Marriott, and a new 126-room Home2 Suites hotel in Mishawaka, Indiana.

We cut ribbons on new Headquarter buildings for Delta Faucet and The Liberty Fund. We finished up two Senior Living communities Indianapolis and New Albany with Hellenic Senior Living. We completed the first two phases of a massive office renovation for Salesforce in the newly named Salesforce Tower in Downtown Indianapolis.

We also finished up a number of College and University projects. At Butler University we opened the school’s newest student housing complex, Fairview House, as well as Marian University’s new Byrum School of Business. We completed the renovation of Purdue University’s College of Electrical Engineering/Nuclear Engineering and DePauw University’s Asbury Hall Renovation. We opened a new Student Apartment Complex at the University of Louisville and at Indiana University, we completed the renovation of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall and the new Fiji House.

Shiel Sexton Concrete completed the strongest year in its history having grown its workforce and capacity significantly over the last two years. Our work has expanded far beyond flatwork and slabs into complex structural and above-grade structures. The Concrete team has scaled-up its use of field technology, allowing Shiel Sexton Concrete to deliver increasingly sophisticated work. Among the project highlights for the Concrete Company this year were MacAllister Machinery, Topgolf Fishers, The Hub at West Lafayette, FedEx Indianapolis Hub, Indiana Masonic Home Senior Living Center, Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and many others.

Our Carolinas Construction Office experienced a year of strong growth increasing its headcount from 20 at the beginning of 2017 to 37 by year’s end. We finished projects this year for T-Mobile, Johnson & Wales University, Pike Nurseries, Charlotte Housing Authority, Discovery Place and Providence Farms, among others. The Carolinas team has built a strong backlog for 2018 and will continue to grow in new markets and make an impact.

Anova Technical Services, our owner representation and technical services company, continues to bring groundbreaking innovations with clients across the country. We have recently expanded Anova’s service offerings to include commissioning services in addition to quality assurance, construction safety and project management. They continue to provide technical expertise to clients such as Dow-DuPont, Eli Lilly, Indiana University Health and Cummins.

This year, Shiel Sexton Real Estate named Andy Sahm as Vice President. The team has been working on a number of urban infill, mixed-use and P3 projects. They have done a tremendous job supporting some of our existing construction clients, developers and land owners, and have been very effective at helping them maximize their assets by bringing the depth and expertise of our company’s resources.

Our building service company, S3, has also had a very strong year. They have expanded well beyond service and support of Shiel Sexton – owned buildings into a very diverse portfolio of office, institutional, multi-family residential, and institutional clients. S3 has done a really fantastic job of focusing its business on high quality, reliable 24-hour service for all of its client’s needs.

Our equipment rental company, BAM Rents, made tremendous progress in becoming the most reliable, user-friendly equipment rental company in the Indianapolis Market. They have not only added capacity and inventory this year, they have been able to improve their user-interface to help ensure clients get the equipment resources they need, when they need them.

Again, there is much to be thankful for in 2017. It has been a team effort. I can’t say thank you enough to the partners, clients, subcontractors and suppliers who made these great things happen. We look forward to a wonderful 2018.

Sincerely, Mike Dilts

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