16 Tech Bridge ‘More Than Physical Structure’
A planned $14.5 million dollar bridge at the 16 Tech Innovation District in downtown Indianapolis is viewed as a signature piece of the $500 million development. The 16 Tech Community Corporation last week issued requests for qualifications to teams from around the world to design a 350-foot structure that will span Fall Creek. But 16 Tech Chief Operating Officer Emily Krueger calls the bridge much more than a physical structure.
“It really symbolizes the connectivity between people and ideas that’s at the heart of the mission of the 16 Tech Innovation District,” said Krueger, who notes the bridge will link the 50 acre district with neighborhoods, trails and assets in and around IUPUI and the Indiana University School of Medicine.
Krueger talked about several projects currently underway in the district on this weekend’s edition of Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick.
As 2020 begins, work on a project that has been talked about for decades is heating up.
In addition to the bridge project, work continues on the $30 million Advanced Research and Innovation building, which will house the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership and its initiatives as well as Indiana University School of Medicine researchers. The building is full leased and expected to open this year.
Work has also begun on an adaptive reuse of the former Indianapolis Water Company building into an Innovation Hub that will include coworking and makerspace, flexible office space and an artisan market with food and entertainment options.
“At the heart of 16 Tech is a placemaking strategy that’s intended to attract talent,” said Krueger. “That includes the public open spaces like Central Green that will be at the heart of the district, the walking and biking trails that will connect with the Cultural Trail and others in Indianapolis and, of course, people want to know where they are going to eat and drink.”
An important development in another talent attraction project was unveiled last week. Inside INdiana Business Reporter Mary-Rachel Redman was in Fort Wayne for the news at the planned $250 million Electric Works development: