The developer of a $5.4 million industrial shell building in Fort Wayne will mark a key construction milestone on Tuesday. Greater Fort Wayne Inc. says HardHell Investments will hold a “topping out” ceremony to place the final steel beam for the facility near Fort Wayne International Airport.
Officials broke ground on the building in August. The 52,000-square-foot facility will be expandable up to 117,000 square feet.
“The size of this building fills a need in our market, and it’s a great fit for growing businesses that need flexibility,” HardHell Investments co-owner Jeff Harding said in written remarks. “We hope this will be the first of many buildings that we will construct to help change the landscape and skyline of Fort Wayne for the better.”
Greater Fort Wayne Inc. said Monday shell buildings like the one being constructed will provide the community with another competitive advantage.
“The speed to market that comes with a shell building, in a growing community like ours, is just the type of situation many site selectors and business leaders are seeking,” GFW Chief Economic Development Officer Ellen Cutter said. “This project will help keep us ahead of the pack.”
The building is located at 4455 Airway Ave in Fort Wayne’s Airport District. GFW says after the topping out, crews will continue to complete the building envelope.
The topping out ceremony is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday and is open to the public.