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Al Oak, PE, Chairman and CEO, is excited to announce the following executive leadership appointments.

Effective January 1st, Fredrick J. Green, AIA, NCARB, President + COO, will be promoted to Chief Strategy + Operations Officer. In his 15 years as President + COO, Fred has worked successfully to align strategy and vision with overall corporate performance and culture. Fred believes and lives the concept that “leaders eat last” and combines this with his laser focus on what needs to get done, keen strategic eye and passion for staff development and opportunity. As Chief Strategy + Operations Officer, he will continue to lead this organization focusing on our corporate strategies and operations, setting the bar high for staff and the firm as a whole.

Effective January 1st, Dennis McGuire, Vice President of Survey + Real Estate Development, will be promoted to President – Elect. Having over 33 years of Cripe survey operations and business experience has fueled his rise and role as a trusted advisor to both staff and clients. His demonstrated dedication and contributions to client service, firm growth, and our people throughout his career make him a natural choice to become the fifth president in our 83-year history. Dennis will report to Fred Green and transition to President in the second quarter of 2021.

We look forward to the vision and leadership that Fred and Dennis will bring to their new roles. We are certain of their abilities to move the company forward in its vision “To Be The Company Of First Choice – for strategic, trusted partnership through innovative solutions and proven stewardship of our people, clients, and communities.”

Cripe has met the formidable challenges of this year with vigor, flexibility, and momentum with great success. This is what it takes to have and maintain an award-winning, 83-year presence in the Indiana design community.  As Employee-Owners, we are proud of our commitment and service to our clients and to being lifelong learners. Sustainability is not only a service offering here at Cripe – but a requisite strategy to our firm’s vitality and legacy. Our founding values of Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Professionalism, Humility and Commitment remain steadfast and serve as the benchmark for any Cripe leader.

In 2015, Cripe began working with Near East Area Renewal (NEAR) in partnership with TWG studying the redevelopment of Minnie Hartmann/School 78.

The existing buildings were completely rehabbed including masonry repair, extensive site redevelopment with storm water capture, new interior finishes, new windows, plumbing systems, electrical infrastructure and lighting.  A charming rain forest mural at the western end of the 1929 building’s main corridor was preserved in homage to the school.  There were opportunities to salvage and reuse existing finishes, particularly the classroom maple floors in the 1929 building.  The completed project provides 64 units of affordable senior adult housing and is completely accessible to the disabled on all levels.  This is no mean feat given that the only floor in the structure that is continuous is the main level proper.

An 11,000 square foot day care will be built in 2020 creating an early learning center for approximately 120 children.  The result will be an intergenerational facility with programs engaging children and seniors under one roof, the first of its kind in Indiana.  The Institute for Family Studies notes: “Should seniors and toddlers go to day care together? It’s a strange sounding question, but a growing number of day care  facilities around the country say yes. And an emerging body of research suggests that doing so is good for both the young and old.” 

Historic Sensitivity

The existing building consists of the 1929 school and two additions, an addition on the east in the 1950s and on the west in the 1960s.  New construction was added on the north creating a “U” shaped plan.  The new building includes brick veneer and cast stone accents at the first story in response to the original building’s brick and stone.  The second and third floors of the new building use durable fiber cement siding in warm tones to complement the existing masonry.

Environmental Responsibility

It has been said that the greenest building is the one that already exists—a comment that is especially true when the design of the renovations prioritizes energy efficiency and green features.

Minnie Hartmann Center has received a National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Emerald rating with several features deserving mention.  First, a sunken courtyard contains seating, a walking path and a central planted area using native plants, shrubs and flowers.  This courtyard collects all site storm water, which is routed into a dry well beneath the plantings.  The building is energy efficient with high performance windows and continuous spray foam at interior walls.  The roof was replaced with supplemental insulation on the 1929 and 1950s building and repaired on the 1960s building.  In addition, in the 1929 building, all existing hardwood floors were left in place, repaired and reused.  Water efficient fixtures are used throughout along with LED lighting.

The transformation of Minnie Hartmann School into the Minnie Hartmann Center is the first significant new construction in this part of the city in decades.  The Owner hopes the result will be a catalyst for revitalization of a blighted neighborhood.