INDIANAPOLIS - As Super Bowl 46 neared, Indianapolis spruced up, and woodworking has been a part of the numerous public and private initiatives undertaken in the city.
In 2011, the world's largest JW Marriott hotel opened in Indianapolis, close to Lucas Oil Stadium where the game is set to begin. Bob Lidga, president, D & L Wood Products, Inc., Crown Point, IN, said his company fabricated, finished and installed the woodwork in the lobby, restaurants, convention center and guest rooms of the 1,005-room hotel.
"It was a great experience for us, working with Hunt Construction Group and White Lodge Services. It also has been a wonderful thing for Indianapolis on so many fronts. With today's economy, a project of this size is a major shot in the arm to the entire community," said Lidga, who provided additional information about the project:
•Thirty semis filled with deliveries, were involved in moving material from start to finish.
•Painted lobby trellis and faux doors were inspired from Indiana barns and corn cribs
•More than 25 miles of wood trim and products were used throughout the hotel.
•Quartered walnut and rift cut white oak panels and trim were used. The wine room consisted of alternating 6" hardwood walnut corners to show exposed finished ends.
In addition to fabricating and installing millwork, D&L Wood Products served as general contractors on another Marriott project. "We successfully opened one of Starbucks Coffee's first new kiosk designs," said Lidga.
The Super Bowl Legacy Project Highlights
An NFL tradition has been to provide $1 million dollars seed money to the host city to be matched locally for a project. Most cities have used the money for community youth centers but the Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee’s leaders are using the money to support an area of town already involved in extensive redevelopment.
The Indianapolis' Super Bowl legacy project is to help with the Quality of Life Plan in the area known as the "Near Eastside." One of the four key initiatives of the project is housing redevelopment and to date 397 homes or apartments have been built, rehabbed or repaired.
The Habitat for Humanity Super Build 46 will build wall panels for the future homes of low-income families. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis also provides ownership opportunities for low-income families.
Rebuilding Together is working with the local Indianapolis Rebuilding Together affiliate for the 17th Annual “Kickoff to Rebuild” project in the Indianapolis neighborhood of Near Eastside. The group plans to organize hundreds of volunteers, past and present NFL members and players, Indianapolis community leaders, celebrities, and local and national sponsors to revitalize ten homes and build a new playground in the Near Eastside.
2,012 by 2012, a program to help the environment while beautifying neighborhoods by planting trees has exceeded its goal and as of three days before the big game, the group has planted 2876 trees.
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