Fort Wayne Newspapers
Fort Wayne, Indiana
• As the prime consultant to this project's design architect, NDA provided design/development, code research, utility/equipment coordination, contract documents, construction administration, and overall project management services for this new 46,489 square foot, multi-level newspaper printing facility.
• The building's design incorporated materials and detailing found in historic buildings, within the Fort Wayne area. The careful use of brick and limestone and attention to detailing resulted in a building that is virtually maintenance free, whose architecture will remain timeless. An award was presented by the city Architecture and Community Heritage Organization of Fort Wayne for the most outstanding new construction in the Historic District.
• The project included a 68 ft. long glass enclosed connector to the existing building. Backlit colorful conveyors traversed this bridge, carrying papers to the packaging and distribution area within the existing building. An exposed steel truss system was integrated in the façade to span over one of the busiest secondary truck traffic roads in the city. The entire bridge had to be completed within a 30 day period. High performance coatings/paint systems were utilized on the exposed steel truss system to minimize maintenance.
• A Large 58 ft expansive Palladian window within an 83 ft. high gable roof press hall displays the strong presence of the 6 new TKS press reel stands and towers along with 2 new folders. The reel/press halls were designed for expansion. Due to the exceedingly high ceilings, light lowering systems were utilized to service the overhead lighting fixtures.
• High performance products were used throughout, such as colored concrete aggregate floor hardener systems, high-build epoxy paint systems, light lowering systems in the press hall, and permanent bridge crane.
• Major mechanical systems, providing both stringent temperature and humidity control, along with ink mist filter systems, were placed at the third level of the building, leaving the balance of the building for roll storage, plate making press maintenance shops, paper roll lay down areas, ink distribution, waste staging, and miscellaneous support services. Custom utility rack systems were designed to neatly distribute the numerous utilities throughout the facility.
• Quiet Room has full visibility of press hall towers. Color coded utilities were neatly articulated on custom racks thru the facility.