It's Electric!



It's Electric!


An extensive site and redevelopment plan is in the works for the former General Electric Campus, centrally located in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.This historic campus of manufacturing buildings has been around since 1893, originating as the Fort Wayne Electric Company. At the turn of the 20th century, General Electric acquired the Fort Wayne Electric Company, and employed almost 40% of the city’s workforce. GE played a large role in the country’s efforts during World War II by manufacturing electrical motors and transformers. Only a few hundred workers remained at the GE campus by the 1980s, and the plant was eventually closed in 2015.


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Source:  Fort Wayne Electric Works Website

Today, the abandoned campus spans 39 acres and houses 18 historic buildings, totaling more than 1.2 million square feet. A full court basketball arena with seating and basement bowling alley, once used by employees, is left untouched and unused. The brick exteriors, steel windows, and industrial cranes and gears are proof of GE’s innovative past, begging for attention and restoration.

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2017 - West Campus - Industrial Cranes                                                    2017 - West Campus - Concrete Structure

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2017 - West Campus - Skywalks                                                                 2017 - East Campus



As a nod to its former glory, the campus will be named Electric Works, honoring the years of manufacturing and innovation that took place within the walls of the historic brick buildings. This adaptive re-use redevelopment plan seeks to overhaul the campus in multiple phases, offering a variety of spatial uses including retail, dining, entertainment, residential, institutional, office, wellness, and green space. The goal of this project is to construct an environment built on innovation, energy, and culture by creatively repurposing existing structures. The potential of this campus and the opportunities this project will present are endless, as downtown Fort Wayne will continue to grow, neighborhoods will be rejuvenated and revitalized, and new businesses will create job opportunities.  

A joint venture between Maryland-based Cross Street Partners, and Indiana-based Green Street Ltd. and Biggs Development makes up the development team for the project. The development partners include Anderson Bohlander, Atelier Ten, Big Car Collaborative, Design Collaborative Architects Engineers, Elevatus Architecture, Engineering Resources, Ferguson Advertising, Hoch Associates, Martin Riley Architects Engineers, MSKTD & Associates, SCO Engineering, Weigand Construction, and Viridian.

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Source:  Fort Wayne Electric Works Website



Viridian is providing LEED® Consulting for the Electric Works redevelopment, with the intent of pursuing LEED® Gold Certification, as defined by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED®, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is known for being the most widely used green building rating system in the world. This rating system provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. Consulting services for this project include LEED® based guidance and administration for each of the project teams throughout the three phases of the certification process, which is based on the LEED® v3 / 2009 Rating System.

Phase 1 of the Electric Works redevelopment plan will take part on the West Campus and include buildings 19 (250,000 sf); 20, 22, and 22A (36,000 sf); 21 (7,000 sf); 23 (30,000 sf); 26, 26A, and attached additions (275,000 sf); 27 (76,000 sf); and 31 (135,000 sf).

Phase 2 of the Electric Works redevelopment plan, the East Campus, will include buildings 7, 8, and 9 (43,500 sf); 4 (239,000 sf); and 6 (175,000 sf).

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Aerial View of Electirc Works Campus in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana
Source:  Fort Wayne Electric Works Website

We are thrilled to take part in the revitalization of this campus, and we are excited to see the transformation and impact it will have on downtown Fort Wayne!

Follow the progress of Electric Works here.

Fort Wayne Electric Works Website
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