Little River Wetlands Project
The Little River Wetlands Project’s barn at Eagle Marsh, located on Engle Road in Fort Wayne, serves as the headquarters for their many activities throughout the year.
Earlier this year, the Northeast Indiana Construction Alliance partnered with Little River Wetlands Project to assist them with several needed repairs and upgrades to the barn and fabrication and installation of a new entrance gate.
Thanks to the generosity of our volunteers who donated their time and skills and our partners who donated funding and project materials, we were able to provide these repairs and improvements at nearly no cost to this great asset to our community.
We are incredibly proud of this partnership, our volunteers and partners and appreciate their desire to support our community.
New Barn Floor The gravel was removed in the back half of the barn and a new concrete slab poured. The Plasterers and Cement Masons Local 692’s Apprenticeship paid for the concrete and donated the labor to install the new floor. Volunteers from Laborers Local 213 and Brooks Construction Company, Inc. also joined in.
New Entrance Gate All the materials and labor for the fabrication and installation were donated by Ironworkers Local 147 staff and apprentices. Retired Painters Local 469 member Randy Thieme painted the gate.
Interior Barn Lighting Upgrades & Heaters Apprentices from IBEW 305 installed lights and Hi-Tech Electric installed new heaters. IBEW Quality Connection made a large donation to cover the cost of the materials.
New Gutters were donated and installed by Smart Local 20 and SMACNA.
The Barn Doors were repaired and new rollers installed by Mike Avila and Little River volunteers.
New Barn Entry Door The door and materials donated by FCI Construction, Carpenters Local 232 and IPS Supply. Strahm installed the door.
Barn Painted All painting was done by Strahm Group – Local Painters Local 469 volunteer. Sherwin Williams supplied the paint at a discount and MacAllister Machinery donated the use of the lift.
A Complete List of Donors
Smart Local 20, SMACNA
Cement Masons Local 692
Hagerman Construction Company
Ironworkers Local 147
Laborers Local 213
Carpenters Local 232
Millwrights Local 1076
IBEW Quality Connection
IBEW Local 305
Painters Allied Trades District Council 91
Strahm Group, Inc
Northeast Indiana Construction Alliance
Northeast Indiana Building Trades Council
Interior Products Supply
MacAllister Machinery Sales, Service & Parts