A recent study by the Associated General Contractors of America notes Indiana has seen one of the largest rates of growth in its construction sector in the past year. Indiana had the fifth largest percentage gain in construction between April 2011 and April 2012, according to the AGC of America, during which time the state added 9,400 jobs.
City of Bloomington Public Works Director Susie Johnson says the city is has a specific bidding process, but tries to support local construction companies.
“These projects are definitely stimulating the economy, getting people to work,” she says. “It’s a real positive thing not only from the standpoint of the workforce that’s actually doing the job, but the projects when they’re complete will really be a benefit to the community condition of Bloomington.”
Johnson adds many of the projects are funded and planned about three years in advance. Dustin Perry is the superintendent for Bloomington-based Dave O’Mara Construction, and says a single current project in the city’s downtown will cost about $4 million.
“We’re local. We need to stay working local,” he says. “I don’t think they should bring people from out of state unless there was something that local people around here have never done.”
Perry says the project on Walnut Street should be complete by March 2013, but could be finished as soon as December.