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City of Rushville, Indiana

Rushville City Center Progressive Design-Build Renovation Project


Contract Value

Dec 2018

Target Completion


Square Feet

Project Description

The City of Rushville was in need of a new City Center building and chose to renovate the downtown Masonic Temple, a century-old historic building. The new Rushville City Center will provide a venue for entertainment, education, and government efficiency. The transformed building will be home to the Wolf Theater, Ivy Tech College, a new City Hall with Mayor's office,  city government offices, and community meeting space.

Having previously tried to renovate the building using the traditional design-bid-build construction delivery method, the City needed a construction method that would bring the project to completion within their available budget and timeframe. The City of Rushville pursued progressive design-build as a construction delivery method because of its many benefits including owner engagement during the design and budgeting process and speed of project delivery. Performance Services was then selected in a competitive design-builder process.

Project Highlights

  • Adaptive reuse of a century-old, historic building
  • Renovation of exterior and interior including complete historic facade renovation and interior plaster and woodwork
  • Complete mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems overhaul and replacement of windows and lighting 
  • An electronic communications system, including CCTV surveillance, access control, and intrusion detection
  • Fully ADA accessible


Jim Christie

Jim Christie

Business Development Manager

The progressive design-build process that Performance Services has taken us through has been second to none. Unlike the previously unsuccessful plan-spec process that we tried on the same building, the design-build team is delivering a much faster, higher quality building that stayed within our budget and included several local trade contractors.
Brian Sheehan
Director of Special Projects, City of Rushville

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