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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


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"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


Jim Christie

Jim Christie

Business Development Manager


Understanding Design-Build for Municipalities

Unlike the traditional, low bid design-bid-build method, when using design-build the designer and builder are unified as a single contractual entity to the owner.


How Does Construction Manager At-Risk Differ from Design-Build?

Although Construction Manager At-Risk tries to bridge the gap between Design-Bid-Build and Design-Build, it lacks the collaborative benefits of Design-Build.