Georgia Street and JW Marriott – for Super Bowl XLVI
Schneider’s high professionalism was the best match when improving Georgia Street and building JW Marriott.
Super Bowl XLVI was an event unlike anything Indianapolis had ever seen before as it was the city’s first time ever to host the Super Bowl. Indianapolis had a lot to prove that they were as good, if not better, than the favored, primary-tier cities and would be the perfect city to host many future Super Bowls in years to come. Thus, the plans for the Georgia Street and JW Marriott were born.
Georgia Street morphed from a four-lane street to becoming an anchor of the best of Indianapolis within three blocks. Georgia Street connected visitors with hotels, restaurants, shopping, heated walkways, and concerts. Unlike other cities, Indianapolis offered everything within walking distance, making Georgia Street its main artery. To make Georgia Street the “it” place, Schneider had to think outside the box to get an old downtown street a new vibrant and vivacious look. Only Schneider with our meticulous, customer-oriented staff would be able to deliver such a huge and monumental project on budget, on time and with smooth operations and professionalism.
The year-long revitalization project started with a topographical survey in 2010, along with field layout work. This project was very fast-track and very detailed, unlike other projects Schneider has done in the past. The placement of the catenary bases, stormwater infiltration basins, and retractable bollards were very strategic due to the many underground utilities. Some of the other unique challenges were obtaining elevations of the basement roofs that protruded under the sidewalks that had to be lowered to maintain the proper grade across the sidewalks to the travel lanes and also the layout of the boardwalk, various planters, and paver lines. However, with all the extra concerns and attention to detail on a fast deadline, Schneider was very happy with the finished product, as this project was a part of the historical, Super Bowl experience, which is something we and the rest of Indianapolis can truly be proud of.
When Indianapolis was selected to host the Super Bowl, no existing hotels were adequate in locale to Lucas Oil Stadium and the Convention Center. Building a custom hotel made for such large events was vital. Therefore, the world’s largest JW Marriott, 35-stories to be exact, had to be built and built to spec quality. When the time of the Super Bowl arrived, JW Marriott was the place to stay if you were visiting Indianapolis. The media center, many celebrities, and the NFC’s Giants resided at the JW Marriott.
During the two year project, Schneider had to give particular attention to establishing control out of the construction area yet accessible. Since businesses remained open it was important to not draw attention away from business focus. Schneider did topographical survey, boundary survey, construction survey, which included staking for storm and sanitary sewers. For the JW Marriott project, Schneider established control lines for floor control in order for the contractors to layout interior walls and exterior building faces. Procedures were required to achieve the highest possible accuracy throughout each level to insure successful results. The JW Marriott was an icon for the Super Bowl with the decals running down the front and sides of the building welcoming everyone to Indianapolis, home of Super Bowl XLVI.