Two companies submit ‘request for qualifications’ for fieldhouse project

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Columbus has received two applications for design/build construction of the NexusPark fieldhouse.

The Columbus Technical Review Committee opened submissions to the city’s Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and voted to take them under advisement. City Engineer and Executive Director of Public Works Dave Hayward said the two applicants are Force Construction Co. of Columbus and Runnebohm Construction of Shelbyville.

NexusPark is a joint venture between the city of Columbus and Columbus Regional Health to transform the former FairOaks Mall into a health, wellness and recreation center.

The 150,000 square-foot fieldhouse will be a “sports and events venue that will host a multitude of different types of sporting and non-sporting events.” Officials have said in the past that the former Goody’s building area will be demolished to make way for the structure.

According to City Director of Finance, Operations and Risk Jamie Brinegar, the committee expects to present a recommendation regarding the project to the Board of Works on March 8.

For the complete story, see Tuesday’s Republic.