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J.A. Wagner Construction Blog

Andrew Harman

Andrew has more than 16 years of experience in the commercial construction field. Growing up in a construction family, Andrew has always had a passion for building and designing. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 2007 from Purdue University School of Technology in Building Construction Management.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Andrew Harman on Nov 25, 2015 2:26:28 PM


On behalf of the entire team at J. A. Wagner Construction, we would like to say thank you for the relationships that we have built over the years. It is our wish that you have a safe and enjoyable holiday to reflect on all the blessings in your life.  

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Here We Grow Again!

Posted by Andrew Harman on Oct 2, 2015 10:12:12 AM

In the midst of one of our busiest seasons to date, J. A. Wagner is pleased to announce the addition of Barry Sutton to our design team. Barry has joined our company as an AutoCAD specialist, preparing and designing the plans for our projects. Our search for the best person to join our team led us to Leesburg, FL, where Barry once drew buildings for our former Central Florida office. Barry brings over 15 years’ experience to this company in CAD, HVAC design and estimating. His familiarity with Butler Steel Buildings and commitment to excellence in the construction industry was exactly what our company was looking for. 

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Happy Labor Day...a Summer Recap

Posted by Andrew Harman on Sep 4, 2015 2:19:14 PM


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J.A. Wagner Ranks Among Nation's Top Metal Builders

Posted by Andrew Harman on May 26, 2015 9:11:00 AM


Thanks to our loyal and new customers, J.A. Wagner Construction has been ranked among the top metal builders again for the 2014 year. According to Metal Construction News, J.A. Wagner was ranked#28 nationally for all metal builders by tonnage (1,633 Tons), the largest tonnage builder in Indiana. This tonnage reflects the total tonnage of Butler and associated building steel ordered and shipped in the 2014 calendar year. J.A. Wagner was also ranked #19 nationally by square footage at 482,400 square feet, the second largest in Indiana. 

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Considering A Construction Project in 2015?

Posted by Andrew Harman on Mar 26, 2015 1:51:41 PM


Spring has come and so has the thaw. It is finally time to get outside and prepare for a great summer of construction. After a long winter, we are breaking ground on several exciting projects…is yours one of them? During the colder months while the ground was frozen, we spent time designing and working with our clients so that their new projects would be ready when Mother Nature surrendered to spring. Some of those projects include new facilities for Global Link and ACC Climate Control as well as an addition for Northwest Interiors. 

Did your employees or your products get a little wet this winter? Now is also a great time to evaluate and repair any leaks that popped up over the colder months. Ice buildup on your roof combined with the freeze and thaw in winter can wreak havoc on older screw-down roofing and cause fasteners to pull loose.

Whether it is repairs, an addition or a new building, it’s not too late to have your vision become a reality for 2015. Whether you’re out of room and need to look at your options or are considering that remodel that you just haven’t had time to think about, we are here to help your vision become reality. From concept to completion, J.A. Wagner Construction offers single-source responsibility for your project, ensuring that your focus can remain on your company.

We’d like to wish you a Happy Spring and we hope to hear from you soon with any new projects or plans you may have for your company!


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J.A. Wagner Reaches Another Career Milestone

Posted by Andrew Harman on Mar 12, 2015 10:00:00 AM


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Optronics International Remodels with J.A. Wagner

Posted by Andrew Harman on Mar 5, 2015 9:29:09 AM



Optronics, America’s Largest Offshore Vehicle Lighting Manufacturer, had outgrown their small leased space, so they purchased a larger existing building. This building needed to be retrofitted to meet their specific needs.  

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Iron Sharpening Iron...a Jack Miller Recap

Posted by Andrew Harman on Feb 6, 2015 9:13:00 AM

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Gearing Up for Miller Time

Posted by Andrew Harman on Jan 19, 2015 10:02:16 AM

Networking is an important part of every industry.  The construction industry is no different.  It is important to make sure that we are continuing to compete at the highest level in the Michiana market.  One way we do that is by attending the Jack Miller Network Meeting in Orlando.  For several years, we have been sending employees to this meeting and 2015 is no different.  

This year, we are excited to be sending a salesman and project superintendent to this informative networking meeting.  Many of the most prestigious contractors from all over the country come to this meeting not only to share their ideas and methods, but to learn how others are building and competing in the ever changing construction industry.  It truly is a win-win scenario for all of us.

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Is Design-Build Construction The Answer? You Decide.

Posted by Andrew Harman on Sep 26, 2014 1:25:00 PM

The design-build delivery system for industrial and commercial construction has been increasing in popularity among owners for many years. Design-build, also known as “single source responsibility,” combines the planning, design and building efforts into a single team. Design-build is now used in approximately 40% of all non-residential, low-rise construction projects and market share has been growing by about 1% to 2% per year, according to the Design Build Institute of America.

Why is this delivery system so popular? Why is it growing? Is this system right for everyone?

The answer to the first two questions seems to relate to design-build being faster and less costly than design-bid-build and construction management. A study conducted at Penn State University showed that design-build costs were 4.5% to 6% lower than other methods and design-build was 23% to 33% faster. Additionall, quality was found to be equal or greater for design-build when compared to the other methods.

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Topics: Design-Build Construction

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