Constructing the Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, created several unique challenges for masonry contractor F.A. Wilhelm Construction Co. The 50 masons on the job were charged with creating a building that combined the spirit of conservative strength with a contrary personality, enhanced by using building material indigenous to the state in the cladding. The designer's dream was the masonry contractor's biggest challenge.
The job required numerous overlapping masonry activities. The contractor was faced with doing two building simultaneously, and using numerous cladding materials, including CMUs, brick, and pieces of dressed Indiana limestone. The greatest challenge was having enough equipment at the right time in position to keep the crew busy and on time.