In June 2016, construction began on the Manchester Early Learning Center's new campus, which was relocated from an over 40 year old building, to North Manchester's Market Street corridor. New classrooms were created for various age groups along with multi-purpose rooms and staff areas. This project was the first to recieve Regional Cities funding and is the only State-Licensed, not-for-profit learning and care center in Wabash County.
We worked with Doug and Bill Kinder, David Michael and Ed Bender from the outset of the design, through the final punch list of the Strauss-Peabody Aquatic and Fitness Center in North Manchester. I am a retired school superintendent and have been through several building projects and worked with several architects, construction managers, general contractors, sub-contractors, etc. Our experience with Kinder was great. They did exactly what they were supposed to do. They provided guidance to us through the design phases and the construction documents phase so that we stayed with our budget. Our main priorities were very well protected by Kinder’s involvement and we reduced costs through their recommendations to do things a little differently with minor things throughout the process.
The construction period was very smooth. The contractors obviously liked working for Kinder and, when necessary, Kinder held their feet to the fire. In my experience, there is always one contractor who begins to hold everyone else up. Kinder knew what to expect and they were on top of it before it became an issue. The project was completed early – which is a phenomenal statement in the construction industry. Kinder’s responsiveness to our questions and concerns, their suggestions to make things better, and their follow up with punch list items were outstanding.
- Jim Smith | North Manchester Community Ambassador