Clinton received a call from Scott Barnes in Rushville, Indiana that would change the trajectory and opportunity for both of them with just a single conversation.
C.A. Taylor's own Clinton Taylor learned of an opportunity to work in Rushville, IN through a sales call with S.D. Barnes Construction owner, Scott Barnes. It took no time at all to learn and see from each other that not only were they like-minded, but each had complementary skills that would pair well together in serving clients like Laker Implement.
At Laker Implement, the ownership team desired the ability to have a well-lit showroom area that could easily accommodate even the largest of equipment.
Another request centered around high, open-span ceilings, but with offices around the upper level of the building. By accommodating steel structural elements into the design, the overall feel was achieved successfully.
With the loft look desired by the ownership team, S.D. Barnes worked with one of their local vendors to produce a steel handrail that provided safety but also matched the steel aesthetic of the Nucor structure.
Scott Barnes found his start in residential construction, building specialty custom homes with premium features. With his eye for design and knowledge of finishing options, Scott has completed a multitude of projects that have provided a robust career for him and his team. As his business grew, he continued to pursue opportunities in commercial construction, like the most recent Laker Implement project.
While this structure is meant to serve Laker's clients through sales and parts services, it is also meant to create an environment that is welcoming and aesthetically pleasing. This is exactly the type of commercial project that is perfect for S.D. Barnes.
Scott identified early on that Clinton is a visionary, just like him. He quickly saw that partnering with Clinton, which means partnering with Nucor and it's advanced building technologies, meant bringing his clients the best there is to offer.
By using a Nucor steel building to complete the Laker project along with premium finishes and special features, Scott and Clinton created the building of Laker's dreams.
A video describing their partnership
Nothing was more important as a part of this project than understanding the dream of the clients and what they had been waiting for. With consistent efforts paid to communication on all fronts, Clinton and S.D. Barnes were able to bring that to life while also considering lifetime value, growth opportunity, and structural integrity.
As with any project, there are obstacles faced on both sides, whether it's a difference of opinion, a vision that doesn't match structural need, or simply a design need that cannot be satisfied. With Clinton's knowledge of steel structures and creative vision and Scott's will to accomplish premium tasks for his clients, they were able to provide office spaces despite clear span steel beams, loft walkways with the proper safety structures, and most of all, natural lighting that was sound and air tight.
By adding features such as cedar beams, oversized windows, prismatic skylights, and black-framed interior glass, a Nucor steel building can quickly become usable space with immense environmental appeal.
A partner like S.D. Barnes that has an immense knowledge of potential premium finishes helps to "warm up" a building of this nature beyond the steel and utilitarian nature of it. He also has a network of skilled craftsmen that can come alongside the C.A. Taylor build team.
With the respect to longstanding relationships and historic reference to its longtime "footprint" in downtown Rushville, it was important to the Laker family to ensure their customers, both longtime and potential, would feel welcome in their space. They wanted to embrace newness while also showing their customers nothing was changing. This was shared often in the design process, and led to many of the features being displayed accordingly in the final project.