Fort Wayne, IN

Harris Elementary School


Shambaugh & Son, L.P.


Fort Wayne Community Schools

General Contractor

Hagerman Construction

Services Provided

  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
Teacher helping young students working on computers

Value Delivered

Shambaugh & Son is honored to have been on the Design-Build team selected to perform the MEP design and construction for the repair and renovation work at Harris Elementary School for Fort Wayne Community Schools (FWCS). The Fort Wayne Community passed a referendum allowing FWCS to perform basic infrastructure renewal, restoration, and safety improvements to multiple schools. For Harris Elementary and Bloomingdale Schools, FWCS was willing to stray from traditional design-bid-build delivery and award the construction based on a Design-Build method.

Client Objectives

To obtain another 40 years of functional use from the existing building while improving safety, maintaining excellent learning environments, and providing low cost maintenance and operations.

Scope of Services

Shambaugh & Son provided preconstruction Design-Build and value engineering, as well as complete construction for the single-source combination mechanical, electrical, security and communication.

  • Boiler plant upgrades
  • Chiller plant addition
  • Convert 2-pipe hydronic system to 4-pipe system
  • Replacement of air handling units
  • Replacement of horizontal unit ventilators with vertical unit ventilators
  • Replace existing pneumatic controls with DDC system
  • New domestic plumbing piping, fixtures and trim
  • Electrical services upgrade
  • New electrical distribution panels, feeders, and brand circuits with more outlets
  • New LED lighting
  • New PA and clock systems
  • Security improvements


Shambaugh & Son worked closely with FWCS and our Design-Build partners to design and install new systems for the building built in 1968 along with an addition in 1980 totaling 54,000 sf. The original schedule allowed 2 years for the project; however, our team performed design and construction within an 8-month duration delivering results 16 months ahead of schedule with all of construction happening over one summer. Harris Elementary School achieved Energy Star Certification.