October 8, 2014 | Campus Crossroads
The recent financial crisis truly hit the Michiana construction industry in late 2009 after the completion of major projects at the Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center and Cook Nuclear Plant.
Area demand became so soft that the local unions stopped taking on new apprentices while their members struggled to find enough work, said Mike Compton, the business manager of IBEW Local 153, the region’s electrical workers’ union.
But there was one place the cranes and backhoes never stopped: the University of Notre Dame. And now with the $400 million Campus Crossroads Project, construction is ramping up.