[In the News] The Shift to Multi-Family Real Estate

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The Growing Sector of Multi-Family Real Estate

Did you know multi-family real estate is one the fastest-growing sectors in the country right now? In fact, investment hit a record $43 billion in the fourth quarter of 2015, and multi-family units now account for more than one-third of all new housing.

Shifting lifestyles in the U.S. have sent demand for rentals through the roof. America’s rental population is expected to grow by 4.2 million people between 2015 and 2025, according to a recent Harvard study.

So why is multi-family real estate so popular now?

Top three reasons why multi-family housing is hot:

  • Demographics. The number of young adults (20-34) is rising.
  • A major change in attitudes about how we live. Many desire a walking-based urban lifestyle.
  • The real estate collapse of a few years ago left some cautious at the thought of home ownership.

Multi-Family Real Estate in Central Indiana

Moreover, did you know Indianapolis was recently called “one of the best new boom towns in the U.S.” by Forbes and an “emerging hotspot” by Newsweek? Yes, Indianapolis! With numerous locally-authentic urban areas, Empty-Nesters, Baby Boomers and Millennials are leading the return to walking-based lifestyles in a highly livable metro area.

At the core of so many Central Indiana urban living areas is vibrant and convenient living. Multi-family construction plays a large factor in that, and it’s an expertise we are proud to work within daily. From downtown Indy to Carmel, Westfield, Brownsburg, Greenwood and beyond, Greater Indianapolis has counted on Custom Concrete for over 50 years for quality concrete foundations for luxury living, senior living and university living environments.

We may be partial, but we think Central Indiana is one of the most beautiful places to call home, whether single family or multi-family. Some of the best restaurants, performing arts, entertainment, sports, museums, waterways and parks are in Indy. How could it not be a hotspot?!

Explore our multi-family project portfolio.


Central Indiana Concrete Foundations|


It’s no secret that we love quality concrete. We’ve been building solid Central Indiana concrete foundations for nearly 50 years.

So what is it we love so much about concrete?

Oh let us count the ways!

It’s versatile, has great structural strength and interesting architectural details to name a few. Can you imagine a world without concrete? No flatwork, no sidewalks. The infrastructure of a city would certainly look different.

Over the course of the next few months, we’d like you to #ShowUsYourConcrete on social. Send us a picture on Facebook or tag us on Twitter or Instagram @IndyFoundations and show us what elements you love and what you find exciting and unique about concrete! Anything from foundations and flatwork to architectural elements and the basics like sidewalks. Are we in your neighborhood? Send us a #SpotATruck picture too.


New Year, New You


Employee Dave Abbitt Wins “New Year, New You” Wellness Contest

The Custom Concrete team is pleased to announce Dave Abbitt as the overall winner of our “New Year, New You” wellness contest. As part of our corporate wellness strategy and in partnership with our employee benefits firm, American Health & Wellness Group (AHW), we launched a fun and innovative 12 week wellness program in January called “New Year, New You”.

All of Custom Concrete got involved with actively working on well-being and healthy living accountablity. The program allowed all of us to take small steps toward healthIER living one day at a time over a 12 week period. We worked on things like hydration, 30 minutes of daily activity, trying new fruits and vegetables, the right amount of sleep, handling stress better and a few personal goals as well. It was fun to see everyones’ progress and learn new ways to engage in our own health journey.

To make the program extra fun, AHW added a contest element, where employees could get points toward winning a grand prize at the end of the 12 weeks. All we had to do was challenge ourselves in new healthful ways, create new healthy habits, engage on social and share our journey with our co-workers.

We are so proud of all of you and your healthIER choices over the 12 weeks!  Kudos to everyone and keep up the good work! Congrats to Dave Abbitt for rocking the 12 weeks and being our big winner!

To see more on our corporate wellness journey, click here.

Custom Concrete Named Greenways Foundation 2016 Outstanding Corporation

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Greenways Foundation 2016 Outstanding Corporation

Custom Concrete is honored and humbled to be named Greenways Foundation’s 2016 Outstanding Corporation. There are many gorgeous greenways throughout Indiana, and we are lucky enough to have one right in our own backyard – the Monon Trail extension in Westfield.

Last year Custom Concrete made three additions to the trail in close proximity to the Westfield, Indiana headquarters. There’s now a quarter of a mile stretch that we call the Custom Concrete “Healthy Path”. Additionally, three fitness stations were installed with various exercise and stretching equipment so employees and the general public can utilize those fitness stations. One station is really unique. It’s designed to be handicap accessible. An individual in a wheelchair can pull right up to it and do various exercises all at different points.

It has been Custom Concrete’s pleasure to partner with the City of Westfield and the Westfield Parks Department to help the Monon Trail grow. We were thrilled to be able to build a paved trail connector from our campus to the Monon path. It has allowed our employees to continue to work on their health and wellness goals and has facilitated fun fitness stations the entire community can use as well.

“We want to promote a healthy lifestyle. We want for our company and community to take advantage of the great amenities we have here in Westfield,” says Brad Schrock, Custom Concrete vice president.

Employment Opportunities


Custom Concrete is a Central Indiana Destination Employer

Recognized as an ultimate destination to establish and grow a career, Custom Concrete is an employer of choice for many within the Central Indiana construction industry. As we continue to grow by leaps and bounds in the Indianapolis area, career opportunities are readily available in positions from crew member to jobsite superintendent.

Whether you’re a recently graduated student looking to start your career or an experienced professional looking for a new challenge, we’re always looking for the best and brightest individuals to expand our capabilities.

As an employer with a reputation for positively influencing our employees’ lives both on and off the job, Custom Concrete has a core focus within the following:

  • An Engaged Management Team
  • Positive Company Culture
  • Competitive Compensation
  • Goal Oriented Growth
  • Training & Personal Development Plans
  • Mentor Programs
  • Recognition Programs
  • Company Programs & Events
  • Strong Benefits Package with Free Health Coaches
  • Robust Companywide Communication

Our talented employees are our biggest asset. We believe in listening to our people, promoting equal opportunities and utilizing a robust communication strategy. By actively creating an environment that is a great place to work, we’ve become a destination for job seekers throughout Central Indiana. Why not explore our open positions and join the growing Custom Concrete team?


Seeking Commercial Concrete Estimator to Join Our Team

Commercial Concrete Estimator

As a growing Central Indiana firm, we are looking for the ideal commercial concrete estimator to join our team. At Custom Concrete, every team member’s contribution is valued, and together we are making a difference in the foundation of our neighborhoods, communities and Indy as a whole! As we often say, you can count on concrete, especially Custom Concrete.

We are currently seeking a commercial concrete estimator. The position will work closely with internal personnel, as well as external clients. A minimum of three to five years of experience in commercial concrete estimating (foundations, walls, slabs and site concrete) is preferred.

Additionally, the ability to understand/interpret concrete construction blueprints and specifications. Candidates should have extensive understanding of the major concrete systems, experience with detailed concrete proposals and meeting deadlines as well. Proficiency in Microsoft Office is required. Click here to view the full job description and requirements or to apply online.

Join Our Team

Custom Concrete has been creating foundations for residential, commercial and multi-family facilities throughout Central Indiana since 1969. Recent projects included providing the foundations for large “Big Box” distribution facilities, retail buildings, a number of upscale multifamily developments and many complicated single family residences throughout the Metro Indianapolis area. As a growing Central Indiana firm, we are always looking for the best and brightest individuals to expand our capabilities. Click to explore career opportunities with Custom Concrete.


Seeking AutoCAD Technician to Join Our Team

CAD Technician Needed

As a fast-paced Central Indiana employer, we are looking for the ideal AutoCAD technician candidate to join our ranks. At Custom Concrete, every team member’s contribution is valued, and together we are making a difference in the foundation of our neighborhoods, communities and Indy as a whole! As we often say, you can count on concrete, especially Custom Concrete.

We are currently seeking a CAD/Print Technician to work with our senior CAD staff to create and revise CAD drawings for residential construction projects. Additionally the position includes obtaining take offs for estimates, working closely with our sales team, data entry and printing duties, along with excellent verbal and written communication with internal staff, builders, architects, draftsmen and designers to gather information and solve problems.

Applicants must have basic knowledge of construction components and showcase strong math and analytical skills, as well as be able to work individually or as a team. Proficiency in AutoCAD, Adobe Reader, Cute PDF Writer and Microsoft Office is required. Click here to view the full job description and requirements or to apply online.

Custom Concrete has been creating foundations for residential, commercial and multi-family facilities throughout Central Indiana since 1969. Recent projects included providing the foundations for large “Big Box” distribution facilities, retail buildings, a number of upscale multifamily developments and many complicated single family residences throughout the Metro Indianapolis area.

Join the Custom Concrete Team

We want to hear from talented individuals who are ready to roll up their sleeves and dive into a career with Custom Concrete. Are you ready to join our team? Apply online today!


The Reason for the Season

Bringing Glad Tidings to Our Neighbors

Open Doors of Washington Township, a local non-profit, has been assisting residents in need in the Westfield, Indiana area since 1990. Through their mission of being an expression of the ministry of Jesus in the community, they assist individuals with their physical and spiritual needs, including food, clothing and referrals to additional community services.

This year Open Doors is celebrating their 25th year in the community and Custom Concrete is proud to a part of their annual Christmas New Toy and Sweat Suits Program. Through these programs and in conjunction with the Amanda Strong Project, Open Doors helps provide new clothing and new toys, along with food to families in need within the Washington Township area during the Christmas season. Through a legacy of love, caring and giving, families do not go without during this special time of year due to the work of these two dedicated local charities.

Our Custom Concrete family banned together and were able to provide clothing for 15 individuals and new toys for 16 children this year. We are overjoyed to be able to spread glad tidings within our own community and encourage others to explore Open Doors and the Amanda Strong Project. You never know how your organization might be able to fulfill a need within the community through time, treasure or talent.

Let’s Choose Wellness … Together!

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Custom Concrete has taken numerous active steps to promote the health and well-being of our employees.

With November being National Diabetes Awareness Month, Custom Concrete and the American Diabetes Association reminds both our employees and customers that diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. Did you know that 86 million adults in the U.S. are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes?

By adopting a healthier lifestyle — like many of our Custom Concrete employees already have — we can prevent up to 90 percent of type 2 diabetes cases.  Read more

Custom Concrete Cares

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Custom and the Community

When a company’s roots are entrenched deep within a community, an active and altruistic presence in that community generally follows.

That is indeed the case with Custom Concrete.

Since launching in 1969, we have grown from a meager foundation forms company to one of Indiana’s leading providers of concrete work in commercial, residential and multi-family projects. Recent projects have included providing the foundations for a 750,000 square-foot manufacturing plant, a number of upscale multifamily developments and even several “big-box” stores throughout Central Indiana.

Nonetheless, one thing remains constant: a business environment that is based on the sound principles of trust, integrity, pride and faith. And with that comes that commitment to helping the community in which we live and work as well as taking care of our employees.

Custom Concrete is “seen” in a number of different places: Soccer field back stops, the backs of little league teams and through other sponsorships and donations. But there are many other times when we may be volunteering our time and talents that “fly a bit under the radar.”

For many years, for instance, we’ve been a supporter of Anna’s Celebration of Life through participating in 5K and biking events and other supporting roles. We’re proud of our hometown, Westfield, Ind., and regularly participate in both Westfield Chamber activities as well as things like the Open Doors of Washington Township food drive during the holidays. Through the Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis, we’ve donated time and resources to build a Santa House as well as participate in Habitat for Humanity.

Likewise, Custom Concrete applies those tenets of trust, integrity, pride and faith with our employees as well. We continually do everything we can to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our employees – not because we have to in order to meet some standard, but because we believe it’s the right thing to do. Our extensive health and wellness program garnered us as Indiana’s “Healthiest Employer” (for companies between 100 – 500 employees). In tandem with our health and wellness initiative, we also provide employees with financial literacy information so they can maximize their hard-earned wages.

This isn’t to brag about our efforts; it is merely to illustrate our commitment to caring about our employees and our community. It’s the kind of people we are – and the kind of people we do business with.