It’s a big year for Camp Red Cedar.
Not only is the community-beloved organization celebrating its 30th anniversary, the staff and campers are also enjoying a brand new lodge and cabins.
“This has been a dream of ours for the past ten years,” says Carrie Perry, CTRS (certified therapeutic recreational specialist) and director of Camp Red Cedar. “We’ve been talking about the need to add on and what we would do with it and how it would take us into the future. This has been very exciting for all of us.”
Located on 57 acres of wooded land off Hursh Road in Fort Wayne, Camp Red Cedar offers camping activities to people of all abilities. The entire facility is wheelchair accessible and uniquely designed to accommodate children and adults with special needs.
“Shawnee Construction worked well with us and accommodated all of our requests to make things accessible and extra durable for the variety of clients we serve,” says Perry. “They added four more cabins for us as well as an 11,500 square foot lodge, which includes a gathering space for campers, a covered porch for crafts, a kitchen and plenty of room for our offices. We were really cramped in a small ranch house before that.”
“When it comes to working with non-profit groups, we try to help them out as much as we can from a cost perspective,” says Matt Schenkel, president of Shawnee. “We appreciate what Red Cedar does for the community.”
Now in its 51st year of business, Shawnee Construction & Engineering specializes in industrial and commercial construction and has earned a solid reputation for quality work and outstanding customer service.
John Verduce of Shawnee served as the project manager for the Camp Red Cedar job.
“We started in November of 2017 and finished this past July,” says Verduce. “Indiana weather is always a challenge. We had a lot of snow and a lot of rain, but we committed to having the work done so the summer campers could enjoy the facility.”
Perry and her staff wanted the new buildings to have the same kind of rustic appearance that their original buildings have.
“We just wanted to make sure it had a ‘campy’ feel to it,” says Perry. “Shawnee was able to repurpose five old, horse barn doors that we had in the activity center. That’s probably my favorite thing from the whole project. That and the air conditioning are everybody’s favorite. The whole thing turned out great.”
“We were still doing work at the camp when some kids were there using the facility last summer and I have to say, it was really rewarding to see how much they enjoyed it,” says Verduce. “I will never forget that.”
Address: 7701 Opportunity Drive Fort Wayne, Indiana 46825
Phone: (260) 489-1234
Years in Business: 51
Number of Employees: 40 full time
Products & Services: Commercial and industrial construction; remodeling and maintenance