Bottleworks District


Hendricks Commercial Properties, LLC


Indianapolis, IN

CEC Services

  • ADA Accessibility Analysis
  • Erosion & Sedimentation Control/NPDES Permitting
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Landscape Architecture/Land Planning
  • Pavement Evaluation and Rehabilitation
  • Predevelopment Site Investigations
  • Roadway Design
  • Site Grading/Earthwork Analysis
  • Site Infrastructure Maintenance/Rehabilitation
  • Stormwater Management/BMP Design
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Utility Design
  • Erosion & Sediment Control Design and Inspection
  • Stormwater BMP Design and Inspections
  • ALTA NSPS Land Title Surveys
  • Topographic Surveys

Owner Objective

Hendricks Commercial Properties is converting the iconic former Coca-Cola Bottling Plant into a $300-million, 12-acre, urban mixed-use development called the Bottleworks District. The largest private development of its kind in Indiana, it will serve as a culinary, arts, and entertainment hub, featuring the city’s first food hall, a boutique hotel, and unique residential options, as well as 180,000 square feet of flexible office space and 175,000 square feet of prime retail space. Situated in the Massachusetts Avenue (Mass Ave) corridor, the Bottleworks District is a fusion of past and present in the heart of historic neighborhoods.

Hendricks Commercial Properties hired CEC to provide survey, geotechnical engineering, civil engineering, traffic engineering, and landscape architecture for the redevelopment.

CEC Approach

CEC worked closely with Hendricks Commercial Properties and the design architects to redevelop the site. The project lies in the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC) area, which required CEC to obtain special approvals through the City of Indianapolis to preserve the historic aspects of the project and blend in the new development pieces.

The team worked closely with Indianapolis Power & Light to relocate high-tension power lines around the perimeter of the site. In addition, four large underground electric vaults were designed to power the buildings. CEC designed an underground stormwater detention system, including a large stormwater quality treatment unit, under the brick-lined streets. CEC worked closely with Citizens Energy to design and install new water mains and sanitary sewer mains. All of the infrastructure was designed to fit within 60 feet of internal right-of-way, which was extremely tight.

The project had levels of groundwater contamination. As a result, CEC worked with the construction managers on properly conducting earthwork, excavation,
monitoring well locations, and providing data to submit to the appropriate parties.

The project included high-end brick pavers, granite curbs, outdoor seating plazas, and rehabilitated historic buildings. The project was designed and approved within the proposed schedule.

The first office tenant moved into Phase 1 of the project in June 2020. The Bottleworks Hotel, food hall, and movie theater is expected to open by December 2020. Phase 2 is slated to start construction in fall 2020.