Early Adopter - Meyer Najem anchors new development
The change to the landscape of downtown Fishers, known as the Nickel Plate District, includes the construction of new headquarters for longtime Fishers construction company, Meyer Najem Corporation.
Located on Lantern Road, near the intersection with Commercial Drive, the construction firm was founded in 1987 by Karl Meyer and Anthony Najem. Originally located on Binford Boulevard in Indianapolis, it moved to Fishers in 1997, to 131st Street east of Ind. 37.
The new headquarters anchors the northeast part of the downtown area, across the railroad tracks from the Fishers branch of Hamilton East Public Library and the municipal complex.
It’s an area that’s been under construction for several years, as Fishers has refined its vision for a downtown that’s not only a place to live and work, but a destination.
Anthony Najem, co-founder and CEO of Meyer Najem, says the company’s first project in Fishers was its own office space.
“A good friend of ours had developed an office park in Fishers, and since it was a fast-growing community, we felt that it would be a good investment and a great place to live and raise a family,” Najem said.
The result was a 42,000-square-foot office flex warehouse building in the Parkside complex that Meyer Najem shared with other companies. As the years passed, the firm felt the squeeze that comes from rapid growth, and outgrew their space.
“Mayor (Scott) Fadness approached us with building a new headquarters in downtown Fishers,” explained Najem. “Also, Fishers needed additional space for the Launch 2.0 tech initiative for companies that were growing, so we developed a 40,000-square-foot office building to accommodate both needs.”
The building includes a bicycle garage, shower facility and an outdoor patio that backs up to pedestrian and bike trails. The lobby is open to the Nickel Plate artists to display their works, and is part of the Nickel Plate Arts Trail that runs from Tipton to Fishers.
Fishers subleases the space to innovative tech companies. Current tenants include Emplify, 12 Stars Media, a video production company, and QuadMed, which provides primary health care and wellness programs for City of Fishers employees.
The new headquarters was constructed using sustainable building practices.“The Nickel Plate Office Building has an Energy Star rating and was designed using locally manufactured and harvested materials,” Najem said.
Meyer Najem has 98 employees. Current projects near the Nickel Plate District include an addition and renovation to DeVeau’s School of Gymnastics on Technology Drive, and the new Kroger at 116th St. and Allisonville Road, on the site of the recently demolished Marsh. Further east, the company is renovating Cumberland Road Elementary School and the Hamilton Southeastern Schools administration building.
By Jennifer A. Beikes