Renier Construction Named Construction Manager for Rahal Letterman Racing Headquarters
BROWNSBURG, Ind. November 4, 2020 – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Renier Construction has been named the construction manager for the team’s new global headquarters in Zionsville, Ind. Renier Construction will be in charge of both design as well as planning for future construction of the new facility. Renier has partnered with Architectural Alliance who will serve as the architect of record for the build.
“Based on my previous experiences in working with Renier, they were the perfect fit for this project. I had really enjoyed working with their design-build team earlier on a Lexus dealership in Dayton, Ohio and then again with the shop in Hilliard, Ohio. The way that they do business matches the full ownership group’s expectations - selecting them was a non-negotiable for me,” said Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with David Letterman and Mike Lanigan. “It’s also incredibly fulfilling to see this project come to life. Bill Heifner and I have been working to bring this project to life since the 90’s.”
Bobby Rahal has worked with Renier for over 30 years. Together, with John Higgins, they built Lexus of Dayton in 1991. Best known for the way they do business, Renier Construction is well suited to serve as the construction manager, overseeing this project from start to finish.
“It’s an honor to continue to serve Bobby Rahal and all of RLL,” said Bill Heifner, Founder and Chairman of Renier Construction. “It will be extremely satisfying for me personally and professionally to see this project through as Bobby and I have worked and reworked plans for a new race shop in Indianapolis for many years. We’ve had a good relationship and have worked on multiple projects together over the last 30 years.”
The 115,000 square-foot facility, which will occupy 13 acres southeast of the downtown area in Zionsville, will allow RLL to consolidate its existing INDYCAR SERIES operations in Brownsburg, as well as its IMSA operations in Hilliard, Ohio. The new building will feature office and event space as well as automotive R&D and light manufacturing operations to support the dynamic functions of RLL’s racing teams. The project will commence the first quarter of 2021 and is expected to be fully operational by early 2022.
About Renier Construction
Renier Construction is a leading design-build general contracting firm serving clients throughout the Midwest from its headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. For over 40 years, Renier has exclusively completed both new-build and renovation projects using the design-build partnering approach. The recipient of numerous awards for integrity and construction excellence, Renier serves clients in the automotive, transportation, industrial, medical, manufacturing, office, restaurant and multi-family industries. For more information about Renier's services, projects or company contacts, visit www.renier.com or call (614) 866-4580.
About Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, based in Hilliard, Ohio and Brownsburg, Ind., is co-owned by three-time IndyCar Champion and 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, former CBS Late Show host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan. In 2020, the team is in the midst of their 29th year of open wheel competition and has 29 wins – including the 2004 Indy 500 from pole with Buddy Rice and the 2020 Indy 500 with Takuma Sato -- their 33 poles, 107 podium finishes and 1992 series championship. The team also competed in the American Le Mans Series from 2009-2013 as BMW Team RLL where they won both the Manufacturer and Team Championships in the GT category in 2010 and swept all three GT titles in 2011 - Manufacturer, Team and Driver. In 2012, the team finished second in the Team Championship and third in the Manufacturer Championship and in 2013, the team finished second in the Driver, Team and Manufacturer Championship. Since 2014, BMW Team RLL has competed in the GTLM class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with a two-car program and has brought their total to 22 wins – including the 2019 and 2020 Rolex 24 at Daytona endurance races, 28 poles and 82 podium finishes as well as a second place finish in the Manufacturer, Team and Driver championships in 2015 and 2017.