The Wigwam Project Consists of:

  • Usable Space: approximately 135,000 square feet
  • Total project cost:  $32M (Complex), $13M (Fieldhouse), & $29M (Sweet Galilee®)
  • Location: Anderson, Indiana
  • Type: Low Income Housing, Mixed Use Development, Urban Revitalization 
  • Amenities: Art rooms and galleries for local artists, 24-hour fitness center and movie room, Access to the aquaponics center, market and fresh café, athletic talent development space, 10,000 square foot health clinic housed by Jane Pauley Community Health Center

The Wigwam is the former Anderson High School and Gymnasium that closed to students in 2005 and closed its iconic gym in 2012. The gymnasium is widely known throughout the State of Indiana as it the SECOND largest high school gym in the USA! The revitalization of the Wigwam will provide jobs, training, education, health resources and housing to the immediately adjacent low‐income community and the residents of Madison County. 

The plan calls for a partnership with BWI, LLC., Building and Impacting Communities, Jane Pauley Health Center, and local food purveyors that will own, program, and manage the building’s gymnasium and athletic spaces.

Sweet Galilee® at The Wigwam


Sweet Galilee® at The Wigwam will provide independent living, along with personal care and supportive services, to seniors aged 62 and older to allow them age in place in a pleasant, safe environment. All of the units will be assisted living units eligible to seniors whose income is at or below 60% of the Area Median Income. 

Sweet Galilee® will include 45 studio assisted living units that are 356 square feet in size, and 85 one bedroom assisted living units that are 510 square feet in size.

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Talent Development

nullBuilding and Impacting Communities is in the business of restoring people’s hope in and possibility for a brighter future. While all of our work is focused on this task, no project encompasses this mission like the Wigwam Revitalization Project. The programs are designed to engage and immerse participants with opportunities which they might never otherwise have the chance to explore.  The programs are designed to find the current and next generation of talented painters, artists, scientists, engineers, technology inventors, actors, vocalists, instrumentalists, dancers, athletes, healthcare professionals, community activists and citizen leaders.

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Fieldhouse Apartments

nullFormerly the site of the abandoned track and field of the former Anderson High School, the apartment building will leverage sustainable design concepts and an array of amenities and services geared toward mental and physical health & fitness, education, and job training for its residents. The former Wigwam property will be transformed into 44 units in 3 stories. The apartments will open in early 2019.

With an office in the clubhouse, Meridian Health Services will provide vital services for the residents, including Social Security and Medical services. 

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