Butler staff builds Hinkle playhouse

When soon-to-be graduates and the rest of the university community visit Butler University’s historic Hinkle Fieldhouse this weekend, they’ll be seeing double.

Butler employees built a mini Hinkle Fieldhouse playhouse, complete with entrances for Butler Blue II and Trip, that will be displayed May 10-14 in Hinkle Fieldhouse before being bid on or bought as part of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis’ charity project Play It Forward.

Butler engineer Rich Michal said building the playhouse, which stands 10 feet by 5 feet by 5 feet, was a great opportunity for Butler’s staff to get involved with a cause in the community.

“Our job as staff is also to do outreach,” Michael said. “It’s a great organization I think we all believe in and support.”

Michal said most of the supplies needed to build and decorate the playhouse were donated, so Butler’s contribution was its employees’ time.

“It’s been a labor of love,” Michal said.

Michael had the help of several other bulldogs who donated their expertise and time to the planning and execution of the project:

-Jerry Carlson, director of maintenance services

-Charlie Truax, maintenance services supervisor

-Colin Moore, architectural intern

-Karen Quattrocchi, administrative specialist

-Jonathon Kunkle, lead carpenter

-Michael Goldsmith, truckpointer

-Chris Renollet, truckpointer’s assistant

-Paul Thornton, lead locksmith

-Napoleon Watkins, locksmith

Other organizations that donated services and materials to build the Hinkle playhouse include Ratio Architects, Southeastern Supply Company, Connor Fine Painting, Fastsigns, and Folletts.