October 5, 2021
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Westfield Welcomes East Street North Extension

Celebrating the ribbon-cutting of East Street North from left to right, Tanner McKinney, American Structurepoint; Ken Olson, American Structurepoint; Tom Deklyen, Gradex; Harley Frey, Gradex; Westfield Mayor Andy Cook; Dave Lancet, Lochmueller Group; and Clint Jump, E&B Paving

Improved connectivity and accessibility to the NorthPoint industrial park are among the benefits the City of Westfield will reap now that the $7.2 million East Street North Extension project is open for traffic in the Indiana community. We provided roadway design service, right-of-way engineering and acquisition, utility coordination, and traffic design services for the 1.4-mile extension of East Street from 196th Street northward to SR 38. The project included realigning a portion of Grassy Branch Road near SR 38 to improve safety at the intersection and providing a new traffic signal at SR 38 and Anthony Road.

October 5, 2021
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Matt Jennings Receives 2021 AIA Indiana Young Architect Award

Matt Jennings celebrates his AIA Young Architect Award with his wife, Milly, and their twin daughters, Layla and Naiya, after the awards ceremony at the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky

Big congratulations go out to Matt Jennings, AIA, for receiving the 2021 AIA Indiana Tony Costello Young Architect Award. This annual award recognizes a licensed architect age 40 or less achieving exceptional career accomplishments and advancing the architecture profession.

Matt celebrated his fifth anniversary with American Structurepoint in May. Matt has contributed greatly to several of our recent significant projects, including the Lafayette Public Safety Building, Allison Transmission Innovation Center, Loeb Stadium, and the Dean and Barbara White Community Recreation Center in Merrillville. He is also integrally involved in the Architecture + Interior Design Group’s incorporation of virtual reality (VR) into the design process. VR technology allows clients and design team members to experience designs in a fully interactive 3D environment. Congratulations, Matt, on this awesome career achievement!

Matt is the fourth American Structurepoint architect to receive this award; American Structurepoint boasts the most young architect award winners in the state. Brandon Farley, AIA LEED AP BD +C, in 2016, Brandon Hoopingarner, AIA, received the honor in 2017, and Rob Bray, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, in 2018.

October 5, 2021
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Chili Cookoff Returns

Presenting our Chili cookoff winners, from left to right: Steve Hanscom, Anna Skelton, Steve Davidson, Blake Parsley

The annual Chili Cookoff made a sizzling comeback at the Indianapolis design center October 1. The competition proved to be hot, and the chili even hotter! Approximately 60 to 70 clients and seven judges came to partake in the chili chow down and enjoy up to 23 different chili concoctions, as did many Indianapolis employees. Here’s to the victors and their respective spoils!

  • First Place – Blake Parsley (Road Group) – $500 gift card
  • Second Place – Anna Skelton (Marketing Services) – $300 gift card
  • Third place – Steve Davidson (Executive Group) – $150 gift card
  • Early Bird Registration Prize – Tom Leahy (Investigative Group)- $100 Netflix gift card
  • Popular Vote – Steve Hanscom (Architecture + Interiors Group) – $75 gift card

And if you haven’t done so already, please join the Photocircle app so you can enjoy all the photos. Join the Circle now at https://join.photocircleapp.com/0B3G3S6VC4

October 5, 2021
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National ACEC Podcast Features Cash Canfield

Chief Operating Officer Cash Canfield touts the benefits of the Indiana Transportation Team partnership on a national American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) podcast. The Indiana Transportation Team initiative engages engineering consultants, INDOT, and construction contractors to improve working relationships and rebuild trust among all three groups. The podcast highlights the initiative as a great example of how strategic analysis, planning, and partnering can benefit all three entities. Cash was interviewed in his capacity as the current ACEC Indiana president.

The initiative, launched in fall 2019, sought to rebuild trust and open communication to provide the safest, highest-quality, and best-maintained transportation network in the country. The pandemic slowed implementation of the initiative, but there is now a renewed interest to foster and maintain a spirit of cooperation to better serve Hoosiers and the traveling public as INDOT implements a robust transportation infrastructure improvement program. Check out the entire 26-minute podcast at this link.

October 5, 2021
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UI Makes Big Splash at 2021 IWEA Conference

American Structurepoint’s utility infrastructure expertise made a big splash at the 2021 Indiana Water Environment Association annual conference. Our six presentations shared great projects and client partnerships while promoting our technical reputation throughout the industry.

Presentation topics included our work on the South Bend biosolids renewable fuels project, the design-build project at the Hendricks County Wastewater Treatment plant in Avon, our Indianapolis DPW stormwater management program, an upgrade to the Calhoun/27th Street lift station to service the new Hard Rock Casino in Gary, and two HR-related topics regarding developing talent and leaders. Thank you, everyone, for your contributions to a successful conference! Special acknowledgement to this year’s speakers: Melanie Bucher, Kaitlyn Currie, Mike Massonne, Jordan McCormack, Karen Saavedra, and Samantha Sutter.

October 5, 2021
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Company Makes Healthiest Employers List in Ohio, Texas

American Structurepoint has been recognized in the 2021 Healthiest Employers of Texas and Ohio programs. This program recognizes companies for their commitment to workplace wellness and their exceptional health and benefits offerings. Award applicants were evaluated across six key categories: culture and leadership, foundational components, strategic planning, communication and marketing, programming and interventions, and reporting and analytics. Way to go, Texas and Ohio employees!

October 5, 2021
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Employees Hammer Up, Nail Down For Habitat for Humanity Build

Indianapolis American Structurepoint employees joined with FOX59 NEWS and many other volunteer teams at the FOX59 parking lot for its 10th annual Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity Panel Build. On September 17, 10 staff members helped to frame a home for future Habitat homebuyer Shennea Dixon. Working in two shifts, Ken Olson, Haris Hassan, and Calvin Herr (Road); David Welch (Civil Engineering); Geeta Kharche (Traffic); Matt Moore (Executive); Sam Ponder (IT Solutions); Alexa Helms and Cameron Schuler (Environmental Services); and Michelle Lidy (Utility Infrastructure) helped to progress the accessible home that will give Shennea new independence.

October 5, 2021
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Sharing VR Technology With Clients

We love seeing our clients share with the world that they had a great experience thanks to American Structurepoint! Flaherty & Collins Properties posted on their social media accounts about using the Architecture + Interior Design Group’s virtual reality technology to explore designs of a downtown Columbus, Indiana multi-family and urban grocer project. Flaherty & Collins is the developer and we are the architectural designer for the project.

Our architecture team owns four Oculus VR headsets that allow clients and employees to immerse themselves into a fully interactive 3D environment. The headsets give clients and teammates the opportunity to explore a virtual representation of a particular room, floor, or an entire building design. In their social media posts, Flaherty & Collins thanked American Structurepoint for letting them explore the future. Way to collaborate and build good will!

October 5, 2021
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New History Channel Series Features Iconic Engineering

Iconic engineering structures take center stage this month in a new eight-part docuseries on The History Channel and its streaming service, The History Vault. “The Engineering That Built the World” examines the design and building of the most epic builds of the past two centuries, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Panama Canal, Statue of Liberty, and North America’s transcontinental railroad.  The first episode debuts Sunday, October 10 at 9 p.m. EDT.

October 5, 2021
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Round Of Applause – Roll Call for September

Here’s a salute to the 46 employees receiving Round of Applause recognition in September. Remember, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 to thank an employee for going the extra mile.

  1. Start an email to roa@structurepoint.com.
  2. Write a few sentences about what the person did and when.
  3. Press send, and HR does the rest!
  • Megan Adams, Marketing Services Group
  • Derek Anger, Investigative Group
  • Connie Boaz, Marketing Services Group
  • Tom Carrow, Construction Solutions Group
  • Phil Carrow, Construction Solutions Group
  • Josh Culver, Construction Solutions Group
  • Bailey Devillez, Accounting Group
  • Asia Doss, Road Group
  • Lisa Dunaway, Planning + Economic Development Group
  • Don Gillie, Investigative Group
  • Shirley Gray, Marketing Services Group
  • Shashad Gujaran (2), Traffic Group
  • Carl Hennings, Land Surveying Group
  • Justin Hofman, Road Group
  • Brad Jones, Traffic Group
  • Geeta Kharche (2), Traffic Group
  • Corey Kramer, Road Group
  • Sara Krock, Marketing Services Group
  • Natalie Kroger, Planning + Economic Development Group
  • Sarah Marchisin, Marketing Services Group
  • Greyson McCaig, Road Group
  • Anna Stachofsky-Menchaca, Planning + Economic Development Group
  • Levi Michalke, Road Group
  • Zach Murphy, Road Group
  • Adam Oldaker, Road Group
  • Neel Pandya, Road Group
  • Adam Pfeiffer, Road Group
  • Maya Quandt (3), Marketing Services Group
  • Rahul Rajbhara, Traffic Group
  • Mike Roche, Civil Engineering Group
  • Reyes Rojas, Marketing Services Group
  • Holly Rundle, Environmental Services Group
  • Dawn Sampson, Marketing Services Group
  • Gina Sessions (2), Road Group
  • Sagar Shah, Road Group
  • Justin Soltesz, Road Group
  • Mike Steffy, IT Solutions Group
  • Jamie Stetzel, Road Group
  • Jeremy Szutenbach, Road Group
  • Phillip Tatarkov, Civil Engineering Group
  • Dhane Thomas, Marketing Services Group
  • Jason Wade, Bridge Group
  • Kim Wheelock, Bridge Group
  • Van Wigent, Architecture + Interiors Group
  • Jon Youmans, Land Surveying Group

October 5, 2021
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Community Service News

The Community Service fund increased by $6,793 in September 2021. For the second half of August 2021, the fund increased by $2,996. Many thanks to our employee payroll contributors and to the company for providing a dollar-for-dollar match.

Welcome Our New Board Members

The community service board has expanded to better manage the increased number of requests and volunteer activities we see each year. Rob Chappelle (Road – Cleveland), Joe Dubyel (Construction Solutions – Indianapolis), Todd Richardson (Construction Solutions – Evansville), Michelle Self (Administration – Indianapolis), and Andrew Stastny (Traffic – Tampa) joined the board in September.

American Structurepoint Raises Big Bucks For EWB Tournament

The American Structurepoint kickball teams comprising structural, civil, and utility infrastructure employees raised the most money of all teams participating in the Indianapolis professional chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) annual kickball tournament. The kickball tournament raised $3,820 to fund ongoing project work in Guangaje, Ecuador. Funds from the August kickball tournament will allow EWB to survey a pipeline route to a new water source and provide materials to implement the project. The Guangaje community will have access to reliable and clean water as early as spring 2022. Way to go everyone!

Get Involved

  • You can become a contributor to the Give Back fund by completing a commitment form, available by searching for “Community Service” on Pinnacle. Every dollar donated by employees is fully matched by the company.
  • Employee volunteers run monthly Meals on Wheels routes in Indianapolis and Columbus. Contact Derrek Day in Indianapolis and Brian Bingham in Columbus if you would like to start volunteering.
  • All donations are driven by suggestions from American Structurepoint’s employees. If you have a suggestion for an organization that could use assistance, please complete a donation request form, also available via Pinnacle. Requests for assistance are accepted year-round. The community service fund supports projects in six categories:
  1. Families or children in need
  2. Emergency shelters
  3. Elderly
  4. Literacy and schools
  5. Armed services
  6. Honoring/remembering an American Structurepoint employee

Is your team, group, or design center planning a volunteer activity? Please send an email to “CommunityService” prior to the event. Funds may be available to complement your project!

October 5, 2021
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American Structurepoint in the News

American Structurepoint projects and people appeared in the news media 35 times in September. Here’s a recap.

  • The approval of a revised combined sewer overflow long-term control plan saving the City of South Bend over $400 million, upon which we played a major role with partner firm Stantec, received much coverage in trade and conventional media outlets. Articles appeared in ASCE News, Construction Digest, Water Online, KURL TV, Smart Cities World, Water & Finance Management, Water World, H2O Global News, and ASCE news.
  • Highlights about the Bass Road Corridor, SR 37 Stormwater Drainage Line, and the 16 Tech Gent Avenue Corridor projects appeared in Building Excellence in Construction and Design Magazine featuring ACEC Indiana Engineering Excellence Awards winners.
  • The Indianapolis Business Journal published an extensive report on hypersonics projects underway or planned for Purdue University that we are designing. (Please see the President’s Column appearing in this newsletter for more details.)
  • Automotive Fleet.com reported a significant drop in car crashes in teardrop-shaped roundabouts in Carmel, such as the ones we designed for the Keystone Parkway.
  • Engineering services we are providing for the Bicentennial Trail in Columbus, Indianapolis gained approval from the Columbus Redevelopment Commission, according to the Columbus Republic.
  • Two surveys we are conducting as part of the Berne Comprehensive Plan project made news in the Berne Witness.
  • Our engineering work to design Hohman Avenue in downtown Hammond, Indiana as a complete streets-type avenue with public spaces warranted coverage in The Times of Northwest Indiana and Town News. Highland Project Manager Gina Sessions was quoted in the articles.
  • News about a property condition assessment of the 28-story City-County Building in downtown Indianapolis housing multiple city departments, court rooms, and the Indianapolis Police Department appeared in the Indianapolis Business Journal, Inside Indiana Business, and WISH-TV.
  • A new Bloomington, Indiana apartment complex, Overlook at 46, for which we provided civil engineering services, received coverage in the B Square Bulletin and Indiana Public Media.
  • The Richmond Palladium-Item told its readers that the Wayne County Council approved $26,000 in architectural services for American Structurepoint to redesign restrooms located in the Wayne County Courthouse.
  • A progress report on the Washington Avenue project in Frankfort, Indiana that we designed appeared in the Clinton County Daily News and on WIRE-RadioMom 91.1/91.5 FM.
  • The Indianapolis Business Journal published an article outlining a bevy of new stormwater projects to occur in Indianapolis thanks to a $50 million bond sale and COVID relief funds. We manage the city’s stormwater program.
  • Inside Indiana Business reported news of an expansion of the Hammond Sportsplex and Community Center we designed.
  • A bridge replacement project we engineered in Richmond received coverage in the Richmond Palladium-Item.
  • The Indianapolis Star and Current of Fishers reported on how the City of Fishers would pay for its share of the SR 37 Corridor project we designed.
  • News that the City of Noblesville intends to break ground in 2022 on the Pleasant Street project we designed appeared in Current of Noblesville and the Hamilton County Reporter.
  • The Coshocton (Ohio) Tribune reported on a property condition assessment our investigative staff conducted of a historic building in that city needing $1.3 million in repairs to make it safe for use.
  • The Hamilton County Reporter invited the public to attend an October 1 ribbon cutting for the extension of East Street in Westfield for which we provided engineering services. (Please see the article appearing elsewhere in the newsletter.)
  • The Columbus Republic reported that plans for the multi-family urban grocer project for which we provided architectural services will be considered at the October 13 Columbus Plan Commission meeting.
  • Plans to widen Dan Jones Road in Avon, Indiana, made news on Fox59 News in Indianapolis. We are designing the project.

September 1, 2021
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Project Update: Aqua Indiana Hendricks WWTP Expansion

Drone shot of entire site

Construction has progressed well all summer long at the multi-discipline Aqua Indiana Hendricks County Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion in Avon, Indiana. American Structurepoint is teamed with Bowen Engineering on this progressive design-build work, providing utility infrastructure, civil engineering, and structural engineering services. The project includes an innovative biological treatment process, optimized hydraulics and operations, and complex sequencing of construction. Project Manager Karen Saavedra (Utility Infrastructure Group, Indianapolis Design Center) reports construction is complete for the following:

  • New 60-foot diameter concrete circular final effluent clarifier
  • Ultraviolet light disinfection tank
  • Base slab and several vertical walls for the 116-foot by 80-foot vertical loop reactor biological treatment tank
  • Extension of the clarifier slitter box
  • Underground piping

The project is slated for completion in January 2022. Social media tip: follow Jim Shields of Aqua Indiana on LinkedIn for awesome photos and videos of ongoing work.

Drone shot of 60-foot diameter final clarifier

September 1, 2021
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Summer Brings Back Team Outings, Conferences

Throughout the summer, many groups and teams enjoyed a sense of returning to pre-COVID 19 times via attending outdoor activities and hosting meetings such as golf outings/fundraisers, team outings, and even going to conferences. Here’s a round-up of a smattering of activities.

Topgolf Team Outings Return
Topgolf locations in Fishers, Cleveland, Round Rock, and Tampa hosted 13 team outings, including our annual intern day, beginning in early spring through early August. These included Indy Sales, Human Resources, Utility Infrastructure, Indy Bridge, Architecture + Interiors, Planning + Economic  Development, Marketing Services, Indy Traffic, PointUP, Round Rock,  Tampa, and Cleveland.

Interns enjoyed their stint at Topgolf Fishers

Investigative Returns to Conferences, Tournaments
Our Investigative Group has been attending numerous functions over the summer. This includes five golf outings at Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Lexington as well as participating in the Kentucky Claims Conference in Lexington and the BOMA Trade Show in Indianapolis. We have photos from the Firstee Benefit Golf Outing in Cleveland benefitting the rehabilitation of burned children and the BOMA conference.

Marketing Services Bowls for a Cause
Marketing Services team members Julie Kost, Matt Werner, Krista Lawson, and Ryan Kommes, along with Investigative’s Darwin Acord, participated in a Society for Marketing Professionals Indiana Chapter bowling tournament to raise money for college scholarships.

Architects Tackle Sporting Clays Tournament
Kent Hughes and Vanessa Shumate were members of a foursome participating in the Fourth Annual Aim High For Education Indianapolis Chapter CSI Education Foundation Sporting Clays Tournament at the Indiana Gun Club in Fortville, Indiana. American Structurepoint also was an event sponsor. The event raised about $7,500 for the CSI Scholarship fund providing scholarships for students attending an Indiana college and pursing a design or construction-related degree.

From left to right: Vanessa Shumate, Anthony Bugliarelli, Brian Detty, and Kent Hughes

Volleyball Match at Pinheads
American Structurepoint has two sand volleyball teams that play at Pinheads in Fishers every Wednesday evening. The two teams faced each other in their first match of the Fall season on August 23. One team, The Setting Ducks, consists of Adam Logeman (Bridge), Kim Wheelock (Bridge), Ryan Cummins (Bridge), Cameron Schuler (Environmental), Leigh Stevenson (Environmental), and Krista Lawson (Marketing Services); the other team, Bye Week, is made up of Civil Group members Nick Schultz, Nathan Horgan, Drew Zimmerman, Kylie Bright-Schuler, Megan Irving, Jennifer Buck, Michael Pearce, Josh Rodgers, Jack DeValk, and Madeline Romeo.

HR Takes On Mixology
The HR team mixed it up so to speak, learning how to make two signature cocktails for their team-building event. They gathered at the Chatham Hills Club House to experience Alcomy, a mobile cocktail business owned by mixologist Brett Butler. They learned how to make a spicy basil margarita and a smoky old-fashioned.

From left to right: Melanie Bucher, Lauren McDade, Meagan Perratore, Ben Braun, Scott Sumner, Madison Deniston, Alexis Perkins, Brett Butler, and Liza Trant

American Structurepoint Hosts CIC Meeting
Our company hosted the first in-person meeting since the start of the pandemic of the Central Indiana Chapter of the Indiana Society of Professional Land Surveyors. Twenty-eight surveyors attended the event in The Point Café that included dinner from City Barbeque and a presentation by Bryan Catlin, technical supervisor for the Marion County Surveyor’s Office, on the NGS’ Benchmark program.

Run For World Water A Success
American Structurepoint fielded a strong showing at the Run for World Water fundraising event held in downtown Indianapolis August 28. Our team featured 35 employees and their family members, along with two furry friends, AKA dogs. The walk benefits Water for People, an international nonprofit providing access to clean water and sanitation solutions to nine countries in Central America and Africa.

American Structurepoint team photo

September 1, 2021
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Kickball Fun Raises Money for Ecuador Projects

Eighteen American Structurepoint employees took to the kickball diamond recently to raise money for water and infrastructure projects in Guangaje, Ecuador. They formed two teams to play in the Indianapolis Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) annual kickball tournament August 13 at Midwest Sports Complex.

What had been anticipated to be a 10-team tournament unexpectedly evolved into an 11-team tournament with the arrival of a second and unregistered American Structurepoint team. The EWB board graciously allowed the new arrival to compete in the tournament before paying the registration fee and quickly adapted the double-elimination bracket to include the team. Both of our teams played well, but Christopher Burke Engineering walked away with the tourney trophy for the third consecutive year.

Here’s a tip of the rally caps to the following employees who played for a good cause. American Structurepoint A team:  Kayla Martisek (Structural Engineering), Jess Pounds (Investigative), Andrew DeWilde (Structural Engineering), Nick Schultz (Civil Engineering), Steven Rogers (Structural Engineering), Lindsey Lidy (Structural Engineering), and Jerica Barlow (Structural Engineering ). American Structurepoint B Team (all from Utility Infrastructure) Tricia Graham, Patrick Addis, Henry Cushing, Anna Gridley, Brandon Gridley (spouse), Dave Haas, David Mohler, Todd Wilson (DPW), Jared Wilkerson, and Catherine Pallotta. Thanks to everyone who participated in this tournament, and hopefully we can have another strong showing next year!

September 1, 2021
by Marketing Communications
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Reviews Are In: Company Picnic A Smash Hit

Great times and special memories were created during the annual company picnic August 7 at the Indianapolis Zoo. A total of 750 people attended the picnic, making a triumphant return after a 2020 hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Zoo-goers enjoyed the family atmosphere, riding the rides, seeing all the animals, and most importantly, connecting with each other. Many guests stayed for the private hours of 7 to 9 p.m. when the zoo remained open for American Structurepoint guests, and the house was packed for the private dolphin show at 7:30 p.m. Survey results show that of the 142 surveys returned, 92 people rated the event as excellent, 46 declared it good, and four people gave a neutral rating. There were few complaints, but the ones submitted were related to the humidity and the food. Although we are limited on our catering options due to our growing group size, the planning committee will pass on the feedback for hopeful improvement at future events.  Check out these photos!