July 5, 2019
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Rick Conner Receives Consulting Engineer of the Year Award

With great pride, we are happy to share that American Structurepoint President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Conner has received the prestigious Consulting Engineer of the Year Award from ACEC Indiana. The annual award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to consulting engineering in Indiana.

Rick’s leadership and vision for growing the company has contributed greatly to American Structurepoint’s success. Since becoming president, COO, and majority owner of American Structurepoint in 1987, Rick has grown the company from $3 million in annual revenue and fewer than 50 employees to an average of $90 million in revenue and 450 employees across 11 disciplines working in seven states and growing.

In his usual humble style, Conner said he views the award as a testament to the contributions of all past and present American Structurepoint employees who strive every day to deliver excellence and value to clients.

“I truly believe this award recognizes what our people have achieved for over 52 years as a company,” Rick said in a press release announcing the award.

This is very well-deserved honor for Rick and our company. Please join us in congratulating Rick on this great achievement.

July 5, 2019
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Employees, Clients Discover How to Take the Lead

Keynote speaker Alicia Schulhof

Over 100 American Structurepoint clients and staff enjoyed an evening of networking and leadership coaching at the “Take The Lead” event June 12. Our PointUP organization hosted the evening at the Phoenix Theatre in downtown Indianapolis. Keynote speaker Alicia Schulhof, FACHE, president of the North Suburban Area Hospitals for Indiana University Health, shared techniques for conquering barriers and getting out of your comfort zone to become a workplace leader regardless of your current position.

Alicia suggested creating your own “kitchen cabinet,” your personal board of directors to guide and mentor you. These are people you trust and rely on who can give you meaningful input and advice when you want to grow and spread your wings in your career and life.

She also shared eight steps that anyone can use to overcome barriers and optimize your personal and professional potential. Here they are.

  1. Define the problem.
  2. Who can help you solve the problem (AKA your kitchen cabinet)
  3. Identify metrics of success.
  4. Do a gap analysis
  5. Develop solutions
  6. Experiment and practice your new skills
  7. Measure your results.
  8. Reflect on what happened to discover lessons learned.

Alicia then challenged everyone to define your “why,” your reason for getting up in the morning. Finding your why is another term for finding your purpose. Once you do that, Alicia says you can focus on those things that matter most to you. Most important, you must remember to be authentic in the person you are.

July 5, 2019
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Eagledale Wins AIA Indianapolis Design Excellence Award

Our Eagledale Senior Apartments project garnered another award, this time from the AIA Indianapolis Design Excellence Awards. We received a Citation Award for Historic Preservation for our architecture design work. With Eagledale, our team designed an adaptive reuse, renovation and expansion of the historic Flackville School 100 building in Indianapolis into a beautiful new senior apartment complex with 65 total units. In 2017, the project also won a Merit Award in the Indy Chamber’s Monumental Awards for Innovative Reuse.

July 5, 2019
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Congratulations to Joe Dubyel

Congratulations goes to Joe Dubyel on his promotion to field manager. In his new role, Joe will focus on construction projects in the northern portion of central Indiana as well as assist with projects in the southern portion of northern Indiana.

Since joining the firm full-time in May 2008 after five rounds as an intern/co-op student, Joe has made his mark at American Structurepoint. He has made himself an integral part of the leadership team. Joe has proven success in managing multiple projects simultaneously, while also making significant contributions to business development. Joe also is quick to take on additional responsibilities including leading the effort on refreshing the group’s safety program and representing the group on a company emerging technology committee.

The next time you see Joe, give him a high five and wish him well in his new role.

July 5, 2019
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Third Panel Build: House-Raising Success

“What homeownership means to me and my kids is stability…being able to have pets and have a place where we don’t have to worry about moving. They can have their own rooms.” –Kenyata Duncan, Homeowner

American Structurepoint hosted its third panel build for the Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity on June 27. Eighty-five American Structurepoint employees came together in the parking lot of our headquarters to help frame a 4-bedroom, 1,300-sft house. Volunteers worked on the set-up crew, checked in volunteers, and participated in two build shifts to frame a home in just over five hours. Additional employee volunteers helped with the “tear down” on June 28, readying the home for transport.

Nail captains led teams of employees through both build shifts. They were Webb Bernhardt, Tom Carrow, Alex Varney, David Mohler, and Matt Koehling. (Matt is a financial advisor at Raymond James who learned about the panel build while visiting our office for a presentation on our 401(k) plan.) We are appreciative of everyone who donated their time and talents for this project.

The Duncan family will reside in the home we framed. Kenyata and her three children are excited to become homeowners. “We’re looking forward to having a real home of our own, and starting a new beginning. This is truly a blessing. Thank you to Habitat and all the volunteers involved!

Visit T:\Communications Dept\Community\Bulletin Board\2019\2019 Panel Build to see all the photos taken during the build.

July 5, 2019
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Krista Lawson Wins 2019 Chili Cookoff

Chili Cookoff winners

Our last chili cookoff at the 7260 building took place June 28, and a tasty-tastic time was had by all. This year’s competition featured 25 chili concoctions, including one from Matt Koehling, our Raymond James executive. Krista Lawson (Marketing Services), who always takes photos for corporate posterity at the annual event, took something else this year – a $300 first-place gift card! Kristina Mudd (Structural) received a $200 gift card for second place, while Scott Scoville (Accounting) received a $100 gift card for third place. Anitra Lewis (Accounting) winner of the popular vote, received a $50 gift card.

Recipe Low-Down

To the Point asked for the secret to their sauce, the magic to their ‘maters, and the prize behind their peppers, which is a fancy way to say we wanted deets about their recipes. Here is what we received.

  • Krista Lawson – I used pulled pork, barbecue sauce, green chilies, and a variety of bean and spices – everything but the kitchen sink. I added things randomly until I was happy with it!
  • Kristina Mudd – This recipe represented the culmination of a 13-year investment. The aged ground elk meat (which died of natural causes after living on a free-range, hormone-free pasture) combined with the sweetness of brown sugar, the eye-watering onions, and the garden-fresh stewed tomatoes, created this literal one-of-a-kind chili.
  • Scott Scoville – Some highlights of Scott’s recipe includes red, yellow, and green peppers; hardwood smoked bacon; Italian sausage, ground beef, and lots of spices. Scott also slow cooked his chili for 8 to 10 hours!
  • Anitra Lewis – My white chicken chili was made at the last minute with lots of chicken and lots of care.

July 5, 2019
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Carmichael Hotel Tops Out

A June 12 topping-out ceremony for the high-end, $40 million Carmichael Hotel at Carmel City Center in Hamilton County attracted many visitors, including Structural Engineering team members. We provided structural engineering services for this 122-room boutique hotel that also features 4,000 sft of meeting space, a specialty restaurant, and a cabaret-style music club. Carmel leaders expect the hotel to serve as a powerful tourism and economic development tool to lure visitors and new corporate headquarters. The hotel, part of Marriott’s most exclusive brand known as the Autograph Collection, is expected to open in May 2020.

July 5, 2019
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Progress at Dormakaba

Work to expand the Dormakaba Group facility on Indianapolis’ north side is coming along nicely. We provided architecture design services for a 200,000-sft addition to an existing facility at East 75th Street and Binford Boulevard. In October, Swiss-based security productions company Dormakaba announced plans to double the size of its manufacturing operations and create 165 high-paying jobs over two to three years. The company makes locks and access-control solutions for schools, universities, airports, stadiums, retail, healthcare, government, and commercial facilities.

July 5, 2019
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Interns Give Back and Network For Intern Day


American Structurepoint hosted our annual Intern Day on June 19. Our 29 interns spent a day serving the community together, sharing lunch with a panel of seasoned professionals, and enjoying networking and some friendly golf competition. The day began in our Indianapolis office where the interns introduced themselves with an ice-breaking activity and enjoyed breakfast together. Next, the interns headed to St. Mary’s Child Center in Indianapolis for several hours of community service. They mulched, power washed, organized, and cleans to help prepare St. Mary’s for the upcoming school year. Following community service, the interns changed and headed to Topgolf in Fishers for a panel lunch discussion. They received advice and helpful tips about their future careers, work/life balance, leadership and so much more from Michael Cline, senior vice president for administrative operations at Purdue University; Pat Fox, former CEO of Riverview Health; John Kish of 16 Tech; and our very own Rick Conner and Greg Henneke. After lunch, the interns had the option of staying for an afternoon of food, drinks, socializing, and trying their hand at golf, including competing in Topgolf’s Top Contender game. Thank you to everyone who participated in and contributed to Intern Day 2019; it was a huge success and we are already looking forward to next year.

July 5, 2019
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Volunteers Make Bunks Across America A Success

American Structurepoint employees stepped up in a big way to help make the Indianapolis Bunks Across America build event a huge success on June 15. About 36 volunteers, 17 from American Structurepoint, built 15 bunk beds (or 30 total beds) at the Circle City Industrial Complex. Earlier American Structurepoint donated funds to purchase the tools used to build the beds. The Indianapolis Chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace, headed by our very own Jess Pounds (Investigative Group), joined with chapters across the nation to build 2,500 bunk beds (5,000 beds) in one day.  In total, 5,459 beds were built by almost 9,000 volunteers across all 108 Sleep in Heavenly Peace chapters in 38 states and Canada. Because of our volunteers’ hard work, 30 children from the Indianapolis area will now have a place to sleep. Thanks to all who volunteered their time and contributed to caring for our community’s children in need.

July 5, 2019
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Batter Up for the Company Picnic

Want some spoiler alerts about the company picnic at Victory Field on Saturday, August 10? Look no further. Here’s a rundown of what’s new and what’s staying the same.


  • Event – noon to 4 p.m.
  • Lunch served- noon to 2 p.m.
  • Batting practice noon to 2 p.m.

New This Year

  • Carnival game station with prizes
  • Inflatable ax throwing (adults and kid friendly)
  • Rock wall
  • Water table with toddlers
  • Happy hour in the cove area from 2 to 3 p.m. Each adult 21 and over will receive one drink ticket when you arrive for use at the happy hour event for a free beverage of your choice. Cash bar option for additional beverages.

More Fun For All

  • Photo booth
  • Face painting
  • Yard Pong
  • Giant Jenga and Connect Four
  • Bounce house
  • Field games after batting practice (potato sack race and tug of war)
  • Rowdie (Indianapolis Indians mascot) appearance – TBD

Get your RSVP in by August 2 by clicking here.

July 5, 2019
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Architects Support Brooke’s Place Golf Outing

Steve Hanscom, Scott Marchisin, and Vanessa Shumate played in a golf scramble last month that raised funds for Brooke’s Place.  The Indianapolis nonprofit provides support and services to grieving children, teens, young adults, and their family members when they have lost someone significant in their lives. One in seven children lose a parent, sibling, or close loved one by the age of 20. To learn more, click here.

July 5, 2019
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ACE Mentor Program Update

American Structurepoint continues as a corporate sponsor for Lawrence Township students participating in the ACE Mentor Program. Our company provides mentors, financial support, and a named scholarship to the organization that creates opportunities for architects, engineers, and construction managers to interact with high school students interested in our industry. This year’s $2,000 American Structurepoint scholarship recipient was Sara Xique of Lawrence Central High School.  Four students from the Lawrence team garnered $8,000 in scholarships at the 13th Annual Indianapolis Student Presentation and Scholarship Awards Dinner held on May 15 at the Marriott East Convention Center.  The Indianapolis affiliate gave out over $50,000 in scholarships for the 2018/2019 school year and continues to provide students opportunities to learn about the design and construction fields within a safe, supportive environment.

If any employees are interested in getting involved with ACE in the upcoming 2019-2020 school year, contact Vanessa Shumate. She will hosting a mentor callout later this month, so look for an email in your inbox with more info!

At the dinner, students from six different schools in the Indianapolis area participated in the event and presented their projects for this year’s Polis Station. The Polis Station incorporated elements of a police station with socially conscience community components that can inspire partnership and neighborhood development to resolve community based issues. Each of the six Indianapolis teams from Arsenal Technical High School, Ben Davis High School, Decatur High School, Lawrence Township High Schools, North Central High School and Warren Township High School presented their take on this year’s program during a 10 minute presentation covering architecture, interior design, structural, civil and MEP engineering along with construction schedule, estimates and logistics.

July 5, 2019
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Columbus Employees Join Ride for Cancer Research

Five of our Columbus employees are riding in the 11th annual Pelotonia charity bike ride benefitting cancer research taking place the first weekend in August. Our team of Brian Bingham, Kelly Everett, Shawn Goodwin, Tyler Hardin, and Tom Hibbard will be riding between 25 and 75 miles on Saturday, August 3. This ride is super special because 100 percent of every single dollar raised will go toward life-saving cancer research at The Ohio State University Center-James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. The James, as the locals call it, is the largest cancer hospital in the Midwest. Since its founding in 2008, the Pelotonia ride has raised over $184 million to further cancer research.

Our team welcomes employee donations to show support for the James Cancer Center and the fight to treat cancer. If you feel compelled to donate to our team’s efforts, use this link to contribute.

July 5, 2019
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Employees Enjoy Annual Memorial Golf Classic

Another fabulous company golf out is in the memory and history books. Unbelievably, the storms and rain forecasted for most of the week prior to the outing dissipated into cloudy skies and pleasant temperatures for the 70 brave “golfers” to compete in this year’s 39th Annual Memorial Golf Classic. Many thanks to American Structurepoint for providing this opportunity to gather and enjoy a great day of golf and fellow­ship!

Here are the results: after 18 holes of some fine (and not so fine) golf, we gathered to eat some burgers and brats and dole out the prizes, praises, cheers, and jeers as follows:

Long Drive on #3: Chris Samsel

Closest to the Pin on #8: Nick Everhart

Longest Putt on #10: Joe Griffith (after some confusion about what constitutes a putt)

Closest to the Pin on #14: Brad Schrage

Long Drive on #18: Jack Lashenik

Now for the scores: it was pretty cut and dried this year. The team of Jordan Parks, Chris Samsel, Rod Pizarro, and Joe Sutton shot 9 strokes below par to record a 62 and capture third place.  Shooting 10 under par to score a 61 and land them in second place was the team of Mike Steffy, A.J. Edwards, Todd Stout, and Cash Canfield. In first place this year with an 11 under par of 60, the threesome of Bryan Potter, Eric Everett, and Corey Gilreath (Zach Murphy wasn’t able to make it).  Well done!

Special thanks to Krista Lawson for capturing the memories and photographic evidence to prove you all were indeed at this year’s outing.  Thanks to all who came out and made it an enjoyable day. Most importantly, a hearty thank you goes out to American Structurepoint for allowing us to hook, hack, slice, and shank our way around the golf course once again.


July 5, 2019
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Community Service News

The Community Service fund received payroll contributions totaling $3,433.50 in June, and the company match brought us to $6,867 in incoming funds. We now have 138 employee contributors. (Please contact Michele Collins or Ben Braun to begin contributing or to change an existing commitment.)


Crestwood Village – Small gifts were presented to residents at Crestwood Village in honor of Father’s Day. The $41.42 expenditure brightened the occasion for the senior community’s male residents.

If you have a suggestion for an organization that could use a boost of volunteers or a financial contribution, please share it with the Community Service board. A donation request form is available via Pinnacle.



Backyard Barbecue at Dayspring – American Structurepoint will host a picnic on Saturday, July 27 for residents of the Indianapolis Dayspring Center. Family participation is welcome at this event. We’ll be looking for volunteers to help grill, organize games for children, and help make the day enjoyable. More details and a sign-up sheet will be available soon.

DREAM Alive Scholar Visit – Plan ahead now in case you would like to help when high school students from the DREAM Alive program will visit our new Indianapolis office on Wednesday, October 2 for a hands-on STEM activity.

DREAM Christmas – We’re joining DREAM Alive again this year to brighten the holidays for Indianapolis-area families in need. Volunteers will be needed for three different events within the program. Shopping with the Scholars will occur on November 19 and 21. We’ll host a wrapping party for those special gifts in early December, and the DREAM Christmas event will be held in mid-December.

Santa is anticipated to visit our Indianapolis headquarters on Friday, December 6 for an after-hours adults-only event and Saturday, December 7 for family and pet photo opportunities.

Holiday Mania – returns on Friday, December 13. Electronic shopping options will be available for those who can’t attend in person.



We received a message of appreciation from Dan Bajor for the gift packages recently sent to the troops under his command. “A thank you for your generosity and time assembling the care packages for the troops. We just received a large box the other day. The timing could not have been better – it was a great morale booster for everyone. Please extend our gratitude to all those who helped contribute and coordinate… I appreciate everything American Structurepoint has done. It has certainly brought a dosage of normalcy.”

Dan also expressed his gratitude for the gifts sent to his family by the Architecture + Interiors Group. “Thank you again for the generosity. I think the burden of deployments is far greater with the families left home then those service members in country.”

July 5, 2019
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Community Service in Other Places

Our employees love to make a difference in their own communities as well. Dale Nicholson (Investigative Group) volunteered at the Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Kentucky, picking up trash and spreading mulch. He participated as part of a week-long blitz of community service projects called Go Local at Crossroads Church.

July 5, 2019
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June Round of Applause Recipients

We salute these 16 Round of Applause recipients who went the extra mile for their coworkers in June. Remember, anyone at any employee level can recognize an employee by submitting an email to HR at roa@structurepoint.com.

  • Jenna Alchevsky
  • Jordan Barker – three in one month!
  • Ruben Castilla
  • Brad Curts
  • Tyler Daigle
  • Karen Gillmore
  • Marietta Griffith
  • Josh Iddings
  • Krista Lawson
  • Anitra Lewis
  • Kayla Martisek
  • Kate Oliver
  • Meagan Perratore
  • Adam Pfeiffer
  • Natalie Shanks
  • Hailey Woods

One more newsletter article to read!

To see a recap of June media coverage of our projects, click here.