How do you host a ribbon-cutting for the opening of the first new building at the $500 million 16 Tech Innovation District in Indianapolis during a pandemic? Host it virtually of course! A virtual ribbon cutting attended by 300 people via Zoom marked the opening of the $30 million Innovation Building 1 for which we provided civil engineering and environmental services. The ceremony also marked the opening of Gent Avenue that we designed as well as provided the design work for underground utilities. Our design extended the roadway that now connects the nearby Riverside neighborhood to the district’s center.
Innovation Building 1 is a 5-story, 120,000-sft facility serving as the headquarters for multiple biotech, technology, and innovation entities. The Indiana Biosciences Research Institute will have three floors of laboratory space. The building also will be home to the Indiana University School of Medicine’s Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering, and the new headquarters of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, among others. A limited number of dignitaries and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett spoke in person at the event and then cut a 50-foot long ribbon to mark the district’s formal opening. American Structurepoint is honored to be involved in bringing 16 Tech to life!
August 7, 2020
by Marketing Communications Comments Off on Indy 500 Upgrades Include American Structurepoint Projects
Had fans been permitted at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) Sunday, August 23 for the 104th running of the 500 Mile Race, they would have seen improvements courtesy of American Structurepoint. New IMS owner Roger Penske spent $11 million on many upgrades, including an improvement project along Georgetown Road for which we provided civil/site engineering and land surveying services. Georgetown Road is one of the main arteries leading to the track, and we removed two lanes of road to improve fan access behind the bleachers on the front straightaway. Improvements also include two new parking lots for which we also did civil/site engineering and land surveying. Drivers along Georgetown Road can enjoy the new roadway now, and the parking lots will be ready and waiting when fans return to the track in 2021. And remember to watch the race August 23 on NBC TV and the NBC Sports app; coverage starts at 1 p.m., with the green flag dropping at 2:30 p.m.
August 7, 2020
by Marketing Communications Comments Off on We Are A Best Employer in Ohio!
Our Columbus design center earned a spot on the 2020 Best Employers in Ohio List created by Crain’s Cleveland Business and the Best Companies Group. The list contained 42 companies. Among the reasons Crain’s cited for our inclusion on the list are lunch and learn sessions covering career development and retirement account information and our bonus vacation program that provides an extra week of pay or a week of time off for staff after two full years of employment.
August 7, 2020
by Marketing Communications Comments Off on Happy Retirement to Webb Bernhardt
A safe, socially distanced retirement reception celebrating Webb Bernhardt’s 19 years of service to American Structurepoint went well Friday, July 31. Well-wishers wore masks, stayed six feet apart, and offered fist and elbow bumps instead of handshakes when greeting Webb in The Point café.
During his tenure in the Construction Solutions and Utility Infrastructure groups, Webb not only was an exceptional employee, but he also served as a great mentor to less experienced staff. Company President and COO Rick Conner wrote this on a banner keepsake containing signatures and personal notes for Webb.
“Congratulations on an outstanding career and a well-deserved retirement. You wrote ‘the book’ on professionalism, and I’m glad you’ve been part of our organization. Lots of cool projects, lots of rewarding memories!”
From all of us at American Structurepoint, thank you, Webb, for all your hard work and dedication. Best wishes on your next adventure!
August 7, 2020
by Marketing Communications Comments Off on Working to Improve Noblesville Connectivity
American Structurepoint staff masked up and socially distanced to answer residents’ questions during a July 29 public meeting for Noblesville Mayor Chris Jensen’s top infrastructure priority to improve east-west connectivity. The public meeting was part of the state environmental process requiring due diligence in selecting a preferred alternative for the new east-west corridor. Project Development Director Mike Maurovich and Senior Project Engineer Tanner McKinney attended the session; American Structurepoint is providing program management, road design, and engineering services for the alternatives under consideration.
August 7, 2020
by Marketing Communications Comments Off on Celebrating July’s Big Wins
We continue to celebrate big wins. Here’s a recap about July’s major wins
Avery Road and Rings Road/Cara Road Intersection Improvement – American Structurepoint will first provide preliminary design and cost estimates for two intersection options for the City of Dublin – signalized and roundabout. City officials will choose one of the options, and our engineering staff will proceed to final right-of-way and design work.
US 20 Complete Streets – We were chosen to provide preliminary and construction engineering services for a complete streets project along portions of US 20 and Lake Street in Gary, Indiana. The project will revitalize the US 20 corridor adjacent to the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District’s Double Track project that will provide quicker transportation between Northwest Indiana and Chicago. The US 20 project includes improved sidewalks, a new underground stormwater detention, decorative lighting, new intersection signage, ADA-compliant curb ramps, and pedestrian refuge islands.
On-Call Construction Inspection Services, Seymour District: American Structurepoint will provide on-call construction inspection services for up to 20 assignments during a four-year period in INDOT’s Seymour District. We have seen a good run of success in winning on-call assignments in the Seymour District by maintaining long-standing relationships and building new ones in southeast and south central Indiana. Our team strives to deliver top-notch service while providing exceptional communication to and with key stakeholders.
Minot AFB Building 121: American Structurepoint will provide the architecture, interior design, civil engineering, and structural engineering with our design-build partner CMS. The project involves a complete interior renovation as well as the civil/site upgrades of a secure communications building at Minot Air Force Base in Minot, North Dakota.
August 7, 2020
by Marketing Communications Comments Off on Mask Up, American Structurepoint
Have you shared a photo of yourself sporting your favorite mask to our PhotoCircle album? You are missing out on some fun pics. Take a look at these select photos: It’s not too late: Join the circle now and share those pics at https://join.photocircleapp.com/T5AXRGQZ6X. Use pin 069469 to join the 2020 – Adapting To Change group!
Carl Hennings, Columbus
Jason Greene, Evansville Construction Solutions, at the NASCAR All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway
August 7, 2020
by Marketing Communications Comments Off on Promotion News: Congrats to Matt Wright
We congratulate Matt Wright on his promotion to federal sector leader within the Architecture + Interiors Group. Having worked with Dan Weinheimer and other group leaders for the past several years, Matt is stepping into the federal sector role upon Dan’s retirement. His niche expertise in designing secure spaces for top-secret operation centers and research facilities has given us a competitive advantage in both the federal and higher education markets. Matt is also part of the overall company federal practice that has won work in 33 states over the past five years, and he will continue to work with our Civil, Structural, and Planning groups in the pursuit of multidisciplinary projects that showcase our company’s strengths. Matt is an extremely capable project manager and has become adept at steering through the extensive list of federal agencies and programs to find effective opportunities for the group and our company. We wish Matt continued success in his new role.
August 7, 2020
by Marketing Communications Comments Off on Reva Derhammer Becomes Company’s First WELL-Accredited Professional
Join us in congratulating Reva Derhammer for earning her WELL Building Standard Accredited Professional (WELL AP) credential! Reva is one of less than 10 people who currently hold this credential in Indiana.
The WELL Building Standard® is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind. Acquiring this building standard certification is an increasingly popular request among clients and will become even more important post-COVID.
As our first employee to obtain this credential, Reva will serve as an asset within the Architecture + Interiors Group, and companywide, for how to create spaces that improve occupant health and for explaining the importance, using data driven information, of implementing these practices.
Way to go Reva! We look forward to seeing the impact of these happy, healthy buildings.
August 7, 2020
by Marketing Communications Comments Off on Environments For Aging Magazine Features Column By Vanessa Shumate
Senior Project Architect Vanessa Shumate, besides being a talented designer and dedicated mentor, now is a published author detailing her passion for designing senior-living facilities. Editorial leadership at Environments for the Aging Magazine asked Shumate to write a first-person essay for their “The Spark” column appearing in the Summer 2020 issue. The Spark shares personal accounts that inspire individuals to dedicate their careers to improving environments for seniors.
Vanessa tells of helping her mother care for her grandparents so they could continue to live in their Eastern Kentucky 1900s-era farmhouse rather than move into a senior-care facility. Her experiences at a very young age inspired her to design award-winning communities where seniors live active lives.
“As I grew up, I continued to think about the lessons I learned on that farm and the resources required to help individuals stay active and free of limitations as they age. I’ve taken all the lessons from my grandparents and from working in a church environment and applied them to the projects I design,” Shumate wrote. You can check out the entire column here.
August 7, 2020
by Marketing Communications Comments Off on Hardik Shah and Family Make Difference With COVID-19 Relief
Traffic Engineering Group Leader Hardik Shah and his family are using fundraising and music to make a meaningful difference in lessening the impact of COVID-19 in people’s daily lives. One effort is a campaign via GoFundMe to raise $5,000 to help feed families and obtain much-needed medical supplies and PPE worldwide. Fund donations will be split evenly among five organizations:
The World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund
Doctors Without Borders
No Kids Hungry
The fund has raised nearly $1,000 to date, and Hardik’s goal is to raise $5,000 by year’s end. “Myself and my wife, Hardi, know this is just a small drop in the bucket, but every drop adds up to making an ocean of difference for the greater good of humanity,” Hardik said. If you would like to contribute, visit his GoFundMe page.
Not to be outdone, Hardik’s 9-year-old son, Raahil, wrote his very first song for his piano class that caught the attention of Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness. Raahill’s video of the song “Hope” soon found its way to the Mayor Fadness’ Facebook page as well as other social media platforms. The video eventually received over 1,000 views. The song’s lyrics tie in to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s #InThisTogether campaign promoting social distancing and curbing COVID-19 cases. You can take a listen to the video here.
August 7, 2020
by Marketing Communications Comments Off on Nevil Gomes’ Research Paper Gets Published
Our very own Nevil Gomes, EI (Indianapolis Bridge Group) recently had his research paper published in the ASCE journal! This research, part of his graduate degree at the University of Cincinnati, explores the use of beam stiffeners to strengthen corrugated plate structures using a software called CANDE (Culvert ANalysis and DEsign).
The paper recommended various ways to design and analyze of culverts. The study found that it is possible to design lighter, longer, and more cost-effective structures by using stiffened plates. As of August 5, the paper has been downloaded 28 times. Check it out here: https://bit.ly/2ZNZF9T
August 7, 2020
by Marketing Communications Comments Off on Great Co-Op Experience = Award Nomination
Recently hired engineer Michael Roche (Columbus Civil Engineering Group) thought so much of his summer 2019 co-op experience that he nominated American Structurepoint for a major award given by the Ohio University.
Mike submitted the company for the 2020 Engineering Career Services Employer of the Year Award. Students having a fantastic engineering co-op or internship stint submit award nominees, offering details about their recruiting, mentoring, work, and networking experiences. Mike started his co-op in May 2019 and continued working through the summer and fall. He started working part-time in January 2020. Senior Project Manager Ben Miller was his supervisor throughout.
Here’s an excerpt from his nomination to OSU.
“The co-op experience American Structurepoint provided was as realistic as you can get. I was able to work hands on with real projects and see the work I completed be implemented into real-life scenarios. Throughout my time, I received supervision and mentorship from every single person in my group.”
Although we didn’t win the OSU award, we won something better – a full-time employee! Michael began his American Structurepoint career in May.
August 7, 2020
by Marketing Communications Comments Off on Community Service News
The Community Service fund has 128 employee contributors who contributed $3,077.50 in July 2020.
The COVID-19 virus has brought a lot of uncertainty to our world, and some temporary changes have been made to our Give Back campaign in response.
First, the company match to employee donations has been temporarily suspended; we will be relying on your generous contributions.
Secondly, we are prioritizing contributions to the American Structurepoint family. Immediate consideration will be given to requests for assistance for employees and their families. Requests for contributions in the other five giving categories (families/children, elderly, education, armed/civic services, and emergency/shelters) will be held for consideration after the health and economic crisis has passed.
As always, commitment forms are available via Pinnacle if you would like to begin contributing, or make a change to your existing commitment.
Please be assured that all employee assistance requests will be kept confidential.
August 7, 2020
by Marketing Communications Comments Off on Round of Applause Roll Call for July
Here’s a salute to the six employees who went above and beyond for their co-workers in July. Remember to recognize those who do a great job for you in August by nominating them for a Round of Applause.
August 7, 2020
by Marketing Communications Comments Off on American Structurepoint in the News
American Structurepoint people and projects appeared in the media 20 times in July. Here is a recap.
Racer.com published an article detailing several improvements at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). The article included info about improvements to Georgetown Road and two IMS-owned parking lots for which provided civil engineering services. (Please see the article elsewhere in the newsletter.)
The Columbus Underground ran an article and loads of photos of Crooked Can Ohio and Center Street Market in Hilliard, Ohio. We provided civil engineering services for the project.
Cost overruns on the SR 37 corridor project in Fishers caught the attention of The Indianapolis Business Journal and The Indianapolis Star. We are managing the entire design team for the corridor, the design of the 126th Street interchange currently under construction, and the 131st Street interchange.
KPC News and The Albion News-Sun continued to update their readers about the Noble County Annex project under design in Albion, Indiana. We are providing architectural design services for the new annex.
A City-Council ordinance authorizing the City of Elyria, Ohio to hire American Structurepoint to design a new roundabout at the intersections of Mills Road, Stoney Ridge Road, and Avalon Drive received coverage in The Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.
A feasibility study we completed for a high-speed, multi-stage thoroughfare for CR 300 S and CR 775 E in Montgomery County, Indiana warranted mention in The Crawfordsville Journal Review.
Crain’s Cleveland Business named the American Structurepoint Columbus design center as one of the state’s top employers. (Please see the article appearing elsewhere in the newsletter.)
Building Excellence Magazine reported that Joe Rebber joined the American Structurepoint architecture healthcare practice.
Progress in approving funds to be spent for our design of a new Gibson County Indiana Correctional Facility saw much coverage in that community. The Princeton Daily Clarion, Channel 14 News in Evansville, Radio Station WWBL The Bullet, and Vincennes PBS published multiple articles during July and also quoted Rick Conner regarding the project.
The ACEC Indiana website recognized that American Structurepoint contributed to the 2020 ACEC Indiana Scholarship fund that awarded $317,500 to eligible students.
Current in Carmel and Indy Midtown Magazine published articles reporting on the Purple Line Bus Rapid Transit Project that will construct 15.2 miles of dedicated BRT lanes from downtown Indianapolis to the City of Lawrence. We are providing program management for Indianapolis DPW for this project.
July 23, 2020
by Marketing Communications Comments Off on Protected: President’s Corner Special Edition – July 23, 2020
Many congratulations goes to Greg Kicinski who will retire from American Structurepoint in August after seven years of leading the Indianapolis Road Group. During his tenure as group leader, our companywide transportation revenues have grown from $13.9 million to $31.6 million under tremendous geographic expansion that now serves four states. We are sad to see Greg retire, and we will miss his leadership.
Greg is a giant in the industry, spending most of his career at INDOT in leadership roles before joining American Structurepoint to lead our Indiana Road Group. In his role here, the Indy Road Group has grown steadily in both revenue and staff and continues to be one of the leading design groups in the state. Greg has enriched our staff, provided leadership and mentorship, and shared his great knowledge and experience in the industry, and especially of our #1 client, INDOT.
Greg also took on the important role of managing the staff sharing among the Indiana, Ohio, Texas, and now Florida road design groups. With his dedication, demeanor, and always-positive attitude, he has the knack of bringing out the best in the people with whom he interacts.
Greg, congratulations on your retirement! Your guidance, wonderful attitude, and great leadership and wisdom will be missed by the American Structurepoint family and the overall Indiana transportation industry. We wish you the best. Enjoy your well-deserved retirement!
July 6, 2020
by Marketing Communications Comments Off on Celebrating June’s Big Wins
We continue to celebrate big wins. Here’s a recap about June’s major wins.
Texas On-Off System Bridge Replacements – American Structurepoint was selected as the prime provider to prepare plans, specifications, and estimates (PS&E) and related documents for on- and off-system bridge replacement projects in TxDOT’s Fort Worth and Dallas districts. This marks the second bridge design contract we have been awarded by TxDOT in 2020!
Olentangy Trail, Northmoor Park to Clinton Como Park – We were chosen to provide design and engineering services for a 0.6-mile-long bike/pedestrian improvement project for the final link of the 14-mile-long Olengtangy Trail in Columbus, Ohio. The trail is the most traveled greenway trail in Central Ohio. This new segment will cross the Olentangy River and provide a connection to the new OhioHealth headquarters, which is Central Ohio’s largest hospital system.
Dearborn County, Indiana Bridge Placement – American Structurepoint was selected for design services to remove and replace Dearborn County Bridge No. 33 with construction to begin in 2024. The team will include transportation, environmental, survey, utility coordination, and right-of-way services. Construction is estimated at $1.7 million.
Camargo Canyon Pump Station Elimination – We are leading a team of engineers to design a new 8-inch gravity sewer solution for the Camargo Canyon pump station, within the jurisdiction of the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati. The project will eliminate a lift station and force main nearing the end of its useful life. American Structurepoint will provide detailed design, environmental analysis, constructability review, and all permitting for the project.
City of Muncie On-Call Inspection Services – American Structurepoint was selected to provide construction inspection services for various transportation, sidewalk, and trail projects throughout this Indiana city as needed. Types of projects include resurfacing, full-depth reclamation, culvert replacements, new sidewalks, and trails.
Travis County, Small Projects Pre-Qualified Lists – With this selection, American Structurepoint is now qualified to work on Travis County, Texas transportation projects with a fee of less than $500,000. This means we are on the county’s prequalified list for civil engineering projects and will be awarded future contracts based on our qualifications.
INDOT’s LaPorte District for Right-of-Way Plan Development and Title Research Services – Our tasks may include right-of way plans, title research, legal descriptions, route survey plats, or right-of-way parcel plats. Our staff also may be called upon to do peer reviews of completed right-of way engineering documents, legal descriptions, parcel plats, and final right-of-way plans.