March 5, 2019
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Watch it Again – Our 2018 Year in Review Video

Relive all the fun of 2018 as well as some of our biggest groundbreakings, ribbon cuttings, and award winners by watching the video that kicked off our recent company briefing. The video is available on our YouTube channel at this link. We also sent an email version of our 2018 accomplishments to our clients on Thursday, February 28.

March 5, 2019
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Celebrating 20 Years of American Structurepoint in Columbus

Did you know that American Structurepoint has been established in Ohio for 20 years? That’s right, our Columbus office opened its doors in 1999! Beyond our newly refreshed, physical presence in the Buckeye State, our communal reach is stronger than ever.

We’re winning more than just projects; we’re winning awards and even praise from the community. You might’ve heard that three of our projects were mentioned in Columbus Mayor, Andrew Ginther’s State of the City Address. In case you didn’t, here is a recap.

High-Profile Columbus Projects

Mayor Ginther is prioritizing the enhancement of neighborhoods that surround Columbus, Ohio. In his recent State of the City Address, Ginther mentioned American Structurepoint projects that are contributing to his focused efforts. He emphasized the significance of the Career Gateway Center and Parsons Village, which are housing developments that have provided residential accommodations and relief to troubled neighborhoods. Between the two projects, more than 200 housing units have been made available.

In the mayor’s continued pursuit to reach all corners of the city, he mentioned the most recent developments on the “One Linden” community plan, which is focused to revitalize a historic neighborhood located just north of downtown Columbus. American Structurepoint will be completing the reconstruction of Hudson Street; the project will be instrumental in the overarching success of the master plan. Necessary infrastructure improvements included along the 1.3-mile stretch of heavily trafficked roadway includes an urban greenway connector path, new sidewalks, and new stormwater drainage. Most importantly, these improvements will contribute to improved quality of life and stimulate economic development in a proud and historic community. The Linden project will be a defining feature of the mayor’s legacy and contribute to lasting economic growth in the City of Columbus.

Ohio is working on larger projects too. In 2018, we teamed with Walsh Construction to deliver an $86 million interchange and pavement reconstruction project in the heart of Cincinnati. This project ranks as the largest design-build win to date for the Ohio team. With this impressive win, it sets us up for even larger opportunities as we continue our strategic growth.

Among those accolades and big wins, the announcement of two Ohio transportation project winners yields equally admirable recognition. Details of the awards can be found in the following story.

Ohio by the Numbers

It’s evident that our Ohio offices are thriving, and the success is sealed by the numbers. In 2018, Ohio generated $10.9 million in revenue, increasing 28 percent from 2017. The Columbus office also rose to 14th place in the 2018 Columbus Business First list of Central Ohio’s top 40 engineering firms.

Throughout the years, our offices in Ohio and across the country continue to accelerate the growth of the company. Stay tuned for details about a 20-year Columbus celebration event for employees and clients to occur later this spring. Together we will keep the momentum moving forward!

March 5, 2019
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Best Workplace Honors for Indiana and Ohio

The year is off to a strong start, as American Structurepoint is named among the best places to work in Indiana and Ohio, again! For the fourth time in five years and seven times in the Indiana’s list 14-year history, American Structurepoint earned a spot on the Best Places to Work in Indiana 2019. With the release of the 2019 Best Employers in Ohio list, our Ohio office now boasts their fourth consecutive year with the title. The rankings were based on a series of surveys that includes employer benefits, policies, engagement, and satisfaction. Our rankings on both lists will be publicly announced in the spring. Thanks to all our employees who make American Structurepoint a truly remarkable workplace!

March 5, 2019
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Two Ohio Projects Announced as Award Winners

American Structurepoint received awards for outstanding transportation projects from the Cuyahoga Valley and Triko Valley sections of the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE). In their respective regions, two roundabouts reigned victorious in the category of projects valued under $5 million. Multiple wins in the same year is a first for our Ohio team; we are glad to see these projects and teams receive the recognition they deserve! Read on for details about each project.

 

The SR 619 and Pickle Road Roundabout, in City of Green, Ohio, was announced as the Outstanding Highway Project Award winner for the Cuyahoga Valley section of the ASHE, in Northeast Ohio. As the lead engineer, Mike Long is responsible for the complex, innovative, and aesthetically pleasing design. Safety concerns, design challenges, and utility coordination played into the complexity of the project, to which project manager Frank Aransky ensured a seamless delivery to the City of Green. With much pride, Green Mayor Gerard Neugebauer suggested the pursuit of this award due to the roundabout’s flawless design. This intersection ranked first in a citywide evaluation that American Structurepoint performed to implement roundabouts throughout their road network.

Based on qualifications of efficiency, safety, and the degree to which quality of life has improved, the Old SR 122 and Township Line Road Roundabout, in Warren County, Ohio, was awarded the Donald C. Schramm Transportation Improvement Award. This single-lane, modern roundabout is being recognized by the Triko Valley section of the ASHE as a project that has transformed local transportation. Joe Schmeltzer led the design of the road and roundabout. Extended splitter islands for high-speed approaches are among the project’s defining features. This intersection was selected as part of a safety audit that we performed for Warren County, which identified ideal intersections for the implementation of roundabouts.

 

March 5, 2019
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Planning Group Wins Two APA Awards

It’s becoming routine – our Planning + Economic Group winning big at the Hoosier Planning Awards. For 2019, the team is receiving two awards in the Outstanding Comprehensive Plan category. We’ve now won 10 awards in four years! Congrats to our entire planning team who continually create planning documents that drive results for our communities. The award ceremony will take place in May, but read on for a few details about our wins.

The City of New Castle Comprehensive Plan received a first-place award. Our professional planners faced a daunting task – they had to create a plan on an aggressive schedule of three months. Not only that, New Castle leaders had not completed a formalized plan update in 54 years! Our team rose to the task and created a final product that defined and reinforced the community’s overall vision, values, and policy objectives through a series of goals and strategies addressing multiple quality-of-life elements. Our plan also contained an innovative component – ten critical path strategies that identified specific action steps, responsible parties, and resources for the City to use to accomplish numerous future initiatives.

The Henry County Comprehensive Plan received an honorable mention award. This plan detailed a community-driven vision for all incorporated and unincorporated land under the jurisdiction of the Henry County Planning Commission. The new plan applies to 10 small Henry County towns and all unincorporated Henry County land.  The plan will help create opportunities for private investment and enhance quality of life while simultaneously protecting natural resources and prime agricultural lands that county residents value.

March 5, 2019
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Big Company Win: Vanderburgh County Jail Expansion

Plans to expand the Vanderburgh County Jail in Evansville are moving forward after the county commissioners unanimously decided to proceed with American Structurepoint. Preliminary funding of $500,000 will contribute to an initial conceptual design and cost analysis for the first two elements of the proposed expansion. The commissioners are working with the county council to secure a budget which could be as high as $34 million.

Many American Structurepoint team members, including Rick Conner himself, contributed their expertise and skills in pursuing and winning this high-profile and dynamic project. From pursuit and throughout the design process, architecture + interiors, structural, civil, landscape architecture, survey, and environmental teams will continue providing services toward project execution. The first major steps in the project will include a staffing assessment, a bidding and building schedule, cost determinations, a re-analyzation of data, the development of drawings for multiple pod options, and tours of similar jail facilities.

Expansion of the Vanderburgh County Jail is sorely needed. In 2017, the jail housed an average of 668 inmates in a facility with only 550 beds. Recent statistics indicate there are currently 800 inmates in the jail. As numbers of incarcerations rise, jail expansion has become increasingly vital for Vanderburgh County. American Structurepoint is proud to serve the needs of the County!

March 5, 2019
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Innovative Senior Healthcare Coming to Tulsa

Several American Structurepoint disciplines are working to provide hospitality-driven care to seniors in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The $15 million Cearu Medical Resort will offer 60 beds in a 4-story, short-term care tower plus two 20-bed, long-term care houses. We are providing architectural design, interior design, and structural engineering services for the resort-style senior living project believed to be the first of its kind in Tulsa. The medical resort will feature private rooms with private baths and showers similar to a hotel room, while the main tower will feature a resort-style lobby with concierge service. The medical resort’s goal is to provide post-hospital care for patients needing rehabilitation or nursing care before they can return home. A spring 2020 opening is expected.

March 5, 2019
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Austin Employees Volunteer at Food Bank Garden

Employees from our Austin office were deep in the weeds during their February community service outing at the largest hunger-relief charity in Central Texas! The group of dedicated volunteers got their hands dirty in the Central Texas Food Bank’s garden. They pulled weeds, planted daikon radishes, and contributed to the 45 million pounds of food that the organization provides to families in need each year. Aside from producing food, the garden serves as a model of sustainable growing practices, which empowers clients to replicate healthy eating and physical activity practices at home. Way to make a difference, Austin Team!

Employees in attendance included: Ricardo Zamarripa, Fernando Gaytan, April Sandoval, Amy Bennett, Tyler Daigle, Jenna Alchevsky, Adam Pfeiffer, and Heather Sulaica.

March 5, 2019
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Grinstead Travel Team Wins Bankers Life Tournament

Remember the movie “Hoosiers,” about a little basketball team that played their best basketball ever to win the state tournament? Cinema fantasy became reality on March 3 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse for a young Sheridan boys’ basketball team coached by Kristy Grinstead.  Kristy took over as head coach for the Sheridan Community Recreation 5th grade boys basketball team once coached by her husband, Joe. Joe and Kristy’s son, Hayden, is a team member. The Blackhawks played their hearts out and came away as the champions of the 2019 IYBL Gold Bracket Tournament! Congratulations to the Grinstead family and all team members for pulling off this awesome win.

March 5, 2019
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Participate in the 2019 Water For People Fun Run/ Walk

An estimated 2.1 billion people around the world don’t have access to safe water and 4.5 billion lack access to adequate sanitation. The organization Water For People exists to make water accessible to everyone, forever. In support of that mission, you can walk or run with family members and co-workers in downtown Indianapolis for the 13th Annual Water For People 5K Run/Walk.

Mark your calendars and be a part of helping 4 million people in nine countries get safe, clean water! The fun run will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 24. American Structurepoint will pay for you and your family’s registration. Stay tuned for more information on how you can register for this event.

March 5, 2019
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Community Service News – Volunteer of the Year, Recent Donations

Congrats to Michelle Self – Volunteer of the Year

Michelle Self received the 2018 Volunteer of the Year award at the company briefing. Michelle is an enthusiastic volunteer, helping out wherever she sees a need (often working behind the scenes.) She participated in many community service events in 2018 and submitted ideas for activities and fundraisers. She contributed to the record-breaking success of Holiday Mania by participating in brainstorming and planning sessions and volunteering at the event. She was a project manager for several family projects during the holiday season, which means she organized shoppers, wrappers, and delivery of gifts for nominated families. Thank you, Michelle, for all that you do!

5-10-20 Campaign Comes Up Big

Also at the company briefing, the Community Service Board launched a short-term campaign to increase payroll contributions. The 5-10-20 campaign encouraged employees to begin contributing with a $5 donation or increase existing donations by $10 or 10 percent. The campaign goal was to increase participation in the payroll contribution program by 20 percent.  Results are in, and they are impressive. Community Service received 68 pledges in total – 46 new pledges worth $360 per pay period, and 22 increased in existing pledges totaling an additional $176 per pay period. With company match, this means an additional $25,728 for Community Service to use for great causes over the next 12 months! f If you missed out on the campaign, never fear! Enrollments in the payroll contribution program are accepted year-round; see Michele Collins or Ben Braun when you’re ready to enroll or to modify an existing commitment.

Recent Donations

January employee contributions were $4,131, and in February, contributions increased to $4,207. Your generosity allows us to provide ongoing support to local organizations like DREAM Alive, as well as one-time contributions for special projects and to address urgent needs.

DREAM Alive – We are proud to continue our support of DREAM Alive with a quarterly donation of $5,000, allowing the organization to continue its work of developing leaders in at-risk communities. A recent initiative at DREAM Alive is the introduction of “Tech Tuesdays.” Each Tuesday, a portion of scholars participate in STEM-themed activities.

 

Sleep in Heavenly Peace – Jess Pounds, from American Structurepoint’s Investigative Group, co-founded the Indianapolis chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace – the only charity providing hand-made bunk beds to children who don’t have beds of their own. The beds are built from scratch and delivered and assembled in recipients’ homes, complete with mattresses, pillows, and bedding. Your contributions provided $4,000 to purchase tools and supplies for the Indianapolis chapter. In the photo above, two children enjoy their new bunk beds form the organization.

Mariah Roberts – Mariah is an 11-year-old Central Indiana resident diagnosed with sickle cell anemia shortly after birth. A $500 donation was sent to her family to help offset medical expenses. Sharon Payne brought Mariah’s story to our attention.

ICAN Visits Dayspring Center – Your donation of $700 facilitated a visit of dogs from ICAN to children currently living at Dayspring Center, an Indianapolis shelter for homeless families. ICAN is an organization that provides foundational life skills to inmates as they train assistance dogs that are then partnered to assist individuals with disabilities.

Dayspring Center – Community Service also donated $500 to Dayspring Center. The donation will be used to help provide items on the organization’s wish list. Their needs include towels, washcloths, sheets, blankets, pillows, diapers, socks, and children’s underclothing.

Central Texas Food Bank – Staff from American Structurepoint’s Austin office recently volunteered in the garden at the Central Texas Food Bank (Please see the article elsewhere in the newsletter). A $250 donation has been sent to the food bank, which facilitated the distribution of more than 45 million pounds of food in 2017.

March 5, 2019
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Save the Date – Chili Cook-Off and Company Picnic

Remember to keep these dates open on your calendar. You’ll be glad you did!

  • Chili Cook-Off
    • When: June 28, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Please note that the annual Chili Cook-Off is occurring one month prior to its usual date, due to our move to the new headquarters.
  • Company Picnic
    • When: August 10, noon to 4 p.m.
    • Where: Victory Field

March 5, 2019
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American Structurepoint Makes Headlines

Our projects and staff were mentioned 24 times in February. Check out this month’s news recap.

  • A proposed Merrillville Community Center for which American Structurepoint is working on a preliminary design and initial studies landed in the news media four times in February. The Merrillville City Council gave the go-ahead for our firm to complete a topography survey for the proposed community center site. The Chicago Tribune, the Gary Post Tribune, Kokomo Perspective, and The Times of Northwest Indiana reported on the project acquisition for the Merrillville Community Center, for which American Structurepoint is working on design aspects.
  • Ballpark Digest and WLFI Channel 18  reported on the advancement of the Loeb Stadium replacement project. An ordinance was approved that allows economic development income tax to finance the ballpark’s construction. American Structurepoint is providing multiple services for this project.
  • Plans to expand the Vanderburgh County Jail have progressed. Many news outlets such as WFIE Channel 14 News, Tristate Homepage, WIKY Radio, and Evansville Courier and Press, reported on the county commissioners’ and county council’s approval of funding for the initial design and cost analysis, which will be provided by American Structurepoint. (Please see the article elsewhere in the newsletter.)
  • American Structurepoint is providing planning services for the Our Southern Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA). In early February, the RDA board hosted a meeting at Hanover College to engage with local stakeholders. The Madison Courier reported on the advancement of the Our Southern Indiana plan.
  • IndyGo’s Red Line project was a hot-button issue this month. It was announced that construction plans will be expedited. WRTV Channel 6 News, the Indianapolis Business Journal, WISHTV-8, The Indianapolis Star, WRTV Channel 6, and WTHR Channel 13   reported on the acceleration of plans. American Structurepoint is providing program management and construction staking services for the project.
  • The IBJ  reported on Westfield’s incoming advanced manufacturing facility, NorthPoint. American Structurepoint is providing architectural, landscape, civil, and structural engineering services for the new $8 million manufacturing plant.
  • Rick Conner was highlighted in an article in the City-County Observer.
  • Columbus Business First  published an extensive article about the development of a 360-acre mixed-use village in Hilliard. American Structurepoint is providing civil engineering for this Ohio project.
  • Two Tulsa, Oklahoma media outlets, Tulsa Word and NewsOK, covered a ground-breaking event at the $15 million Cearu Medical Resort. American Structurepoint is providing architectural design, interior design, and structural services for this project. (Please see the article elsewhere in the newsletter).
  • The Indiana Chamber and BizVoice Magazine published the 2019 Best Places to Work in Indiana list. American Structurepoint is recognized for making the list in the large companies’ category. (Please see the article elsewhere in the newsletter.)
  • Several Columbus media reported that two blighted motels in Franklinton will be transformed into 100 efficiency apartments designed for 18-to-24-year-olds coming out of the foster care system. We contributed land surveying and site work for the project. Coverage included The Columbus Dispatch, WSYX Channel 6 News, WBNS Channel 10, and WCBE Radio 90.5.

February 1, 2019
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Urology of Indiana, Center of Excellence Groundbreaking

Urology of Indiana is expanding to Fishers, and American Structurepoint is providing architectural, structural, and civil engineering services for the construction of this new facility. The $8 million, 22,000-sft Center of Excellence broke ground in January, with plans to open to patients in November 2019. It comes in response to increased demand for urologic services in Indiana. Located within the MedTech Park complex, the full-spectrum outpatient urologic care center will sit among innovative medical service providers.

February 1, 2019
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3-Minute Snippet Presentation: Loeb Stadium Project

Architects from around the state gather for the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) monthly program. American Structurepoint’s Matt Jennings, AIA, was one of three participants asked to share a current project in a 60-second presentation for a segment called “3-Minute Snippet.” Matt strategically prepared and presented the City of Lafayette’s Loeb Stadium Design. By presenting a SketchUp model, Matt was able to articulate progress, challenges, and what the design process has provided to the city of Lafayette – all in 60 seconds!

You might remember the stadium’s conceptual designs and its 1940s-era Art Deco inspiration, which were revealed in the summer of 2017. You can also read about the project’s progress and find current details in a recently published piece from the Lafayette Journal and Courier. Construction on the project is set to begin this summer and will open to fans in 2021.  How exciting it is to share American Structurepoint’s work with the community and learn how this stadium will come to life!

February 1, 2019
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Dennis Hutchinson Celebrates 45 Years

When Dennis Hutchinson began his career at American Structurepoint in February of 1974, he joined a team of 12 people. He is one of only two employees (the other, Rick Conner) who have experienced four relocations over the years. Through the company’s growth, there has been one constant force that keeps him coming back; the people.

Dennis has been with American Structurepoint for 45 years and a lot of LIFE comes with that. Here are five things you might not know about one of our most seasoned employees:

  1. His favorite company location was his first – 909 E 38th Street. He was hired as a draftsman, so he appreciated the large windows and bright workspace that the building provided.
  2. In April, he will celebrate 35 years of marriage with his wife, Maura. Together, Dennis and Maura host tours to Ireland. Their next adventure on the docket is for summer of 2020, to Scotland and Ireland.
  3. He began flying sailplanes at age 8, flew solo at age 14, and received his pilot’s license at the age of 15 (before he had his driver’s license).
  4. He and his planes have been featured in national aviation publications.
  5. One of his favorite work projects includes the historic restoration and design of Jefferson Boulevard over the St. Joseph River, a four-span arch over the in South Bend. It was a very detailed, fancy design that required accuracy by the contractor, which Dennis believes was executed expertly.

Even with so many working years under his belt, Dennis says that sometimes it feels like he just got here. To him, work ethic and mentorship that is fostered among employees is what keeps him going. Maybe that’s what keeps each day feeling so new. Congratulations on your newest milestone, Dennis!