April 25, 2018
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CEDIA Headquarters Topping-Out Ceremony

The CEDIA new headquarters project in Fishers marked an important milestone on April 6 – a Topping Out Ceremony. The ceremony recognized setting the final steel beam in place at the CEDIA building. The ceremony recognized the occasion of setting the final steel beam in place at the CEDIA building. The final beam is usually decorated with a bush and an American flag. Several members of the structural engineering and architecture and interior design teams attended the ceremony and signed the white beam before it was raised into place and set by the ironworkers. We are providing architecture and interior design, landscape architecture, structural, and civil engineering services for the $13.7 million, 40,000-sft, 3-story headquarters. The new facility will allow the international trade association to better showcase the latest smart home technology products to its 3,700-member companies and other design professionals. The new headquarters should be ribbon-cutting ready in December 2018.

April 25, 2018
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American Structurepoint Hosts Turning Point Schools Students

American Structurepoint continued a strong relationship with Turning Point Schools by hosting a field trip of seventh- and eighth-grade students at corporate headquarters. The students enjoyed lunch while hearing about career choices that thrive at our company. Nineteen employees gave five-minute presentations about their role with the company and what they do. The students learned about possible careers in roadway and bridge engineering, civil engineering, structural engineering, environmental services, construction solutions, architecture and interior design, planning, and IT. Ms. Campbell, the students’ teacher, sent us the following about the field trip: “The great care, time, and effort put into our visit were evident. The students enjoyed the speakers who were very engaging and interesting, and the staff members were grateful to see (the students) exposed to such a wide range of careers, some of which they had never heard of. It was a wonderful, inspiring, eye-opening trip.”


April 25, 2018
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Plan to Attend Leaders on Tap May 10

Free beer. Delicious food. Great conversation. It’s all waiting for you at the Leaders on Tap casual event on Thursday, May 10, from 5:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Sun King Brewery in Fishers. This fun evening, sponsored by the new PointUP organization, is your opportunity to gain some professional advice and hobnob with executives on a personal level. Sign up here.

April 25, 2018
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American Structurepoint Named ENR Midwest Design Firm of the Year

American Structurepoint achieved a huge industry honor when ENR Midwest, a key trade publication, named the company the Design Firm of the Year. A blog on the ENR Midwest website said this about us: “The depth and breadth of American Structurepoint’s work really set the 52-year-old firm apart from other entrants in this year’s Top Design Firms and won over a majority of the voting editors of ENR.” Among our 2017 highlights mentioned in the blog are the dedication of the Purdue Aerospace Research Center containing the Rolls-Royce R&D area, the CEDIA headquarters groundbreaking, and the multiple awards won by the $1.3 billion East End Crossing project, of which we designed section six. Look for an extensive article about American Structurepoint to appear in mid-May on the ENR Midwest website and magazine.

April 25, 2018
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DREAM Alive Scholars Conquer Marshmallow Challenge

Seventeen DREAM Alive scholars from Harshman and John Marshall middle schools visited headquarters on April 5 to learn about the various fields of architecture, engineering, and construction in which we work. The event featured the famed Marshmallow Challenge where teams of students have 18 minutes to build the tallest tower from a kit containing 20 sticks of spaghetti, 1 yard of tape, 1 yard of string, and one marshmallow. The exercise forces people to collaborate quickly and use prototypes to get to the finished product. A team of three girls, coached by Dee Williams, finished in first place with a tower height of over 20 inches. The event also included presentations led by Brandon Hoopingarner and Brandon Farley who engaged several volunteers in discussing their roles in the company. Other volunteers included Daniel Burch, Derrick Day, Antra Henson, Justin Hofman, Hillary Shaffer, Sagar Shah, and Garrett Simpson.

April 25, 2018
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Kelly Everett Scores Selfie with US Surgeon General

Cincinnati Business Development Director Kelly Everett got an awesome selfie with the US Surgeon General, who just happens to be her nephew! Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, was the featured speaker at an April luncheon promoted collaboratively by the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Cincinnati Regional Chamber. Dr. Adams spoke about ways to fight the nation’s opioid epidemic. Kelly had the honor of introducing Dr. Adams to the more than 100 luncheon attendees. The 20th US surgeon general snapped a selfie with Kelly, and that little tidbit was reported by the Northern Kentucky Tribune. American Structurepoint also was one of the event’s sponsors. Way to go, Kelly.

April 25, 2018
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Jai Sondhe Promoted to Construction Services Manager

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Jai Sondhe to the position of construction services manager. Jai is now responsible for managing our Indianapolis Survey Group’s construction staking operation. Jai celebrated his 10th anniversary with American Structurepoint last October. He is an experienced party chief in our Survey Group and has been our go-to guy on our most difficult construction staking projects. He also is an excellent surveyor and is wonderful mentor to less-experienced team members. The next time you see Jai, congratulate him on this exciting opportunity!

April 25, 2018
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Company Picnic – Save the Date

Here’s a summer event to put on your calendar now – the American Structurepoint company picnic set for Saturday, August 18 at Victory Field. New this year – people can wear their favorite baseball team’s gear to go along with our theme of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game!”

April 25, 2018
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American Structurepoint Makes Headlines

American Structurepoint projects and people landed in the news media and on the internet 28 times in April. Check out this recap.

  • The former General Motors stamping plant site near downtown Indianapolis for which we are providing civil engineering services landed in the news several times in April. The Indianapolis Star, IBJ, and Inside Indianapolis Business published multiple articles when Ambrose Property Group closed on the property.
  • The Indianapolis Business Journal and The Hamilton County Reporter published articles about progress in accepting bids for the estimated $23 million Hamilton County Governmnet and Judicial Center expansion designed by our architects. We also are providing landscape architecture, survey, civil, and structural services for the project.
  • The soft opening of the 7-story Noblesville Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center that our architects and interior design staff designed received much press in the local and trade publication media. Inside Indiana Business, The Noblesville Times, and trade publications Hospitality.net, Hotel Executive.com, and RusTourism News all published articles.
  • The Chicago Tribune reported that Merrillville has hired American Structurepoint to create a new building design for a proposed Merrillville Community Center. We also will provide marketing materials to help in the fundraising effort to build the facility.
  • WTTV Channel 4 and WXIN Channel 59 News reported that construction on the Red Line bus rapid transit line in Indianapolis would begin soon. We have done much design work on a segment of the Red Line and are doing program management the project for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works.
  • WRTV Channel 6 reported on the City of Carmel releasing its 2018 tentative road construction schedule. One of our road design projects – a roundabout at Third Street SW and City Center Drive – is on the list.
  • Trade publications REJournals.com and REBusiness Online reported that we are doing civil engineering services for a new 122,000-sft distribution facility on Indianapolis’ east side for Ferguson Enterprises’ plumbing division.
  • The Chesterton Tribune reported on two change orders for design work we’ve done on the Administration Center Plaza for Porter County, Indiana.
  • The Winchester News-Gazette reported that the Randolph County Comprehensive Plan coordinated by American Structurepoint was approved by the Randolph County Board of Commissioners.
  • The Elkhart Truth reported that American Structurepoint was among six companies providing funds so that citizens could receive free trees at the Elkhart Arbor Day celebration.
  • The Lebanon Reporter published an article about a public hearing that kicked off the I-65 interchange feasibility study that we are conducting. The article also quoted project manager Ken Olson.
  • The Northwest Times of Indiana reported that a contract was approved hiring American Structurepoint as the architect for the renovation and expansion of the Michigan City courthouse.
  • Suburbanite.com published an update about a 2017 feasibility study we conducted for the City of Green, Ohio ranking seven problematic intersections for possible conversion to roundabouts.
  • Our sponsorship of the April 9 luncheon featuring Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, received coverage in The Cincinnati Enquirer and The Northern Kentucky Tribune. (Please see article elsewhere in the newsletter.)
  • The Noblesville Times reported on our sponsorship of the Review Health Foundations’ 14th annual Women of vision luncheon that will occur on May 4.

April 25, 2018
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Community Service Update

Saluting Antra Henson, Volunteer of the Year 2017

We now have a plaque hanging near the central stairwell at headquarters to recognize the Community Service Volunteers of the Year. We announced at the company briefing that Antra Henson (Accounting Group) received the first-ever award because of her exceptional commitment to our GiveBack program. Antra’s name is on the plaque, and she also received a certificate honoring her contributions.

American Structurepoint Speedway Laps and Lagers May 16

GiveBack and HealthPoint are teaming up to bring you our first-ever adult tricycle race at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, at the Indianapolis office. This will be a great chance to celebrate race month and socialize with colleagues. The event name suggests some other fun adult activities are planned, but details aren’t fully nailed down, yet. Watch for upcoming announcements!

Panel Buildup, July 26, 2018

Sing with me: I don’t want to work. I just want to bang on these nails all day. Keep your calendar open for the morning of Thursday, July 26, for our Habitat for Humanity Panel Build at our Indianapolis office. Put down your laptop and pick up a hammer as you work up a sweat and have fun with your coworkers, building a house frame right in our parking lot! Not only will you get that great feeling that comes from helping someone else, it’s a great opportunity to burn off stress. The chili cookoff is the next day (July 27), and we’ll leave the frame up in our parking lot so that all your client guests can appreciate your hard work!

 Habitat Home Dedication

Our help in painting a Habitat for Humanity home in Lawrence was greatly appreciated by new homeowner Ragen Shell. You can see her beaming with pride as she celebrated her home ownership at an April 13 dedication ceremony. Ragen’s daughter, Verai, is with her in the photo. A big thanks to all the volunteers who turned out on March 3 to paint the home.

April 25, 2018
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Roundabouts and Survey Hubs on Icelandic Vacation

Even from over 3,000 miles away, the importance of roundabouts and surveys are obvious to Brian Meluch (Highland Construction Solutions Group), who journeyed to Reykjavik, Iceland, with his wife for spring break. He discovered that Reykjavik has nearly as many roundabouts as Carmel, Indiana! Many tourist websites mention the high number of roundabouts there. Brian also snapped a photo of the survey hub at the city’s center.

April 25, 2018
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Luke Kahren Builds The DJ Beats

Business Development Director Luke Kahren is making quite a name for himself as a DJ extraordinaire. His Cloud Nine Party Services ranks among the top 5 Indianapolis DJs. His DJ skills have taken him all over the Midwest, Chicago, Nashville, Los Angeles, and soon to NYC and overseas. Luke says the ability to build energy and fun is the secret to any DJ’s success. “You need to create an atmosphere in which people want to party.” Testimonials of his work says Luke does that by interacting with the crowd, being attentive to client needs, and creating great atmosphere.

Here are five things to know about DJ Luke.

  1. Years of experience: Five years as a DJ; 15 years in the entertainment industry playing drums in different bands as well as piano.
  2. Events where he DJs – Mainly weddings and corporate events. He also volunteer DJs at the Indianapolis Walk of Champions, an annual event befitting Autism awareness
  3. Types of tunes: “I have a very extensive library, so I can do anything from Top 40 to ethnic and everything in between.
  4. What makes him stand out: “I’m really good at reading what the crowd will dance to; that usually equates to Top 40, some Motown, some 80s, and a lot of favorites.”
  5. Big upcoming gig: “Next May, I will be flying out to Paris next May to DJ a client’s river cruise on the Seine River, their wedding ceremony at Chateau du Vivier, and their wedding reception at Royaumont Abbey. Super cool!”

To learn more about Luke’s DJ service, check out his website or the Cloud Nine Facebook page.

April 25, 2018
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Surveyor By Day, Country Singer By Night

Project Manager Joe Hess is living his best life – surveying by day and singing lead by night with his country group, Joe Hess and the Wandering Cowboys. The busy band plays multiple gigs nearly every weekend throughout the Midwest. Joe describes the band’s sound like this: “We play traditional country with a modern sound. We try to stay relevant, but not lose what country really is.” Saturday, May 5, is a huge day for the group thanks to two high-profile shows. The band plays from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Post Race Party at Military Park in downtown Indianapolis. The event attracts more than 30,000 race participants as well as their family members and friends. Later that night, the band is opening for Corey Cox at Hi-Fi Indy in Fountain Square. Here are five things to know about Joe.

  1. Biggest musical influence: Garth Brooks
  2. Favorite song to sing: In Color by Jamey Johnson
  3. Second favorite song to sing: Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash
  4. Why he sings: “I’ve tried to quit music several times, but it would be like quitting breathing for me. Music always comes back.”
  5. CD available: The group’s first EP, Chapter 1, is available on the band’s website. Joe is seeking out material for a second album.

To learn more about upcoming dates, check out the band’s website and social media sites on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

April 6, 2018
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16 Tech Project Takes Big Leap Forward

American Structurepoint is right in the mix of $120 million worth of new developments recently unveiled at the 16 Tech innovation district in Indianapolis. Our engineers will be doing all the site work for three new buildings planned by Browning Investments. A new 120,000-sft, multistory building will house the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute, the area’s anchor facility that will strive to fast-track research on diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. Browning also plans a multifamily housing complex with more than 250 units and a new Class A building with office, research, and retail space. Look for construction to start on two of these new buildings later this year. As you know, we are very involved in the design of infrastructure improvements at the 60-acre site just west of downtown Indianapolis. This includes the design of new streets, a bridge over Fall Creek connecting 16 Tech with IUPUI and the IU School of Medicine, and relocating water and sewer lines so that all the new development can occur.

April 6, 2018
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Historic Michigan City Courthouse to Receive American Structurepoint Makeover

American Structurepoint architects, designers, and engineers will have a tremendous opportunity to show off their skills on a $15 million renovation/expansion of a historic Indiana courthouse. We are providing architectural, interior design, landscape architecture, structural, and civil engineering services to renovate about 30,000 sft of the Michigan City Courthouse, built in 1909. All courthouse areas will be renovated to provide space for several LaPorte County offices currently located in a nearby building. Also part of the project, designing a 23,000-sft addition, including stairs, elevators, and restrooms, must be redesigned so that they will be compliant with the federal American with Disabilities Act, two new court rooms, and support spaces and space to house the prosecutor’s office. Project manager Dan Weinheimer says the extensive renovation also includes adding a fifth courtroom to the courthouse, a new inmate holding area, new secure lobby entrance, new restrooms,  and a secure parking area for judges. Construction will start in spring 2019 and will occur in multiple phases over 16 months so that as areas are renovated, county employees can move in. This will allow county employees to move into their new space after renovations occur.

April 6, 2018
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Roundabout Project Wins ACEC Ohio Honor Award

The Massillon Road corridor in the City of Green in northeastern Ohio will achieve improved safety and reduced traffic congestion thanks to an award-winning design created by American Structurepoint and Environmental Design Group (EDG). Both firms received an Honor Award in the 2018 Engineering Excellence Awards, sponsored by ACEC Ohio, for “The Box.” The project name refers to our design to replace four adjoining intersections in one city block with four roundabouts. American Structurepoint and EDG evaluated the intersections, analyzed traffic flow, and took rapid growth into consideration to devise the best solution to address public needs. Since this initial study, American Structurepoint was hired to design a single-lane roundabout at Corporate Woods Circle and Corporate Woods Parkway.  Construction begins this summer. Other phases of this project are anticipated to follow. Way to go Ohio team!