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!

April 6, 2018
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Company Makes Mark on IBJ Largest Ongoing Construction Projects List

American Structurepoint projects show up nine times on a recently published list of the 50 Largest Indianapolis-Area Ongoing Construction Projects. This means our professionals are working on 18 percent of the projects on the Indianapolis Business Journal list. The list ranked projects by estimated costs and were ongoing as of March 1, 2018. Here are the projects:

  1. I-69 section 5 – Ranked second on the list, we are providing technical procurement and construction inspection services for the upgrade of 21 miles of SR 37 from Bloomington to Martinsville into I-69 interstate standards.
  2. Grand and Main, Carmel – This $80 million mixed-used development ranked tenth on the list. American Structurepoint provided construction staking services for a 400-unit luxury apartment complex, parking garage, senior-living facility, all roads, and all utilities.
  3. Riverview Health Westfield Hospital – American Structurepoint provided architecture, transportation, land surveying, civil engineering, and structural engineering services for this $50 million hospital facility that ranks 19th on the list.
  4. Beijing West Industries manufacturing facilities, Greenfield – Ranked 22nd, American Structurepoint provided civil engineering, surveying, and landscape architecture services for a 245,000-sft manufacturing facility that will be the first U.S. production facility for BeijingWest Industries. The company designs and manufactures brake and system systems.
  5. 96th Street Corridor – We are providing program management for this project, ranked 26th, and includes our road engineers designing a roundabout at 96th and Keystone Parkway.
  6. Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center, Plainfield – Ranked 29th, this 7-story hotel includes 180 rooms, lounge area, kitchen, dining facilities and a 20,000 sft-conference center.
  7. Marion University Student Center – We provided civil/site engineering as well as land surveying services for this $35 million center, ranked 34th, that includes a dining hall, fitness center, learning spaces, and an arena/convocation center.
  8. AllPoints Midwest Building 8, Plainfield – Ranked 35th, this is a state-of-the-art 708,000-sft warehouse that is expandable to 1 million sft in the AllPoints Midwest industrial park just west of Ronald Reagan Parkway and the Indianapolis International Airport. We did the topographic survey to start this project. We also did the staking of the building and site work for general contractor Browning Construction.
  9. Ronald Reagan Parkway, Brownsburg – Ranked 50th, this project will add 1.7 miles from East CR 200 N to I-74 and includes a multi-use path. We provided roadway and bridge design, survey, environmental, right-of-way, and construction inspection services for this project.

Check out the entire IBJ list here.

April 6, 2018
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All Employees Encouraged to Join PointUP

If building a diverse and inclusive workplace sounds awesome to you, then consider joining the new United Progress, also known as the PointUP organization at American Structurepoint. PointUP is the rebranded Advancing Women’s group – the new name reflects the group’s evolution as its programs benefit more than just women. PointUP’s mission is simple: “to provide the support and networking tools necessary to build a diverse and inclusive workplace.” Any employee can participate in a PointUP event. The group will offer one lunch and learn/breakfast session and a social event each quarter.

2018 Schedule

Here’s the upcoming schedule

  • Second Quarter
    • Breakfast Session – Goal Setting (Please see next article for more information.)
    • Event: Leaders On Tap (Please see next article for more information.)
  • Third Quarter
    • Lunch and learn – Generation Gaps and How to Work Together
    • Event: Topgolf Social
  • Fourth Quarter
    • Lunch and Learn – Conflict Resolution Strategies
    • Event: Skeet Shooting Lessons

Skeet shooting lessons are being offered because this activity is growing in popularity, particularly when it comes to networking. In fact, the National Sporting Goods Association says that skeet/clay target shooting is the third-fastest growing sport.

As you can see, the line-up is diverse. “PointUP wants to offer something for everyone,” says Kaitlyn Bilodeau. “Our goal is to have at least one event that appeals to every employee.”

Watch your email for more details about upcoming events in the months ahead. And to learn more about the group, contact  PointUp@structurepoint.com.

April 6, 2018
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Sign Up for PointUP Activities – Breakfast Session and Leaders on Tap

The first two PointUP activities are set and the group would love for you to join in the fun.

  • Goal Setting Breakfast Session – Start your day with right with Dale Carnegie, a free breakfast, and gain some goal-setting tips too. Thursday, April 26, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in the Grandview Conference Center. Employees in satellite offices can call in too. Sign up now at this link.
  • Leaders On Tap – Join Rick Conner, Jack Lashenik, Steve Davidson, Cash Canfield, and Kent Moore for a casual evening at the Sun King Brewery in Fishers that gives you an opportunity to learn more about our leaders and for them to learn more about you! The date is Thursday, May 10, from 5:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. Watch for an email with details about how to sign to up to attend.

April 6, 2018
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Benefits Buzz: Sign Up For Mid-Year Wellness Screening

It’s that time of year again – our mid-year wellness screening. Any new hire or those new to American Structurepoint’s medical plan (employee and spouses) must participate in order to continue their wellness incentive credits. BONUS: Anyone wanting to improve their score can participate, too! The screenings are only for those enrolled in our medical plan. Please click here to schedule an onsite screening at the Indianapolis or Columbus locations.  You must sign up by May 14. For all others, please contact Liza Trant for a physician’s packet.

Where:

  • Indianapolis – May 21, 2018 (7 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.)
  • Indianapolis – May 23, 2018 (7 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.)
  • Columbus –  June 6, 2018 (8 a.m. – 11 p.m.)

April 6, 2018
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Movement Madness Begins

It’s time to get mad and get moving – thanks to the Movement Madness challenge to determine the American Structurepoint Movement champion. Each week from April 5 through May 13, there will be a head-to-head competition. The person with the greatest improvement to their baseline for each matchup will move to the next round until a single champion is crowned. Those who don’t move on to the next round will be added to the participant pool and can continuing in the challenge by equaling or improving their baseline throughout the remainder of the challenge. Follow emails from the Wellness Team to keep updated about the challenge.

April 6, 2018
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Community Service Update

Community Service Updates

March Madness Party

Winners of the Raffle Mania “March Madness” package got to spend time with Jack Lashenik and Ben Braun, drinking adult beverages and watching early brackets of NCAA men’s basketball. Congratulations to Michelle Self, Joe Griffith, Melody Niquette, Greg Henneke, Karl Krukenberg, and Adam Logeman. Also in the photo are Mike Gray, our corporate insurance vendor, and new Florida project development director Nick Harrison.

Munificent Madness

The basketball theme continued with this year’s brackets for charity game, where those whose teams made it to the Final Four got to direct GiveBack funds to the charity of their choice. Participants were randomly matched up with the 64 teams, then sat back and let all those very tall college students do all the hard work. When the dust settled, the Final Four came down to the tournament favorite, Villanova winning it all, giving us the following winners and the charities that will benefit from their generosity.

Kelly Canter was the lucky one having Villanova. She designated her $400 first-place prize to Hope Center Indy, whose mission is to be a Christ-centered residential campus committed to healing the personal and building the professional lives of women who are coming out of human trafficking.

Eric Wolverton (Michigan) finished second, and gave his $300 prize to Haven House, a 24-hour emergency shelter in Hammond, Indiana. It provides multiple services to victims of domestic/sexual assault including counseling, a crisis telephone hotline, rape recovery support, and court advocacy services.

Anitra Lewis (Kansas) finished third, netting $150 for the Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church Cancer Ministry in Indianapolis that works to support individuals and their families dealing with cancer.

Rosemarie Kelly (Loyola- Chicago) finished fourth, and gave her $150 winnings to Teachers’ Treasures, a “free store for teachers” that provides classroom supplies for Marion County students in need.

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to everyone who participated!

 March Donations

In March, we helped two American Structurepoint families, offering financial assistance to one employee dealing with medical issues and another who had a flooded home. We’re quieter about it than we are with our donations to outside organizations (for privacy reasons), but the GiveBack team regularly offers emergency assistance to employees. While it’s absolutely OK to self-nominate, most of our requests seem to come from employees on behalf of their coworkers. Either way, if you’re aware of an “in-house” need, please bring it to the attention of Ben Braun or Michele Collins.

 Broadening our Horizons

One of the best parts about being part of the GiveBack board is learning about all the various charitable/community service events and organizations our employees are involved with. Because the GiveBack Fund is employee funded and directed, we’re always looking for ways to support the good work our employees are already doing in our communities. In March we met with representatives from three organizations recommended to us by employees.

  • The Indianapolis chapter of Girls, Inc. serves girls ages 6-18, providing programming in local schools to give girls extra opportunities for learning about STEM and career awareness, healthy living/body positivity, and interpersonal/problem solving skills. We’re excited about the work they do, and we plan to make a donation in the near future.
  • Pack Away Hunger was recommended to us by a number of employees who participated in their events. Those of you who have participated in the Million Meals events will find their process familiar: volunteers form production lines to package rice and grains along with nutritional supplements to help feed families both here in Indianapolis and abroad. We’re doing the groundwork to be able to schedule a packing event in our Indy office later this year.
  • Rebuilding Together Indianapolis was introduced to us by Kathleen Day, who serves on their board. They target a different neighborhood each year and organize a day of home repairs in that neighborhood to make residents’ houses safe and comfortable. We made a $500 donation to support their spring 2018 efforts in the SEND-Twin-Aire neighborhood just southeast of downtown Indianapolis.

If you have ideas for a new way for the GiveBack program to support our communities, be sure to talk to a board member. We’re always looking for more ways to help the helpers, and we count on you to bring opportunities to our attention!

Save the Date – Panel Build 2018

Mark your calendars for Thursday, July 26. Our 2017 Day of Service with Habitat for Humanity was a great success, and we’re looking forward to our 2018 event! People of literally every experience level are welcome to help pound nails into wood and frame a house right in our parking lot. Last year, Habitat staff were hugely impressed with the creative problem solving and QA/QC skills demonstrated by our investigative and CI team members, but even the least skilled volunteer was greatly appreciated. Even if you have no hammering skills to speak of when you sign up, you’ll be greatly improved by the end of your shift! 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!

April 6, 2018
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American Structurepoint Makes Headlines

American Structurepoint projects and people landed in the news media and on the internet 23 times in March. Check out this recap.

  • News about major progess in the 16 Tech project (for which we are providing multiple services) received much media coverage. Indianapolis Business Journal, Inside Indiana Business, The Indianapolis Star, radio station WIBC 93.1 FM, and WRTV Channel 6 ran multiple stories about three new buildings planned for the area and about infastructure projects. (Please see article elsewhere in the newsletter.)
  • The Jeffersonville (Indiana) Evening News and Tribune reported on a public hearing during which several residents spoke out against the preferred route for a heavy haul road that will connect River Ridge Commerce Center to the Jeffersonville Port. The article quoted Leah Boits, who attended the public hearing because we are reponsible for NEPA documentation for this project, which includes public involvement.
  • The LaPorte County Herald-Argus reported that the LaPorte County Commissioners are moving forward with a $15 million renovation and expansion of the Michigan City Courthouse. American Structurepoint is providing multiple engineering and design services for the project. (Please see article elsewhere in the newsletter.)
  • Trade publication Indiana Construction News published an article reported on GEICO’s $16 million expansion of its Carmel facility for which we are providing architecture and interior design services.
  • The Northwest Times of Indiana reported that American Structurepoint is providing roadway design services for the extension of Montdale Road at the Montdale Industrial Park in Valparaiso.
  • The Chicago Tribune and the Chesterton Tribune reported that the Porter County Board of Commissioners hired American Structurepoint to provide architectural design work for its first capital improvement project: the Porter County Government North County Complex in Portage. We also are doing interior design, survey, civil, structural, and landscape architecture services.
  • Lafayette TV Station WLFI Channel 18 reported that work will soon begin on Loeb Stadium for which we are doing the design work.
  • Lafayette TV Station WLFI Channel 18 also reported that American Structurepoint has been hired to find the caue of a mositure problem inside Lafayette Fire Station Number Five.
  • The Lebanon Reporter published an update about additional items that will be included in a US 52 and I-65 interchange feasibility study that we are conducting. The study will also include looking at possible routes that could carry SR 39 traffic onto I-65.
  • The Indianapolis Star updated readers about roundabout plans for the SR 37 corridor in Fishers. We are providing design and engineering service to convert SR 37 from 126th Street to 146th Street from signalized intersections to a Keystone Parkway-type roadway.
  • CantonRep.com in Canton, Ohio reported that the City of Green approved two engineering contracts with American Structurepoint for two roundabout projects in the Massillon Road corridor. (Please see article elsewere in the newsletter.)

April 6, 2018
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Water For People Fun Run/Walk – Save the Date

Here’s an event to get you moving – the 12th Annual Water for People 5k Run/Walk in downtown Indianapolis. The event is set for Saturday, August 25 at 8:30 a.m. and is free for American Structurepoint employees and family members. Proceeds from this event provide safe water and sanitation for 4 million people in nine countries in Central and South America, Africa, and India.

April 6, 2018
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Chili Cookoff – Save the Date

It’s never too early to start researching recipes and saving the date for this year’s Chili Cookoff. Mark your calendar for Friday, July 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to share your best chili with co-workers and clients.

April 6, 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!”

March 7, 2018
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Big Win for Architecture: Knowledge Services HQ

Our Architecture + Interiors Group achieved a huge win as Knowledge Services announced it had chosen American Structurepoint as the winner of a competitive solicitation process to design its new headquarters building in Fishers, Indiana. The approximately 80,000-sft state-of-the-art headquarters will be part of a master planning study of 18 acres located in the Green Acres Technology Park. The headquarters will be highly visible from the heavily traveled I-69 corridor in Hamilton County. Knowledge Services is a workforce services and information technology consulting firm that helps companies and government agencies acquire, manage, and engage talent. Construction is to begin early next year and will be completed by the end of 2019 so that Knowledge Services staff can begin moving into the space by 2020.  A Knowledge Services press release quoted Project Manager Rob Bray as saying: “American Structurepoint is very excited to partner with Knowledge Services in the development of this world headquarters building and campus in Fishers.”

March 7, 2018
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Big Wins Continue for Architecture and Other Groups

Knowledge Services isn’t the only big American Structurepoint win. Read on for an overview of three wins that are giving multiple groups the opportunity to show off our wide skill set in designing innovative senior care and hospital facilities.

  • Noblesville Senior Living Project – After winning over both a new developer and a new operator with our portfolio of previous senior care work and our palette of current design work, American Structurepoint won architecture, interior design, structural, and civil services for a new state-of-the art, multi-story 120-bed assisted living and memory care facility. It will be located adjacent to the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church near Little Chicago Road in Noblesville.
  • Bethesda North Hospital Laboratory Renovation, Montgomery, Ohio – This project for the TriHealth healthcare system of Cincinnati is a $2 million, 10,000-sft renovation of an existing laboratory space. American Structurepoint, in association with W5 Design and KLH Engineers MEP design firm, are providing design services for a five-phase renovation consolidating four laboratories into one facility. Schematic design is already completed by our design team, and we are now doing construction documentation. Construction will begin by the end of April and will be finalized by November 2018.
  • Ohio Valley Surgical Hospital, Dayton, Ohio – American Structurepoint is providing architecture, interior design, and civil engineering services for a $2 million, 3,500-sft addition to the OVSH surgical suite. The new addition will house two new 600-sft of orthopedic operating rooms and provide future space for a 1,000-sft hybrid operating room.

March 7, 2018
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Jack Lashenik Named Outstanding Purdue ABE Alumnus

Executive Vice President Jack Lashenik will receive a prestigious honor from Purdue University in April: Jack will be recognized as an Outstanding ABE (Agricultural & Biological Engineering) Alumni! Jack will receive his award with other outstanding alumni on April 19 in conjunction with the Senior Capstone/Senior Design poster session event. Jack graduated from Purdue with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and Biological Engineering in 1998. Jack has served on the ABE Academic Advisory Board since 2009 and has served as secretary of the Purdue Engineering Alumni Association since 2014. An article celebrating his many professional accomplishments will be published on the Purdue University website shortly after Jack receives his award. The next time you see Jack, congratulate him on this awesome honor!

March 7, 2018
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American Structurepoint Provides Services for GEICO Expansion

Insurance industry giant Government Employee Insurance Company (GEICO) has turned to American Structurepoint yet again to provide architecture and interior design services for a major expansion of a regional service center. The company’s regional office in Carmel will nearly double in size after an expansion that will add 104,000 sft to a third floor and more importantly, 1,400 new IT and claims jobs by 2023. American Structurepoint won the job based on our previous architecture and interior design work that helped bring new trends in office spaces to new and renovated GEICO offices in Carmel and Texas. These include a modern office layout using natural daylight, an open floor plan, and comfortable meeting areas to enhance collaboration.