November 5, 2018
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Florence Fay, BlueSky Win Monumental Awards

American Structurepoint projects continue a three-year Monumental Awards winning streak – we took home two prizes in the 2018 competition sponsored by the Indy Chamber of Commerce. The Florence Fay School Senior Apartments received an Achievement Award in the Innovative Reuse Category while the BlueSky Technology Partners Corporate Headquarters received a Merit Award in the Construction Category.  For Florence Fay, our architects, interior designers, and civil and structural engineers collaborated to transform an abandoned school building into an affordable senior housing facility with 73 apartment units. Vanessa Shumate accepted the award for American Structurepoint at the Monumental Awards ceremony.

BlueSky Technology Partners Headquarters

BlueSky corporate headquarters has now won three awards. It most recently won an Award of Excellence in Construction from the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Indiana/Kentucky Chapter. Last year, the project won a State Finalist Award in the structural systems category from ACEC Indiana.

Our previous Monumental wins

Last year, the Eagledale Senior Apartments in Indianapolis won a Merit Award in the Innovative Reuse category. The project restored the Flackville School 100 building into a beautiful senior apartment complex with 65 apartments. In 2016, American Structurepoint took home three major awards.  Our redevelopment master plan for the Main Street corridor in Speedway received the Neighborhood Revitalization Award and the Monumental Award, the event’s highest honor. We also won the Engineering Award for the 16th Street/Crawfordsville Road/Georgetown Road roundabout. Congrats to everyone who contributed to all these wins since 2016!

November 5, 2018
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Check Out Cool Video of Riverview Health Westfield Hospital

Our friends from Riverview Health posted an awesome video celebrating the grand opening of the first two floors of Riverview Health Westfield Hospital.  The one minute, 42-second video features a time-lapse view of the hospital’s two-year, 5-month construction, a mini-tour of the floors and areas that our architecture and closes with the first turning on of the lights at the $50 million hospital. Plans call for the remainder of the 6-story hospital to open by year’s end. You can view the video on the Riverview Health Facebook page. The entire American Structurepoint team is proud and honored to partner with Riverview Health to bring the first full-service hospital to Westfield!

November 5, 2018
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Community Service Holiday Extra – Important Dates

The GiveBack program swings into high gear in November and December to provide holiday cheer to many groups. You will have plenty of opportunities to volunteer and join in the fun while supporting local organizations. Please consider saving some space in your calendar for one or more of these events.

DREAM Christmas

Dream Alive scholars go all in for their annual philanthropy project in which they adopt families through a local charity. They purchase and wrap gifts and then throw a big party for the lucky recipients. You have three opportunities to help!

DREAM Shopping – November 12 and 14

Volunteer to help the scholars shop at the Meijer located at 56th Street and Keystone Avenue. You will advise the students on how best to spend the $100 they receive for buying gifts. You can sign up for one of two shifts (or both if you are ambitious) from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. at this link. Bill half your time to Community Service.

DREAM Wrapping – November 27

Spend about an hour helping the scholars wrap the presents they bought. Students will arrive at about 3:15 p.m. on Giving Tuesday in the Grandview Conference rooms. The event will be wrapped up by 4:30 p.m. Sign up via the link on the internet. Bill half your time to Community Service.

DREAM Party at Bankers Life – December 3

The final event is a BIG production. Dinner, a candy buffet, games on the court, opportunities for making craft projects, and much more. The scholars know how to throw a party, and they need your help to pull it off! Sign up for this event here. Multiple shifts are available from 4:30 p.m. on to help set up, to volunteer during the party, and clean up after the party. Bill half your time for  (up to two hours total) to Community Service.

Happy Hour With Santa – November 30

Get jolly with Santa and his elves at this fun after-work social from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the 7260 lobby.  The event is free although the elves will gratefully accept your tips, as the tip money will help buy toys for patients at Riley Hospital for Children. The event concludes with two prize drawings! First prize is a one-night hotel stay at the JW Marriott with dinner for two at Osterio Pronto (donated by JW Marriott). Second prize is two tickets to the Bankers Life suite for the Indiana Pacers vs. Phoenix Suns game on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. It also includes complimentary dinner, beverages, and dessert (donated by National Bank of Indianapolis).  Tickets for the drawing go on sale November 19 and cost $10 or three for $25. All proceeds benefit the GiveBack program and are subject to the company match.

Pictures with Santa – December 1

Santa returns on Saturday to take photos with you and your children and/or pets from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can schedule an appointment and avoid the long lines for the mall Santa. You might still want to come a little early, though, because our “waiting room” will be stocked with holiday cartoons and snacks! Your voluntary donations for the pictures will benefit the GiveBack program and are subject to the company match.

Bake Sale – December 5 and 6

Call all bakers to make some holiday treats and offer them for sale at our sweet shop in the 7260 breakroom and 7340 kitchen. All proceeds will benefit the GiveBack program and are subject to the company match.

Holiday Mania – December 7

Other than payroll deductions, this is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Come to socialize with co-workers and shop for holiday gifts for yourself and loved ones in the Grandview conference rooms from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. All items are donated by staff, vendors, and business associates. Online Holiday Mania order forms will be available for field staff and out-of-town offices. Cash, check, or credit cards are accepted for tickets available in $5, $10, and $20 increments. Last year, we raised $8,465, which was matched by the company. Proceeds are used for our holiday charitable projects in support of children and families, education, elderly, emergency shelter, and military personnel.

November 5, 2018
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Halloween Costume Fun

The inaugural Halloween Costume Contest proved to be a spook-tacular affair at headquarters. Twenty-eight people donned some fantastic costume choices from superheroes to witches to cartoon and TV characters and more. An intense judging session led to winners being named for best individual and best group costume. Here are a few details about each winning costume.

Best Individual Costume – Kool-Aid Man

Reva Derhammer (Architecture Group) donned a red shirt and strategically placed cardboard to portray the Kool-Aid Man who busts through walls and whatever else is around to deliver a refreshing drink. Reva, who is seven months pregnant, wanted to use her “belly bump” as a costume centerpiece. She consulted Pinterest for ideas, and then set out to create a better Kool-Aid Man than the examples she saw. She made her entire ensemble, thanks to some old moving boxes she had to make the wall, and incorporated paper, staples, Sharpies, and stretchy clothes. “I forgot to buy felt for the Kool-Aid Man face, so late the night before, I had to quickly make the face out of paper that I Sharpied black,” Reva says. Fittingly, Reva will use her winning $25 Amazon gift card to buy decorations for the baby nursery!

Best Group Costume – Pac-Man

Five members of the Bridge Group – Nevil Gomes, Garrett Johnson, Karl Krukenberg, Adam Logeman, and Kim Wheelock – used their engineering skills to create a Pac-Mac getup. Nevil, who longed to be a Pac-Man ghost since childhood, and Adam masterminded the idea that nearly sank before soaring to victory. Adam and Nevil journeyed to JOANN Fabrics during their lunch a day before the big competition and discovered worthy but pricey fabric. Calamity ensued. “We are true engineers at heart who won’t spend twice the amount of what the material’s worth,” Nevil said. “We wanted to win, but not break the bank,” Adam added. At that point, the costume was a washout. Plan B involved a trip to Walmart after work where they soon saw suitable fabric at half the price. Sold! A glue gun and some shapes later, and the costumes were ready. Or so they thought. “We had to cut holes in the fabric right before (the contest) so we could see to walk down the stairs,” Adam said. The team received a group lunch at Mackenzie River Pizza for their work. And watch out – Adam and Nevil are already brainstorming for the 2019 contest!

Pics available

To see pictures of everyone who dressed up, click on this link to our Facebook page posting about the contest.

November 5, 2018
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RSVP to Holiday Party

WHEN: Saturday, December 8

TIME: 6 PM to midnight

WHERE: It’s the return of the JW Marriott!!!

BAND: NEW BAND Karma

PARTY RSVP UPDATE: Don’t forget to RSVP to the best corporate holiday party of 2018! Please RSVP  even if you aren’t attending by November 26. Click here now.

HOTEL ROOMS UPDATE: Hotel rooms at the spectacular JW Marriott remain available. Just use this link to reserve a room.

 

November 5, 2018
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Holiday Schedule – Mark Your Calendars!

The holiday season is upon us! Be sure to mark your calendars with this year’s company holiday schedule.

  • Thursday and Friday, November 22 and 23 – Offices closed for Thanksgiving.
  • Monday, December 24, 2018 – Offices closed for Christmas Eve!
  • Tuesday, December 25 – Offices closed in observance of Christmas Day.
  • Monday, December 31, 2018 – Offices close at 3 p.m.
  • Monday, January 1, 2019 – Offices closed in observance of New Year’s Day.

November 5, 2018
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Lafayette Celebrates Completion of Restore Sagamore

 

American Structurepoint engineers were there to celebrate with the City of Lafayette on October 25 marking the completion of the $35 million Restore Sagamore Project. Sagamore Parkway (US 52) between Greenbush and Main streets was improved in three phases and now features complete pavement replacement, improved stormwater drainage, a multi-use trail, sidewalks, roadway lighting, intersection improvements, traffic signal replacement and safer access to and from businesses. We designed and provided construction inspection services for the project’s $7 million Phase 1 of the project focused on improving Sagamore between McCarty Lane and Main Street. Our phase was first to go to construction and was completed in November 2016.

 

November 5, 2018
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Benefits Buzz – Open Enrollment Alert!

Here’s a friendly reminder that open enrollment is open now through November 16. Open enrollment is your once-a-year opportunity to make changes to your benefits without having a life event. Please attend or listen to an open enrollment session. Two more remain that you can attend in person; a taped webinar will be posted on the intranet. Visit this link to enroll.

Remaining dates for live presentions are:

  • Wednesday, November 7 – noon in Indianapolis
  • Tuesday, November 13 – noon in Indianapolis

 

November 5, 2018
by Marketing Communications
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Awesome Night Photo of Whitestown Roundabout

Check out this cool nighttime drone photo of the Indianapolis Road and Whitestown Parkway Roundabout in Whitestown, Indiana. American Structurepoint provided construction inspection services for this multi-phase project that began on April 2. Our expert oversight of the project was key in the roundabout opening to traffic on August 24, a full week before the scheduled August 31 completion date. We were honored to provide construction inspection services for this project that improved traffic flow and safety in this highly traveled area.  A big thank-you to the Town of Whitestown for sending this photo our way.

November 5, 2018
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Abbey Kochert’s Road Warrior Life

Abbey Kochert (right) drives to another location as a road warrior.

For most of us, the closest we’ve come to being a road warrior is watching a Mad Max movie. Interior Designer Abbey Kochert served four months as an actual road warrior, educating and activating students nationwide about the global water crisis. Abbey completed a four-month stint in 2016 as a Thirst Project intern with her official title being road warrior. She gave her creative energy to educating middle school-, high school-, and college-age students, while also empowering them to raise funds for building water wells in developing countries. Abbey spent one month in Los Angeles learning a 45-minute presentation that she and her teammates would deliver to young people during their cross-country school tour which took them from LA to North Carolina and back. Abbey and her road warrior partner, Shelbie, utilized their Honda Pilot as their office, driving and visiting 30+ schools delivering this message. Abbey calls the experience life changing and will carry it with her always.

Here are five things to know about Abbey’s Thirst Project experience.

  1. Abbey’s training ground included such LA landmarks as the Hollywood sign and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Road warriors went there to practice their elevator speeches and to devise ways to capture people’s attention asking “Did you know 663 million people do not have access to safe, clean drinking water?”
  2. Abbey’s 5-gallon jerrycan became her most used visual aid. She took it everywhere to communicate her message. People carry these cans an average of 3.75 miles one way to fetch water. And when full, the cans weigh 44 pounds!
  3. “We got in front of so many people, making signs, making videos, connecting with people, and helping them feel part of the change to make a difference, “ Abbey says.
  4. Abbey and her team’s fund-raising efforts raised enough money to build one well in Swaziland during their cross-country tour.
  5. How the experience changed Abbey: “This has made me much more globally aware. Also, caring for people and being kind to people is easy. Even if your contribution is not monetary, it is the giving of your time that is so powerful.”

November 5, 2018
by Marketing Communications
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Texas Team Tackles Ax Throwing

Our Texas Team got in touch with their inner lumber Jacks and Jills by taking on the latest trending craze of ax throwing. They ventured to Urban Axes in Austin for a teambuilding event. Throwing Axes is a cooler, hipper version of throwing darts and is catching on across the country. The competition was fierce and quite close. Clay Gann hit a couple of five-point bullseye at critical moments while trailing in points,  progress to the next level a bracket-style match and ultimately score the most points. Clay says his previous high school baseball playing days as a pitcher and third baseman where he had the ability to throw a baseball accurately “definitely helped a little bit with the ax throwing.” Clay thoroughly enjoyed the experience. “I never really considered ax throwing to be something I might enjoy, but I’ll rank it up there as being one of the best times I’ve had in this sort of a group event.  I would highly recommend it to anyone needing an event idea.”

November 5, 2018
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Bosse-Hofman Triumph in Cornhole Tournament Showdown

Jordan Bosse (Road Group) and Justin Hofman (Road Group) outplayed and outlasted 15 teams in the tenth annual American Structurepoint Cornhole Tournament. The weather was cool, breezy, and very fall-like as competitors and revelers interested in beverages and snacks ventured outside. First-time tournament player Justin joined Jordan, who won the event last year with Karl Krukenberg. Jordan and Justin each received a $25 gift card.

 

November 5, 2018
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Community Service News

Board Members Needed!

The Community Service Board will expand in January 2019. We need new board members who are willing to give of their time to help others as well as plan activities and events. Typically, the board meets once a month over our lunch hour from January through August and twice a month from September through December.

Interested staff can nominate themselves if they meet these three criteria:

  1. A willing, volunteer spirit
  2. Contribute via payroll contributions
  3. Participate in Community Service events*

*Newcomers to American Structurepoint are viable candidates, as there will be plenty of volunteer opportunities to participate in between now and the end of the holiday season.

Contact any Community Service Board member if you have questions or would like more information.

  • Brian Bingham, Columbus, ext. 2118
  • Ben Braun, Indy, ext. 2338
  • Michele Collins, Indy, ext. 2215
  • Derrek Day, Indy, ext. 2488
  • Marietta Griffith, Indy, ext. 2441
  • Anitra Lewis, Indy, ext. 2269
  • Gina Sessions, Highland, 219-923-9240

Submit your nomination by sending an email to CommunityService@structurepoint.com.

October Donations

  • $500 – Gigi’s Playhouse in Indianapolis, a local achievement center for children with Down Syndrome
  • $500 – Dayspring Center in Indianapolis, which helps homeless families find their way home – 70 percent of families entering Dayspring Center move into affordable housing.
  • $250 – Griffin Bike Park in Terre Haute, for their handicap-accessible mountain bike trail which is open to all, but specifically serves wounded veterans.

 

November 5, 2018
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American Structurepoint Makes Headlines

American Structurepoint projects and people landed in the news media and on the internet a whopping 34 times in October. Check out this recap.

  • Inside Indiana Business and Noblesville Magazine reported that the $24 million Finch Creek Fieldhouse, for which we provided land survey and civil engineering services, celebrated an invitation-only grand opening. The 75,000-sft facility has an indoor turf field for football, soccer, lacrosse, and rugby; 11 pitching and hitting tunnels for baseball and softball; and five hard-surface courts for basketball and volleyball.
  • Radio station WBIW in Bedford, Indiana, reported that American Structurepoint is the design firm and will provide onsite construction inspection services for the next phases of the Fullerton Pike Corridor project in Bloomington. The $4.9 million project includes replacing a bridge over Clear Creek in 2019 and building a roundabout at Gordon Pike and Rogers Street in 2020.
  • Several news media outlets reported that American Structurepoint will design and engineer a $15 million project to widen and improve SR 32 through downtown Westfield. These include The Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis Business Journal, Inside Indiana Business, The Noblesville Times, The Hamilton County Reporter, Indiana Construction News, and Building Indiana. Construction will begin in late 2022.
  • The Hamilton County Reporter and Current in Carmel reported that the first two floors of the Riverview Health Westfield Hospital are now officially open to the public. We provided multiple services for the hospital, including architecture, interior design, civil, and structural engineering. (Please see the article elsewhere in the newsletter.)
  • News appeared on multiple websites that the anchor building for the 16 Tech Innovation District, for which we are providing civil engineering services, is fully leased. These include the IBJ, Inside Indiana Business, and Newschamber of Indiana.com.
  • WYRZ radio station in Hendricks County, Indiana, reported on a public information meeting hosted by the Town of Avon regarding plans to improve County Road 100 South between Dan Jones Road and Ronald Reagan Parkway. We are providing engineering design and environmental services for the project.  The station also reported that we received a Monumental Award for the Florence Fay School Senior Apartments. (please see the rticle elsewhere in the newsletter.)
  • The Crawfordsville Journal-Review and The Paper of Montgomery County reported that the county approved a $50,000 agreement with American Structurepoint to provide bridge engineering services while creating a bridge asset management plan.
  • Building Indiana Magazine published multiple features with an American Structurepoint connection. The magazine updated its readers about the Knowledge Services headquarters project for which we are providing architecture and master planning services, and about the $120 million State Street project in West Lafayette for which we provided technical assistance and construction inspection services. Executive Vice President Jack Lashenik was featured on the cover along with nine other construction industry leaders discussing trends in the industry.
  • The IBJ published a lengthy feature about $1.4 billion mixed-use development plans for Waterside, the former home of the 103-acre GM stamping plant just west of downtown Indianapolis. We are providing civil engineering services for the project being developed by Ambrose Property Group.  The Indianapolis Star, Inside Indiana Business, WXIN Channel 59, WTTV Channel 4,  and ReJournals.com also covered the announcement of the plans.
  • The Evansville Courier & Press reported on two projects for which we are providing road design services: the $12.4 million Oak Hill Road project and the $9.1 million Kansas Road project.
  • Inside Indiana Business reported that Vice President Ben Borcherding is a finalist for the Indy’s Best and Brightest Award.
  • The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel and The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette reported the results of a downtown parking study conducted by American Structurepoint.
  • The Greensburg Daily News  reported that American Structurepoint has nearly completed all design work for Phase II of the Veterans Way project.
  • Inside Indiana Business featured 10 years of development at River Ridge Commerce Center (RRCC), the 6,000-acre former home of the US Army ammunition depot at Jeffersonville/Charlestown that now houses more than 50 businesses. We have completed multiple roadway design and construction inspection projects at RRCC and worked to create a comprehensive strategic plan for the RRCC.
  • WRTV Channel 6  in Indianapolis updated its viewers about construction progress at $40 million 96th Street and Keystone Parkway roundabout project for which we are providing construction inspection services.
  • WLFI Channel 18  in West Lafayette reported on the completion of the Restore Sagamore Project, a four-year, three-phased project to update Sagamore Parkway between Greenbush and Main streets. (Please see the article elsewhere in the newsletter.)

October 3, 2018
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American Structurepoint Packs 10,368 Meals!

The Pack Away Hunger event hosted by Community Service was a success! On Thursday, September 20, over 40 employees, family, and friends joined in the fun to create 10,368 meals. These meals consist of a nutrition blend, soy protein, vegetables, and rice to provide full, balanced, and sustained energy to those struggling with hunger and malnutrition.

All of the meals packed will benefit local Indiana communities. Our volunteers were furiously fast packers, and we finished ahead of schedule. Thank you to all our volunteers who were able to attend! Be on the lookout for a survey to share your experience with us.

More Chances to Pack

If you or your family would like to attend future packing events, public packing events are offered on nearly every holiday. Check the PAH website for details on upcoming Public Packing Events. The next scheduled event is on Friday, November 23, the day after Thanksgiving, at the Indianapolis Marriott East from 9 a.m. to noon. If interested, sign up here.

October 3, 2018
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Three Projects Win Regional/State Awards

Three of our distinctive projects were recently recognized for their excellence in state and regional award programs. Read on for the details.

I-70 Twin Bridges Over SR 121 Snags MAASTO Award

In the 2018 American Transportation Awards, the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials (MAASTO) chose this project as the Best Use of Technology and Innovation in the Small Category (projects costing less than $25 million). American Structurepoint, as a subcontractor to Walsh Construction Company, provided construction engineering services for slide-in bridge operations to replace these twin bridges in Wayne County. The new $5.6 million single-span bridge structures were built on the median between the existing bridges and then slid into place after the existing bridges were demolished. This innovative method, a first for INDOT, minimized construction costs, helped keep traffic moving in the construction zone, and reduced inconveniences for commuters. To the Point published an article in October 2017. You can watch a 43-second time-lapse video of the first slide-in here.

BlueSky Headquarters Wins Award of Excellence from ABC

The BlueSky Technology Partners Corporate Headquarters project received an Award of Excellence in Construction from the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Indiana/Kentucky Chapter. The awards build greater awareness of the quality work produced by Merit Shop contractors and their employees. Meyer Najem entered the project in the competition and recognized American Structurepoint as the project’s architect. We also provided structural and civil engineering services along with project management, site selection support, and interior design. This award honors the skill and creativity of the entire team – contractor, owner, architect, and engineer – responsible for an outstanding project. Award recipients excel in innovation, quality, communication, and safety.

AIA Indiana Design Award for Michigan City Police Station

The Michigan City Police Station received a Citation Award from the 2018 AIA Indiana Design Awards. Our category was New Construction with Project Cost Greater Than $1 Million. Here’s what the jury wrote about the police station for which we provided architecture, civil, and structural engineering services. “An elegant solution for a civic project that had high aspirations to improve the quality of life for the surrounding community. Great use of materials and transparency. Thoughtful layout and integration to the site, with higher security features cleverly incorporated into the overall composition.” Studio Design Director Brandon Hoopingarner accepted the award on behalf of the company.

October 3, 2018
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Hammond Sportsplex Celebrates Opening

Hammond residents and neighbors turned out in droves to see their new $17 million, 135,000-sft Sportsplex & Community Center that opened to great fanfare on September 27. American Structurepoint designed this exceptional facility in conjunction with City of Hammond officials to spark economic development in the area, similar to what the Grand Park Sports Campus has done for Westfield, Indiana. We provided a full range of professional services that included architecture, interiors, structural engineering, and civil engineering services.

The complex features the following:

  • 6 basketball courts (with practice cross court rims)
  • 10 volleyball courts
  • 2 regulation-sized indoor soccer fields
  • 6 indoor batting cages
  • Quarter-mile, upper-level running/walking track
  • Community room to host city events
  • Concession area
  • General offices

Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. stated that the facility will be open to the public Monday through Thursday. The weekends will draw people from the Chicago and Northwest Indiana area attending regional and national amateur and traveling sports league competitions. The mayor also noted that the sportsplex is completely booked every weekend through mid-June 2019.