December 20, 2018
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Festive Fun Rules at Holiday Party

The 2018 Holiday Party served up something for everyone – good food, good music, and plenty of good times. We returned to the JW Marriott and danced the night away to Karma, a new band to us that played a mix of pop, rock, funk, and rap from the 1970s through today. Food choices covered the gamut from seared filet mignon and chicken parmesan appetizers; seared swordfish, bacon-smothered chicken, and grilled flat iron steak for the main course choices; and plenty of mouth-watering sides, desserts, and late night munchies. Sarah Johnson (Accounting Group) took home the grand prize – a trip for two valued at $2,500. She and her new husband, Jeff, initially contemplated travel destinations that required hiking boots and backpacks, but decided on a sunny, tropical locale. They will be heading to Secrets St. James, Montego Bay, Jamaica.  Sarah extends a big thank you to Rick and the company for this wonderful gift! Many party-goers shared photos via the Photocircle app, and much holiday revelry occurred at the popular Tapsnap interactive photo booth. Check out all the photos from our app AND the 389 Tapsnap photos at this link (T:\Communications Dept\Community\Bulletin Board\2018\2018 Holiday Party).

December 20, 2018
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Offices Provide Holiday Cheer

The holidays were much brighter for dozens of children and their families thanks to the generosity of employees at our Austin, Columbus, and Highland offices. Read on for the details. 

AUSTIN

Five elementary school-aged children had a fantastic holiday thanks to the American Structurepoint Austin office. Our staff shopped for presents from the students’ holiday wish lists, wrapped the gifts, and then experienced the students’ joy and excitement when the children opened the gifts at a luncheon held by the Travis Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. The chapter sponsored 40 students from Ortega Elementary School being recognized for receiving top marks in academics, behavior, and for participating in STEM challenges throughout the year. 

Columbus

 

Columbus staffers shopped online and braved the malls to bring fulfill Christmas wish lists of 20 children ages 18 months to 15 years old submitted to the St. Vincent Family Center’s Adopt A Family program. Employees were savvy shoppers to get the best bargains while spending $100 on each child. St. Vincent Family Center provided gifts for nearly 1,200 children thanks to generous donors throughout Central Ohio.

The Columbus office also participated in a food drive for the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, in cooperation with Pepper Construction. Employees donated food worth $300, and American Structurepoint matched that with a $300 check to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.

Highland

Highland office employees provided presents for 20 children served by the Lake Ridge Head Start agency in Gary, Indiana. The Head Start program promotes school readiness of children under age 5 from lower-include families through education, health, social, and social services. Most of the recipients are foster children who would receive any gifts if not for the ones the Highland employees donated.

 

December 20, 2018
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Hardik Shah Named Top Young Professional by ENR Midwest

Congratulations to Director of Development Hardik Shah on being named to the Top Young Professionals list for 2019 by ENR Midwest. The industry publication recently announced the win on a blog post. Hardik is the only professional from an Indiana firm to make the list! The Top Young Professionals recognizes 20 individuals under the age of 40 who are emerging leaders in the engineering profession and who donate significant amounts of time and expertise to serve their profession and communities. A profile about Hardik will be published in the January 21 print edition of ENR Midwest.

December 20, 2018
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Columbus Office Celebrates Holiday

The Columbus staff got into the holiday spirit on December 19 with their annual Christmas Pot Luck party and Ugly Sweater Contest. The pot luck was particularly scrumptious this year, as evidenced by the photo below of the delicious spread.

The festivities included a beer exchange – the more exotic the beer, the better. While there are no rules associated with the exchange, it is definitely frowned upon to bring an ordinary domestic beer.

 

The Ugly Sweater Contest involves a catwalk of all participants, and then a vote by applause to choose a victor. This year, the spoils went to Bruin Ramsdell (Transportation Group) who wore a family heirloom, passed on from generations of female teachers. His award-winning sweater featured a gaggle of snow people.

 

 

 

December 20, 2018
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First New Building Breaks Ground at 16 Tech

American Structurepoint is providing civil engineering and environmental services on a $30 million Advanced Research and Innovation building now under construction in the 16 Tech Innovation District in Indianapolis. The 5-story building, the first new construction to break ground at 16 Tech, will be the headquarters for three major entities. They are the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, and Indiana Center for Regenerative Medicine, a molecular therapeutics program and technology incubator associated with the IU School of Medicine. The building will serve as the 16 Tech anchor facility, housing over 400 employees in the life sciences, engineering, tech, renewable energy, advanced manufacturing, logistics, talent development, and agbiosciences fields. Below is a photo of Mike Maurovich (Road Group) and Webb Bernhardt (Construction Solutions) at the December 12 groundbreaking ceremony.

December 20, 2018
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Fort Wayne VA Med Center Celebrates Renovation

Fort Wayne’s VA Northern Indiana medical center recently cut the ribbon on the first phase of a two-phase $14 million 23,000-sft renovation of an intensive care unit and patient rooms on the center’s fourth floor. The renovations, designed by our Architecture team, transformed the fourth floor into nine single-patient rooms, each with its own bathroom and patient lift system. The floor also now includes a four-room intensive care unit, one bariatric patient room, one isolation patient room, and two step-down care units. A staff break room and new nurses’ stations were also part of the renovations. The next phase will complete renovation of the remaining 11 patient rooms, elevator lobby, waiting room, staff offices, and support spaces.

Our team also designed a 14,500-sft addition off the facility’s basement that will be used for sterile processing, logistics, purchasing, and a small warehouse. Previously, the medical center sent its surgical, dental, and podiatry equipment to its sister facility in Marion for sterilization. American Structurepoint is honored and proud to design state-of-the-art facilities for our veterans seeking medical care in the Fort Wayne region! Look real close at the photo with this article and you will spy project manager Dan Weinheimer.

December 20, 2018
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Porter County Breaks Ground on Two Projects

 

Porter County recently held a ceremonial groundbreaking for two buildings for which we are providing architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, civil engineering, and structural engineering services. One project involves an expansion and renovation of the Porter County Courthouse building. Approximately 19,300 sft of the existing building will undergo a renovation of the two superior courts, their support staff, and probation and prosecutor’s offices to ensure that the building is ADA-compliant and accessible to people with disabilities, as well as secure for the public and staff that work there. We also are designing an annex addition of 8,175 sft that will become the home of a new superior courtroom and court’s support personnel. The second building is a 12,000-sft, single-story office building that will house a food pantry, the Portage Township Trustee office, and the Porter County Health Department and Assessor’s offices. This building has a $3.2 million construction budget. Both projects are scheduled to be completed within 12 months.

December 20, 2018
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Design Firm of the Year Award Arrives from ENR Midwest

ENR Midwest in late November presented a plaque to our executives in honor of our being named Design Firm of the Year. Thank you to our employees who go full throttle to deliver excellence with every project. Thank you as well to our clients for the continued opportunities to improve the quality of life for communities. All of you are what made this award possible, and we could not more honored or thankful.

December 20, 2018
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Magazine Features Interior Design Team, Riverview Health Westfield Hospital

Our expert design of the Riverview Health Westfield Hospital, and in particular the contributions of the Interior Design team, are showcased in the most recent edition of Surface & Panel Magazine. The trade publication interviewed Director of Interior Design Erica Irvin about the hospital’s timeless, flexible, and hospitality-like design features. The magazine article goes into great detail about how Erica’s team chose materials, finishes, colors, textures, and furnishings for the 108,000-sft facility. Erica told the magazine that her goal was to “create an environment where people want to feel protected, welcomed, safe, and secure. We say the team certainly succeeded in doing just that! Several photos are included. You are can read the entire article here.

December 20, 2018
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Congrats to Our Ten New Professionals

American Structurepoint now boasts ten new licensed professionals. Professional licensing is a big step in anyone’s career, and we couldn’t be more proud of these employees who recently passed professional licensing exams. They are:

  • Jamie Baehl, PE – Construction Solutions Group
  • Jerica Barlow, PE – Structural Engineering Group
  • Kaitlyn Bilodeau, PE – Utility Infrastructure Group
  • Josh Cribelar, PE – Civil Engineering Group
  • Andrew Jordan, PS, EI – Ohio Survey Group
  • Kristina Mudd, PE – Structural Engineering Group
  • Zack Neukam, PE – Ohio Utility Infrastructure Group
  • Justin Olashuk, PE – Civil Engineering Group
  • Kate Oliver, PE – Structural Engineering Group
  • Hailey Woods, AICP candidate – Planning Group

Congratulations, one and all.

December 20, 2018
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Thirst Project Video Features Our Newest Well in Swaziland

Seth Maxwell and the team at The Thirst Project sent us a fabulous holiday greeting – a video of the latest well funded by American Structurepoint. The video features a well in village of Madubeni located in the Kingdom of eSwatini. Please take two minutes out of your day to watch the video here.

December 20, 2018
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Sign Up Reminder – Mandatory Phone System Training

Here’s a reminder to sign up for training on our new, cutting edge phone system that will go live in Indianapolis and Columbus on Monday, January 21, 2019. Click here to sign up for MANDATORY hands-on training. You’ll definitely want to learn the ins and outs of our new phone system that includes awesome features.

Please note: If you participated in the alpha, beta, or pre-production testing groups, you are not required to attend these training sessions. Field staff do not need to participate in training.

December 20, 2018
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Jeffersonville Team Takes on Ax Throwing

Ax throwing appears to be trending as an American Structurepoint after-work socializing event. Some of the Jeffersonville Construction Solutions staff traveled across the Ohio River to Flying Axes in Louisville, Kentucky. Those attending included Josh Culver, Dale Hall, Andy Hunter, Chris Maples, Tyler Pelton, and Justin Yates. The crew played several different ax-throwing games, and everyone ended up winning at something. Rumor has it that the Jeffersonville staff decided to do their own ax throwing trip after reading about the Texas team’s ax throwing adventure in the November newsletter. However it came about, those attending this ax throwing trek agree it was an “ax-cellent” time. And a challenge to the Texas office just may be forthcoming at a neutral site following the company briefing.

December 20, 2018
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Blair Kelly Takes Center Stage in Holiday Musical

Blair Kelly (right) as Von Hussler

Blair Kelly (Utility Infrastructure Group) lives a double life – an engineer by day and an actor/dance man by night in one of Indianapolis’ top holiday shows – “Mary Poppins” at the Civic Theatre in Carmel, Indiana. As an ensemble member, Blair had to learn eight songs, four dances, and ten lines to appear in five scenes throughout the show. Blair, who started at the Indianapolis Department of Public Works in March working on the stormwater management team, reports he is having a blast reliving his theater days of yore. “I did a lot of theatre in high school and thought, ‘what the heck, this will be fun,’ and I auditioned for the production.”

Blair‘s lines comes as Von Hussler, an evil German banker looking for a loan. He also portrays a chimney sweep in several musical numbers.

Blair has been in rehearsals since October, and even missed the American Structurepoint holiday party because it coincided with opening weekend. Blair is in five productions a week, Thursday through Sunday, until the show closes on December 29. Blair urges people to attend. “It’s a fun, family show with big numbers and lots of tricks in show.” Spoiler alert: Mary Poppins actually flies across the stage. Blair’s performing background also includes a stint as a mascot intern for the Indianapolis Colts. Read about his mascot days at this link.

December 20, 2018
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Meet Our New Elements Relationship Manager

A new relationship manager is now at the service of Elements Financial customers. Her name is Miranda Rizzo, and she has seven years of experience in the financial industry. Miranda attended the University of Kentucky and is engaged to be married in spring of 2019. She lives in Johnson County and enjoys history, traveling, and DIY home renovation projects. Feel free to contact Miranda at 317-524-5140 with your questions about Elements products or to help you with your financial needs.

December 19, 2018
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Community Service News

Holiday Mania Sets New Record

Thanks so much for all of you who responded like never before to our Holiday Mania 2018 fundraiser. Here are the highlights:

  • Highest revenue ever – $10,444 (up from $8,465 in 2017)
  • Highest company match ever – American Structurepoint matched the total dollar for dollar for an awesome $20,888. This allowed us to bring the most holiday cheer thank ever before to those in need.
  • Most items ever – 75 items, including sporting events, concert tickets, executive outings, restaurant and retail gift cards, as well as food and beverage items and the ever-popular mystery gift and day off with pay.

Much thanks to these people for Holiday Mania 2018:

  • To our vendors and to our staff for donating items, for without their generous contributions, this event would not exist! You can view all the donors here: (T:\Community Service\Community\Projects and Graphics\Holiday Mania (formerly Raffle Mania)\2018\Donors list 2018 rev1.pdf).
  • To all staff who purchased Holiday Mania tickets.
  • To Antra Henson (Accounting Group) and Rick Blevins (IT Support) for developing the new email order form.
  • To Karen Gillmore (Marketing Communications) for item signage and tickets.
  • To Scott Sumner and Tim Stanfield (Facilities) who rearranged and reassembled the Grandview conference rooms.
  • To the many volunteers who transformed the Grandview conference rooms into a Holiday Mania wonderland, or delivered prizes, or helped with clean-up.

Happy Hour with Santa

Our fifth annual Happy Hour with Santa event in the corporate lobby on November 30 proved to be a holly, jolly time for all attending. Mike McBride (Executive Group) proved to be Santa-tastic as Santa Claus and Liza Trant (Accounting Group)and Adam Logeman (Bridge Group) served up holiday drinks as merry elves. MaryAppel (Bridge Group) won the JW Marriott gift certificate for a one-night stay and breakfast for two, and Cody Santangelo (Road Group) won two tickets to the Indiana Pacers vs. Phoenix Suns game in Bankers Life Fieldhouse suite on January 15. The event raised$1,200 to be used for bringing gifts to needy families and patients at Riley Hospital for Children. You can check out all the photos here: (T:\CommunicationsDept\Community\Bulletin Board\2018\2018 Happy Hour With Santa).

Pictures with Santa

Santa and Mrs. Claus paid their annual visit to American Structurepoint on Saturday, December 1.  Our highest number of families and children of all ages came to give Santa their lists and have their photo taken with him and his lovely wife. Now in its sixth year, the generosity of the participants resulted in a record-setting $537 being donated to Community Service. This was matched by American Structurepoint, for a grand total of $1,074 to spend on children, families, and the elderly.  You can check out all the pictures here:  (T:\CommunicationsDept\Community\Bulletin Board\2018\2018 Pictures with Santa).

A big thanks to:

  • Santa and Mrs. Claus (Dennis & Maura Hutchinson)
  • Krista Lawson, our photographer
  • Scott Sumner and Tim Stanfield (Facilities) for set-up and tear-down
  • Everyone who participated in this annual fundraising event.

Community Service in Other Places

Holiday time is the perfect time for American Structurepoint employees and family members to give back through volunteer activities and donations. Check out these recent volunteers.

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David Mohler and Kaitlyn Bilodeau (Utility Infrastructure Group) joined with colleagues from Citizens Energy Group at a Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity build. The home is for the Parker Family.

Dream Alive Christmas Party

 

Patrick as Santa Claus

Several American Structurepoint employees volunteered at the14th annual DREAM Christmas celebration on December 3. Bankers Life Fieldhouse hosted the party that featured pizza, craft activities, a Secret Santa shop, a dunk show by Indiana Pacer’s mascot, Boomer, and gifts for the children from Indianapolis shelters attending the event. Our volunteers included Rosemarie Kelly,  Julie Kost, and Cat Stumpp (Marketing Communications) and Patrick Dottery (Civil Engineering) who portrayed Santa Claus!  Cat’s mother, Lori Stumpp, and her boyfriend, Richard Velde, also worked the event. Prior to the party, several American Structurepoint employees helped DREAM Alive scholars in shopping for the presents for attending the party. We also hosted the scholars on Giving Tuesday (November 27) in Grandview in wrapping the presents that the families received at the December party. Way to go, everyone!

 

Rosemarie Kelly and Cat Stumpp

Blue Goose Pre-Holiday Event

Five Investigative Group employees joined with the Indianapolis Blue Goose fraternal organization to raise $1,200 to bring Christmas cheer to families served by the Dayspring Center. Darwin Acord, Doug Brown, Mark Elder, Tom Leahy, and Jess Pounds attended a pre-holiday party at Pinheads in Fishers. Blue Goose consists of insurance industry professionals who participate in fundraising events for community charities and individuals in need of medical assistance. Dayspring Center provides emergency shelter, clothing, and nourishing meals for homeless families with children in Central Indiana. Kudos to this organization working to help those in need. At Darwin’s request, the Community Service team donated $500 to Dayspring Center, and the organization wrote the following thank-you note: “Your gift is a blessing to one of the larger families currently residing at our emergency shelter and will bring great joy to the parents and their children during a very challenging time.”

Doug Brown

 

December 19, 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 24 times in November. Check out this recap.

  • The Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly and Indiana Economic Digest reported on the downtown parking study that American Structurepoint conducted for the City.
  • CEDIA’s corporate blog publicized that American Structurepoint architects Rob Bray and Randy Robinson were in attendance when Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness took a ‘’dusty boots” tour of the new CEDIA headquarters building that is now open. A grand opening ceremony is scheduled for spring 2019.
  • Several media outlets reported that work progressed so well on I-69 between Bloomington and Martinsville (formerly known as SR 37) that INDOT set the speed limit at 70 MPH. American Structurepoint provided technical procurement advisor and land surveying services for this section. Media covering the news included the Associated Press, WFIU Channel 30, WRTV Channel 6, WTHR Channel 13, WTTV Channel 4, and WXIN Channel 59.
  • The Chicago Tribune and Travelwire News reported that American Structurepoint will do an engineering study that will improve public access to the Buffington Harbor area of Gary. The study will look at whether building bridges around Cline Avenue will hinder freight trains passing through the area.
  • 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.
  • The Noblesville Times told its readers that veterans attending a Veterans Day ceremony in Carmel received a special gift courtesy of American Structurepoint.
  • The Indianapolis Star published a video update and a feature story about the Red Line Bus Rapid Bus Transit project. We provided design services for the project.
  • The Goshen News updated its readers about plans for a $5.6 million multi-use pavilion and ice rink designed by American Structurepoint architects.
  • Columbus Business First published an update about the 28-story Millennial Tower multi-use development planned for the RiverSouth area of Columbus, Ohio for which did civil engineering work.
  • ENR Midwest quoted Cash Canfield about the Red Line project in a feature called “City Grill.” 
  • Columbus Business First reported on a new housing development in Dublin, Ohio known as The Hamlet of Jerome. American Structurepoint is providing civil engineering services for the subdivision featuring high-end homes costing up to $750,000.
  • The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, WANE Channel 15, and WFFT Channel 55 covered the $14 million renovation of the Fort Wayne VA Med Center. American Structurepoint provided architecture, civil engineering, and structural engineering services for the project. (Please see article elsewhere in this newsletter).