September 6, 2019
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7260 Shadeland Station To Become Healthcare Space

It didn’t take long for our former Indianapolis headquarters building to find a buyer and a new purpose. Cornerstone Companies, an Indianapolis-based real estate company specializing in healthcare properties, acquired our former home at 7260 Shadeland Station.

Cornerstone plans to completely gut and remodel the 7260 Building for Community Health to use it for information technology, human resources, and other functions. The remodeling will be completed by April 2020. Community Health already has several offices in the Shadeland Park working out of two buildings that Cornerstone also bought last month – the 7240 and 7300 buildings. Some of you may remember that our Architecture + Interiors, Structural, and Investigative groups used to work in the 7240 Building. They moved to the 7340 Building in December 2011.

So bon voyage, 7260 Shadeland Station. We wish the Community Health employees much success and prosperity in your new home next year.

September 6, 2019
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Loeb Stadium Breaks Ground

From left to right: Luke Karen; Ace, the Lafayette Aviators mascot; Jeff Thornberry; Cash Canfield; Dan McCloskey, Lafayette City Engineer Jeromy Grenard; and Kent Moore

Construction of the new Loeb Stadium in Lafayette is officially underway! A groundbreaking took place August 27 on the new $20 million state-of-the-art facility for which we are providing architectural services. We look forward to being a part of designing a multi-use, municipally-owned facility that Lafayette residents and visitors will enjoy for generations to come. Check out these fast facts.

Loeb Stadium fast facts

  • Seating Capacity: 2,500 people
  • Amenities: Three enclosed suites, three open-air party decks, gift shop area
  • Design features: Architects took inspiration from the stadium’s original 1940s-era Art Deco design, using traditional brick façade and exposed steel.
  • Multiple uses: In addition to being the home to the Lafayette Aviators of the Prospect League, the city plans to use Loeb for soccer games, football, and concerts.
  • Anticipated Completion Date: December 2020

 

September 6, 2019
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Update on #NoahStrong Campaign

American Structurepoint staff members came together recently to support 10-year-old Noah Farny and his family. (Noah’s father, Eric Farny, is a road team leader in American Structurepoint’s Transportation Group.) This summer, Noah was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and he is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments at Riley Children’s Health in Indianapolis.

One hundred and thirty-five American Structurepoint employees from 11 different design centers donated to a special collection to provide financial assistance to the Farny family during this challenging time. The company generously matched all employee contributions. The Farny family is truly touched by the outpouring of support from the American Structurepoint community. Thank you for your generosity.

Here is an update regarding Noah’s treatment and progress,

  • Currently, he has completed three cycles and is scheduled to start the fourth on Sept. 6 (or sooner).
  • His brothers are handling the changes well and enjoy going to the hospital to visit and play with all the games and toys available. While they miss their brother being home, they have been able to spend a lot of time with their grandparents who have graciously offered to stay at the house as Eric and his wife, Sara, take turns traveling to and from the hospital.

If you are interested in other ways you can support either the family or the childhood cancer community, here are some suggestions:

  • Coordinating schedules and people in different places usually puts a strain on meal planning and preparing. Freezer meals are an easy way to drop off food or coordinating with the family for food drop/off or delivery. Gift cards (or even Grubhub/Doordash) are another easy way to help, especially during hospital stays.
  • The blood cancer wing at Riley where Noah stays has a small hospitality room for parents staying on the floor as well. They provide basics like water, coffee, and crackers, but any other snacks/treats are by donation only. K-cup donations are also a big hit for a break from the hospital coffee.
  • Donate Blood – During treatment so far, Noah has had three blood transfusions in an effort to help jumpstart his white blood cell growth. This is fairly common with blood cancer patients and critical for their path to recovery.
  • Toy Donations –Two specific groups have greatly impacted Noah during his stay and have helped to bring a needed smile or distraction during some difficult moments.
    • Riley Cheer Guild – This volunteer group helps to provide comfort and cheer to patients during their stay. Most notably, their toy room provides 9,000 items per month to patients within the hospital. Many of the toys have either been donated or purchased with monetary donations. If you’d like to donate, please visit https://rileycheerguild.org/donate
    • Tatum’s Bags of Fun (Tatum Parker Project) – This program provides a backpack filled with toys, games, and activities to every pediatric cancer patient within Indiana. Similar to the cheer guild, the mission is to help kids feel like a kid again instead of a patient. https://tatumparkerproject.org/donate/

September 6, 2019
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Fort Wayne Celebrates Promenade Park Opening

Promenade Park in downtown Fort Wayne opened August 9, and Environmental Scientist Monica Del Real was in attendance to witness the project’s milestone. She was impressed with the park and noted that the community was also enthusiastic about the new community feature! American Structurepoint completed environmental studies and permitting for the $20 million Fort Wayne Riverfront Promenade project. This complex, multi-phased project developed a promenade and public space on the north and south side of River, between the Wells Street Bridge and Headwaters Park West in downtown Fort Wayne. The park features a bandshell for concerts, a pavilion with a brewery and beer garden, gardens, a creek bioswale, a kids’ canal, fountain, fire features, amphitheater, and the Convergence sculpture. This newest City feature is intended to be a catalyst for public and private investment.

 

September 6, 2019
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Ben Borcherding, Ryan Cross Join Ownership

We are very pleased to announce that Ben Borcherding and Ryan Cross have been invited into ownership of American Structurepoint.

Ben is a vice president and the leader of our Transportation design practice that includes our Road, Bridge, and Traffic groups. He also provides leadership on many of our largest projects and has built solid relationships with State DOTs, local public agencies, and construction contractor projects. He also provides executive-level leadership to our design center operational effectiveness initiative to help ensure our regional services perform efficiently. Ben is an industry leader in the Transportation market and has helped build the largest design staff of any consultant in Indiana. His leadership is also helping us to become a much broader company by supporting our expansion in to the Texas and Florida markets.

Ryan is being newly promoted to a vice president over our Construction Solutions practice. Ryan started as an entry-level inspector 17 years ago and ultimately become the group leader. He has grown the group to a staff of over 100 professionals, certainly the largest of any firm in the Indiana and Ohio area. Ryan is now responsible for the executive leadership, development, and geographical expansion of the practice. He is driven to create a great working experience for our field staff who provide superior customer service to our clients. His leadership will help propel our growth into the future.

September 6, 2019
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Promotions in the News

Congratulations are in order for several people receiving recent promotions. Read on for the details.

Hardik Shah – Traffic Group Leader

American Structurepoint has made the strategic decision to create a formal Traffic Group business unit. As group leader, Hardik will be responsible for overall leadership and management of the new group along with the implementation of strategic and geographic growth initiatives. He will be creating and implementing an ambitious regional strategy to increase sales of traffic services in Indiana and Ohio, plus build a traffic engineering presence in our emerging markets in Texas, Florida, and other locations. This promotion recognizes Hardik’s instrumental contribution to growing the size and expertise of our traffic team, which now numbers 12.

Derek Urban – Senior Engineer

After 11 years with the company, Derek continues to be a key person in the Utility Infrastructure Group. Derek will help teach the how and the why behind design decisions and in growing our next wave of talented environmental engineers. With a propensity for making sure things are done right, Derek’s QA/QC role will increase as a senior engineer as well.

 Oliver (Ollie) Damschroder – Senior Project Manager

Ollie is now a senior project manager in the Ohio Civil Group. He is an extremely dedicated individual who sets the bar high for client management. He is talented at technical design, constructability, and managing complex multidiscipline projects. Ollie is a great mentor to staff and understands the importance to grow and develop a talented team.

Kaitlyn Bilodeau – Project Manager

Kaitlyn is now a project manager in the Utility Infrastructure Group. Building on her love of hydraulics, Kaitlyn has developed technically in the areas of hydraulic modeling, lift station design, utility relocation, and green infrastructure. Her organization skills and clear communications have allowed her to transition from task management to acting as the project manager on larger and more complex projects.

 Justin Olashuk – Project Manager

Justin is now a project manager in the Civil Group. Justin joined our firm in April 2015 and has been involved in many of our industrial projects throughout the state as well as a variety of federal projects across the nation. Justin is a great resource to the entire group and mentor to our staff members.

Karen Saavedra – Project Manager

Karen is now a project manager in the Utility Infrastructure Group. Karen’s thirst for knowledge and attention to detail have served as the foundation of her professional development. Karen serves as the Hendricks County Regional Sewer District Engineer, acting as an extension of our client’s staff conducting new development sanitary sewer plan review, sewer master plans, and coordinating with road and bridge projects.

September 6, 2019
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Red Line Bus Rapid Transit Ribbon Cutting

American Structurepoint joined with the Indianapolis community September 3 celebrating a major step forward for mass transit. City and community leaders cut the ribbon on IndyGo’s Red Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Line that runs 13 miles from Broad Ripple through downtown Indianapolis to the University of Indianapolis. We provided multiple engineering consulting services for the Red Line including roadway and site design services for the line’s southern half. Our Traffic Group provided traffic capacity analysis, simulation modeling, and design of construction and bid plans for 50+ traffic signal modifications. We also provided land surveying services for the entire 13-mile route. American Structurepoint is proud to have played a role in developing the city’s first BRT system.

September 6, 2019
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Patrick O’Connor Recognized as 2019 LeadershipITE Graduate

Patrick O’Connor, project engineer in the Transportation (Traffic) Group, recently completed and graduated from the 2019 LeadershipITE program. The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) is an international association of membership professionals who work to improve mobility and safety for all transportation system users. Twenty-one transportation professionals were selected from across North America to participate in LeadershipITE, a nine-month leadership development course, which included in-person meetings in Washington, DC; New Haven, Connecticut; and Austin, Texas. The program is structured to identify, develop, and engage leaders to ensure that ITE and its members are positioned to participate and shape the future of transportation. Over the course of the program, participants were divided into project teams that worked on identifying an emerging trend or issue in transportation. At the Austin ITE Annual Meeting in July, teams made their final presentations to the ITE International Board of Direction which marked the completion of the program for Patrick. Pictured above, Patrick poses with ITE President, Bruce Belmore, after his official graduation. Congratulations on a great accomplishment!

September 6, 2019
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Conner Brintlinger Named to Leadership Columbus Class of 2020

Conner Brintlinger, director of business development and external affairs, was selected to be a part of the Leadership Columbus Class of 2020. Among a record number of applicants, Conner and 68 other participants will represent the Central Ohio region as the next crop of emerging leaders.

This month, the program will be launched by a two-day retreat, which marks the beginning of the 10-month leadership journey. Conner and his fellow classmates will be immersed in various development and networking opportunities that are crafted to educate, empower, equip, and prepare current and future leaders.

With classmates representing the best of the region’s corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors, in addition to the network of nearly 3,000 Leadership Columbus alumni, Conner is looking forward to capitalizing on relationships.

“It is estimated that there will be another million people in Central Ohio by 2050 and, in part, this program focuses on preparing for that. I hope to use this as an opportunity to grow and build my network for the benefit of my community as well as American Structurepoint,” said Conner.

The highly sought after program is one of the top-five ranked community leadership programs in the country. As such, a rigorous and competitive selection process yielded a top-notch group of young professionals. We are proud that Conner has the opportunity to use this program as a resource, thereby maximizing his leadership capabilities for the greater good of the community.

September 6, 2019
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Pelotonia Team Makes Substantial Contribution To Cancer Research

Where else could you find 7,484 bicyclists who raised $14 million? At Pelotonia, where 100% of the funds raised go to cancer research for the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James. On Saturday, August 3, a group of five American Structurepoint colleagues pedaled hard for the Pelotonia bike race in Columbus, Ohio. Shawn Goodwin, Tom Hibbard, Brian Bingham, Tyler Hardin, and Kelly Everett biked over 175 miles and spoked their fundraising efforts by raising over $10,205! Their commitment to giving back and making a difference is truly remarkable. Great work, Pelotonia Team!

September 6, 2019
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Community Service News

The Community Service fund received payroll contributions totaling $3,213.50, and the company match brought us to $6,427 in incoming funds for August. In July, employee payroll contributions and the company match plus 7260 auction proceeds increased our coffers by $7,733.  We now have 138 employee contributors. The funds are used to assist organizations recommended by our staff.

Commitment forms are available via Pinnacle if you would like begin contributing, or to change your existing commitment. If you have a suggestion for an organization that could use a boost of volunteers or a financial contribution, please share it with the Community Service board. A donation request form is available via Pinnacle.

 

Recent Donations

Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana – Community Service continued its support of Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana with a $500 donation.  Meals on Wheels provides medically-tailored meals to homebound residents of the greater Indianapolis area. American Structurepoint employees have been volunteering delivery services for the organization for several years, and additional delivery volunteers are needed. Contact Derrek Day for information about getting involved.

Penny and Sonja Community Service donated $150 each to two individuals in Northwest Indiana who have received cancer diagnoses. The donation was recommended by Eric Wolverton, who works in the Transportation Group from the Highland office.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore – The Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Austin received a $250 donation. The resale store has a dual benefit. It keeps usable building materials and supplies out of landfills, and the proceeds from sales directly support Habitat’s homeownership programs. Several members of our Austin office volunteered at the store in August. (Please see the article elsewhere in this month’s newsletter.)

Mid-Ohio Foodbank – The Mid-Ohio Foodbank received a $500 donation in conjunction with the Columbus office’s day of service at their facility. (Please see the “Community Service in Other Places” story elsewhere in the newsletter.)

Dayspring Picnic

Residents of the Dayspring Center homeless shelter in Indianapolis were provided a festive picnic by American Structurepoint volunteers. The weather on July 27 was beautiful, and approximately 40 members of the families in residence enjoyed food, yard games, and a beading activity. American Structurepoint volunteers shopped for supplies, grilled the hamburgers and hot dogs, served food, and provided set-up and clean-up services.

 

Upcoming Activities

DREAM Alive Scholar Visit – High school students from the DREAM Alive program will visit American Structurepoint’s Indianapolis office on October 2 for a hands-on STEM activity. Please contact Michele Collins or Anitra Lewis if you would like to be involved with this event.

We’re planning a return of the exciting tricycle race this fall. Watch your email for more details about this Indianapolis event!

Holiday Mania returns on Friday, December 13. Electronic shopping options will be available for those who can’t attend in person.

September 6, 2019
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Flu Shots and Wellness Screenings Ahead

Sign up for flu shots coming soon

Flu season is right around the corner, so get prepared by attending the flu shot clinic on Tuesday, September 24 at headquarters. The clinic will run from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. ANYONE WITH A VALID INSURANCE CARD CAN GET A FLU SHOT – you don’t have to be an American Structurepoint insurance participant. Be sure to bring your insurance card and photo ID so that insurance will be billed properly. Watch your email for sign ups.

Wellness Screenings Ahead

Wellness screenings are scheduled in November for our 2020 insurance plan year. We are partnering with EHealth for our annual wellness screenings this year. Any employee and spouse on the medical plan (or who plans to enroll during open enrollment) needs to complete the biometric screenings and HRA (health risk assessment) to receive the wellness incentive credits for the 2020 plan year.  Keep an eye out for an email on how to book an appointment and more information for those in remote locations.

September 6, 2019
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New Resources Added to Pinnacle

Pinnacle, American Structurepoint’s learning and productivity platform, has new material available for you. Here are some of the latest documents, videos, and learning paths that you will now be able to access through Pinnacle: Note: to view these materials, you must be signed in to Pinnacle.

New Documents

  • Updated Wellness/Fitness Guide (to reflect the 9025 River Road fitness center option) Employer-Sponsored Wellness/Fitness Program Employers Sponsored Wellness/Fitness Guide
  • Finalized Etiquette Guidelines for 9025 Staff 9025 Etiquette Guidelines
  • What to do for Fee Proposals and Scope/Fee Approval Contract Templates – Everything, Including Fee Proposals, Should be Reviewed
  • For Supervisors: Coaching: How to Engage and Motivate Your Staff

New Videos

  • Community Service Video that Gives Overview of Eligible Categories

Community Service: Introduction Video

  • Plotter Training: Adding Custom Page Size Instructions

HP Page Wide XL Support Videos

New Learning Paths

  • What’s new in Autodesk 2020 products (AutoCAD 2020, Civil 3D 2020, Revit 2020)

What’s New in Autodesk 2020 Products

September 6, 2019
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Running For Clean Water Recap

Team Photo

The 13th annual Run for World Water 5K took place Saturday, August 24. Hundreds of people joined together in downtown Indianapolis to enjoy a fun run along the Indianapolis Canal. Among a group of American Structurepoint employees who participated, two runners completed the race with a top 15 finish. Jordan Bosse, (Transportation Group), placed 12th among male participants with a time of 22:21 and Anna Belovic (Environmental Services Group) placed ninth among female finishers, clocking in at 28:03. To top it all off, Melody Niquette (Marketing Services Group) walked the entire course with a bucket of water on top of her head. Great job to those who participated. All proceeds raised from the event support the Water for People organization. Learn more about water for people and how you can make a difference here.

September 6, 2019
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Monica Del Real Fulfills Personal Passions through Travel

An adventurer to the core, Monica Del Real, environmental scientist located at our Tampa office, has always been guided by her passions. Both personally and professionally, Monica has followed her desires to travel and explore. Since starting as an intern in the Environmental Services Group in 2015, her adventures and career journey have been indicative of her desire to see and do more.

Monica began her internship at American Structurepoint during her last summer of college and then continued on as a full-time environmental scientist six months later. After working out of the Indianapolis office for two years, she decided to fulfill a personal passion by taking a gap year in Australia. She bought and renovated a car so that it could serve both her living and transportation needs. This enabled her to travel around the continent and spend time hiking, watching wildlife, and embracing the outdoors. As her year in Australia approached an end, Monica came to the conclusion that she wanted to continue toward a similar path to the one she had been on before; however, she wasn’t ready to end her adventures quite yet. Upon reaching out to her American Structurepoint team and speaking with her former group leader, it was determined that working out of the Tampa design center would be a good move for both Monica and the company.

In January 2019, Monica returned to the Indianapolis design center before moving down south. Now, she is settled in  Tampa, working on both Indianapolis-based projects as well as Florida projects. Monica is enjoying the Tampa Bay area and the cultural diversity that it has to offer, including her favorite activities – sand volleyball and salsa dancing. Of course, she has an upcoming adventure brewing. She is planning a canoe trip through the Everglades next year – that’s a 100-mile, eight-day trip. We look forward to hearing stories from her future travels.

The past couple of years have entailed significant change, but for Monica, that is exactly how she thrives!

 

 

September 6, 2019
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Community Service in Other Places

Engineers Without Borders Kickball Tournament

The American Structurepoint team joined in on the fun and competition for the seventh annual kickball tournament hosted by the Indianapolis Chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWBUSA). With 13 teams and over 100 participants, the event raised more than $7,000. All proceeds support EWBUSA’s water supply project in Ecuador, which funds development projects that will improve quality of life in underserved communities. Our kickball team members included Sarah Everhart, Anna Belovic, Amanda Eberlien, Hillary Shaffer, Jon Lenglade, David Mohler, Jared Wilkerson, Mike Massone, Eric Everett, and David Hass.

Austin Employees Volunteer at Habitat for Humanity Restore Center

On August 19, the Austin design center held its monthly community service outing at the Habitat for Humanity Restore Center. They cleaned shelves, moved furniture, organized, and priced items. Participants included Heather Sulaica, Fernando Gaytan, Jenna Alchevsky, Ricardo Zamarripa, Ruben Castillo, Amy Bennett, Adam Pfeiffer, and Tyler Daigle.

Columbus Day of Service

Our Columbus Day of Service was held place last month at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Fifteen volunteers spent over two hours checking, cleaning, sorting, and boxing over 6,500 pounds of donated food and items that will be on the kitchen tables of those in need across central Ohio. The Mid-Ohio Foodbank operates under one goal – to end hunger. Through that mission, the organization serves over 140,000 meals to people throughout central and eastern Ohio each day. Great work, Columbus team!

Habitat for Humanity Build

David Mohler and Kaitlyn Bilodeau of the Utility Infrastructure Group joined with Citizens Energy Group employees and Habitat for Humanity to build a home in Indianapolis. Way to go David and Kaitlyn!

September 6, 2019
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Employees, Family Members Enjoy Company Picnic

The annual company picnic was held on Saturday, August 10 and, as always, it proved to be a fun-filled day with great food and great company. Victory Field and great weather created the perfect venue for the variety of games and activities, including batting practice, carnival games and prizes, inflatable ax throwing, and rock wall climbing. A survey soliciting feedback for the planning of future company picnics was administered following the event. Overall, survey responses were positive and provided great insight to make next year’s event even better.

September 6, 2019
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It’s Beer O’Clock

The Point Café at headquarters hosted its first beer experience on Friday, August 23! Otherwise known as Beer:30, it was a great time to gather and end the week with conversation, coworkers, and cold beverages. To celebrate a week full of hard work, a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages were enjoyed by those who attended. While everyone is welcome to join in on the next company-hosted event, we encourage employees to embrace the new space and plan their own gatherings and group pitch-ins. Either way, we look forward to seeing you at The Point Café. Please watch your email for other invites to other upcoming events in the café where we can come together as a company and enjoy casual conversations and fun.