June 5, 2018
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ENR Midwest Sings Our Praises on Website, in Magazine

An extensive article highlighting recent projects and our ENR Midwest Design Firm of the Year designation made its online and print magazine debut in mid-May. The headline says it all, “Diversification Drives Designer’s Success.” The article quotes President Rick Conner and Senior Executive President Greg Henneke about our growth and diversification and our drive to deliver excellence for our clients. The article quotes Greg as saying, “If we’re going to do something, we want to be one of the best at it. We’ve really ramped up our efforts to compete, to be one of the best architects in the state along with being the best transportation engineer in the state.” It also includes details about these high-profile projects:

  • Blue Sky Partners HQ
  • CEDIA
  • Purdue Technology Center Aerospace
  • East End Crossing
  • I-66 Outside the Beltway

You can check out the entire article here.

June 5, 2018
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Sigma Tau Gamma Celebrates Move To Indy

Sigma Tau Gamma officially opened the fraternity’s new Indianapolis headquarters on Saturday, May 5, for which American Structurepoint provided civil engineering, land survey, and landscape architecture services. The fraternity relocated its entire operation, including a foundation and a housing company, from the University of Central Missouri to the northwest side of Indianapolis. The ribbon cutting featured remarks from fraternity officials and much confetti.

June 5, 2018
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Rockville Breaks Ground on Howard Avenue/Market Street

A $4.9 million road improvement project six years in the making is well underway in Rockville, Indiana. American Structurepoint did the roadway design work for the reconstruction of Howard Avenue and Market Street from US 41 to US 36. We also are providing construction inspection services. The project involves new full-depth pavement with one lane in each direction, bike lanes, and sidewalks. It also includes new storm sewers, ADA-compliant ramps, new signs and pavement markings, and lighting. Once complete, Howard Avenue will be a gateway to the town that will provide a lasting first impression. Construction will be completed in fall 2019.

 

June 5, 2018
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Ben Harvey Joins Podcast Craze to Talk Environmental Law

Senior Environmental Scientist Ben Harvey can now add podcast contributor to his resume. Ben was a guest on the Faegre Baker Daniels Notice & Comment podcast entitled “The War Over Waters of the United States.” Ben joined Faegre Baker Daniels partner Max Kelln, the podcast’s creator, to discuss issues swirling around the new definition of Waters of the US and what that means to developers and agribusiness. As Facebook says, it’s complicated, but Ben shared his American Structurepoint expertise in sorting out the confusion. Ben and Max met by working for the same client, and the two soon collaborated to lead a couple of presentations at environmental law conferences in Indianapolis and Cincinnati. Max next asked Ben to join him on his monthly podcast to deliver the presentation content via the nation’s biggest emerging media platform. Forty percent of Americans age 12 and older now say they have listened to a podcast. The episode was recorded at Faegre Baker Daniels’ downtown Indy office. Ben also scored a first – he’s the first non-attorney outside guest to join the law firm’s podcast. Ben says of his experience, “It was a lot of fun to do. I listen to podcasts myself, so it was interesting to see the process and finished product once it was posted. After doing a number of environmental presentations over the years to gain exposure for our American Structurepoint expertise, it is good to have another avenue for us.” You can hear Ben during the 38-minute segment available on iTunes or on the law firm’s website.

June 5, 2018
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Summer Time Means Crunch Time For I-66 Project

The long hours and literally thousands of final plan sheets are piling up for all of our Road and Bridge employees working on the Transform I-66 Outside the Beltway Project. More than 30 employees in Indiana, Ohio, and Texas are working to prepare design for the project. Our client for the project is FAM Construction, a joint venture between Ferrovial Agroman US and Allan Myers. We are the lead designer for Segment 3 of the project, which covers 7 miles of roadway, three complex interchange modifications, and 21 bridge structures. At $800 million in construction costs, this is the largest project we’ve ever worked on and is eight times larger than the Ohio River Bridges project segment we designed. Wing Lau, Segment 3 Project manager for the Road Group, says his team has prepared well over 2,200 plan sheets as of late May and made over 120 submittals or resubmittals to date. A few more months of roadway work remains.  Ben Borcherding, the Bridge Group project manager, says his team will have made over 130 bridge design submittals when their work concludes. The bridge work will continue throughout the rest of 2018.

June 5, 2018
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Baseball Field Named For Joe Grinstead

The Sheridan community came together to honor Joe Grinstead for his dedication to the Sheridan Community Sports program. Joe shared his passion of youth sports as a dedicated volunteer of the Sheridan youth sports community, developing life lessons along with coaching and mentoring Sheridan youth. He served as president of the Sheridan Recreation Sports program and as baseball commissioner; coached baseball, basketball, and football; and actively volunteered in several capacities. It’s only fitting that from now on, Baseball Diamond No. 1 at Sheridan’s Biddle Park will forever be known as the Joe Grinstead Jr. Memorial Field.  The community also continues to hold fundraisers for the Joe Grinstead, Jr. Memorial Fund which was set up for the future education of Joe’s three sons, Evan, Hayden, and Owen.   On May 25, a pork loin benefit dinner was held at the Sheridan High School in honor of Joe. All proceeds went to the memorial fund. If you’d like to support the fund, you can do so at The Farmer’s Bank, 987 S. White Ave., Sheridan, Indiana, 46069.

June 5, 2018
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Laps & Lagers Races to Fun-Filled Finish

Kentucky has its derby, Indy its 500 Mile Race, and now American Structurepoint has its first-ever greatest spectacle in tricycle racing known as Laps & Lagers. Employees raced adult-sized tricycles around a course set up in the corporate headquarters parking lot in the event sponsored by our Community Service and Wellness teams. Forty-four racers competed in heats with the goal of completing the fastest time trial of two laps. While the task sounds easy, peddling the trikes proved a tough task, particularly for tall participants with long legs! The heats were highly competitive as racers attempted to bump, block, and bash their opponents off-course, thereby keeping them from reaching the finish line. Adam Hunley held the quickest time of 25.3 seconds for the majority of the race. That is, until Kyle Jones came peddling from behind to beat Adam by just .2 of a second to win with a time of 25.1 seconds. Kyle’s firs-place prize of $100 went to the charity of his choice. Kyle designated the Joe Grinstead Memorial Fund. Here’s hoping the greatest spectacle in tricycle racing returns in 2019! In the meantime, you can view all the photos on the T drive under Communications Department\Community\Bulletin Board\2018.

June 5, 2018
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Checking Out Our New Home

Many Indianapolis employees made the trek to 9025 River Road on Tuesday, May 8, to check out our new corporate headquarters building upon completion of lease negotiations. Employees strolled throughout the empty space on the fourth floor that will be finished out to our specifications and took in the striking views of the Keystone at the Crossing area. The fourth floor certainly looked expansive – the floorplate is twice the size of our current floorplate! Our move to our new digs will occur in at least two phases – one in November 2018 and another in August 2019 when the additional space on floors two and three will become available. This will be an exciting time as we work to design our new office space and work toward being all under one Indianapolis roof within the next 14 months!

June 5, 2018
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PointUP Crafts Excellent Leaders On Tap Event

Free beer + delicious food + great conversation = an awesome Leaders on Tap event sponsored by PointUP. Rick Conner, Scott Scoville, Steve Davidson, Cash Canfield, and Kent Moore shared insights about themselves with employees at Sun King Brewery in Fishers. The format featured five tables of ten employees each, plus one leader per table. PointUP identified five topics for the night, allowing 15 minutes for each topic. When time lapsed, each leader rotated to a different table for the next topic. Discussion topics were:

  • Hobbies, interest, and travel
  • Work-life balance
  • Stress management
  • Career advise and mentorship
  • What did you dream of being as a child? (How did you end up here?)

The conversation was lively and entertaining as attendees learned new tidbits about our leaders and vice versa. Many kudos to the planning committee members who organized the event, and thanks to all attendees who shared insights about themselves. Most attendees shared positive feedback about the event including these comments:

  • “The relaxed environment was great. It freed people to be themselves, more so than in the office.”
  • “I enjoyed the interactions with executives and other employees that I do not work with on a regular basis.”
  • “The whole program was interesting and fun.”
  • “We should have more events like this even if the execs aren’t involved.”

And executives had great things to say, too!

  • The event really gave me an opportunity to learn and engage with a diverse cross-section of our staff. I certainly learned a lot and came away energized by fantastic staff. What a great evening! – Steve Davidson.
  • “Great event! It was especially enjoyable having relaxed conversations with fellow employees and learning more about them in an information and fun environment. It was a great time spent with quality people.” – Scott Scoville

June 5, 2018
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Employees Run in Columbus Challenge 5K

Justin Soltesz led a charge to enter an American Structurepoint team in the fourth annual Columbus Challenge 5K. The event, which benefitted Ronald McDonald House Charities, focused on promoting a healthy lifestyle, building corporate camaraderie, and overall wellness. Our team was one of more than 40 corporate teams entered; we finished second of three teams in the engineering/construction category. Justin did even better – finishing fourth overall with a time of 20:04. Way to run, Justin! Others on our team were Mike Orr, Alex Merrill, Garrett Newman, Josh Miller, and Tay Lane.

June 5, 2018
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Columbus Marks Star Wars Day With Themed Breakfast

 

A long time ago (really May 4) in a galaxy far, far away (actually the Columbus office), Princess Leia (AKA Marketing Coordinator Tay Lane) set out to ensure the goodies she provided for the Friday breakfast group celebrated Star Wars Day in style. For those unfamiliar with Star Wars culture, May 4 has grown into a grassroots holiday known around the world. The day is a play on words on one of the famous lines in film history, AKA “May the force be with you.” Tay’s breakfast battle plan entailed making a batch of Star Wars waffles and bacon at home and then cooking up more grub at the office. But she slept through her 5 a.m. alarm, awaking at 8:30. After traveling light years in her Millennium Falcon, (actually 17 miles in her 2011 Dodge Caliber) Tay passed Alex Merrill’s cube and proclaimed, “Help me Alex-Wan-Kenobi (or maybe just Alex), you’re my only hope!” Alex manned a lightsaber (actually a nearby microwave), and whipped up some bacon, creating a marvelous Chewbacca bacon sculpture for the eating. After a galactic pancake-versus-waffle-recipe misfire, thereby causing the first waffle batch to whiffle, Tay produced the first waffle around 10:30ish. Until the waffles rolled out, Tay’s colleagues munched on the delectable Star Wars-shaped chocolates she made thanks to molds direct from planet Jakku (really Amazon Prime). Ultimately, a great breakfast was had by all. And remember, May the Fourth (breakfast) be with you always.

 

 

June 5, 2018
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Company Receives “Best Workplace” Honors

The rankings were released last month in Indiana and Ohio for the best places to work. American Structurepoint landed on both the 2018 Best Places to Work in Indiana list and Best Employers in Ohio list. Several of our staff attended a banquet in Indianapolis at which we picked up our award. You can see the full rankings of the Indiana list at this website. Thanks to all our employees for continuing to make American Structurepoint such a great company.

June 5, 2018
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Masters Tournament Results

Elliott “Furyk” Smith put his putting and chipping skills to work and outlasted a talented field of competitors to win first place in the 15th American Structurepoint Masters Golf Tournament. Elliot shot a -26, five shots better than Bryan “Ells” Potter, who came in second place. Justin “Fisher” Olashuk finished in third place by winning a three-shot chip off over Ben “Westwood” Wagner. All three received gift cards from Dick’s Sporting Goods, for $100, 75, and 50 respectively. Kyle “Duval” Jones received Rookie of the Year honors. Way to putt and chip, everyone!

June 5, 2018
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BOMA Booth Sets a Groovy, Far-Out Standard

A creative collaboration between the Marketing Communications Group and the Investigative Group produced a gnarly BOMA booth that psyched up groovy dudes and chicks to the max, man! Translation – Our booth at the May 3 BOMA International Indianapolis Chapter Trade Show at the Crane Bay in Indianapolis sported a 1970s theme. We featured a hippy-love-peace motif that included a VW micro-bus replica with window cutouts for photos, a psychedelic table cover, and a boom box to play 1970s pop hits. Our giveaway celebrated the 1970s too with 1970s-era candies and a 1970s music CD to go with 2018 gift cards. Darwin Acord assembled his fashion ensemble of a tie-dye bandana, peace sign specs, and necklace, and a ’70s-inspired jacket. Darwin and Greg Susemichel connected with good leads and networked with existing business relationships. Peace out, Darwin!

June 5, 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!

June 5, 2018
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Chili Cookoff – Sign Up Now!

Whether you prefer your chili hot, spicy, sweet, vegan, or with pasta, get your recipes in gear! This year’s Chili Cookoff takes place Friday, July 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Click here to sign up!

June 5, 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.

June 5, 2018
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Community Service Update

 

Indy 500 Grid Winners

Thanks to all who participated in the Indy 500 Grid to raise money for our Community Service efforts. Participants’ names were drawn and matched randomly with starting positions. All winners will select a charity to receive a donation from Community Service. We’ll report on the charity recipients in next month’s newsletter. Here are the winners.

  • First place – Rich Zielinski ($400 to charity)
  • Second place – Valerie Klingman ($300 to charity)
  • Third place – Melody Niquette ($200 to charity)
  • Leading at 250 miles – Gina Sessions ($150 to charity)
  • First car out of race – Darwin Accord ($150 to charity)

Please take our survey

Community Service needs your feedback. Please take our short survey. Survey results will help us plan a future volunteering event.

Panel Build 2.0 on July 26

Get ready to hammer down and power up for a great cause. Look for communication to arrive soon about signing up for the Habitat for Humanity Panel Build at our Indianapolis office the morning of Thursday, July 26. work off some workplace stress while you work up a sweat and have fun with your coworkers, building a house frame right in our parking lot! Our first panel build in 2017 was a huge success, and we are ready for doing even better this year. 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!

 

Recent Fund Distributions

Community Service recently sent these funds to these organizations:

  • $1,000 – Safe Haven Baby Boxes, an organization that works hard to ensure that infants do not die because of abandonment. Our donation will provide 24/7 alarm system monitoring for one year on a baby box so that emergency personnel are notified when a child is placed in the Safe Haven baby box.
  • $1,000 – Scholarshop Africa, which is an organization that partners with schools and other local stakeholders to give students opportunities to improve themselves and their communities in exchange for essential school supplies. Our donation will provide funds to allow ten Cameroon and West Africa students to earn the cost of school and exam fees.
  • 500 – Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis, an organization that serves girls ages 6 to 18 helping them to value, discover, and develop their inherent strengths. Our donation will provide snacks for Girls Inc.’s summer camp program that starts June 11.
  • $500 – Mariah Roberts family, to help defray medical expenses due to Mariah’s sickle cell anemia.
  • $500 – American Legion Post 155 in Carmel, Indiana, in support of their Distressed Veterans program.