October 2, 2020
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Infosys Pedestrian Bridge Rises in Indianapolis

A superstructure for a new magnificent pedestrian bridge over High School Road, north of Sam Jones Expressway, in Indianapolis is now in place. American Structurepoint provided structural engineering services and served as engineer of record for the new pedestrian connector. We also provided construction solutions services. The new bridge will connect a renovated parking structure to the Infosys US Education Center campus under construction at the old Indianapolis International Airport property.

The structural steel and metal deck for the bridge was fully assembled on-site on the ground, and the approximate 120-ton structure was then lifted as one piece by two cranes and set in place. Thirteen American Structurepoint employees were there to witness the event: EJ Mehboob, Jerica Barlow, David Clark, Joe Dubyel, Andrew DeWilde, Rex Lonyo, Krista Lawson, Casey Lynch, Matt Moore, Kristina Mudd, Luke Nisley, Kate Oliver, and Ben Wagner.

Due to its unique skewed-arch geometry, curved plan, and tapered-elliptical bridge pier, this 195-foot bridge, comprising a 170-foot span and 25-foot cantilever, not only serves as a pedestrian connector, but also as an architectural statement piece for the new Infosys campus. Great job, everyone!

October 2, 2020
by Marketing Communications
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Bridge Slide Goes Smoothly at Newman Road Underpass Project

A complicated railroad bridge slide went off without a hitch at the Newman Road Underpass Project in West Lafayette at the end of August. We provided design and construction inspection services for this project with an aggressive schedule that replaces a one-lane, stone-arch railroad bridge with a modern bridge structure and reconstructs Newman Road from Benson Drive to SR 26. It also includes a new roundabout at SR 26 and Newman Road that opened to traffic July 15. The project provides a new gateway and safer access to the nearby 176-acre Purdue Discovery Park District Aerospace.

This project involved multiple disciplines within our firm to collaborate and innovate during design and construction efforts.  These include the Land Surveying Group, Road Team Maurovich, Road Team Lau, Bridge Group, Traffic Engineering Group, Environmental Services Group, Civil Engineering Group, Ohio Road Group, and Construction Solutions Group.  It also involved work-sharing between Indiana and Ohio design centers to make it a success.

Prior to the bridge slide, crews built a new bridge structure on temporary supports adjacent to the existing arch structure. Train traffic was then shut down for 106 hours to allow for the installation of the new bridge structure. After demolition of the original stone and concrete arch, operators slide the newly constructed bridge into place on new pile-supported precast end bents. Bridge Group Project Manager Robert Anderson, Field Manager Joe Dubyel, and Resident Project Representative Jon Baldry were onsite to ensure all went well during the bridge slide. The nearly 44-foot lateral slide was completed within about 90 minutes from start to finish. Check out a 53-second time-lapse video of the event. Substantial project completion should occur in late November/early December.

Original bridge before the demolition

October 2, 2020
by Marketing Communications
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Scioto Peninsula Breaks Ground in Columbus

The Scioto Peninsula redevelopment project broke ground in September and will be one of the largest developments in history for downtown Columbus, Ohio. American Structurepoint is honored to provide civil engineering services for two Flaherty & Collins Properties mixed-used developments that are part of the $250 million first phase of an exciting project! The two Flaherty & Collins buildings will have 330 residential units and retail space. To learn more, watch this video.

October 2, 2020
by Marketing Communications
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Community Service News – Shop Local Program, Holiday Mania is On!

You won’t want to miss updates about two new Community Service promotions – Shop Local 2020 and Holiday Mania. Read on for the details.

  • Shop Local 2020: You can win $100 in gift cards to spend at local businesses by shopping in your neighborhood. Purchases made between Monday, October 5, and Monday, October 26, can earn you entries into the drawing. Check social media for the hashtag #MakeAPointGiveBack to see all of the community businesses we’re visiting! All staff will receive an email from Community Service with details of the program.
  • Holiday Mania Is On: Electronic purchase options will be available for everyone who wishes to participate in the December event! We’re already receiving amazing donations from our staff, and we’ll begin to share them via an online catalog before tickets go on sale. Watch for an email with information on registering your donation, or contact a Community Service board member to get your unique item added to the list.

Community Service Fund

The Community Service fund increased by $3,082.50 in September 2020 thanks to our employee contributors.

Recent Donations

We are currently prioritizing contributions to the American Structurepoint family. Immediate consideration will be given to requests for assistance for employees and their families. Requests for contributions in the other five giving categories (families/children, elderly, education, armed/civic services, and emergency/shelters) will be held for consideration after the current health and economic crisis has abated.

Please be assured that all employee assistance requests will be kept confidential. If you know of a co-worker in need of assistance, please complete and submit a request form (available via Pinnacle or by emailing Michele Collins).

October 2, 2020
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Promotion News – Congrats To Wing Lau

Congratulations goes out to Wing Lau who has been promoted to group leader of the Indiana Road Group. This group consists of 54 design staff located in our Indiana design centers of Indianapolis, Highland, Fort Wayne, Evansville and South Bend, as well as support for our staff in our Tampa, Florida design center.  Wing has 20 years of experience in the transportation industry, 17 of those years with American Structurepoint.

As Indiana Road Group leader, Wing will be responsible for overall leadership and management of the group’s operations.  Wing’s focus on staff development, quality, production, and work-sharing among design centers will be important to our firm’s growth and continued success

While at American Structurepoint, Wing has advanced in his career from staff engineer to roadway group team leader, serving in that role the previous five years. Wing has been instrumental in delivering some of the Transportation Group’s largest and most complex projects over the years including the Ohio River Bridges Project, I-65 Added Travel Lanes Project in Clark County, and the massive I-66 Project in Virginia.  He has exceled in leading and executing large alternative delivery-type projects for our firm that have advanced our company’s growth and résumé. Wing’s hands-on approach with our staff and on our projects has earned him the respect of colleagues and clients alike. The next time you see Wing, give him a high five!

October 2, 2020
by Marketing Communications
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American Structurepoint Awarded FDOT D7 Dale Mabry Highway Design

Congratulations to our Tampa-based team on their first win with FDOT District 7! American Structurepoint was selected as the prime consultant for a 1.5-mile resurfacing design project on SR 573 (S. Dale Mabry Highway). The project will extend the service life of the existing pavement, resolve drainage issues, and improve safety through lighting, signal, and pedestrian accessibility enhancements.

Our project team is led by Project Manager Todd Ziegler and includes five specialty subconsultants providing drainage design, environmental services, structural design, survey, and utility coordination services. We will self-perform roadway, maintenance of traffic, traffic signal, signing and pavement marking, and lighting design, as well as providing public involvement support. We were selected for the project after a two-part evaluation process. Twenty firms submitted letters of response to the district, and four firms were interviewed.

October 2, 2020
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American Structurepoint To Provide GEC Services To TxDOT

Here’s another great win – American Structurepoint’s first general engineering consultant (GEC) contract with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)! We are part of a team selected to provide GEC engineering services in support of advance planning, surveying, plans specifications and estimates (PS&E), subsurface utility engineering (SUE) and utility coordination, right-of-way, overall program management, project supervision, management, scheduling, administration, alternative delivery support, review and coordination of individual project development documents by others, maintenance of corridor planning documents and website materials, and a corridorwide construction- related traveler information system for various highway projects located within Texas.

The Ramos Consulting team is one of three firms selected to receive a $10 million contract after a two-stage evaluation process. Sean Beal, a senior project manager in American Structurepoint’s Austin design center, is a key staff member on the project and was part of the presentation and interview team. Sean is the team’s task leader for route studies and schematic design. We are also performing work for TxDOT on multiple bridge contracts, a schematic-environmental contract, a traffic engineering contract, and a PS&E contract. Keep up that great work in the Lone Star State!

October 2, 2020
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Janus Services Celebrates Path to Midland Trace Trail

We had so much fun celebrating the opening of the new Janus Developmental Services sidewalk leading to the Midland Trace Trail in Noblesville last month. American Structurepoint’s Civil Group provided the design for sidewalk and Mike Hoopingarner created the front-end bid specifications and handled the public bidding process. We are proud to help provide a pathway for Janus clients to stay healthy, get exercise, and make great memories and adventures on the trail!

October 2, 2020
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Benefits Buzz – Sign Up For Wellness Screenings

Here’s a reminder to sign up for your annual wellness screenings, set for the end of October. Any employee and spouse currently on the medical plan or who plans to enroll during open enrollment needs to complete the wellness screenings, health risk assessment and nicotine affidavit to receive the wellness incentive credits for the 2021 health plan year.

Visit the portal now to sign up for your screening. Open enrollment will take place in November. All open enrollment informational meetings will be virtual – be on the lookout for more information.

September 4, 2020
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Delivering Cool Content for Virtual Meetings

American Structurepoint staff continue to show their versatility and flexibility in delivering creative solutions for virtual public meetings. Here’s some scoop about solutions for Florida and Evansville and a virtual public meeting space.

FDOT Kepler Road Roundabout Video

Last month, we held our first virtual public meeting with FDOT District 5 for the SR 44 at Kepler Road Roundabout project. It includes a new 2-lane roundabout and about a quarter mile of roadway widening to install a two-way, left-turn lane on SR 44 in Volusia County, Florida.

The meeting showcased an impressive, must-see, 4K UHD (ultra-high definition) animation that our very own Senior Design Visualization Specialist Paul Jarboe created. The video is Paul’s first-ever 4K production and has four times the pixels that his usual 1080p HD videos do. 4K video delivers much clearer and sharper image viewing and playback for viewers. Paul gives special kudos to our IT support and staffers. Creation of the video occurred via Citrix and our state-of-the-art render farm with nine computer nodes all performing flawlessly! Check out the video here. Special thanks to Volusia County and the City of DeLand for their continued support as we advance the design of this project!

Refresh Evansville Project Video

Little did Evansville Area Supervisor Brian Fox know that his duties as a Refresh Evansville program construction manager would include narrating a video available via YouTube and public access TV. But that is exactly what’s happening in this pandemic era when public meetings are out and virtual communication is in.

Brian’s video contains a project overview, introduces the project team, and uses photos and graphics to give viewers a glimpse of what will happen when during the Sweeter Rotherwood Water Main Replacement project. Evansville Administrative Support Specialist Kristen Williams helped Brian create the video, available on the Evansville Water and Sewer Utility (EWSU) social media sites and the Refresh Evansville website. Brian says his team will continue to modify their efforts to the ever-changing conditions to ensure that EWSU customer concerns are addressed.

Virtual Open House Space

Our first virtual public meeting space is now live! Our Environmental Services and Marketing Services graphics team, along with Steve Albright in Architecture, created this interactive room that can be adapted for any virtual public meeting or open house. The virtual room allows users to pan around the virtual space and click hotspots to open or view boards, video presentations, comment forms, and more. Our first virtual open house contains info about the SR 37 and 186th Street Intersection Improvement project in Noblesville, Indiana, and includes a video presentation shot and edited by Krista Lawson. Check it out at this link.

September 4, 2020
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Happy Retirement to Greg Kicinski

After seven highly productive years of leading our Indianapolis Road Group, Greg Kicinski retired from American Structurepoint on August 21. Greg oversaw tremendous growth while leading the Road team. During his tenure, transportation revenues more than doubled from $14 million to $32 million. He also excelled at leadership and in mentoring many. Company president and COO Rick Conner praised Greg for his leadership and for enhancing the company’s reputation in the industry.

“I admire Greg the most for his managerial style and his demeanor. He has unquestionable professionalism and he also has the ability to hover at a much higher altitude than most engineers and can see the big picture of a project. You’ve touched a lot of projects, but the most important thing is you have touched a lot of people. Many of the successes of people here, at other firms, and at INDOT are because of you,” Rick said at Greg’s final group leader meeting.

Greg says that coming to American Structurepoint from INDOT was an honor of a lifetime. Greg plans to travel throughout September and upon his return look for space where he can pursue his other passion – portrait photography.  He hopes to open a studio in early 2021. From all of us at American Structurepoint, thank you, Greg, for all your leadership,  dedication, and for being a great mentor to so many in our industry. Here’s wishing you find the perfect place to open your photography studio.

September 4, 2020
by Marketing Communications
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Rick Conner Named ASCE Fellow

With great pride, we are happy to share that American Structurepoint President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Conner has achieved Fellow status from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). ASCE grants Fellow status to members who have made celebrated contributions to the industry and developed creative solutions that have enhanced lives. This is a rare honor – just 3 percent of ASCE members receive this prestigious distinction.

The growth of American Structurepoint into a multidiscipline consulting firm during Rick’s tenure as president and COO stands as a celebrated contribution to the industry. More importantly, all of our project work improves quality of life for thousands of people throughout the Midwest and now in Florida and Texas. Achieving Fellow status is a well-deserved honor for Rick and the company. Please join us in congratulating Rick on this great achievement.

September 4, 2020
by Marketing Communications
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I-66 Project Coming To An End

Here’s a big thanks to all staff members contributing to the I-66 Outside the Beltway project in Northern Virginia. It has been a long journey for us. We started the tender design phase in the beginning of 2016. The final design commenced in the spring of 2017. and we have recently completed most of the design work. We are currently providing construction support services to our clients. The new express lanes are scheduled to open in December 2022. Team members received this email from Mikel Ortiz of FAM Construction regarding his four-year stint on the project. “Over the years, I have worked with you on one of the most complex and challenging projects in the USA. The quality, the professionalism, and the integrity of the people that I have worked with here (at American Structurepoint) have been second to none, and I thank each of you.” Well said, Mike – our team showed strong determination to work on a most challenging project. Great work, everyone!

September 4, 2020
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Young Surveyors Socially Distance To Promote Profession

Fort Wayne Project Manager Nolan Mark, coordinator for the Indiana Young Surveyors Network, didn’t let the pandemic stop him from promoting his profession to younger men and women. He organized a social distancing meet-up event that took place August 29 outside at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis. The afternoon included discussion of several surveying topics, lunch, a corn hole tournament, and socializing while wearing masks and standing 6 feet apart. Topics covered the licensing process, ways to prepare for licensing exams, setting goals for the young surveyors group, and possible community service volunteer opportunities for group members. The future of the land surveying profession depends on recruiting younger people; around 20 of the 600+ licensed surveyors in Indiana are under age 35! Nolan was joined at the event by Project Manager Ryan Selby and Survey Crew Chief Aaron Speth.

September 4, 2020
by Marketing Communications
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Jason Greene Wins State Photo Contest

A breathtaking drone shot of a sunset over West Boggs Lake in Loogootee earned Evansville Construction Inspector Jason Greene an award in the 12th annual Indiana Agriculture Photo Contest. Jason’s photo, entitled “Sunset Flight,” won in the Conservation category. The 2020 contest received over 400 submissions, and 10 winners in four categories emerged victorious.

Jason says he saw the sun setting as he finished playing golf at West Boggs Park, and he knew he had to get his DJI drone into the air. Birds immediately surrounded the drone, but Jason kept shooting. The award- winning shot occurred with a shutter speed of 1/1600, ISO of 100, and f/2.2. Jason received his prize at an Indiana Statehouse ceremony, and his photo will hang for the next year in Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch’s offices. All winning photos are available at this link. Jason considers himself a hobby photographer and even started his own aerial photography business Midwest Drone Services, LLC.  Way to go, Jason!