February 6, 2018
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IU Hosts Ceremonial Groundbreaking for Regional Academic Center

A ceremonial groundbreaking for the new IU Health Bloomington Regional Academic Health Center on January 16 inside the Henke Hall of Champions celebrated the beginning of a new era in healthcare in southern Indiana. American Structurepoint is providing site/civil and structural engineering services for the project expected to be completed in 2020. Continue Reading →

February 6, 2018
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Harley-Davidson Opens for Business in Fishers

Hundreds of Harley-Davidson motorcycle enthusiasts turned out on January 27 to celebrate the soft opening of Harley Davidson’s Fishers, Indiana location.  The festivities included a $5 all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast fundraiser, live music, free food, drinks, and of course, plenty of super-cool bikes. American Structurepoint provided architecture, interior design, survey, civil, structural, and landscape architecture services for the 39,000-sft, 2-story building. The new location features an open-concept showroom, café, retail area, and a second-story open space for H.O.G. chapter meetings and other events. If you’re in the Fishers area, stop in and check out the shop that, as Mayor Scott Fadness said, “increases Fishers’ coolness factor.”

February 6, 2018
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Planning Group Wins Two APA Awards

Our Planning + Economic Development Group does it again for a third consecutive year – winning big in the Hoosier Planning Awards. We received two honorable mentions in 2018 competition. We’ve now won eight awards in three years in the annual event sponsored by the Indiana Chapter of the American Planning Association. Congrats to our entire planning team who continually create planning documents that drive results for communities. Read on for the details. Continue Reading →

February 6, 2018
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Employees Step Up for Middle School Career Fair

Ten American Structurepoint employees shared their expertise and advice as part of the Turning Point Schools Career Fair in Indianapolis on January 26. The event set out to expose middle school students to a range of careers, motivate and inspire student to achieve academic excellence, and allow students to ask questions of professionals. In a general session, every professional had one minute to give a quick description of what he or she does and share one piece of life or school advice for all attending. Students then could meet in small groups with four professionals based on their career interests. Our team represented accounting, contracts, engineering, environmental, and land survey career paths; other participants represented IT, attorney, chemist, nursing, firefighter, professional author, entrepreneur, and flight attendant. Here’s a sampling of feedback from our participants. Continue Reading →

February 6, 2018
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Paddle Up for Pingpong Tournament

The return of the American Structurepoint Singles Pingpong Tournament is a smash hit! Tournament organizer Scott Sumner reports that 44 employees are participating in the double-elimination tournament at corporate headquarters. The tourney, sponsored by Healthpoint, has attracted more players than any other interoffice sporting event we’ve ever had, according to Scott. Play began about mid-January and is continuing through various paddle-pounding matches. You can follow tournament progress at this link. The Final Four is expected to occur in early March. In previous years and when the last tourney happened in 2011, the eventual winner received bragging rights around the office.  Names of the first-, second- and third-place winners will be added to the list of previous winners currently displayed in the second-floor break room. So follow along and look for final results to appear in a future newsletter.

February 6, 2018
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Healthpoint Update

Congrats to all prize winners in the 2017 Healthpoint Tour de Structurepoint Challenge.

2,856-Mile Grand Prize Winner – $500 Gift Card

  • Mike Orr – Ohio Transportation Group

1,500-Mile Prize – $100 Gift Card

  • Myra Day – Accounting Group
  • Andrew Edwards – Road Group
  • Amanda McCloughan – Communications Group
  • Jeff Reeves – Construction Solutions
  • Mike Steffy – IT Solutions

Thanks to everyone who participated in this challenge, especially the seven employees who qualified for the grand prize drawing and the 21 employees who qualified for 1,500 mile prize drawing.

February 6, 2018
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Community Service Update

Habitat for Humanity Painting Day – Save the Date!

Volunteers had such a good time painting a Habitat house last year, we decided to do it again! Save the date for Saturday, March 3. We have spots available for approximately 12 people to volunteer for a day of interior painting on a house being renovated in Lawrence. No experience or equipment needed – just come prepared to work hard and get a little messy. Watch for an email with signup instructions.

We’re also planning another panel build for 2018, but are still negotiating a date for that event. Stay tuned for details as they become available!

February 6, 2018
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American Structurepoint Makes Headlines

American Structurepoint projects and people landed in the news media and on the internet 20 times in January. Check out this recap: Continue Reading →

February 6, 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.

February 6, 2018
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Chili Cookoff – Save the Date

It’s never too early to start researching recipes and saving the date for this year’s Chili Cookoff. Mark your calendar for Friday, July 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to share your best chili with co-workers and clients.

February 6, 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!”

January 5, 2018
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Florence Fay Senior Apartments Grand Opening

Florence Fay Senior Apartments is the renovation of an iconic 1913 Indianapolis Public School building to meet the needs of an aging neighborhood. The 45,143-sft building closed its doors in 2006, only to open again in 2017. TWG Development saw an amazing opportunity to re-imagine the historic building and repurpose it into a senior apartment facility to better the community. The adaptive re-use project developed a 65,000-sft facility with a total of 73 affordable living units (mixed between the existing historic building and new construction). Our architects, interior designers, and civil and structural engineers all collaborated on the design to create a state-of-the-art facility for those who deserve it.

The apartments proudly opened its doors to the community on December 14. Dozens of community members gathered as the ceremonial ribbon was cut to mark its grand opening. Facebook user, Joyce Godwin, posted, “Thanks for restoring this great school. I am 1 of 4 generations who attended his school. I am so proud of the improvements. Great job everyone.”

January 5, 2018
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Saluting Ten New Licensed Professionals

 

Within the last several weeks, ten employees have passed their professional licensing exams. This is an immense accomplishment for those involved and marks a milestone for American Structurepoint. We can’t remember a time when so many employees passed these rigorous exams in succession. Special congratulations to Gannon Grimmer, Liz Kokosinski, Chad James, Tanner McKinney, Kelsey Morton, Max Paton, Charles Prigge, Rahul Rajbhara, Max Rehlander, and Ryan Selby.

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January 5, 2018
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It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Dennis Hutchinson!

Aviation enthusiast Dennis Hutchinson is flying high over a national magazine writing an article about his restoration of a rare experimental Davis DA-2A. Most of us have hobbies like golfing, cooking, or watching Netflix. For Dennis Hutchinson, it’s flying his Davis DA-2A Airplane. Dennis owns 1 of an estimated 75 Davis airplanes in the world.  Why is this airplane so unique? Probably because you build it yourself! This simple-to-build airplane (relatively speaking) can be built from a kit to create a fairly inexpensive airplane. The Davis airplane design has one goal: “get the most performance out of the least horsepower and the fewest bucks.” In fact, one version of the airplane used a 20-hp lawn mower engine!

Dennis bought his Davis DA-2A as a somewhat repaired, yet damaged airplane. He is the fourth owner of the plane after he bought it from a father and son who rebuilt the engine and nothing else. It took about a year and a half for Dennis to finish the rebuild and add personal touches. In July of 2016, Dennis was flying his own plane. He explains that, “the DA-2A [is] an absolute joy to fly. It is quite responsive, but not ‘twitchy’ at all. It does exactly what you tell it to instantly.”

The DA-2A is the third airplane Dennis bought. Recently, he purchased a fourth airplane and is currently remodeling it. His passion for flying started from a young age. Dennis even earned his pilot’s license before earning his driver’s license! The next time you see Dennis, ask him about his airplane. Maybe you’ll see him up in the sky!

January 5, 2018
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2018 Employee Handbook: New Employee Benefits

With a new year comes a new employee handbook and new employee benefits. The most notable new benefit helps our important working mothers! Beginning January 1, 2018, we’re offering six weeks of fully paid maternity leave, beginning on the date of the child’s birth, to full-time mothers with one or more years of service (at time of delivery). It’s a policy that was created to provide additional support for our working mothers with growing families by allowing for more paid time off for recovery upon the arrival of their newest additions.

Building on a culture of recruiting and retaining the most talented individuals in the market, the company’s new paid maternity leave policy is a reflection of our focus on providing employees with a family-friendly atmosphere and one that makes life a bit easier for our working mothers.  To apply for the new maternity leave program, please contact Human Resources.

The new handbook also addresses:

  • Non-owned vehicle policy
    • A separate policy in place to ensure employees meet certain company standards if they are frequently driving for company business. All company employees who operate non-owned vehicles must review and acknowledge receipt of this policy prior to operating a non-owned vehicle on behalf of the business.
  • Workplace accommodations
    • In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you feel that you need an accommodation in your position, please contact Human Resources.
  • Not using personal email addresses to conduct business
    • To ensure cyber security for both the company and our clients, American Structurepoint employees are prohibited from using their personal email accounts to conduct any sort of business matters or use for correspondence with clients.
  • Modifications to the authorized time off (ATO) policy
    • Maternity leave will no longer be covered under ATO, but ATO can be used to cover other employee extended illnesses. See page 16 in the Employee Handbook for more information.
  • Modifications to the harassment prevention section
    • Providing an environment free of sexual and other forms of harassment applies to the workplace as well as company-sponsored social events. These prohibitions apply not only to spoken or written words but also to email, text messages and social media posts that are about or may be seen by employees, clients, etc.

To access the entire Handbook, click here.

January 5, 2018
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Holiday Generosity

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, of which American Structurepoint Vice President Ricardo Zamarripa is president, hosted 40 underprivileged students from Ortega Elementary School recognized for receiving top marks in academics and behavior. This is Ricardo’s fifth year sponsoring a child through the program. The Austin office sponsored five children total, with each office member sponsoring a child.

Columbus

Columbus staffers hit the malls and shopped online to fulfill Christmas wish lists of 21 children ages 18 months to 15 years old submitted to the St. Vincent Family Center’s Adopt A Family program. Employees spent $100 on each child. Winter coats and other accessories to keep the kids warm were popular gifts along with toys.

The Columbus office also participated in a food drive, in cooperation with Pepper Construction. Employees donated over $300 of food to a collection box. This price was matched in a check donated to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.

Highland

Employees from the Highland office provided presents for 20 children served by the Lake Ridge Head Start agency in Gary, Indiana for the second time! The Head Start program promotes school readiness of children under age 5 from low-income families through education, health, social, and other services. Project Engineer Gina Sessions, the Highland employee spearheading the gift-giving spree, said the effort is growing every year. Everyone had a good time shopping for their recipients and even more fun wrapping the presents. Gina especially enjoys buying Christmas dresses for the children, while others in the office relive their childhood by buying action figures, dolls, and the trendy toys of today.