February 1, 2019
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Investigative Team Member Determines House Fire to be Arson

One of our very own investigative team members, Russ Wilson, used his CFI expertise to determine an Allen County, Indiana house fire to be arson. The blaze occurred in late November of last year. It engulfed a historic home that was nearing the finish line of a six-month renovation. Luckily, no one was injured.

Despite the home owner’s lack of suspicion, first responders assumed foul play. Based on remaining evidence, Russ concluded the fire began on the front porch of the home and involved ordinary combustibles with an external flame being intentionally applied. Due to the outdated “balloon” construction of the house, the fire spread rapidly from the porch to the attic.

Both the homeowner and the Indiana Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators are offering a reward for any information related to the crime.

February 1, 2019
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Save the Date – Chili Cook-Off and Company Picnic

  • Chili Cook-Off
    • When: June 28, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Please note that the annual Chili Cook-Off is occurring one month prior to its usual date, due to our move to the new headquarters.
  • Company Picnic
    • When: August 10, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Where: Victory Field

 

February 1, 2019
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Benefit Update – New Cards and New Wellness Program

By now you should have received your new Anthem ID cards. Your cards should have the prefix YZD. If you are unsure you have the correct card, please contact Liza Trant. Be sure to discard all old cards and provide your new cards to your doctor or pharmacist.

A new wellness program is coming to American Structurepoint. WellRight will bring a platform filled with fresh and fun challenges that will meet you where you are in your wellness journey. Unlimited online wellness coaching for you and your family will also be available to help you set and meet your wellness goals. Always on the go? You can access WellRight through their iOS and Android apps or your computer. More information will be available soon.

 

February 1, 2019
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Round of Applause Recipients

We salute these Round of Applause recipients who went the extra mile for their coworkers in January.

  • Megan Adams
  • Steve Albright
  • Kaitlyn Barrett
  • R.C. Berger
  • Caylon Beville
  • Katie Clark
  • Michele Collins
  • Brandon Farley
  • Shirley Gray
  • Joe Griffith
  • Mike Hendricks
  • Laura Huggler
  • Matt Jennings
  • Noah Porter
  • Justin Winegar
  • Hailey Woods

February 1, 2019
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Community Service News – Board Expands, Holiday Wrapup

In December, the Community Service Board received eight fantastic self-nominations for new board positions from:

  • Miles Demerly, Road
  • Don Gillie, Investigative
  • Luke Kahren, Business Development
  • Tom Leahy, Investigative
  • Michelle Self, Administration
  • Hardik Shah, Traffic
  • Anna Skelton, Communications
  • Sagar Shah, Road

Each nominee had to meet three criteria:  1) possess a willing volunteer spirit; 2) contribute via payroll contributions; and 3) actively participate in Community Service events and activities.  Additionally, the Board looked at the overall composition of the expanded board in order to ensure representation of as many groups within the company as possible.

The board is grateful to our eight staff members who placed themselves in the running for a position. Each of them is truly an excellent option in their own right and has much to offer to Community Service.

At this time, the Community Service Board is expanding by four members.  They are:

  1. Miles Demerly
  2. Luke Kahren
  3. Tom Leahy
  4. Anna Skelton

These four new members join the existing board members:

  1. Brian Bingham
  2. Ben Braun
  3. Michele Collins
  4. Derrek Day
  5. Marietta Griffith
  6. Anitra Lewis
  7. Gina Sessions

The CS Board looks forward to 2019 and is always open to your suggestions of an event to participate in or a charity to support.

Holiday Giving Wrap-Up

Here’s an overview of the organizations we supporting during the 2018 holiday season thanks to your generous support and our company match.

Indianapolis – over $8,500 spent on gifts for recipients served by multiple community agencies in metropolitan Indianapolis, including children and families (Riley Hospital for Children, CASA, Perry Worth Elementary School, St. Lawrence School, IPS school 55, Julian Center and Neighborhood Fellowship Church); teens (Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home and those in the CASA program); and the elderly (Springmill Meadows Nursing Home, St. Augustine’s Home for the Aged, Crestwood Village West and Crawford Manor).

Columbus, Ohio – ~$2,300 in gifts for 20 children served by the St. Vincent Family Center’s Adopt-A-Family program and ~$300 in food collected for a holiday food drive, plus $300 matching funds donated to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.

Highland, Indiana – ~$2,100 in gifts for 20 children in the Highland area through the Lake Ridge Angel Tree and a $250 donation to Fair Haven (a women’s shelter)

And there were $9,000 in cash donations made to organizations located near our other branch offices:

  • Austin (Communities in School of Central TX, Children at Heart Ministries and Ronald McDonald House of Central TX)
  • Chicago (Ronald McDonald House of Chicagoland and NW Indiana)
  • Cincinnati (Ronald McDonald House of Cincinnati)
  • Evansville (Evansville Rescue Mission and Ronald McDonald House of the Ohio Valley)
  • Fort Wayne (St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen Ministries)
  • Lafayette (Lafayette Urban Ministries)
  • Lexington (Ronald McDonald House of Lexington)
  • Nashville (Ronald McDonald House of Nashville)
  • South Bend (Mishawaka Food Pantry)
  • Tampa (Ronald McDonald House of Tampa Bay)

February 1, 2019
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American Structurepoint Makes Headlines

Our projects and staff were mentioned 19 times in the news media in January. Check out this news recap.

  • When the Northwest Times of Indiana  reported on a major renovation of the Porter County Courthouse, it also updated its readers about improvements occurring at the North County Government Complex in Portage of which we are involved. American Structurepoint is providing architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, civil engineering and structural engineering for a 12,000-sft office building that will house a food pantry, the Portage Township Trustee office, and the Porter County Health Department and Assessor’s offices.
  • The Clinton County Daily News reported that construction of Phase 1 of the reconstruction of Washington Avenue will begin soon! American Structurepoint will provide on-site supervision and administration for the City of Frankfort and INDOT.
  • American Structurepoint’s Investigative Team member, Russ Wilson, ruled arson in a Southwest Allen County house fire. There is now a monetary reward being offered for any information that could lead to an arrest. WANE15 News, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, and the Marysville Journal-Tribune reported on the crime. (Please see the article elsewhere in the newsletter.)
  • The Marysville Journal-Tribune reported on the planned housing development near Scott Farms in Marysville, Ohio. American Structurepoint’s Shawn Goodwin addressed concerns from nearby residents, assuring them that any potential traffic issues had been thorough assessed.
  • The Wabash Plain Dealer and the Indiana Economic Digest  reported on an $8.56 million railroad overpass project to which American Structurepoint was selected to complete a grade separation feasibility study to locate an overpass or underpass somewhere in Wabash. Our data was also used in a presentation to INDOT in order to receive a grant.
  • Media outlets reported on Urology of Indiana’s groundbreaking of its Center of Excellence, near the Saxony area of Fishers, in MedTech Park. Media covering the news included: the Hamilton County Reporter  and Inside Indiana Business. (Please see the article appearing elsewhere in the newsletter.)
  • The Lafayette Journal and Courier  and Inside Indiana Business highlighted the progress of the Loeb Stadium Project and featured American Structurepoint renderings in the article. (Please see the article appearing elsewhere in the newsletter.)
  • Construction of the new, $300 million, IU Health Bloomington Hospital and IU Health Regional Academic Health Center on the IU Bloomington campus is on schedule, to which American Structurepoint is providing civil and structural engineering services. Indiana Public Media  reported on the timely progress of construction and excitement surrounding the new health complex.
  • The Indianapolis Business Journal  updated its readers about the $12 million project to widen SR 32, also known as Main Street, in downtown Westfield. American Structurepoint is providing road design services for the project that should begin construction in 2022.
  • Columbus Business First  reported about Redwood Living’s plans to build a 143-unit apartment complex for empty nesters in Marysville, Ohio. We are providing civil engineering, traffic engineering, and land surveying services for the project.
  • WEHT TV  and Tristate Homepage.com  told its viewers and readers that American Structurepoint has been chosen to oversee an expansion of the Vanderburgh County Jail in Evansville, Indiana. The first step is for our team to develop conceptual designs for the expansion that could hold 350 to 450 inmates.
  • The Columbus Dispatch reported on an ambitious project – an $11.7 million project to reconstruct a 1.4-mile section of Hudson Street between I-71 and Cleveland Avenue in the Linden neighborhood of Columbus. We are doing roadway design, traffic engineering, civil engineering, land surveying, and designing an urban greenway connector that will encourage multimodal transportation.
  • Columbus Business First  published news about a proposed $15 million, 109-unit apartment complex for residents age 55 and older for which American Structurepoint is providing civil engineering, land surveying, and environmental services. Sugar Maple Commons will be built in Grove City, a Columbus suburb.

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.