September 6, 2019
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Save the Date: Holiday Party December 14

Save the date for the annual holiday party! The night of festive fun is set for 6 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, December 14. We will return to the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis for food, fun, and dancing! You can expect more details in the coming months.

September 6, 2019
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August Round of Applause Recipients

We’re giving a round of applause to these 15 employees who went above and beyond for their coworkers during the month of August.

  • Mary Appel
  • Eric Barber
  • Michele Collins
  • Erin David
  • AJ Edwards
  • Karen Gillmore
  • Shirley Gray
  • Greg Kicinski
  • Colin Paterson
  • Lauren McDade
  • Meagan Perratore
  • Philip Roth
  • Liza Trant
  • Kim Wheelock
  • Hailey Woods

September 6, 2019
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American Structurepoint Makes Headlines

Our projects were mentioned in media coverage 30 times in August. Check out this month’s news recap.

  • American Structurepoint’s teaming with CMS Corporation on a $32 million design-build project to renovate a historic hanger into multi-story office space to support a minimum 300-person mission at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base win was mentioned in an article on the CMS Corporation website.
  • Many news organizations reported several times on various aspects of the September 1 launch of the Red Line, Indianapolis’ rapid bus transit system. The BRT runs 3 miles from Broad Ripple to the University of Indianapolis. We designed a segment of the line and provided program management to the Indianapolis Department of Public Works for construction of elevated bus stations and roadway improvements for the buses to operate safely. News organizations covering the Red Line include: trade publication Mass Transit Magazine, The Indianapolis Recorder, The Indianapolis Star, WRTV Channel 6, WISH-TV Channel 8, WTHR Channel 13, WXIN Channel 59, and WTTV Channel 4.
  • The former American Structurepoint headquarters is now owned by the Community Health Network. The Indianapolis Business Journal and Building Indiana reported the acquisition, and the story was also highlighted on Cornerstone Companies’ website. (Please see the article elsewhere in the newsletter.)
  • Multiple news outlets covered progress at Loeb Stadium in Lafayette, Indiana, throughout the month.  Demolition of the existing stadium received coverage from multiple news outlets including WLFI Channel 18, Lafayette Journal & Courier, and WBAA News.  Coverage of the August 27 groundbreaking appeared on these news sites: Lafayette Journal & Courier, the Purdue Exponent, WLFI Channel 18, Ballpark Digest, and Inside Indiana Business.  (Please see the article elsewhere in the newsletter.
  • The Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reported on the advancement of plans for a roundabout at Chestnut Ridge Road and Alternate Stare Route 83 in North Ridgeville, Ohio. American Structurepoint performed a study on the roundabout and its location.
  • Residents on the northeast side of Indianapolis are unhappy about dead fish that resulted from a drained retention pond. DPW, the project owner, claims that the residents were notified about the killing of the fish. An email from an engineer at American Structurepoint in February 2018 was included in the report. The email articulated that the fish would not survive and the pond would need restocking. WTHR reported on the issue.
  • Inside Indiana Business, Fort Wayne NBC, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, and the Hagerman Group website shared the news of the opening of Promenade Park in Fort Wayne. American Structurepoint completed environmental studies and permitting for the project. (Please see the article elsewhere in the newsletter.)
  • American Structurepoint is providing strategic comprehensive planning for Liberty Township in Ohio. The Journal News reported on the first community engagement meeting held to obtain public input for the plan.
  • During a recent meeting, the Architecture + Interiors Group provided Noble County Commissioners with multiple preliminary schematic design options for a possible annex for some county offices in Albion, Indiana. KCP News reported on the meeting and quoted project architect Dan Weinheimer about the options.
  • The South Side Leader and The Suburbanite reported on the authorization of a contract between the City of Green, Ohio and American Structurepoint for engineering services for two roundabouts along Massilon Road.
  • The Journal Gazette reported on the status of the Allen County/Fort Wayne comprehensive plan selection process. American Structurepoint was listed as a respondent to the request for proposal.
  • An article was published by the Richmond Palladium-Item about the former Reid Hospital property. American Structurepoint’s role in putting together a comprehensive plan for city was mentioned as was our work to develop recommendations for new uses for the Reid property.
  • Columbus Business First reported on the Scioto Peninsula development project to which American Structurepoint is providing civil engineering services.
  • Trade publication Tunnel Business Magazine published an extensive article on tunneling work for drainage improvements to prepare the SR 37 Corridor for its redesign from signalized intersections to more of a parkway with roundabouts like Keystone Parkway. American Structurepoint is managing the entire design team for the project and is designing the 126th and 131st street interchanges.

August 7, 2019
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9025 Future Design Features to Expect


A group of employees, known as the Graphics Team, has been working behind the scenes to curate final design touches for the new building. Mike Hoopingarner, Karen Gillmore, Julie Kost, Brandon Hoopingarner, Erica Irvin, and Randy Robison have collaborated to establish a design aesthetic that is functional, marketable, and reflective of our company culture. Their strategic implementation of the design features is timed with the logistics of the move. Here are just some of the final touches that you can expect to see in the near future.

 

August 7, 2019
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Move by the Numbers

After months of coordination and three phases of moving, all Indianapolis employees are officially based at our new headquarters on the north side of Indianapolis. The process began in February when about 50 Indianapolis employees made the initial move to the new space. Employees were split between offices for a couple months, but teamwork and collaboration made it work! Over the past few weekends in July, the final two moving phases commenced. Countless hours of work and tall stacks of Tyga Boxes contributed to the final leg of the process. Now that the majority of moving antics are in the rearview mirror, you might be curious to know the breakdown of some of the logistics. Here is a recap by the numbers!

A huge thanks goes out to the tireless efforts of every employee who had a hand in this momentous move. We know that the payoff will yield a great reward!

 

August 7, 2019
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16 Tech Celebrates Construction Milestone

A significant milestone in the construction of the first new structure in the 16 Tech Innovation District was celebrated with a topping-out ceremony. On July 11, construction workers hoisted two 150-pound, 10-foot-long beams into the air to make the building’s final structural installation. More than 100 residents, community members, and construction partners joined in the celebration. The beams were ceremoniously autographed by hundreds of people including community members and future tenants of the building.

American Structurepoint has been involved in the design, construction, relocation, renovation, improvement and/or equipping of certain infrastructure as necessary to solicit, facilitate, and support private sector development of the 16 Tech campus. The public infrastructure we designed to accommodate the $30 million Advanced Research and Innovation Building is currently under construction and will be substantially complete this year. Additionally, our Civil Engineering Group completed the entire site design. The building will include 120,000-sft of office, lab, and meeting space and will be home to the Indiana School of Medicine’s Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering as well as the headquarters for the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership. Construction is expected to be completed in May 2020.

August 7, 2019
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Luke Nisley Becomes American Structurepoint’s First trueU Graduate

Luke Nisley, Structural Group leader, is American Structurepoint’s first graduate from the Leaders in Training (LIT) program through our partnership with trueU. The trueU LIT program is an intensive and immersive in-person classroom and experiential learning program that helps individuals develop the fundamental skills and abilities that every leader needs. The program includes a trueU service project as well as a capstone team project.

Not only did Luke successfully complete the program, but his classmates chose him to deliver the graduation speech. He closed out the graduation ceremony and received a standing ovation! Luke shared his sincere gratitude for the program and emphasized its ability to be transformative at any stage in a leadership journey.

“Some of us are already in leadership roles, some of us are just entering them, and for some of us, it’s something that’s just on the horizon. That doesn’t matter. It’s the transformation that matters,” says Luke. “LIT has offered us an incredible opportunity to be transformed. This transformation is a choice and it’s left up to us to choose whether or not to be transformed.”

Luke’s entire graduation speech can be viewed here.

Now that we have seen Luke’s successes in piloting the program, the company’s intent is to continue to send three to four leaders or upcoming leaders through this program each year. Catherine Pallotta, from the Utility Infrastructure Group, is currently participating in the program and Sam Ponder, from the IT Group, started on July 31. We hope to continue highlighting success stories as each employee completes their graduation.

The program has a time requirement and dedication component. The meetings occur on two back-to-back days each month during a six-month period. The course includes project work and additional reading outside of the class time. It is to our company’s advantage that additional travel is not required, as the trueU meeting space is down the street from our new 9025 Indy office location. A variety of leadership topics are covered in the program including: communication and conflict, building trust, courageous conversations, situational leadership, presentation skills, and strategic thinking.

Luke embraced the opportunity to engage in the program and with fellow leaders. Although there is a time commitment involved, he was encouraged by the company’s support and the resulting benefits. His dedication to the program revealed an entirely new set of skills and knowledge that will propel his leadership capabilities to the next level.

August 7, 2019
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Top 300 Architectural Firms

Architectural Record  released the annual list of “Top 300 Architecture Firms” in the United States. American Structurepoint landed the 275th spot. Companies are ranked by their architectural revenue from the prior year (2018). This is the tenth consecutive year that American Structurepoint has appeared on the list. Our Architecture + Interiors Group continues to show their dominance in the industry as a top firm in Indiana and the entire country.

August 7, 2019
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Matt Moore Joins Executive Team

Last month, we made the announcement of the addition of Matt Moore to our executive team. Matt joins our firm on the private side of our business bringing 26 years of experience working in the A/E industry with an impeccable resume of significant national and international projects. In his most recent position, Matt managed multiple large international airport expansion projects in the Middle East. He excels at project management, program management, business development, site development, utility infrastructure, water/wastewater treatment and conveyance, and security/IT building systems.

Matt will work to manage and grow our firm’s private-sector business and serve as principal-in-charge for significant projects. He is eager to collaborate with clients to provide innovative yet cost-effective solutions that enhance the quality of life for our communities.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to work on numerous overseas projects, but I consider myself very fortunate to have been able to stay in Indianapolis and grounded to my Midwest roots over the past decade,” Matt says. “Hopefully I can apply lessons from afar to make American Structurepoint even better than it already is. I look forward to working with both our staff and our clients in accomplishing great results together.”

Join us in welcoming Matt to the company!

August 7, 2019
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Superhero Fun at the Kentucky Claims Association Convention

Pictured here are two members of our Investigative Group, Darwin Acord and Dale Nicholson, at the Kentucky Claims Association Convention. The convention was hosted at the Belterra Casino in Florence, Indiana. In support of the convention’s superhero theme, American Structurepoint’s both space was outfitted with festive Spider-Man decor. Darwin, business development director, channeled his inner “spidey senses” and bestowed his “genius-level intellect” upon convention attendees. The themed fun was timed in stride with the movie, Spider-Man: Far From Home, which hit a coveted milestone of $1 billion in ticket sales worldwide!

August 7, 2019
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Engaging Interns in Real-World Projects

American Structurepoint recently hosted a group of our interns and young engineers as well as interns from Citizens Energy Group for a real-world learning opportunity. David Mohler and Mike Miller with Citizens Energy Group toured the group through the DigIndy Tunnel System and 16Tech project sites.  As a part of this tour, the group was able to be lowered 250 feet below ground to see the construction of the DigIndy Tunnel.  In addition, they toured the 16Tech construction site, led by Webb Bernhardt, to see firsthand active construction of new roads, buildings, and large drinking water transmission lines.

As a partner with Citizens Energy Group for their Partnership for Excellence in Research and Learning (PERL) initiative, American Structurepoint strives to develop young local professionals. PERL is a partnership with Citizens Energy Group, universities, and industry leaders that is designed to foster greater student engagement through collaboration on projects. The program seeks to encourage graduating students to remain in Indiana and the Indianapolis area after graduation. By engaging young engineers in practical, professional development opportunities, we are cultivating an environment in which emerging and future business leaders can thrive.

American Structurepoint interns in the photos include: Spencer Oldfield, Lillian Schmidt, Anna Belovic, Jesse Hoffman, Cole Stevenson, John Judge

August 7, 2019
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Dale Carnegie Sessions for Columbus Staff are in Full Swing

The Dale Carnegie Skills for Success program has been offered to our Columbus office. Similar to the program that has been offered in the Indianapolis office, this Immersion Seminar gives staff tools to optimize performance, lead with conviction, and positively affect the bottom line. Recent graduates of the Columbus Office’s training course includes members of the Columbus Civil Group: Brian Schilling, Brian Johnson, and Joel Perry. In the photo above, Joel can be seen giving his final graduation speech.  The Columbus Bridge Group is next on deck and will start sessions in the fall. Indianapolis staff can expect the next Dale Carnegie course to take place from October through January.

August 7, 2019
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Company Picnic Shaping Up To Be A Home Run

If you RSVP’d to attend the company picnic on Saturday, August 10, you’re in for a treat! Here is a recap of the afternoon’s agenda and some of the wholesome fun you can expect:

Agenda

  • Event – noon to 4 p.m.
  • Lunch served – noon to 3 p.m.
  • Batting practice – noon to 2 p.m. (If it rains, batting practice will be under the stadium!)

New This Year

  • Carnival game station with prizes
  • Inflatable ax throwing (adults and kid friendly)
  • Rock wall
  • Water table with toddlers
  • Happy hour in the Coors Light Cove area from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Each adult 21 and over will receive one drink ticket upon arrival for use at the happy hour event for a free adult beverage. Cash bar option for additional beverages.

More Fun For All

  • Photo booth
  • Face painting
  • Yard Pong
  • Giant Jenga and Connect Four
  • Bounce house
  • Field games after batting practice (potato sack race and tug of war)
  • Rowdie (Indianapolis Indians mascot) appearance – 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

August 7, 2019
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Community Service News

Special Appeal

A fund drive is underway to benefit Noah Farny, son of Sara & Eric Farny (Indy Road Group), who was diagnosed with lymphoma. The company will match donations made through August 15. Contact Michele Collins or Ben Braun if you need a copy of the donation form.

Recent Donations

Brothers’ Keeper, Inc., is a shelter for homeless men that provides a variety of services to those in need in the city of Gary, Indiana, and surrounding areas. The Community Service board approved a donation of $500 to assist the shelter with needed repairs to their onsite laundry facility.

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.

Upcoming Activities

  • Day of Service at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank – Employees from American Structurepoint’s Columbus office will be sorting food donations at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank on August 12. The organization handles more than 66 million pounds of food annually, benefiting hungry people in central and eastern Ohio.
  • DREAM Alive Scholar Visit – High school students from the DREAM Alive program will visit American Structurepoint’s new Indianapolis office on October 2 for a hands-on STEM activity.
  • DREAM Christmas – We’re joining DREAM Alive again this year to brighten the holidays for Indianapolis-area families in need. Volunteers will be needed for three different events within the program. Shopping with the Scholars will occur on November 19 and 21. We’ll host a wrapping party for those special gifts in early December, and the DREAM Christmas event will be held in mid-December.
  • Santa is anticipated to visit our Indianapolis headquarters on December 6 (for an after-hours event) and December 7 (for family and pet photo opportunities).
  • Holiday Mania returns on Friday, December 13. Electronic shopping options will be available for those who can’t attend in person.

August 7, 2019
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Community Service in Other Places

A volunteer-based renovation of the Fort La Play Porte playground in LaPorte, Indiana, recently wrapped construction. Over 19 years ago, LaPorte residents united to build the playground known as Fort La Play Porte. Since that time, the playground has been a popular park amenity for the entire community. Similar to the original construction of the park, the 2019 renovation has been a community-based effort and completely constructed by volunteers. One of our very own, Greg Konieczny of the Construction Solutions Group has been involved with the construction of the playground throughout the duration of the project.

Updating the playground meant an update in the safety standards. Long gone are the days of rusty jungle gyms that might have required a tetanus shot after each visit and merry-go-rounds that spun so fast you almost qualified as a NASA astronaut. Greg and the volunteers had to assimilate to the new standards for materials, and equipment assembly was a learning curve for most volunteers. Modifying the structures that stood from the original build also added to the challenge.

The project had its fair share of delays. With the exception of snow, the scheduled build week included almost all variations of Indiana weather. Trudging through mud and puddles of water slowed down production and deterred most volunteers from coming out. After hundreds of volunteer hours, Fort La Play Porte opened to the public on Saturday, July 20. Great job to Greg and all of the volunteers who braved the summer heat to help this project come to life!

August 7, 2019
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Save The Date: Holiday Party December 14

Save the date for the annual holiday party! The night of festive fun is set for 6 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, December 14. We will return to the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis for food, fun, and dancing! You can expect more details in the coming months.

August 7, 2019
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July Round of Applause Recipients

We’re giving a round of applause to these 19 employees who went above and beyond for their coworkers during the month of July.

  • Steve Albright
  • Christina Ashlock
  • Zack Baker
  • Jordan Barker
  • Tim Conarroe
  • Erin David
  • Joe Dubyel
  • Karen Gillmore
  • Shirley Gray (x3)
  • Matt Jennings
  • Melody Niquette
  • Aaron Nordstrom
  • Sharon Payne
  • Randy Robison
  • Loren Shores
  • Anna Skelton
  • Scott Sumner (x2)
  • Dhane Thomas
  • Jason Williams

August 7, 2019
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American Structurepoint Makes Headlines

Our projects were mentioned in media coverage 23 times in July. Check out this month’s news recap.

  • The City of Richmond’s decision to move forward with American Structurepoint to develop a land use plan for the former Reid Memorial Hospital property was covered by Richmond Palladium-Item. We are currently working on a comprehensive plan for the city. This project will be an additional element to future development plans which will include: recommendations for land use, transportation, community development, and more.
  • The Noble County Council in Albion, Indiana, approved more than $190,000 to hire American Structurepoint to handle preliminary design work on the county’s project to consolidate government offices under two roofs. The News-Sun reported the announcement.
  • The Indianapolis Star and The Indy Channel reported that construction on the Red Line wrapped up on July 31. American Structurepoint is one of the designers for the project. WFYI, WTHR, WRTV, and WISH-TV also covered the impending Red Line opening as well as accompanying traffic enforcements. Parking restrictions along the Red Line route are now being strictly enforced. IndyGo will offer free transportation on the Red Line throughout August.
  • Chris Jensen announced the organizing committee for the transition of the Noblesville city government. The Noblesville Times published the list of leaders who will serve on the committee that includes Mike Hendricks (Utility Infrastructure Group), who will serve as a Road & Infrastructure Co-Chair.
  • Columbus Business First reported on a 70-acre development in Powell, Ohio, that is being proposed by Redwood Apartment Neighborhoods. American Structurepoint is part of the design team.
  • The Goshen News and The Elkhart Truth reported on the execution of a contract that confirmed American Structurepoint will oversee engineering services for the College Avenue reconstruction project from US 33 east to the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks. We ranked first out of five other firms who were proposing for the project.
  • The topping-out ceremony for the Innovation 1 building, the first new structure at 16 Tech. Inside Indiana Business reported on the construction milestone! (Please see the article elsewhere in the newsletter for more details).
  • Inside Indiana Business also highlighted the arrival of our most recently appointed vice president, Matt Moore.  (Please see the article elsewhere in the newsletter for more details).
  • Two American Structurepoint projects made the Columbus Business First column, The List, which ranks engineering contract amounts to central Ohio offices. Our Mill Creek Expressway Design-Build project came in second with a $4.5 million contract amount. The Hudson Street Improvements project ranked 19th, with a $650,000 contract amount.
  • The South Side Leader reported on the Green City Council hearing, which included the second reading of a resolution authorizing a contract with American Structurepoint for professional engineering services for the Massillon and Boettler roads roundabout project and the Massillon Road and Corporate Woods Circle roundabout project.
  • The B Square Beacon published an article that includes an update on the near completion of Phase 1 of the Fullerton Pike project in Bloomington, Indiana. American Structurepoint is providing construction inspection services.
  • The Chronicle-Telegram and PJP Newspapers covered a North Ridgeville, Ohio City Council meeting that discussed a potential roundabout for which American Structurepoint performed a study. Mike Raubenolt was quoted, as he addressed concerns from residents at the meeting.
  • The Evansville Courier & Press published an article about the City’s continued effort to secure funds for the Vanderburgh County Jail expansion project, for which American Structurepoint is providing architectural services.
  • The Indianapolis Recorder reported on 16 Tech and the priority that the project team has placed on incorporating minority-owned companies. American Structurepoint is providing civil engineering and environmental services for the project.
  • Channel 14 News and the TriState Homepage in Evansville, Indiana reported on the temporary closing of the local Weinbach and Bellemeade intersection. The closure is part of the Weinbach Avenue Road Diet project to which American Structurepoint is providing construction inspection services.