July 5, 2019
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American Structurepoint Makes Headlines

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

  • A groundbreaking ceremony for a new Innovation Center at Allison Transmission in Indianapolis received much media coverage from The Indianapolis Business Journal, The Indianapolis Star, Inside Indiana Business, CBS Channel 4, WRTV Channel 6, WISH Channel 8, WTHR Channel 13, and WXIN Channel 59. We are providing multiple services for the center. (Please see the President’s Column elsewhere in the newsletter.)
  • A $70 million redevelopment plan for 11 historic buildings in the Brewery District in Columbus, Ohio, made Columbus Business First. We are providing civil engineering services for the massive project that includes four phases comprising a 101,000-sft hotel and event space, a 40,000-sft brew pub, and an 18,000-sft co-working office.
  • Multiple media outlets covered traffic pattern changes at Keystone Parkway and 96th Street put in place to improve traffic flow during construction. We are providing program management and construction inspection services at the intersection. The Indianapolis Star, The Hamilton County Reporter, WRTV Channel 6, WISH Channel 8, WTHR Channel 13, and WXIN Channel 59 reported the change.
  • WFIE Channel 14 updated viewers about the Weinbach Avenue diet project in Evansville. We are providing construction inspection services for the $2.89 million road diet project.
  • A groundbreaking at Barr-Reeve Community Schools in Montgomery, Indiana, merited coverage in The Washington Times-Herald. We are providing civil engineering services for an $11 million, 23,000-sft expansion of an existing school.
  • Inside Indiana Business published an article about a ribbon-cutting at the $25 million Embassy Suites by Hilton in Plainfield. We provided architecture, structural engineering, and civil engineers for the seven-story hotel that includes a conference center.
  • The opening of construction bids for the new Loeb Stadium in Lafayette, Indiana, received coverage in The Lafayette Journal & Courier and WLFI Channel 18.
  • Larry in Fishers Blog reported on a 37 Thrives, a new marketing campaign to keep Fishers residents and business updated on the $124 million State Road 37 corridor project for which we are providing roadway design services.
  • The Warsaw Times Union reported on preliminary design services we are providing for the Anchorage Road project in that city.
  • The Evansville Courier & Press continues to cover expansion plans for the Vanderburgh County Jail. We are providing a cost analysis and an initial conceptual design for the jail expansion.
  • A topping out ceremony for the ultra-luxury Carmichael Hotel in downtown Carmel Indiana received media attention from The Indianapolis Star and Radio Station WIBC. We provided structural engineering services for the hotel. (Please see the article elsewhere in the newsletter.)
  • Another topping out ceremony, this time at the 16 Tech Innovation District in Indianapolis, made The Indianapolis Business Journal. We are providing civil engineering and environmental services for the $30 million Advanced Research and Innovation Building.
  • The Columbus Dispatch reported that the Columbus City Council will provide $5.4 million in public funds for a new 130-unit apartment complex to be built on the city’s Near East Side. We are providing civil engineering services for the project.
  • A delay in approving plans for expanding Deer Road in Springfield, Ohio, received coverage in The Springfield Sun, which also quoted Frank Aransky. American Structurepoint prepared an engineering study regarding the project.
  • Our sponsorship of a Fourth of July fireworks show in Delaware, Ohio, was publicized in The Delaware Gazette and 1808 Delaware.com.

June 5, 2019
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Columbus Office Celebrates 20 Years

If Rotten Tomatoes rated our recent open house to celebrate 20 years of doing business in Columbus – we’d be certified fresh for sure! We welcomed about 100 guests (appropriately on May 20) such as several mayors, including Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther, and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. The event gave us the opportunity to thank our Ohio clients for collaborating with us to design better infrastructure and more importantly, improve the quality of life in their communities. Guests also had the opportunity to see our new office space that features more natural lighting, bright colors, and better workspace for our employees. We sincerely thank the Ohio community for allowing us to serve you, and we look forward to many more years of continued success and growth.

From left to right: Walid Gemayel, Kent Moore, Gov. Mike DeWine, and Rick Conner at the open house

Taking a selfie with Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine

 

June 5, 2019
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South Bend Smart Streets Wins National ARTBA Award

The South Bend Smart Streets project received a first-place national award from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association for its contributions to environmental protection and mitigation. ARTBA’s Globe Awards recognized Smart Streets in the $10 Million to $100 Million projects category. We provided roadway design, traffic engineering, and landscape architecture services for the project that converted one-way downtown streets into two-way ”complete streets” with a new streetscape, traffic-calming measures, three new roundabouts, off-street bike path, and new traffic signals. ARTBA cited these three features as keys to the project win:

  • Pervious pavement in new parking lanes
  • An environmentally friendly way to reduce stormwater runoff
  • Tree plantings chosen based on their ability to thrive in an urban environment.

 

June 5, 2019
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Company Receives First Corporate Legends Award

American Structurepoint is honored to receive the first-ever corporate Legends Award from DREAM Alive for our contributions to the organization. The award recognized us for our distinguished commitment, generosity, and partnership we have shown to DREAM Alive over the years. At the annual Scholar Banquet honoring 27 high school graduates, it was noted that American Structurepoint stands as the very first corporate sponsor; now there are 44 sponsors. We are a very proud supporter of DREAM Alive and look forward to many more years of involvement.

June 5, 2019
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Care Packages Show Appreciation for Dan Bajor

The US military proudly lives the “leave no man behind” motto. In turn, The Architecture + Interiors Group lives the concept of taking care of their own serving their country. The group collected donations among themselves to send care packages to Dan Bajor, an American Structurepoint architect deployed overseas since October. Dan is a lieutenant in the US Navy Reserve commanding three units totaling 84 people. The effort went so well that they sent a care package Dan’s family, too. Dan’s care package contains six bags of Goldfish crackers, four bags of Milano cookies, a box of trail mix bars and a box of protein bars, $60 worth of iTunes gift cards, a Subway gift card to use on the base, and a $100 military coffee card to use at the base coffee shop.

Dan’s family received a Navy-themed care package. It included adult coloring books and wine for his wife. His children, ages 1 and 3, received sailor stuffed animals, children’s books about the Navy and deployment, and an activity scrapbook to share with Dan when he returns in October. The Arch Group received a thank-you email from Dan, who was particularly excited about the coffee gift card. “Caffeine is a coveted item here while running 24/7 ops. Much obliged for the taste of ‘Americana!’” Please see the Community Service News article elsewhere in the newsletter to read about the care packages that our Community Service group sent to Dan’s units.

June 5, 2019
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Congrats to Nine Ohio Transportation Staff Earning Promotions

We recently announced nine promotions within the Ohio Transportation team. All these promotions are part of our Ohio Strategic Plan to achieve successful and sustainable growth to become the top engineering firm in Ohio. They also provide career advancement opportunities for our employees. Please remember to congratulate all of these individuals as they take on new roles.

Tom Hibbard – Transportation Group Leader

Tom has over 30 years of design, management, and leadership experience in the transportation industry. He will serve as a principal in charge for some of our largest transportation projects in Ohio. He will also provide overall leadership for the Ohio Road Group, in conjunction with the Bridge Group which will continue to be managed out of Indianapolis.

Ed Kagel – Regional Services Director, Cleveland 

Ed has 22 years of design, management, and leadership experience in the transportation industry. Ed’s role will be to expand our geographic footprint in northeast Ohio. This includes growing our business with existing clients as well as developing new clients, starting with our Transportation, Utility Infrastructure and Construction Solutions practices.

Frank Aransky – Director of Development

Frank has the longest tenure in Ohio at 18 years and was instrumental in our successful geographical expansion in southwest Ohio. In this new role, Frank will play an important part in the expansion of our market sectors and practices for counties and municipalities across the state. This includes developing opportunities with existing and new clients as well as managing, leading, and mentoring the Ohio Business Development staff.

Mike Raubenolt – Project Development Director, Road Group 

Mike has over 20 years of design and management experience in developing projects for numerous transportation clients such as ODOT, counties, municipalities, and airports. In this new role, Mike will be engaged in the operational management of the Ohio Road Group. His responsibilities include managing workload and staff sharing with other offices as well as technical leadership and working with project managers to drive project profitability.

Bruce Fraser – Project Development Director, Road Group 

Bruce has over 30 years of experience in highway design and project management. In this new role, Bruce will lead our strategic efforts to position us for a large variety of ODOT wins. This includes developing and maintain relationships with ODOT and Ohio contractors, teaming arrangements, technical leadership on projects, and balancing our groups’ internal workload needs from ODOT.

Chris Bettinger – Project Development Director, Bridge Group 

Chris joined American Structurepoint in January 2005. During his 14 years, he has gained valuable experience in the design and management of bridge projects for counties, municipalities, and ODOT.  In this new role, Chris will be responsible for technical leadership on projects and mentoring of staff as well as driving project profitability for the Ohio Bridge practice.

 Tony Lenhart – Project Manager 

Tony joined American Structurepoint in January 2006. During his 13 plus years of experience, he has been involved in designing road projects for counties, municipalities, and ODOT. Tony has also helped manage road project tasks and projects for the Columbus Road Group. In this new role, Tony will be responsible for the successful management of transportation projects while providing exceptional customer care.

Mike Long – Project Manager 

Mike joined American Structurepoint in January 2006. During his 13 plus years of experience, he has been involved in designing road projects for counties, municipalities, and ODOT. Over the past couple of years, Mike has also helped manage road project tasks and projects for the Columbus and Indianapolis Road Groups. In this new role, Mike will be responsible for the successful management of transportation projects while providing exceptional customer care.

Bruin Ramsdell – Senior Roadway Engineer 

Bruin joined American Structurepoint in July 2004. During his 15 years of experience, Bruin has been the lead designer on a number of complex projects for counties, municipalities, and ODOT. Bruin’s detailed attention to road design elements makes him perfectly suited for his new role as our senior technical expert on all roadway projects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 5, 2019
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Congratulations to Nick Everhart

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Nick Everhart to team leader within our Indianapolis Civil Group. Nick joined our firm nearly six years ago, working on a variety of projects throughout Indiana. During his time here, Nick has built great client relationships, including Duke Realty, Scannel Properties, Navistar, and Core5 Industrial Partners, to name just a few. Nick has a good understanding of how to manage challenging clients while building strong, lasting relationships in the marketplace. That knowledge, coupled with his understanding of the importance of working together as a team and his willingness to help others will drive growth, not only in his team but in the group as well.

We look forward to Nick’s success in leading our newest Civil team. The next time you see Nick, make sure to congratulate him for this well-deserved promotion.

 

 

June 5, 2019
by Marketing Communications
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Spots Remain for Take the Lead Event

Now’s the time to sign up for the PointUP special event ‘Take the Lead’ set for Wednesday, June 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Phoenix Culture Center in downtown Indianapolis.

The event aims to inspire attendees to feel empowered to step out of their comfort zone and engage in opportunities that help develop and enhance leadership skills.

Here’s a rundown of what will happen. A skit will be performed by Summit Performance Indianapolis. Guest speaker Alicia Schullof FACHE- President- IU Health North Suburban Area (who just happens to be the spouse of our very own, Patrick O’Connor) will share stories about conquering barriers and how to become a workplace leader regardless of your title or position. The evening will end with the opportunity to mingle with fellow employees and clients – not to mention drinks and hors d’oeuvres!

PointUP committee members hope that attendees leave feeling inspired to ‘Take the Lead’, regardless of their current role, by recognizing that there are many ways in which they can step out of the box, overcome obstacles, and have confidence in tackling new and exciting challenges within their career.

Sign up now by visiting this link.

 

 

 

June 5, 2019
by Marketing Communications
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Roundabout Driving 101 in Blue Ash

Drone shot of the roundabout course we helped the City of Blue Ash set up

Citizens of Blue Ash, Ohio have a lot to learn when it comes to navigating roundabouts. Luckily, we are the roundabout experts, and our transportation team stepped up to help the town set up a hands-on, or shall we say, pedal to the metal roundabout course. We are designing four roundabouts that will be built in the Cincinnati suburb over the next few years. One of those roundabouts will be the subject of a June 18 public hearing. In advance of the hearing, the city set up a simulated roundabout that people could motor through in golf carts. We gave them the layout of the roundabout to paint onto the pavement at the old airport property now known as Summit Park. Blue Ash residents can drive on the roundabout course throughout the summer at upcoming events at the park. You can watch a video of Blue Ash Public Works Director Gordon Perry driving a golf cart through the simulated roundabout at this link.

June 5, 2019
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Benefits Buzz – New Pharmacy Benefit Manager

Beginning July 1, 2019, IngenioRX will be Anthem’s new pharmacy benefit manager. You will be receiving new Anthem ID cards with updated pharmacy information. Be sure to show your pharmacist your new ID cards. If you are currently using Accredo Specialty Pharmacy, you will be receiving a call from IngenioRX Specialty Pharmacy Care Team. All prescriptions and prior authorizations will automatically transfer.  If you have specific questions, please call you can reach them at 833.255.0645 after July 1.

Radiology Reminder

As a reminder, Centers of Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology of Indiana are no longer in our network.  Go to www.anthem.com to confirm which providers are in network prior to scheduling.

June 5, 2019
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Pinnacle Portal Rolls Out Companywide

Human Resources and IT Solutions successfully rolled out the Pinnacle online knowledge and training portal companywide May 13. The Pinnacle Team of Mike Steffy and Melanie Bucher hosted 10 in-person demonstrations to all company groups and will visit Columbus June 18 for an onsite demo. Pinnacle is designed to be a one-stop shopping for all sorts of training courses and videos, company reference material, internal committee information and much more. Since the portal started in 2018, over 9,000 resources have been used or accessed, 3,500 pieces of customized American Structurepoint specified content was created and over 1,500 searches made.

Moving forward, the Pinnacle Team will send quarterly email updates detailing what’s new and providing content refreshers to encourage continued usage. Remember, to access the portal, all you have to do is navigate to https://portal.pinnacleseries.com and log-in using your work email and computer/Windows password.

June 5, 2019
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PE Exam News

Congratulations are in order for three staffers who recently pass their PE exams in Ohio and Texas. Alex Merrill and Aleksandr Pilipchuk passed the Ohio PE exam. And in Texas, Jenna Alchevsky passed the engineering exam even though she is still an engineering in training (EIT). The Texas Board of Professional Engineers allows EITs to take the PE exam before they have the required experienced to get their PE. Once she has the appropriate years of experience, Jenna can apply for her PE license. Congratulations to everyone!

June 5, 2019
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American Structurepoint Rules in Challenge Columbus 5K

Let’s hear it for the American Structurepoint’s runners who competed in last month’s Challenge Columbus 5K. Our team came in first place in the Engineering and Construction category, beating five other teams in the category. Tom Hibbard, Greyson McCaig, Alex Merrill, Garrett Newman, and Justin Soltesz represented the company; 49 corporate teams entered the 5K run. Individually, Justin Soltesz finished second in the race and Greyson finished seventh. Challenge Columbus is Central Ohio’s premier corporate sports event competition and benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio.

 

June 5, 2019
by Marketing Communications
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Austin Office Staff Enjoy Crawfish Boil

Crawfish and the fixins

Crawfish boils are traditionally associated with Louisiana, but our Austin team proved that Texans can boil with the best of them! Ricardo Zamarripa hosted a boil at his home for the Texas staff to kick back, socialize, and enjoy the boil. For those who don’t know, a crawfish boil consists of cooking crawfish, potatoes, mushrooms, smoked sausage, and corn on the cob typically boiled in a 60- to 80-gallon pot over an outdoor flame/grill. Or you can have it catered like the Texas team did! The entire office was able to attend, along with a few family members and friends. Here’s a list of attendees: Ricardo, Fernando Gaytan, April Sandoval, Will Conley, Adam Pfeiffer, Amy Bennett, Heather Sulaica, Tyler Daigle, and Jenna Alchevsky.

 

June 5, 2019
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Youths, Adults Can Take Flight With Dennis Hutchinson

If you’ve ever wanted your children or young relatives to take a ride in an experimental plane, here’s your chance! Our very own Dennis Hutchinson oversees the Young Eagles program of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). Through this program and Dennis’ own generosity, Dennis will take a youngster age 8 to 17 for a free plane ride of about 30 minutes in his rare Davis DA-2A airplane. Each participant’s parent or guardian must sign a waiver form, and the requirement is the child must be less than 6 foot and weigh less than 170 pounds. Dennis says he will take adults up for a flight as well. If you are over 6 foot or weight more than 170 pounds, Dennis will work to find you another pilot with a bigger plane to take you for a ride. Because this is not an American Structurepoint activity, please contact Dennis directly if you are interested.

June 5, 2019
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Janus Breakfast Sets Fundraising Record

Janus clients plate food for fundraising breakfast

Janus Development Services in Noblesville accomplished a major milestone last month – hosting the largest fundraising event in its 40-year history. The Create, Connect and Commit Fundraising Breakfast, held May 3 at the 502 Event Center in Camel, raised $132,000, and donations are still coming in! Janus provides training and job opportunities for adults with disabilities. We were an event sponsor. We also provided Krista Lawson of our Communications Group to take photos of the event and of Janus clients who helped with meal preparation. A few Hamilton County media outlets used the photos in their coverage of the event. The Janus staff is most appreciative of Krista’s gifts of time and talent. Debbie Laird, Janus’ senior vice president of development, sent this compliment to us. “As usual, Krista’s pictures are wonderful. She is able to capture the passion and enthusiasm of our event in the faces of attendees, clients, and staff.” Way to go Krista!

June 5, 2019
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May Round of Applause Recipients

We salute these 13 Round of Applause recipients who went the extra mile for their coworkers in May. Remember, anyone at any employee level can recognize an employee by submitting an email to HR at roa@structurepoint.com.

  • Amy Bennett, who received two in the same month!
  • Doug Brown
  • Melanie Bucher
  • Ryan Cross
  • Don Gillie
  • Shirley Gray
  • Andy Hunter
  • Brett Myers
  • Colin Paterson
  • Sharon Payne
  • Meagan Perratore
  • Hillary Shafer
  • Liza Trant