We are much honored to announce that the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has recognized American Structurepoint with the 2020 Prime Consultant of the Year Award.
This award recognizes an outstanding prime consultant for excelling in upholding the requirements of the federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (DBE). It also recognizes firms with a demonstrated track record of partnering with, utilizing, and forming strategic alliances with DBE firms to participate in ODOT contracts through the awarding of subcontracts to DBE firms.
From the first day of our company’s founding in 1966, American Structurepoint has cultivated a culture of inclusion and diversity. We consider diversity and inclusion to be inherent in our company’s mission, which is to improve the quality of life for our communities and our people.
ODOT District 7 staff nominated our firm, recognizing our work mentoring Ascension Construction Solutions, a woman-owned certified Ohio DBE firm located in Columbus, Ohio. Ascension was founded in African American engineer Jeanna Hondel in 2017.
American Structurepoint strives to include at least one DBE firm on all of our construction inspection pursuits in the Buckeye State regardless of goals. American Structurepoint included Ascension as a team member on a District 7 construction inspection contract in 2019. No specific DBE or development goal had been identified on this task order. However, American Structurepoint’s Construction Solutions Group Director David Johansen, PE, and Hondel developed a plan to partner together.
Our company’s construction inspection staff mentored Ascension Construction Solutions on inspection protocols, documentation, and accounting processes to ensure success. The mentoring paid off. Ascension completed their first assignment and also secured additional District 7 inspection work in 2019. ODOT also requested Ascension to return during the current construction season.
We are thrilled to be a part of Ascension’s success as an ODOT consultant. We are appreciative to ODOT for selecting us for this prestigious award, and we pledge our continuing commitment to mentoring and partnership practices with DBE firms.