American Structurepoint Receives ODOT’s Prime Consultant of the Year Award

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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.

American Structurepoint Celebrates 20 Years in Columbus

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Our Columbus office recently reached a big milestone – 20 years of doing business! That’s right, we first ventured to Columbus in 1999. To celebrate 20 years of success as well as our new office space, we hosted an open house for clients and staff, appropriately on May 20.

The open house 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. We welcomed about 100 guests such as several mayors, including Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther, and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine.

Our new Columbus space is in the same building at 2550 Corporate Exchange Drive, but across the hallway from our previous location. Our 50+ Columbus employees have a better workspace that features more collaboration areas and natural lighting. We also have room for future growth as we add more staff to better serve Ohio.

It is so exciting and gratifying to see the success at Columbus, American Structurepoint’s first office beyond our Indianapolis headquarters. From a lone employee 20 years ago, we’ve grown to offer nine engineering services, including transportation, surveying, environmental services, construction solutions, utility infrastructure, site/civil, program management, structural, and investigative.

We are involved in several key projects in Columbus, including the Career Gateway Center, Parsons Village, and the reconstruction of Hudson Street, which is key to revitalizing the historic Linden neighborhood. Many Ohio staff also are doing design work on our largest design-build win in Ohio, an $86 million redesign of the I-75/I-74 interchange in Cincinnati.

American Structurepoint also is recognized as a leading firm in Ohio. For the fourth consecutive year, we earned a place on the Best Employers in Ohio list. In 2018, we rose to 14th place in Columbus Business First’s list of Central Ohio’s top 25 engineering firms.

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.

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From left to right: American Structurepoint Senior Vice President Walid Gemayel, American Structurepoint Vice President Kent Moore, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, and American Structurepoint President Rick Conner