Supporting Transformation at IPS

All of us at American Structurepoint are so proud to be part of continuing progress at Indianapolis Public Schools, the largest school district in Indiana. Thanks to a strong vision, bold initiatives, and innovative changes enacted by IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis Ferebee and the IPS School Board, many good things are happening at IPS, which translate into greater opportunities for IPS students. Our $250,000 commitment to make possible additional high-quality science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum via Project Lead The Way programming is just one example of positive change. Here are three more examples.

Graduation rate hits a 10-year high. The most recent data from the Indiana Department of Education shows that 2015-2016 IPS high school graduation rate is 77 percent, an increase from 72 percent for the 2014-2015 school year, and the highest rate the district has seen in 10 years. It appears that the efforts of graduation coaches – first used in the 2015-2016 school year – played a big part in the progress. Graduation coaches provide tutoring services and other interventions to ensure student achieve their post-secondary goals.

IPS chosen to improve teacher quality. The Indiana Center on Teacher Quality in October selected IPS as one of five school districts and one charter school to implement a process to improve student learning by providing a continuum of instruction from highly effective teachers. Activities will focus on systems and structures to improve teacher quality to meet the academic and behavioral needs of all students.

A new medical/STEM middle school will open next school year. The new school will replicate a popular program currently at Harshman Middle School that has a waitlist of more than 500 students. This will bring more opportunities to students interested in exploring future careers in the healthcare or STEM fields. Students will work together in a STEM-focused curriculum to gather the skills to think critically, solve complex problems, and drive advancements.

Many more positive accomplishments are happening at IPS. We are encouraged with the progress we’ve seen, and we can’t wait to see even more accomplishments in IPS’ future.

Touting the Opening of the Lewis and Clark Bridge

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American Structurepoint congratulates the entire Kentuckiana community on the December 18 opening of the new Lewis and Clark Bridge and East End Crossing public-private-partnership project.

The $2.3 billion Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges project, which also includes a new downtown bridge crossing, truly is a major achievement 40 years in the making and turns the page on the start of a new era of economic opportunity and cross-river mobility for the entire region.

The East End Crossing project covers 8.5 miles of roadway that connects an area just east of Jeffersonville, Indiana, to the eastern edge of suburban Louisville. The Indiana portion extends Indiana 265 four miles to the Ohio River from its previous termination at SR 62. The Kentucky portion extends Kentucky 841 from its previous end at US 42 and includes a pair of 1,700-foot tunnels beneath US 42 and the historic Drumanard Estate.

Its centerpiece is a stunning 2,500-foot cable-stay bridge spanning the Ohio River. The bridge also features 2 diamond towers rising 300 feet above the river and a shared-used path for pedestrians and bicyclists. American Structurepoint served as the design firm for Section 6 of the project, which is the portion located in Indiana.

The project brings many benefits to the area. Chief among them are improved traffic safety and an anticipated reduction in traffic congestion in downtown Louisville by providing an alternate route for crossing the Ohio River. The new roadways and bridge also are expected to dramatically increase the region’s role in the nation’s freight economy. Indiana Governor-elect Eric Holcomb estimates an economic impact of more than $87 billion throughout the region over the next 30 years.

Great things are happening in this area as well as at the nearby River Ridge Commerce Center, the 6,000-acre former Indiana Army Ammunition Plant being transformed into a thriving business and manufacturing center.

American Structurepoint is so grateful, proud, and honored to be among the many firms joining together to improve the quality of life in this region. Here’s to continued growth – the best is yet to be.

A season for giving

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The holiday season – and its emphasis on giving – is now in full swing. Giving back to the communities that have helped us achieve our success is a cherished value at American Structurepoint. We believe in the importance of year-round giving and continual community service because we are committed to improving the quality of life in the communities we serve.

Our employees volunteer their time to serve organizations such as Dream Alive, Meals on Wheels, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Mid-Ohio Food Bank, and the ACE Mentor Program. We also provide financial support to dozens of causes and organizations throughout the year, such as the Thirst Project to build water wells in Swaziland. We are extremely excited about our $250,000 gift to expand quality Project Lead the Way STEM education programs in all Indianapolis Public Schools. This investment to boost STEM skills in young people, which we made to celebrate our 50th year of business, is the perfect ‘thank you’ to the city of Indianapolis that we believe will pay many dividends for years to come.

Each group and cause that we support has a story. In nearly every case, that story continues to unfold. The need is great in communities near and far, from those in our own backyard to those on the other side of the globe. At this time of year, I urge you to find a cause that speaks to your heart, to the values you live by, and give whatever you can. Your support could make a big difference in someone’s story.

Prior to December, our Give Back program has supported 40 organizations in 2016. We look to increase that support to an additional 30 groups in December as our Give Back program shifts into high gear.

We are honored to have assisted these groups this year: Backpack Attack (Indianapolis), Flood Relief in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Big Brothers and Sisters of Central Ohio, Catholic Charities of Genesee County, Michigan – Water for Flint Michigan, Camp Reveal (Evansville), Dayspring Center (Indianapolis), In Memory of Derek Knowling (Indiana), Dream Alive (Indianapolis), Faith, Hope & Love Community (Indianapolis), Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, IPS Northwest High School food pantry and uniform closet (Indianapolis), JasperStrong (Greenwood), Julian Center (Indianapolis), Lazarus Living (Indianapolis), LifeCare Alliance (Columbus, Ohio), Line of Duty Fund (Dallas, Texas), Meals on Wheels (Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio), Million Meals Movement (Indianapolis), Mid-Ohio Food Bank, Morning Light (Indianapolis), Mozel Sanders Foundation (Indianapolis), National Foundation for Transplants, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation, Packapalooza Day of Service (Lake Area United Way), Paw Pantry at Fall Creek Valley Middle School (Indianapolis), Pals on Patrol (Noblesville), Salvation Army (tornado relief), Schools on Wheels (Indianapolis), Scholarship Africa (Indianapolis), Serving Sistas, (Indianapolis) Teachers’ Treasures (Indianapolis), The Sharing Place Food Pantry (Indianapolis), Thirst Project (international effort), Vanderburgh County Foundation (Evansville), Vanderburgh County CASA , (Evansville) Wabash Valley Community Foundation (Terre Haute, Indiana), and two families needing financial help.

Happy holidays to all.

Reflections on Achieving Our 50-Year Milestone

November 9, 2016, stands as a significant business milestone and a day of great pride for all of us at American Structurepoint – 50 years of defining the built environment. Many of you may have attended our celebration on September 15 at our corporate headquarters, but November 9 is the actual day our company began.

On November 9, 1966, two civil engineers, Jim Wurster and Bill Gervasio, took a chance, invested $500 and launched our company. Today, we are a complete and comprehensive design services firm of 400 professionals working across 11 disciplines from 15 different offices in 7 states.

From day one, we’ve made it our mission to improve the quality of life in our communities by delivering innovative, cost-effective solutions to our clients. We are so honored to achieve 50 years of growth. I thank all of the clients and communities who have entrusted us through the decades to define and grow your own built environments.

We intend to keep growing and serving clients well into the future. We look forward to our next 50 years in business. The sky’s the limit and the best is yet to be.

Celebrating 50 Years of American Structurepoint

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Thanks to everyone who joined us for the American Structurepoint 50th year anniversary celebration on September 15.

Our event under a huge tent on our parking lot at our corporate headquarters at 7260 Shadeland Station in Indianapolis was a tremendous success that celebrated employees, clients, colleagues and friends. How wonderful it was to mark 50 years of growth thanks to the hundreds of clients who have entrusted us to design and build literally thousands of projects.

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We were thrilled that so many of you took the time to drop by and enjoy the festivities. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, Fifth District U.S. Congresswoman Susan Brooks, and many other dignitaries attended to wish us well. Mayor Hogsett even proclaimed September 15, 2016, as American Structurepoint Day in the City of Indianapolis.

While our golden anniversary gave us a wonderful opportunity to recall our beginnings and celebrate where we are today, American Structurepoint’s work is far from complete. We are as excited about our future as we are proud of our past. We fully intend to continue moving the needle forward just as we have done for five decades to become one of the largest engineering and architecture firms in the Midwest with locations in seven states.

If you were unable to join us or missed the video we shared during the event, please click below to view and enjoy a look back at our past 50 years.

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The entire American Structurepoint team looks forward to many more years, dare I say decades, of delivering excellence in defining the built environment. Here’s to another 50 years!

Designing a Police Department Facility to Better Serve the Community

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This week marks a big milestone in Michigan City Community – the opening of the new Michigan City Police Department. And American Structurepoint is so thankful and honored to be a part of it.

On Aug. 1, police department staff reported for duty at their new 42,000-sft, state-of-the-art facility that American Structurepoint designed. A dozen members of our Architecture + Interiors design team worked hand-in-hand with Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer and Police Chief Mark Swistek to design a facility that provides a high level of safety and security while also enhancing public interaction.

Our team designed the police department as an inviting place for the surrounding Eastport neighborhood. It features a park, basketball courts, and two police-themed playgrounds for children. We designed the department’s training room and fitness center to face toward the adjacent Cleveland Park, which lends a protective gaze to the area where families and their children will gather to play and socialize.

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The American Structurepoint design team poses with Mayor Ron Meer and Police Chief Mark Swistek at the MCPD dedication. From left to right: Mike Hoopingarner, Joseph Fragomeni, Dan McCloskey, Rick Conner, Mayor Meer, Chief Swistek, Brandon Hoopingarner, and Kyle St. Peter

The new building offers increased work space for almost every facet of the department. The roll call and evidence rooms are more than double the size of its previous space while the garage is about three times bigger.

The design also offers sustainability. More than 140 solar panels on the roof help generate power.  Other energy-efficient elements include using LED lighting wherever possible and providing many opportunities for daylighting to enter the new building. We included indigenous, water-efficient landscaping. Our design team also laid out the site to protect almost 90 percent of the mature trees.

Not only that, the entire project came in under budget and ahead of schedule. Projects just don’t get any better than that. Congratulations to the entire Michigan City community for a job well done!

Celebrating a BlueSky Future

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We proudly participated in the June 29 groundbreaking at Westfield Road and John Street for BlueSky’s 42,000 square foot international headquarters. Other participants included Meyer Najem, the project’s building contractor, and Stock Yards Bank & Trust, which is providing project financing.

The BlueSky project represents some major milestones for growth in Noblesville. The new headquarters is the first major development since the Federal Hill Commons project took flight. Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear said the project is the first non-medical office building constructed in Noblesville in nearly 30 years. BlueSky, an eCommerce consulting company, is also growing, with plans to recruit 10 to 15 high-tech millennials to new jobs with salaries that will average more than $90,000 a year.

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Kyle St. Peter, Kaitlyn Barrett, Rob Bray, Randy Robison, and Brandon Hoopingarner of American Structurepoint break ground on the new BlueSky headquarters in Noblesville

The building’s design follow through on our commitment to improving the built environment one project, one community at a time. Our design resulted from an extensive visioning session that helped BlueSky define its company, culture, and brand. The result is a contemporary, mixed-used office building that delivers vibrancy and western “Colorado” style in the Federal district. The exterior design looked to create a warm palette within the use of natural stone veneers and wood grain finish accent features along the roof line. Large glazing expanses are located for natural lighting in the open office plans as well as for future tenants in the lower levels.

The top three levels are for collaborative office use while the main level is intended for restaurant tenant space and outdoor dining. An outdoor terrace off a common breakroom area on the fourth floor provides BlueSky employees with scenic views of downtown Noblesville and the new Federal Hills Commons area.

Here’s hoping that the BlueSky headquarters is only the beginning for continued economic development in the Federal Hills District.

Saluting a Community, Healthcare Leader

Today I am sending good wishes to Pat Fox. On May 31, she will retire as Riverview Health CEO and president in Noblesville, Indiana, and begin a new chapter in her life after an outstanding 45-year career in healthcare.

Pat is a true one-of-a-kind individual who brings passion, drive, and purpose to everything she does. Her leadership and vision has sparked a tremendous amount of growth at Riverview Health in her 12 years as CEO. Since Pat joined Riverview in 2000 as chief operating officer, Riverview built a Women’s Pavilion, opened a new emergency room and renovated nearly every department in the hospital, including med-surg, radiology, and cardiology, and now offers 55 facilities in Hamilton and Tipton counties. She leaves the organization in a strong position of growth as it embarks on a new $36 million outpatient care center in Westfield and a $44 million expansion at the flagship hospital in Noblesville.

Yet, Pat says she’s most proud of the community partnerships Riverview formed with Noblesville and Westfield schools during her tenure to offer school nurses, sports medicine for athletic teams, and on-site clinics for school employees.

In retirement, she will remain focused on bettering the Hamilton County community, continuing to serve on various boards. She also plans to maintain her passion for running in marathons. All of us at American Structurepoint salute her many professional accomplishments and her contributions to community-based medicine.

A Partnership Begins

Our company is so proud to thank Indianapolis for our 50 years of successful growth by investing $250,000 to increase STEM education at Indianapolis Public Schools. In March, we announced a partnership with IPS and Project Lead The Way that will make it possible for every IPS elementary school, middle school, and high school to offer PLTW programs to their students beginning with the 2016-2017 school year.

The gift is a cornerstone of our 50th anniversary celebration in 2016. I firmly believe there is no better way for us to say thank you to the city of Indianapolis for our prosperity than to invest in the youth in our community that we serve.

Project Lead the Way, headquartered in Indianapolis just like American Structurepoint, provides highly transformative learning experiences for K-12 students, enabling them to develop in-demand skills in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. Its programs are currently utilized in over 8,000 schools throughout the US. We feel it is only fitting that every IPS student experience the same opportunity that thousands of students nationwide already enjoy.

Even more fulfilling than the initial investment is the dividends these programs will pay forward in the years to come. We believe this next step in providing STEM opportunities to IPS students will lead to increased graduation rates; inspire more students to pursue a STEM curriculum in higher education; and ultimately, result in rewarding careers in science, technology and engineering—hopefully right here in Indiana.

I invite you to watch the recently posted video from the PLTW Summit where Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced our partnership. All of us at American Structurepoint look forward to being involved in how this partnership blooms and grows.

 

Support Dwayne Allen, DREAM Alive in Social Media Charity Challenge Contest

Here’s how you can help Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen win $20,000 for his favorite charity, DREAM Alive, Inc., and it won’t cost you thing. All you have to do is use the hashtag #AllenWPMOYChallenge on all your social media accounts between now and Dec. 31. Read on for the details.

Dwayne is the Colts’ nominee for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, given annually to a player for excellence on the field and for charitable work in the community. The nominees, one from each NFL team, represent the best of the league’s commitment to philanthropy and community impact. Since 2013, Dwayne has served as the player executive for Dream Alive, Inc., an Indianapolis-based nonprofit that equips urban youth to become leaders by providing mentoring relationships, character development and experiential learning. Dwayne has helped raise nearly $200,000 for DREAM Alive while mentoring many DREAM Alive scholars.

To celebrate all 32 award nominees, Nationwide, the award’s presenting sponsor, has launched the inaugural Charity Challenge. The player generating the most social media mentions using a unique hashtag will win a $20,000 donation to their charity of choice, courtesy of Nationwide.

Again, Dwayne’s hashtag is #AllenWPMOYChallenge, and the contest counts hashtag posts to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Google+

You can use the hashtag as many times as you want throughout the charity challenge, which ends at 11:59 PM EST Dec. 31. Dwayne’s charity is DREAM Alive. What a special holiday season it would be for Dwayne and DREAM Alive to win the challenge. So start using that hashtag today