American Structurepoint Named Design Firm of the Year

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Just wow! Everyone at American Structurepoint is so honored to be named 2018 Design Firm of the Year by ENR Midwest. We are beyond gratified and so honored to achieve industry recognition for delivering quality projects for the communities we serve.

A blog on the ENR website said this about us, “The depth and breadth of American Structurepoint’s work really set the 52-year-old firm apart … and won over a majority of the voting editors at ENR.”

Several of our projects celebrated grand openings in 2017, among them the BlueSky Technology Partners headquarters, Purdue Technology Center Aerospace, the South Bend Smarts Street initiative,  and the State Route 83-Mills Road Roundabout in Lorain County, Ohio. Other projects had groundbreakings in 2017 – the Market Avenue Phase III road project in Terre Haute, the CEDIA headquarters in Fishers, and the 35,000-sft Hammond Sportsplex and Community Center.

We also were part of a team honored by ENR Midwest for the 2017 Project of the Year, the East End Crossing project. American Structurepoint designed Section 6 of the East End Crossing that included 4 miles of SR 625, reconstruction of two interchange ramps, and designing 17 bridges.

ENR Midwest  has tracked our growth over the past several years. American Structurepoint has consistently held a spot in the top 15 of ENR Midwest’s Top Design Firms ranking since 2010. We jumped two spots to No. 13 this year with $82.27 million in revenue in 2017, up from the $74.36 million in the previous year.

Our people make all of this possible. Our employees continually demonstrate the drive, talent, and commitment to delivering excellence and innovation to our clients on time and on budget. I am so proud of the entire American Structurepoint team and even better, looking forward to delivering top-notch projects for each and every client in the years ahead.

 

 

 

Transportation Funding Challenges

In recent years, the uncertainty regarding federal funding for transportation has continued to rise. This pressure to keep funding for transportation stable has caused some states to implement other solutions. States such as Wyoming, Virginia, Maryland, and Vermont are increasing their excise or sales taxes on fuel in an effort to boost revenue for transportation needs. This newfound movement could prompt other states to follow suit through the willingness on the part of lawmakers to raise taxes related to transportation.

In an article recently published by Civil Engineering magazine, the authors examine why the funding for transportation has declined. It’s no surprise that because of the difficult economic conditions in recent years, many states have faced a series of challenges regarding transportation funding, including chronic gaps between investment needs and outlays, a growing need for transportation services, and less revenue from gas prices as motorists switch to vehicles offering greater fuel efficiency. As the article states, these factors combined have put states in a real bind, in terms of paying for their transportation needs.

Another contributing reason why transportation funding has become an issue is because of the stopgap of funding from legislation (known as the MAP-21 law) that occurred between the years of 2009 to 2012, therefore complicating efforts by the states to conduct long-range planning.  MAP-21 will provide stable funding through the fiscal year of 2014, but after that any certainty for states begins to fade.

Therefore, states are seeking to boost the transportation funding they receive from the federal government. The federal program has some stability right now in terms of being able to fund at the MAP-21 levels through the end of the next fiscal year.  However, there is a lot of uncertainty about how to keep the program going thereafter, so states are focusing on ways to go above and beyond what they can expect to receive from the federal government.

An example of this is shown as Wyoming has increased its taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels by 10 cents per gallon. The state has also enforced a law which also increases taxes on snowmobiles, off-road vehicles, and motorboats, which is expected to generate nearly $72 million additional revenue for the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

As other states have moved forward with enacting legislation to vamp their approach to funding transportation infrastructure, leadership by governors has proved crucial in increasing the overall goal in expanding transportation funding. As we examine our own state’s revenues dedicated toward transportation funding, following the examples led by Wyoming and other states could be necessary. The full article, “Transportation Funding Challenges Prompt States to Consider Gas, Sale Tax Increases” can be read in its entirety in the June 2013 issue of Civil Engineering magazine.

American Structurepoint Named Among Top Design Firms

Engineering News-Record (ENR) Midwest has once again recognized American Structurepoint on its list of the Midwest’s Top Design Firms. Of the firm’s $56.67 million regional revenue in 2012, 52 percent came from transportation projects, 20 percent from general building projects, and 12 percent from sewer/solid waste projects.

In addition, Architectural Record magazine has recognized American Structurepoint on its list of Top 300 Architectural Firms based on 2012 revenue of $8.20 million in architecture services.

For more information, view:

ENR Midwest’s 2013 Top Design Firms by Region 

ENR Midwest’s 2013 Top Design Firms by State

ENR’s 2013 Top 500 US Design Firms

Architectural Record’s 2013 Top 300 Architectural Firms