On November 15, 2012, the United Consulting/Rundell Ernstberger Asociates, LLC team received the highest honor at the 35th annual Monumental Affairs Awards Ceremony. The team was awarded the Monumental Award for the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick. The Monumental Award is the highest honor presented at this annual event sponsored by the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce. United Consulting also received an Honor Award for the Indianapolis Cultural Trail project in the Engineering category.
The Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick is a world-class facility combining eight miles of bike and pedestrian paths with existing urban roadways in a safe and practical way while providing connectivity to five major cultural destinations and the entire Indianapolis greenway system. The project includes construction of new, shared paths and sidewalks that incorporates art into public spaces while emphasizing green and context sensitive design. Every intersection required careful consideration between vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic. The project was a collaborative effort by the City of Indianapolis Department of Public Works, and Central Indiana Community Foundation.
Hamilton County is connecting communities with the Monon Bridge Main Truss being lifted into place. The trail unites the Monon Trail between the cities of Carmel and Westfield and eliminates an at-grade crossing with the traffic on 146th Street. Hamilton County wanted the bridge to represent the history of the Monon Trail by utilizing a bridge that resembles the railroad bridges of the past. This video shows the placement of the main truss structure over 146th Street.
With years of anticipation, I-69 from SR 64 in Evansville to US 231, near the Naval Surface Warfare Center – Crane Division, was open to traffic on November 19, 2012 at 5 pm.
Ribbon cutting ceremonies were held at both the southern and northern limits of the project. Governor Mitch Daniels was in attendance at the Daviess County ceremony. “Many people said this interstate expansion wouldn’t happen in their lifetime, but it’s here. In addition to opening the road ahead of schedule and under budget, we’re opening greater economic opportunity, faster and safer travel, and improved connectivity,” Daniels said.
United Consulting played a vital role in this new terrain project. United completed front-end design-build documents for 15 bridges on this 55-mile section on a very compressed design schedule. United staff spent relentless hours and showed extreme dedication during the expedited schedule. The end result was well worth the hard effort with yet another successful project completed.
Whether you refer to him as the Bridge Guru, Yoda or just Jerry, one thing is for sure, Jerry Ritchie is a classic. Jerry began his career at United in 1969, when the first man landed on the moon and gas was 35 cents per gallon. A lot has changed in the past 43 years, but Jerry’s commitment to engineering and United Consulting remained constant.
A retirement party was held for Jerry on November 29 with his close family, friends, and co-workers in attendance to honor him. Jerry’s career was noted for not only his bridge expertise, but more importantly, his willingness to share his vast knowledge with young engineers.
Jerry’s contribution to engineering did not go unnoticed. In addition to the countless engineers he helped shape, he received the 2009 Engineer of the Year by the Indiana Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Jerry, we wish you well in the next chapter of your life and we will miss you.
Did you know that every two seconds, someone needs blood; every minute, patients use more than 36 units of blood or blood products; and every day, approximately 40,000 units of blood are used throughout the country?* These statistics may be shocking, but nonetheless a reality.
Early Monday morning, November 5, the Indiana Blood Mobile was eagerly awaiting blood donations from United employees. An overwhelming 24 blood donations were made to help saves Indiana lives. With the Blood Center requiring 620 people per day in order to keep up with local blood demands, every donation was appreciated. If you are interested in donating, you can visit www.indianablood.org or call (800) 632-4722.
Thank you to all who stepped up to give the gift of blood.