ACEC Indiana hosted its 33rd Annual Engineering Excellence Awards Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday, April 14th, via Zoom. United Consulting is honored to have been acknowledged for three award-worthy projects during the virtual celebration!
Grand Project Award: 96th Street and Keystone Parkway Interchange and Corridor Improvements
This city of Carmel project converted the existing signalized intersection at 96th Street and Keystone Parkway to a grade-separated roundabout interchange. The $28.7 million project was successfully delivered through a teaming effort between CHA and United. The portion of the project completed by United included the bridge design for Keystone Parkway over 96th Street which also involved utility coordination and right-of-way engineering.
This project was part of the city of Carmel’s plan to convert Keystone Parkway to a free-flow parkway and upgrade the 96th Street corridor. The project’s goal was to improve safety at the intersection while also alleviating substantial traffic congestion in this area. The interchange features a two-lane, teardrop shaped roundabout on 96th Street under Keystone Parkway and also accommodates ramps to and from both directions of Keystone Parkway. The bridge carries three northbound lanes and three southbound lanes over 96th Street.
State Finalist Award: Monon over SR 32
This project, sponsored by the city of Westfield through a Federal Grant, included construction of a seven-span pedestrian bridge carrying the Monon Trail over SR 32 and a future extension of Tournament Trail Drive. The bridge provides a safe crossing over SR 32 for trail users to enjoy the Monon Trail and improves connectivity to the Grand Park Sports Campus and the Grand Junction Park and Plaza which is currently under construction in Downtown Westfield.
Honor Award: I-65 Southeast Indiana DBBV
The $143 million I-65 Southeast Indiana project was a Design Build Best Value (DBBV) procurement. The selection process was based on the E&B Paving and United Consulting team’s concepts which added the best value for the state of Indiana and maximized the number of desired improvements to be completed for the budget.
The project reconstructed and added travel lanes to I-65 from US 50 to SR 58 for approximately 14 miles and structural SMA overlay on I-65 from SR 58 to south of SR 46 for approximately four miles. The project included widening of nine twin mainline structures, one latex modified concrete very early strength overlay twin mainline structures, the rehabilitation of seven overpass structures, new ITS infrastructure, and drainage improvements.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL ACEC INDIANA ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS!
Even in the midst of a pandemic, United Consulting persevered and maintained the firm’s status in the Indiana Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Best Places to Work in Indiana (BPWI) program. United secured a spot in the 2021 competition and falls under the Medium Companies (75-249 employees) category. Selected companies will learn their specific placement ranking within their appropriate category during an awards event sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College on May 6th.
The BPWI is an annual competition hosted by the ICC in an effort to recognize outstanding companies that foster and promote a positive employee culture which is evident through the company’s appreciation and value shown toward each employee. The results are determined based on anonymous surveys which are submitted directly to a third party survey company by employees.
This recent honor is United’seleventh selection as Best Places to Work in Indiana and the firm entered into the BPWI Hall of Fame in 2014. Hall of Fame companies are those that have been named a Best Place to Work in Indiana at least 60% of the time in the program’s history.
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce(ICC) announced United Consulting has once again been selected as one of the Best Places to Work in Indiana (BPWI), placing in the Medium Companies (75-249 employees) category.Selected companies will learn their specific placement ranking within their appropriate category during an awards dinner at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis, sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College on June 4th.
The BPWI is an annual competition hosted by the ICC, in an effort to recognize outstanding companies that foster and promote a positive employee culture which is evident through the company’s appreciation and value shown toward each employee. The results are determined based on anonymous surveys which are submitted directly to a third party survey company by employees.
United has been selected as Best Places to Work in Indiana ten times and entered into the BPWI Hall of Fame in 2014. Hall of Fame companies are those that have been named a Best Place to Work in Indiana at least 60% of the time in the program’s history.
The Design-Build Best Value contract to I-69 created an added travel lane in each direction to the median between State 37 Road (Exit 205) and State Road 38 (Exit 219) and a southbound lane along the shoulder between 116th Street and the new interchange at the 106th Street exit ramp. The I-69 and Campus Parkway was converted from a traditional diamond to diverging diamond interchange. The project widened and rehabilitated five twin bridges on I-69 and reconstructed three overpass bridges.
The Central Avenue Bridge was restored to its original natural beauty and improved to accomodate two-way traffic for the first time ever. The original structure was built between 1897 to 1901. In order to maintain the bridge’s historic integrity, it was disassembled block by block and the sandstone pieces for the spandrel walls and railing were saved, cleaned, and re-set in the new structure. Other improvements included a new substructure, concrete arches, and a 10-foot wide sidewalk on the west side to provide safe travel for pedestrians. In the near future, lighting will be placed at the four corners of the bridge.
State Street Connection / Columbus, Indiana
The State Street Connection serves as an initiative to encourage economic growth and development within East Columbus by reconnecting it with Downtown Columbus. The project created a wider side path along the north side of State Street from Central Avenue to Mapleton Street and also included significant architectural enhancements to the Haw Creek Bridge, the incorporation of new greenspaces, and the addition of sculptural elements along the path. Consistent with the City’s branding scheme, the sculptural elements and crosswalks incorporate the Dancing Cs. A new gateway feature was constructed at the intersection of Central Avenue, delineating the entrance into East Columbus and providing an upgraded connection to the Columbus People Trail.
The bridge carrying 8th Street over the White River in Anderson, Indiana has an ADT of nearly 15,000 vehicles per day and serves as a gateway into Downtown Anderson. The original ten-span, prestressed concrete, I-Beam bridge was replaced with a new six-span, prestressed concrete, U-Beam bridge which includes a composite concrete deck. The grade of the bridge was flattened from 6.6% to 4.9%. New sidewalks, ADA ramps, and LED lighting were added to each side of the bridge to promote safety for non-motorized users.
Dupont Road / Fort Wayne, Indiana
The Dupont Road project widened the facility from an existing two-lane road to a four-lane boulevard section between the limits of Lima Road and Coldwater Road. The widening project added a new enclosed storm sewer system, new traffic signals, and new lighting. This project also included a new grade separated crossing of the Pufferbelly Trail. Dupont Road was elevated above the trail and substantial decorative retaining walls were implemented.
Congratulations to INDOT, the city of Fishers, and Hamilton County on the honor of being selected by the Indiana Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) as the Project of the Year 2017 for the New Interchange at I-69 and 106th Street project! The interchange is one of the first oval interchanges built in the United States and the ONLY ONE built over an interstate.
The Project of the Year Award is presented for the most outstanding or unique project built in Indiana and completed during the past year. Representatives from INDOT, the city of Fishers, Hamilton County, United, Corradino Group, and Walsh Construction Company (pictured above with 2018 ASCE President Robin Kemper) accepted the award at the Annual Meeting of ASCE during a luncheon. Prior to receiving the award, Project Manager Jeromy Richardson, PE and Lead Engineer Bill Curtis, PE gave a presentation showcasing the highlights of the New Interchange at I-69 and 106th Street project.
“Today, we honor Indiana businesses that have withstood the test of time, helping to drive Indiana’s economy forward. I am thrilled to celebrate this year’s honorees and their integral role in building one of the nation’s best business climates. Together, I’m confident we will continue to take Indiana to the next level, ensuring Indiana is the best place to start a business, grow a business and get a job.”
Governor Eric J. Holcomb
United Consulting was among 34 Indiana companies that were celebrated during a ceremony at the Statehouse to honor Indiana businesses that continue to stand up to daily challenges and give back to the community as a productive economic source.
To qualify for a Half Century Award, companies must demonstrate they are in full compliance with the Secretary of State, Department of Revenue, and the Department of Workforce Development and have been in operation for 50 to 99 continuous years.