Michael Rowe Named ACEC President for 2020-2021

Congratulations to United’s  own Michael Rowe, PE on his recent achievement of being selected as the 2020-21 ACEC Indiana President!

Michael began participating in ACEC events and completed the ACEC Engineering Leadership Program in 2005-06.  He became active on ACEC INDOT committees starting in 2009 and joined the Board of Directors in 2014. 

“I am truly honored to be selected to serve as  the 2020-21 ACEC President. I have always been impressed with ACEC Indiana’s mission and effectiveness in safeguarding sound business practices for engineering companies. This accomplishment is especially significant to me personally and I am extremely proud to be following the top engineering professionals who have served as past ACEC Indiana presidents — including United Consulting’s Kent Downey and Bill Hall.”  

Michael Rowe, PE

The Monon Trail Over SR 32 Bridge is Open!

May 29, 2020 | Westfield, IN

With the simple snip of a ribbon, Westfield Mayor Andy Cook  joined the north and south sides of the city of Westfield through the official opening of the Monon Trail over SR 32 Bridge during a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, May 29th.  During his opening remarks, the mayor recognized United Consulting’s innovative design that resulted in lower construction bids, ultimately saving the City $500,000 from the project’s allotted budget.  The cost savings provided enough funds to finance the installation of lighting across the bridge, improving the structure’s aesthetics and safety across the bridge.

PROJECT FACTS

■ The federal-aid bridge was designed and inspected by United to consistently maintain the aesthetic value and match the appearance of the two neighboring Monon Trail bridges located over Carmel Drive and 146th Street.

■ The structure is a seven-span bridge with a total length of 838 feet and a main span of 176 feet over SR 32.  The structure was sized to accommodate the future extension of Tournament Trail Drive.

■ Retaining walls were constructed on the approaches to keep the bridge within the existing right-of-way limits and reduce impacts to adjacent utilities.

■ The trail connects vital portions of Westfield including many shops and restaurants at SR 32 with Grand Park Sports Campus.

Congratulations United!

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 Results Are In!

Five United Consulting projects earned awards in the 2020 ACEC Indiana Engineering Excellence Awards competition.

HONOR AWARDS

I-69 Major Moves 2020 Expansion Project / Milestone Contractors, L.P. / INDOT

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.

Central Avenue Bridge / City of Indianapolis DPW

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.

MERIT AWARDS

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.

Dwight D. Eisenhower Veterans’ Bridge / Madison County, Indiana

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.

Click To See Full Listing of 2020 ACEC Indiana Engineering Excellence Award Winners.

Heavy Haul Road Groundbreaking

Brian Dixon (Clark County Engineer); Jeff Miles (Ports of Indiana); Kathy Eaton-McKalip (INDOT); Mayor Mike Moore (City of Jeffersonville); Rob Waiz (Economic and Redevelopment Director, Jeffersonville), Rita Fleming (State Representative, District 71); and Jerry Acy (River Ridge Development Authority, Executive Director)

 

Nov. 1, 2019 | Jeffersonville, IN

During an official  groundbreaking ceremony, representatives from The Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Ports of Indiana, Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency, Clark County, Jeffersonville Redevelopment Commission, River Ridge Development Authority, and the Indiana Department of Transportation initiated the beginning of the next phase of a multi-million dollar road improvement project in Jeffersonville, IN — Heavy Haul Road Segment A.

The new road will provide connectivity between River Ridge Commerce Center and the Ports of Indiana at Jeffersonville while accommodating heavy haul load specifications to the ever-growing commercial and industrial expansion in the area. United is serving as the project manager for this project.

Read INDOT’s press release.

Watch the groundbreaking ceremony as featured on WDRB News.

SR 37 Corridor – Improvements are on the Horizon!

Sep. 9, 2019 l Hamilton County, IN

 

Sep. 9, 2019 | Hamilton County, IN

Congratulations to Hamilton County, the city of Fishers, the city of Noblesville, and the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) on taking the next big step toward the expansion of economic growth through infrastructure improvements within the community!

Hamilton County officials commemorated the beginning of the $140 Million SR 37 Corridor Project with the ceremonious tossing of the dirt during a groundbreaking event on September 9th, kicking-off the official beginning to improvements along SR 37 from 126th Street to 146th Street. 

Corridor enhancements are anticipated to expedite travel times and provide a much safer route along SR 37.  This new project will alleviate congestion in the area and entice economic growth by attracting new businesses. 

The project is expected to be completed in four phases as indicated below, with construction ending in 2022. 

■ Phase 1 – 126th Street: complete Winter 2020

■ Phase II – 146th Street: begin Spring 2020, complete Winter 2021

■ Phase III – 131st and 135th Streets: begin Fall 2020, complete Fall/Winter 2021/22

■ Phase IV – 141st Street: begin Spring 2021, complete Fall/Winter 2021/22

United is proud to be a part of this corridor design including the 146th Street Interchange, 141st Street Interchange, and the 135th Street Connection.