Engineering News Record (ENR) / Midwest released the 2015 rankings for the Midwest’s Top Design Firms in the magazine’s May 25 / June 1, 2015 issue. United Consulting is proud to remain among the 75 top-rated firms in the Midwest, while moving up 10 positions in the rankings since the 2014 list.
ENR / Midwest is a magazine covering the Midwest Region including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Rankings are based on annual revenue produced by each firm.
United’s employees have spoken, and once again, United Consulting was selected as a Best Place To Work in Indiana! The Best Places to Work in Indiana is an annual competition hosted by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 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 competition is based primarily on employee input through an anonymous survey process and is celebrating its 10th year. United Consulting has participated in the past eight years and been selected every year the firm has applied.
According to the Indiana Chamber of Commerce website, this year’s competition experienced a “record-breaking number of applicants – approaching 200”.
United Consulting brought home an Outstanding Concrete Achievement Award in the category of Infrastructure; Bridges over 10,000 CYS from the 2015 Indiana Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s Awards Banquet, hosted on January 27th.
The award winning bridge, US 31 over Kern Road, was an INDOT project designed by United Consulting and constructed by Rieth-Riley. The concrete was supplied by Ozinga Ready Mix and the Thermal Control Plan was provided by CTL Group.
The project was designed and constructed as part of the US 31 Major Moves project which upgraded US 31 to interstate standards between Plymouth and South Bend. The US 31 and Kern Road Interchange was designed as a single-point interchange to improve traffic flow by routing the ramp usage through a single signal location to minimize disruption to the traffic flow on Kern Road.
As part of a the larger realignment of US 31 from Plymouth to South Bend, the US 31 over Kern Road bridge site required a unique solution to accommodate the skewed interchange and tight grade restraints. Geometric limitations, ramp alignments, and restrictive grades on US 31 and Kern Road prohibited the use of a more traditional bridge design. A post-tension straddle bent was necessary to support the superstructure over the ramp configuration below the bridge. The superstructure was designed and constructed with the beams integral with the pier cap. Post-tensioning tendons were run through the pier cap and steel beams to provide the capacity necessary to carry the traffic on the US 31 bridge.
Bill Hall, Vice President, was recently recognized by the Indiana ACEC (American Council of Engineering Companies of Indiana) as its 2014 Consulting Engineer of the Year.
The Consulting Engineer of the Year Award, established in 1984, pays tribute to an ACEC Indiana member who has made a significant contribution to the profession of consulting engineering.
Bill Hall Pictured With Parents, Jake and Gloria Hall
Bill’s involvement with ACEC Indiana includes a variety of committee work including Indy DPW, INDOT, Diversity, and the Education Committee. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 2006 and served an extended presidency from 2012-13. Bill has also been a significant contributor to his community including mentoring at Warren Central High School. Bill was honored in 2005 with the Sagamore of the Wabash by the Governor. In 2006, he was inducted into the Warren Central High School Alumni Hall of Fame.
As Bill accepted his award he stated, “If this group wants to honor me, I’ll be glad to be on the list especially since my name will be added to a list that includes my dad.” Bill’s father, Jake Hall, was presented with the same award in 1996.
On May 1st, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce announced the rankings for the 2014 Best Places to Work in Indiana. Over 100 companies throughout Indiana made this year’s list. United Consulting ranked 15th in the medium-sized employer (75-249 employees). 21 Indiana companies from various industries were listed in the medium-sized employer category. The Best Places designation was determined through employer reports and comprehensive employee surveys. The Best Companies Group, which handled the selection process, oversees similar programs in 26 other states. All companies that participate in the Best Places to Work program receive an in-depth evaluation identifying strengths and weaknesses according to their employees.
This year, United Consulting was also 1 of 23 companies named as a Hall of Fame company. United was recognized for its display of sustained excellence in being named a Best Place to Work in Indiana at least two-thirds of the time in the program’s nine-year history.
Representatives from United Consulting at this year’s event were: Jay Ridens, Mike Farrell, Jeromy Richardson, Jennifer Hart, Todd Foreman, Dave Richter, Jim Cox, Alan Robinette, Jennifer Murphy, and Brett Schnurpel. For more information, go to: http://www.indianachamber.com/index.php/media-center/press-releases/2992-2014-best-places-to-work-in-indiana-rankings-announced