Franklin Street in Greenfield is Now Open for Business!

Greenfiled-Franklin Street Ribbon Cutting

The last week of September brought the excitement of the 2015 Supermoon Lunar Eclipse as well as the long-awaited opening of Franklin Street in the City of Greenfield. On a bright Monday morning following the lunar eclipse, 10 years of project history in-the-making culminated with the September 28th Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Franklin Street ­— just in time for Greenfield’s Annual Riley Days Festival.

Little did Greenfield resident Mike Bielefeld know when he hopped on his bicycle and headed for the Pennsy Trail, he would be helping Mayor Chuck Fewell cut the ribbon and dedicate the newly completed project. After opening remarks and a brief overview of the project, Mayor Fewell invited the “guy on the bike” to come up and help cut the ribbon.

The road improvements transformed Franklin Street from rough and rugged to smooth and finished while also correcting poor drainage issues and adding new parking for INDOT’s Greenfield District. The project reconstructed Franklin Street from Davis Road to US 40 as two unique sections. The section north of Tague Street included two 12-foot lanes with a 14-foot center turn-lane. The section south of Tague Street included two 12-foot lanes with two six-foot shoulders.

United Consulting provided construction inspection services for this Franklin Street project which was designed by A&F Engineering. The prime contractor was Milestone Contractors, L.P.

South End BEFORE and AFTER

50 Years of Excellence

TOP THREE ANSWERS ON THE BOARD . . .

How do you commemorate 50 years of excellence with an unforgettable event that will be talked about for years to come? You play Family Feud, of course!

United’s 50 Years of Excellence celebration was hosted at the Columbia Club on Tuesday, June 2, as an employee-only event honoring those who make United’s success a reality on a daily basis. Vice President Steve Jones kicked-off the festivities, laying the ground rules and revealing the “Top Three Answers on the Board” for the event. Steve said, “We have established three objectives for the day. Number one is to look back over the past 50 years and share a little history that goes with them. Number two is to enjoy some good food and fellowship and number three is to have fun. So stay loose and get ready to have fun!”

Honorary attendees included four United retirees whose leadership was instrumental in the success of United over the past 50 years – Ralph Gemmer, Jake Hall, Kent Downey, and Jerry Ritchie. It was a special surprise to have Ralph Gemmer, United’s founder, and his wife, Pam attend the event.

The event began at 10:45 when employees loaded buses and departed from the office. Once at the Columbia Club and seated, Steve gave his opening remarks, shared a little company history, and acknowledged each retiree in attendance with the presentation of a 50-Year commemorative jacket. Next, was a mouthwatering buffet fit for a king while an entertaining collection of 50 years of photo memories played in a presentation on the big screen, located in the front of the room.

Then came the moment everyone had been waiting for – United’s own Chris Miller, clad in a wig and suit, ran into the room, high-fiving employees as he made his way to the front, announcing, “Put your hands together . . . It’s time to play the Family Feud!” Teams were assembled, departments competed against departments, and Road Team 1 persevered as the ultimate victor and took home the 2015 Family Feud Championship Trophy.

After the main event, employees met on the Downtown Circle for a group photo and were treated to cupcakes from The Flying Cupcake Truck. After enjoying cupcakes and a beautiful afternoon of sunshine, buses were summoned, and employees returned to the office at 3:00.

50-Years Celebration

United Consulting Ranks Among Top 75 Midwest Design Firms


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.


Worth the Wait!

Community Health Network Leaders, Mayor Greg Ballard, and East Side Community Leaders

Community Health Network Leaders, Mayor Greg Ballard, and Neighborhood Leaders

The Emerson Avenue Corridor Gateway Project, eight years in the making, was officially opened for business during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, May 20. The $2.1 million investment brought together the City of Indianapolis, the State of Indiana, Community Health Network, and several neighborhood committees: all working towards a common goal to significantly improve Emerson Avenue between 16th Street and 21st Street.

The project began as a pavement rehabilitation project and blossomed into a streetscape enhancement and beautification project that created a gateway into the community. Rundell Ernstberger Associates, a landscape architectural firm, provided design services for the corridor and United Consulting provided construction inspection services.

The facelift for this section of Emerson Avenue included improved medians with new plantings and irrigation, upgraded signals at 16th and 21st Streets, and a new signal at 19th Street. Decorative inlay crosswalks were incorporated into all intersections, pavement rehabilitation from 16th Street to 21st Street, and a new six-foot sidewalk along the west side of Emerson Avenue were also included in the gateway project.

Statistically speaking, the Emerson Avenue Corridor Gateway Project included:

  •  41 New Concrete Drive Approaches
  • Four Lighted Limestone Neighborhood Gateway Markers
  • 20,000 Square Feet of Mulched Landscaping Beds
  • 33 trees, 576 shrubs, and 5,456 perennial plants and flowers
  • 1,200 Square Yards of Sod
  • 8,000 Square Feet of Decorative Brick Pavers
Lighted Neighborhood Gateway Markers

Lighted Limestone Neighborhood Gateway Markers

 

Major Moves 2020 . . . Let the Construction Begin!

 

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Pictured Left to Right: CJ Potts, Milestone Contractors, L.P. (President); State Representative Ed Soliday; Governor Mike Pence; State Representative Woody Burton; and Greenwood Deputy Mayor Terry McLaugh

 

It would take more than rain to put a damper on the scheduled festivities for the Groundbreaking Ceremony commemorating the kick-off of Major Moves 2020. Governor Mike Pence was joined by Milestone Contractors in the Greenwood City Center on March 10 to initiate the official start of construction activities for the first Major Moves 2020 project.

The project involves the complete reconstruction of northbound & southbound I-65 from Southport Road to Main Street. It also includes rehabilitation of the Stop 11 Bridge over I-65 and the Emerson Avenue Bridge over I-65. The Major Moves 2020 program is Governor Pence’s plan to improve and expand sections of four-lane interstates in Indiana.

United Consulting worked with INDOT to deliver the design for this project on an accelerated schedule. Construction is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2015.