There was fun for all at the 2012 United Picnic held, July 28 at the Sertoma Club of East Indianapolis. Children had the opportunity to play in a bounce house, get their face painted, get a cool balloon creation, learn fire safety, and get prizes.
Although the kids had lots of fun, the adults stole the show with the United Olympics. Whether you were a spectator or a participant, laughter was contagious during the entire event. The teams consisted of four employees each: Team Swarley, Legion of Doom, Old Schooler’s, Civil Disobedients, Sewer Doers, and Joey Chestnut Hot Dawgs. Olympians showed-off their skills in four events: water balloon toss, three-legged race, tricycle race, and tug-of-war. With a few bruised knees, bruised egos, and belly aches (from laughing so hard), there was only one team that was victorious… the Joey Chestnut Hot Dawgs. One thing is for sure, United has great teamwork!
The roundabout at 96th Street and Fall Creek Road is open! 96th Street accommodates significant traffic volumes including large commuter traffic in the morning and afternoon. This large volume of traffic necessitated improvements to the existing roadway and intersections. Hamilton County Highway Department’s reconstruction project included the added travel lanes, a signal at Mollenkoph Road, a roundabout at Fall Creek, and new pedestrian facilities. United Consulting completed the survey, traffic analysis, design, and construction inspection for the project. The project has significantly improved the movement of traffic in the area.
Several United bridge engineers had the opportunity to travel to Austin Texas for Grouting Certification Training for Post-Tensioned Structures. Classes were held by ASBI (American Segmental Bridge Institute) and hosted by the University of Texas. This class was a wealth of knowledge for our engineers and will be of considerable importance as we have Post-Tensioning Operation observation responsibilities on two projects this summer, the OIC in Hamilton County and the Kern Road bridge in South Bend on US31.
Hearts were pumping at this year’s annual United Health & Fitness Walk, May 23, 2012. Employees walked approximately 3.5 miles on the Grand Junction Trial in the beautiful City of Westfield. The woods-lined trail provided a welcome blanket of shade on the warm summer day. After a pleasant stroll along the trail, everyone took a break for a leisurely picnic lunch at Old Friends Cemetery Park. Upon returning to the office, the traditional low-fat Dairy Queen Dilly Bars that were handed out as an extra sweet treat.
Bill Hall, United Consulting’s CEO, was recently named ACEC Indiana President. Bill had previously sat on the Board of Directors for three years before he was appointed to Vice President/Treasurer in 2011. Bill will hold his newly appointed position as President until June of 2013. One of Bill’s main goals is to focus his efforts on funding. “There is plenty of work for engineers to do, but our clients must have the resources to do it. Adequate spending on infrastructure is the key component to the future success of our business. Therefore, my main focus as ACEC President will be to advocate for adequate funding to meet our long-term infrastructure needs,” said Bill.