It’s Official – Eight Consecutive Years and Counting!

United Consulting EmployeesUnited’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”.

On The Road Again

Jackie W. and Chris P.

Jack Waldroup, United Business Development & Chris Pope, United Vice President              

Booth

Mark your calendars and visit United Consulting at the upcoming Annual Purdue Road School in West Lafayette as the event celebrates its 101st year!  Conference attendees will have the opportunity to stop by our booth on Tuesday, March 10, in the Purdue Memorial Union North and South Ballrooms Exhibit Hall.

For the early-birds, our booth will be up and running during the Networking and Coffee Reception from 7:00 am to 8:45 am. For the not-so-early risers, our booth will also be staffed and ready for some friendly banter and serious business discussions during the Exhibitor Luncheon from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

United will also be hosting our traditional Hospitality Suite for friends and clients at the Four Points by Sheraton on Tuesday, March 10.

 

And The Winner Is . . .

US 31 Kern Road- Southbend

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.

Bottleneck Be Gone! I-465 Westbound to I-65 Southbound is Open for Business.

I-465 -I-65 Flyover - Horizontal

Flyover - I-465 -I-65 VerticalThe much anticipated I-465 westbound to I-65 southbound ramp, located on the southside of Indianapolis, re-opened as a spiffy, new, 11-span, concrete beam flyover bridge replacing the outdated, single-lane loop ramp. The two-year project was completed as part of INDOT’s Operation Indy Commute which is a highway improvement initiative consisting of an overall plan to alleviate recurring bottlenecks within the Indianapolis Metropolitan Area.

The new flyover bridge, designed by United Consulting, in collaboration with the added travel lanes on I-465 and I-65 project, increases the efficiency of traffic flow between the two interstates while providing added interstate capacity and safety for commuters.

Anyone who has ever traveled I-465 westbound to I-65 southbound in the past will be amazed by the sleek, new structure’s ability to accommodate the demands and challenges of heavy commuter traffic.

United’s Brian Pierson Presents at Purdue Seminar

Brian Pierson Presents

Brian Pierson, PE presents ADA guidelines during Purdue University’s Civil Engineering Professional Development Seminar (CEPDS) on November 20th

During Purdue University’s Civil Engineering Professional Development Seminar (CEPDS), Brian Pierson, PE, a Project Team Leader in United’s Transportation Department, presented guidelines for maintaining ADA access during construction.  Brian served as the civil design manager for the Cultural Trail in downtown Indianapolis.  He understands the importance of meeting all ADA requirements upon project completion and he also knows that maintenance of the existing accessible routes during construction translates into a successful project.

The MUTCD and Indiana Design Manual clearly establish the need for maintenance of traffic plans addressing all roadway users, including pedestrians with disabilities.  Providing access during construction for the wide range of disabilities covered under these requirements can be daunting.  However, with a good understanding of the laws, standards, and best practice guidelines established for this type of work, a designer can provide plans that adequately address the situation and provide the necessary accommodations.  By determining the best route and using the appropriate signage and detectable barriers, the duration and extent of impacts to accessible travel paths can be minimized, if not, completely eliminated.