US 31 Plymouth to South Bend Grand Opening

Governor Mike Pence provided the closing remarks at the US 31 Plymouth to South Bend Project Grand Opening Ceremony.  Design development for the project began in 2007.  The US 31 improvements are part of the State’s effort to improve the safety, travel time, and condition of the infrastructure for travel between Indianapolis and South Bend.  This project is 21 miles long with 15 miles of new terrain alignment and four interchanges.  Members of United’s design teams attended and witnessed the results of their efforts.  Unique elements designed by United included a single point interchange at Kern Road with a bridge containing post-tensioned elements.

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Pictured Back Row:  Tim Coomes, Jon Clodfelter, Michael Rowe, Matt Taylor, Jeff Andrews, Andy Wolka.  Front Row:  Andrea Wagner, Governor Mike Pence, Beth Manns, Brian Frederick

 

 

Bill Hall Named 2014 Consulting Engineer of the Year by Indiana ACEC

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.

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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.

 

2014 Best Places to Work in Indiana Awards Announced

BPTW Dinner resizedOn 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

 

2014 Best Places to Work in Indiana Award

United Consulting is pleased to announce we were named “one of the Best Places to Work in Indiana” for the seventh year in a row in the medium-sized employer category (employing 75 to 249 people) by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.  The top Indiana companies were Best Place logo 2008-14determined through employer reports and comprehensive employee surveys.

United has won this award consecutively every year it has applied. United was one of 20 Indiana companies in this category to receive this achievement. This year, United Consulting was also 1 of 23 companies on the 2014 list named a Hall of Fame company.  This designation was given to those companies that have displayed 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.

Special thanks to our staff for continuing to make United one of the Best Places to work in Indiana.

Indy Named Top 52 Places to Visit

Indianapolis was recently named to the New York Times’ list of 52 Places to Go in 2014.  The article features the Indianapolis Cultural Trail and its access and linkage to neighborhoods, cultural districts, and entertainment sites throughout the city. When this project was designed and built, it included the construction of new, shared paths and sidewalks that incorporated art into public spaces while emphasizing green and context sensitive design.  Every intersection required careful consideration between vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic. United’s role in this project included the design of detailed signing and marking plans, grading plans that included over 13,000 individual spot elevations and drainage design that included heavy usage of storm water planters to help reduce runoff into the City’s combined sewer system. In 2012, the United Consulting/Rundell Ernstberger Associates team was awarded the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce’s highest honor of the Monumental Award for the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.

To read the New York Times article, click here:  http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/01/10/travel/2014-places-to-go.html?_r=1

For more information on the Indy Cultural Trail, click here:  http://indyculturaltrail.org/

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