Purdue University and American Structurepoint Receive National Engineering Award for Newman Road Underpass Project

March 10, 2022

Purdue University and American Structurepoint Receive National Engineering Award for Newman Road Underpass Project

The new rail bridge underpass and supporting works allow for safer and more accessible traffic and allow for growth in the surrounding area. (Photo courtesy of Administrative Operations Communications)
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University and American Structurepoint, an architectural/engineering consulting firm, won a National Award for Outstanding Excellence in Engineering for the Newman Road Underpass Project in West Lafayette.

The National Recognition Award is from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) 2022 Engineering Excellence Awards competition. Purdue and American Structurepoint are recognized for the project team’s design solution that improved access and public safety along the Newman Road corridor, which includes a new rail bridge underpass.

Purdue and American Structurepoint collaborated with the City of West Lafayette, the Indiana Department of Transportation, and the Purdue Research Foundation on the $12.5 million project, which was completed in November 2020. The project improved access to Growing Discovery Park District in Purdue, where aerospace and defense technology research and development happens. The project has also improved public safety and provided additional opportunities for job growth and economic development in the district.

“We are a proud delivery partner of this nationally recognized project,” said Jay Wasson, associate vice president of physical facilities at Purdue. “With expansion near national security and defense research facilities, this transformational Newman Road Corridor project provides safe and reliable access, supporting continued growth and economic development opportunities for the greater Purdue community. .”

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The rail bridge slide along Newman Road was completed in August 2020. (Photo courtesy of the Joint Transportation Research Program)
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Rick Conner, President of American Structurepoint, said:American Structurepoint is honored to share this recognition with Purdue. The Newman Road project is another example of American Structurepoint’s commitment to improving the quality of life in the communities we serve.

“At American Structurepoint, we are especially grateful for the opportunity to showcase our innovative engineering solutions and the opportunity to engage with Purdue students and staff to make the Discovery Park District a safer, more accessible area where aerospace research and development can continue to develop. and thrive.

The project replaced a 100-year-old single-lane underpass on Newman Road with a modern bridge structure. Structurepoint’s American engineers used an innovative bridge slip technique to erect and install the new bridge structure. The railroad was temporarily closed for 106 hours as the bridge slide occurred. The project design completely rebuilt and widened Newman Road from Indiana 26 to Benson Road. The Indiana 26 and Newman Road intersection was converted to a two-lane roundabout to improve traffic flow, and the project was complemented by a new lighted, multi-use pathway for pedestrians and cyclists, which improved quality lives of West Lafayette residents.

The project received an ACEC Indiana Chapter Honor Award in December 2021.

About Purdue University

Purdue University is a leading public research institution that develops practical solutions to today’s toughest challenges. Ranked in each of the past four years as one of the 10 most innovative universities in the United States by US News & World Report, Purdue delivers groundbreaking research and groundbreaking discoveries. Committed to hands-on, online, real-world learning, Purdue provides transformative education for all. Committed to affordability and accessibility, Purdue has frozen tuition and most fees at 2012-13 levels, allowing more students than ever to graduate debt-free. See how Purdue never stops in the persistent pursuit of the next giant leap to https://stories.purdue.edu.

About American Structurepoint

American Structurepoint began operations in Indianapolis in 1966 and has since grown into a respected multidisciplinary consulting firm known for its experienced professionals, quality work and customer service. Engineering News-Record has consistently ranked the company among the top 200 design firms. After 55 years of steady growth and with a team of over 550 experienced professionals, American Structurepoint offers comprehensive consulting and design services.

About ACEC

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) is the trade association for the American engineering industry, representing more than 5,200 independent engineering companies and more than 600,000 professionals across the United States engaged in the development of American transport, water and energy infrastructures, as well as in the protection of the environment. , industrial and other public and private facilities. Founded in 1906 and based in Washington, DC, ACEC is a national federation of 52 state and regional organizations.

Media contacts: Jim Bush, Purdue University, [email protected]

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