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these students get introduced and
acquire more sponsorships from folks
in our industry."
DESIGNING FOR A CAUSE

Earlier this year when Woolpert
opened an office in Cincinnati, the
company was looking for a way of
introducing itself in the community.
"We're a
That's where Canstruction, an international
organization with city-based
large
charitable contests, came into play.
company,
Architecture and engineering firms
but we have design and then build elaborate public
sculptures out of canned goods, which
a familyare then donated to food banks-and
oriented
this friendly competition has resulted
culture."
in the donation of about 50 million
pounds of food since 1992.
THOMAS MACKIE |
Woolpert signed on to participate in
WOOLPERT
Cincinnati Canstruction relatively late
in the game, and so employees wanted
to find a design that would be simple enough to execute while still
being a creative expression of the firm's new city.
The team settled on trying to replicate one of the city's signature dishes: A "3-Way" from the famous Skyline Chili-that's a
plate of spaghetti, topped with chili and then topped again with a
heaping portion of shredded cheddar cheese.
"It started as a joke," says Alena Miller, an architectural designer
in Woolpert's Dayton office, who coordinated the effort. "But
then the concept grew and we thought about it and said, 'This
makes sense.' It was something that was recognizable to people in
the area and slightly comical, too."
The team kept the design simple, using 1,100 cans each of
corn, green beans and chili beans to
bring their bowl of chili to life. The
green beans, which came in a whitelabeled can, formed the base layer of
pasta. The chili beans represented the
chili while the corn was used to create
the cheese.
"Supporting our local community
through food donation was the first
and the design was second,"
"People are priority,
says Miller. "We chose three staple food
passionate
items that are likely found in a typical
Midwestern home."
about a
And that thoughtfulness doesn't go
cause, and
unnoticed.
we look to
"This is the kind of project you have
to squeeze in between your daily job,"
help them
says Stephanie Kirschner, co-chair of
with their
Cincinnati Canstruction. "You're workpassion."
ing nights and weekends. For any team
to say yes to this project warms my
STEVE PHIPPS | heart because they're willing to go above
WOOLPERT
and beyond."
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Woolpert employees raised more than $2,400 to buy the food,
with some of them engaging in a friendly competition among
departments and senior leadership to see who would donate the
most. One person gave $500, says Miller. For some, she says, the
effort was personal. "[An employee] felt it was their way of giving back because of past experiences they had in their life," Miller
says. "At one point they needed assistance of some kind, so it was
an opportunity to help others with a similar need."
PULLING THEIR WEIGHT

Twenty Woolpert employees stand on the tarmac at Dayton
International Airport, gripping an anchor rope. They wait for the
signal, ready to begin pulling with all their might.
At the other end of the rope is a McDonnell Douglas MD-90
airliner.
The whistle blows, and within six or seven seconds, the crew
has dragged the airplane across the finish
line, 12 feet from the start. And in the
Woolpert
span of those few seconds and those few
yards, hundreds of dollars have been raised budgets
$32,000
for Special Olympics Ohio.
"The Plane Pull is the optical part of
each year for
it," says Mackie. "The real activity is to
its philanthropic
generate sponsorships, to collect money
programming,
through donations. When you sign up
but in-kind
and agree to come out for the day, you are
donations
also establishing a goal for yourself. Every
bring the total
participant has the opportunity to solicit
annual number
donations from friends, family, whoever."
"When I establish a team, I put $2,000
as high as
down as our goal," Mackie says. "We blow $80,000
that out of the water every year."
Mackie was introduced to the Plane
Pull several years ago when a client asked if he'd like to participate
in the event in Cleveland. His reply: Absolutely.
That event got him on the organizers' email list, where he
learned more about the Dayton version of the Plane Pull. "I
jumped on it, and we put together a team," he says.
Woolpert competes in both the men's and coed divisions of the
Plane Pull. Across the two divisions in which it competes, Woolpert has finished first, second and third in the pull in various years.
"We come back with hardware every year," Mackie says with
pride. "We're competing against CrossFit groups, against gyms,
against other companies in the area. It's fun."
The event also has a personal connection for Mackie, whose
nephew has Down syndrome. And meaningful service like Mackie's is an important part of the philanthropy at Woolpert, and,
according to Mackie, the company does a good job of encouraging and providing support for those charitable efforts.
"We're a large company, but we have a family-oriented culture,"
Mackie says. "For just about everything we do, we get financial
support, and we get a lot of participation as a company. It's a
whole kaleidoscope of things-things people are really emotional
about and passionate about." ■
Calvin Hennick is a business, technology and travel writer based in
Milton, Massachusetts.



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Engineering Inc - September/october 2017
Contents
From Acec to You
Market Watch
Legislative Action
Eye on The Storm
Boost Profits, Reduce Loss
Innovations in Airport Design
Future Looks Bright for Vr
The Legend of Gridlock Sam
Focus on Philanthropy
Guest Column
Mergers and Acquisitions
Members in the News
Business Insights
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Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Cover2
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Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - From Acec to You
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Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Market Watch
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Engineering Inc - September/October 2017 - Legislative Action
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