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LFA Celebrates 45th Anniversary

LFA Building PhotoLawson-Fisher Associates P.C. (LFA) consulting engineering firm was formed on May 21, 1971 and is celebrating its 45th year of providing engineering services to public and private clients in a variety of professional engineering areas. LFA offers a broad range of consulting engineering services in the areas of water resources, GIS, wastewater, water distribution, dam engineering, transportation, stormwater and structures.

From the time that the firm opened its doors in 1971, LFA has been locally owned and operated. Over that period, we have worked for a large array of clients throughout Indiana and Michigan. Our public client base consists mainly of state and local municipalities of all sizes. Although our clients all have different requirements and needs, due to LFA’s diversified personnel and experience, we are able to help them accomplish their goals.

Lawson-Fisher Associates’ approach to providing engineering services is to offer a broad range of civil engineering expertise for projects principally in the areas of transportation, sewer systems, water distribution systems, water resources, structures, bridges, and geographic information systems. In the interest of providing the best possible services for the client’s needs on complex, larger projects LFA has typically collaborated with fellow professionals whose particular expertise in certain areas complements that of Lawson-Fisher Associates.

An important element in our approach is that the individual professionals involved in helping to define the client’s needs or scope of the project are also intimately involved in […]

ACE Carl Anderson Awards

Membership in a professional organization is a great way to stay current on the latest topics, expand your knowledge base, and is a way to give back to younger members. Lawson-Fisher Associates has a policy of encouraging employee involvement in professional organizations due to these benefits.

One example of such an organization is the Association of Conservation Engineers (ACE). ACE is a professional organization of engineers and others in related disciplines that work with the natural environment and promote the application of sound engineering practices in the field of natural resource protection and recreation development.

One of the highlights of the annual conference are the Carl Anderson Awards for outstanding projects that exhibit the goals and objectives of ACE. Lawson-Fisher Associates has received this award along with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources for the Koontz Lake Dam project. Breagan Eicher is serving on the ACE Awards committee this year, which is an exciting opportunity to review innovative projects from throughout the country. If your firm or agency has recently completed a project, please consider applying for the Carl Anderson Award. It is a great way to get recognition for the hard work that goes into making a project a success.

For more information about ACE, the annual conference, and the Carl Anderson Awards, please visit the ACE website or visit their Facebook page.

South Bend River Lights Featured in CODAmagazine

The South Bend River Lights display, a project to which Lawson-Fisher Associates contributed various services to, was featured in the recent ‘Light as Art III’ issue of CODAmagazine, a monthly digital design + art publication which showcases the best projects from all over the world.

The River Lights were a birthday gift to the City of South Bend and the highlight of the City’s 150th anniversary of its incorporation. The display focuses awareness on the river as well as emphasizes the connection of the river as a part of South Bend’s history. The display was designed by internationally renowned Artist Rob Shakespeare.

The display includes three locations along the river right in the heart of downtown South Bend. Two of the sculptures sit on opposite sides of the river to illuminate the cascading falls of the St. Joseph River, while a third sculpture spotlights the “Keeper of the Fire” statue. The union of these three displays, located both in Seitz Park and on the Century Center Island, symbolically unite the two sides of the river.

LFA was excited to have played a significant role in this unique project. The River Lights will illuminate South Bend’s beautiful downtown river area and will be enjoyed by all for many years to come. Check out these links for the featured article in CODAmagazine or for additional information on the River Lights project.

What Makes LFA a Great Place to Work?

We recently posted several employment opportunities and mentioned that LFA has been chosen as one of the “Best Places to Work” in the state of Indiana numerous times. Have you wondered what makes LFA a great place to work? Please read on!

As we’ve mentioned before, LFA offers opportunities to work on challenging projects, professional training, and career advancement. We are a 40 person firm, wholly owned by the employees through corporate stock. This means that we’re large enough to handle significant projects, in size, complexity and quantity, yet small enough that it’s not difficult to know every other employee and something about their family. With this knowledge, leadership is able to balance work assignments between employees so that projects can be delivered on schedule, while keeping individual responsibilities appropriate.

The personal relationships we’ve developed give LFA more the feeling of a group of friends than people tied together just by business. LFA sponsors the normal array of corporate functions – Holiday parties, golf outings, summer picnics, community service events and outings to minor league baseball games – and regularly sponsors the athletic teams of employees’ children, but it is common for coworkers to participate in unsponsored activities outside of the corporate umbrella as well. There have been softball, soccer, golf and bowling teams made entirely of employees. Employees routinely challenge each other to matches of skill such as golf, fantasy football, card games, go-karting and sporting clays. We fish together, run together, play games together, […]

2016 Sunburst Events

LFA runners and walkers are gearing up for the 2016 Sunburst Races which will take place on June 4, 2016.

Sunburst Races is held in South Bend, Indiana each year and is one of the premier running events in the Midwest. The races begin in downtown South Bend and finish at the University of Notre Dame. Events include a fun walk, 5K run, 10K run, half-marathon and marathon. The events typically attract nearly 10,000 participants. Sunburst Races is a fundraiser to support the Memorial Children’s Hospital.

For several years now, LFA has sponsored the Sunburst Corporate Team Challenge to support the local Children’s Hospital and to encourage physical fitness for LFA employees. All costs for the employees and immediate family members are paid for by LFA. This event continues to grow each year and LFA is expecting a record turnout in 2016. In 2015, LFA sponsored 29 participants and the 10K team took home the 2nd place award out of 8 teams while the 5K team placed 5th out of 27 teams. Rumor has it that both teams are expecting to finish in the top 3 this year.

Here are some pictures from the 2015 Sunburst Races!

IndianaMAP

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology is utilized by Lawson-Fisher Associates on a daily basis as part of our civil engineering operation. While the majority of our GIS operation involves analyzing/manipulating spatial and geographical data, there are instances when it is desirable to quickly view and query available GIS data. IndianaMAP is one such available tool that allows a user online access to a publicly available collection of GIS layers.

The IndianaMAP Layer Gallery (http://maps.indiana.edu/LayerGallery.html) allows users to select up to 260 layers of GIS data. The available data includes layers related to Demographics (census, population, etc.), Environment (soils, storage tanks, ecology, etc.), Geology (petroleum wells, earthquake epicenters, etc.), Government (civil township boundaries, voting districts, etc.), Hydrology (floodplains, wetlands, watersheds, etc.), Imagery (aerial photography, topography, etc.), Infrastructure (dams, railroads, schools, etc.), and Reference Layers (USGS contours, zip codes, etc.).

IndianaMAP layers

Once the desired layers are selected, the IndianaMAP Viewer (http://maps.indiana.edu/index.html) is utilized to view and query the desired attributes within the selected layer

IndianaMAP viewer

IndianaMAP is a user-friendly tool that can be utilized for a variety of planning and assessment purposes.

For additional information related to IndianaMAP, visit the website at http://www.indianamap.org/index.php.