LFA Recognized Generous Workplace

Lawson-Fisher Associates has been a funding partner for United Way of St. Joseph County for the majority of our operation as a business. While our organization is involved with charitable giving and sponsorships for fundraising events all around our community, it is our team of professionals who give directly to United Way. We are proud of the culture of giving we’ve cultivated over 45 years which has earned our organization and our team at LFA recognition as one of the top 50 most generous workplaces in St. Joseph County.

At Lawson-Fisher Associates, we will continue to strive for excellence in our professional services, so we may continue to have the privilege of substantially contributing back to our community; contributions which go beyond financial giving as our team members pledge their time and energy through volunteer efforts, youth mentoring, and through serving on boards of directors for United Way of Saint Joseph County, Potawatomi Zoo, and others.

For those unfamiliar with United Way of St. Joseph County (UWSJC) and what they do in our community, we have provided a brief overview:

UWSJC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating long-lasting change, ensuring all residents have access to the building blocks to a better life: education, income and health. UWSJC is unique in its ability to bring together people active in their communities, business leaders, nonprofit organizations and government agencies to address the underlying causes of major problems in our community.

UWSJC has recently converted their traditional paradigm of a funding pass-through organization to an implementation […]

LFA Engineering Design – Ireland Road/Locust Road Intersection

Did you know LFA designed the signalization and grade improvements at the Ireland Road/Locust Road intersection?

Sight distance deficiencies in addition to the location of two single family homes immediately north of the intersection required attention. Meeting the homeowners needs, focus was placed on the relocation and reconfiguration of the existing drives to allow garage usage.

Concrete modular block retaining walls were built to overcome the proposed elevation difference fulfilling the project’s needs.

This project also included coordination with two ARRA INDOT bridge replacements immediately north and east of its limits.

LFA was solely responsible for roadway design, drainage design, pavement markings and signing, lighting, signalization, right-of-way engineering, maintenance of traffic, and construction inspection.

Seitz & Sounds Season 4 Opener This Thursday!

Seitz & Sounds is an outdoor, open stage event running every Thursday evening this summer at Seitz Park. Season 4 begins on June 2nd. Come out and relax along the backdrop of the East Race Waterway! This event is fun, FREE and family friendly.

What started out as a simple event to give young, emerging talent a new place to play, Seitz and Sounds Open Stage has morphed into a community experience that is drawing seasoned professionals to the stage as well.

Each week features six regional performance artists. The first four performances are twenty minute sets and end with a one hour performance from a featured performer. Musicians, poets, dancers, actors and other live performance artists are encouraged to apply for one of the open sets.

The performance genres are deliberately mixed up each week to have something for all attendees to enjoy. To accomplish this, artists are encouraged to pre-register. The sign up information can be found on the Musician/Performer Sign Up tab on the Seitz & Sounds website: http://seitzandsounds.com/.

There is bench seating for approximately 80 people at Seitz Park, but there is also plenty of open space for you to bring chairs or spread out a blanket on the green spaces.

Seitz & Sounds: Open Stage will run every Thursday in the months of June, July, and August from 7:00 pm-10:00 pm.

Community Outreach – Bremen Soccer Association

BSA LogoLawson-Fisher Associates (LFA) is a company that inspires each employee to make a positive contribution within the community. The goal is not only to impact the community through the civil engineering work performed by the firm, but also by supporting and encouraging each of us to become active volunteers.

Those who know me, know I am very passionate about the game of soccer, maybe even to a fault. When I moved to Bremen twelve years ago, I approached the Bremen Soccer Association (BSA) and offered to help coach.  You should have seen the shock on their faces! I was willing to help even though I did not have a child in the league.  My involvement in BSA quickly grew beyond volunteering as a coach. Before I knew it, I became an active board member holding various positions: treasurer, website designer, co-tournament director and vice president.  My success in holding these roles can be contributed to the engineering and managerial skills that I have developed while at LFA.

What is amazing to me is that some of the kids that I coached in my first couple of years with the league are now young adults. Some went on to college to play soccer and some are now giving back and volunteering themselves, even without a kid in the league.

I would like to personally thank LFA for their continued support and encouragement of my obsession, um, I mean, […]

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.

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!