A longtime architectural, civil engineering and land survey firm has hit a big anniversary on a roll. Indianapolis-based Cripe President Fred Green says the now 80-year-old Indianapolis company has had a "tremendous last couple of years," reporting 10-20 percent growth annually. The company’s charitable foundation is also marking some major milestones, celebrating its 30th anniversary by awarding its one millionth dollar to local education and community services.
Cripe began in 1937 as a land survey firm. It added civil engineering services in the 1940s and architecture in the 1950s. The company has grown to 60 employees. In 1987, in honor of the company’s 50th anniversary, it launched the Cripe Charitable Foundation.
Senior Vice President Dennis Southerland says Cripe’s first two clients in 1937 were Indianapolis Public Schools and the Indianapolis Water Company. Eighty years later, the company says IPS and Citizens Energy Group, the present owner of the water company, are two of Cripe’s largest clients.