SMBH, Inc has been committed to providing intelligent, sustainable structural engineering solutions for architects, contractors, and building owners since our inception in 1972. Our firm is deeply rooted in a culture of innovation and responsiveness, and our experience and excitement to tackle new, challenging projects are our hallmarks, making SMBH a valuable member of your team.
Our firm and all our staff are dedicated to producing high quality structural design and documentation, code analysis, and design/build solutions. We know the key to every project’s success is balancing design, functionality, and cost. SMBH works with you closely to ensure the structural design compliments your building. Most importantly, we listen to our clients.
Meet the Partners
Stephen Metz, PE, LEED AP BD+C
President since 2013 and with SMBH since 1998, Stephen has progressed through the organization from Project Engineer, Project Manager, to Principal. He has over 20 years’ experience designing and managing a diverse portfolio of structural systems, is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited, and professionally licensed in 16 states.
The knowledge and broad-based experience Stephen gained over his tenure have made him the visionary behind SMBH’s strategic plan and business development efforts. Under his leadership, the firm has enjoyed significant growth and remains at the forefront of structural engineering. Stephen is the author of several articles and has presented at numerous industry events.
Bob Baumann, PE, SE
Bob began his career with SMBH in 1981 as a Design Engineer. He became a Registered Professional Engineer in 1985 and has been a Principal of the firm since 1998. Throughout his career, Bob has built a reputation for designing dependable, practical, and innovative structures. Bob is registered as a Professional Engineer or a Structural Engineer in 17 states.
Bob’s responsibilities include maintaining quality assurance and quality control on many of our projects. He helps to develop procedures and methods that ensure our quality standards are met. Bob is a respected mentor and provides support for our Engineers. He also builds, develops, and manages the SMBH administrative team.
Jon Beier, PE, LEED AP BD+C
Jon started working at SMBH in 1999 as a Design Engineer and has earned several promotions during his tenure. Now a Vice President responsible for operations and a Principal who oversees all teams, Jon frequently serves as the Principal-in-Charge on many of our projects. With over 20 years’ experience working with a wide variety of building types and materials, Jon is known for his creative, cost-effective, and dependable structural designs. He is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited Professional Engineer licensed in 20 states.
Jon manages projects from design to completion, while building, developing, and managing our engineering teams. He is also active in the engineering community, including his role on the NASCC Planning Committee and presentations at many industry events.
Partner + Director of Marketing and Business Development
Lisa started at SMBH in 2009 and has led the creation and execution of all our Marketing. She was promoted to Director of Marketing & Business Development in 2013 and Partner in 2017. Lisa helps to expand our firm and create a framework for successful business development by bringing organization, expertise, strategy, and accountability to the marketing process. Lisa is passionate about creating and building meaningful, lasting relationships within SMBH, with clients, and within her community through her constant desire to put people first and create positive change. She puts this passion to practice with her active roles in the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) and the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), even serving as the SMPS Columbus Chapter Director of Communications from 2015 – 2016.
Joe Noser, PE
Partner + Director
Now a Partner and Director, Joe began working at SMBH in 2007 as a Project Engineer. With over 14 years’ experience, Joe is well versed in all project types, making him an ideal leader for our design teams as they work through projects. Joe manages and mentors a team of Engineers and Project Managers, as well as collaborates with and supports all other areas of the firm to ensure our firm’s strategic plans and processes are executed properly.
A graduate of the Builder’s Exchange of Central Ohio’s Rising Leaders program, Joe is also engaged in the engineering community with active memberships in SEAoO and ASCE.