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Breaking Up the Winter Weather with Fun!

Posted on February 05, 2019

The winter weather woes are hard to beat, so we've gone all in on whatever fun we can have! Check out some of our recent celebrations.

For International Fun at Work Day, we did an office chair relay race! We assembled teams of 3 to race around the office. Racers had to propel themselves with their chair, then hand it off to the next racer on their team once they finished their leg of the race. Coincidentally, the team that won was literally named "The Winning Team," and included all of our Principals, Steven Metz, Bob Baumann, and Jon Beier. Here they are with their trusty, winning stead. 


Hot Chocolate Day was a real winner! With 5 different kinds of hot chocolate and candy and marshmallow mix-ins, it was an absolute treat. It was great weather for the day, too - only 3 degrees outside!

We were happy to participate in Wear Red Day this year, which helps increase awareness of Heart Disease. Almost half of our office donned some red to bring attention to the cause. Can it be pajama day now? 

February's Core Values Award Goes to Ann Strosnider!

Posted on February 04, 2019

A new month means it's SMBH Core Values Award time again! February's recipient is BIM Specialist Ann Strosnider.

Ann is always happy to pitch in to get work done. She's also a delight to have around the office. If you haven't checked out her BIM User Group, COBUG, you really should! Their next session is on March 12th at Watershed Distillery.

SMBH Volunteers at Lifecare Alliance

Posted on January 14, 2019

A group of SMBH team members helped with Lifecare Alliance's Meals on Wheels program over the weekend. We were happy to lend a hand delivering meals to those not capable of going out to get food themselves. After splitting into groups of two, we braved the beginning of the snowstorm to deliver over 50 meals around the greater Columbus area. 

Everyone who participated said that it was a great experience that would easily be repeatable once you're trained the first time. As a returning volunteer, you can even request the route you want to work. One of our groups was interested in doing their same route again because they had made quick friends with those they were delivering to, like Beverley on the far east side. "She answered her door, and was just a super sweet lady. Her neighbors cared about her too, making sure to ask us if Beverley was doing alright when we left," said Controller Dawn Becker. One of our engineers thought it was so easy, that they are even thinking about volunteering as a date activity! 

If you're interested in volunteering for the Meals on Wheels program at Lifecare Alliance, just click here!

National Cut Energy Costs Day Is Every Day in a Sustainably Designed Building

Posted on January 10, 2019

In their 2015 study, the United Nations Environment Programme found that buildings account for nearly half of the world’s energy expenditures, 40% of greenhouse gas emissions, 25% of the earth’s potable water, and, in developed countries, over 20% of all solid waste generated, including food waste, yard waste, and unrecycled materials. In a time when resources are limited, and everyone is trying to put a cap on the energy they use and carbon emissions they are responsible for, sustainable design is now more important than ever.

Flexible and applicable to virtually all building, community, and home project types, stainable design provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. LEED Certification, by the US Green Building Council, is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement, helping to save energy, water, resources, generate less waste, and supporting human health.

Although the US Green Building Council and LEED rating system has only existed since 1993 and 2000, respectively, SMBH has been involved in projects that incorporate green and sustainable design since our inception in 1972. It is evident to us that, while many trends in the design and construction industry can often come and go quickly, sustainable building is much more than just a trend – it’s becoming the new norm. Design and construction professionals increasingly see requests for structures incorporating elements of sustainable design into large and small-scale projects.

One of those elements is the steel itself. We design with steel made with recycled materials from cars, scrap metal, and old structural steel. Because steel is magnetic, it’s easily separated from mixed waste streams. It’s also 100% truly recyclable, meaning the recycled steel won’t have any degradation in properties or performance.

Through our involvement on many sustainable projects, we have found early collaboration to be extremely beneficial to green and sustainable projects. The spirit of collaboration creates an open forum for idea sharing and allows the design and construction teams to meet the owners' goals in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. As design professionals, our charge is to work together to integrate sustainable elements early in the design to ensure their maximum benefit is achieved.

SMBH has been involved with more than 100 LEED projects, including 6 that are Certified, 41 that are certified Silver, 30 that are certified Gold, and 1 that is certified Platinum. In addition to this experience, we also have three team members who are LEED Accredited Professionals, demonstrating our proficiency in sustainable design and helping your project achieve LEED certification.

Want help with your next green or sustainable design project? We’d love to start working on it together, just contact us!

SMBH January Core Values Award Goes to Chris Potter!

Posted on January 03, 2019

Congratulations to our newest recipient of the SMBH Core Values Award, BIM Specialist Chris Potter. Known affectionately as Potter in the office, he is always doing his best to help whenever possible. Thank you, Potter, for everything you do here!