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SMBH Project Celebrated with Unveiling Ceremony

Posted on April 21, 2017

National Blue and Green Day, celebrated on April 21, is a day set aside to share the excitement and power of organ donation. On the evening of April 21, the new Lifeline of Ohio Donor Memorial was unveiled.

SMBH is proud to have participated in this important and inspirational project. The Donor Memorial is part of a project that included renovations to Lifeline of Ohio's 20,000 sq. ft. building, a new conference center addition, new parking, landscaping, and site work.

SMBH Project Recognized with International Award

Posted on April 18, 2017

We are happy to announce that the Columbus Museum of Art's Margaret M. Walter Wing addition was recognized with a Special Mention from the international Architizer A+ Awards program in the museum category. The awards program received entries from more than 100 countries and represents the best of architecture and design worldwide. This project was one of only seven museums recognized. SMBH is proud to have been the structural engineer on this award-winning facility.

Click here to see DesignGroup’s entry and a list of all the award winners.

Sign Up Now For SMBH's Summer Volleyball League

Posted on April 14, 2017

It is time to start rallying your volleyball teams for this year's AIA Architectural and Engineering Volleyball League organized by SMBH! This coed grass league will begin matches in June and continue through the summer. The games are all on Thursday nights at 7 p.m. at the field in front of the SMBH offices. The league is open to architecture firms, engineering firms and building trades/construction companies. Send an email to for more information or to register your team. Team entries are due by May 31.

Noser Presents to ACI student chapter at OSU

Posted on April 10, 2017

“The Structural Perspective of The Ohio State University North Residential District Transformation” was the topic of Joe Noser’s presentation to the American Concrete Institute's (ACI) student chapter at The Ohio State University on April 13.

The North Residential District Transformation (NRDT) at OSU added a total of 3,200 new beds (eight new residential buildings), a dining and event building, an athletic building and low rise additions to three existing towers in the district for a total of 1.1 million square feet of space.

The presentation discussed the various aspects of the project from a structural perspective. Topics included: working in a studio environment, collaboration with numerous consultants, development of structural systems, the delivery system (Design/Build) and BIM.

Hooper to present at SEAoO's Mentoring Night

Posted on March 23, 2017

On March 23, SMBH's Rob Hooper, PE will take part in the Structural Engineers Association of Ohio (SEAoO) mentoring night in Columbus. "A Structural Engineer's Prospective: Lessons learned from the design of a seven story, mile-long industrial plant for a Japanese client," is the title of the presentation and based on the opportunity Rob had to work on a multinational project in South Carolina.

Rob will be recounting multiple trips to Otsu, Japan, working with many different process engineers and architects, to design an integrated and complex seven-story facility. He will also be discussing the design challenges, coordination issues and communication challenges with Chinese and Korean equipment suppliers and British steel detailers.