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Really? It's October?

Posted on October 17, 2019

Is it already October? It sure came quickly, but we've done a lot in the past few months, so it must be true. Between our conferences, presentations, and fun days at the office it's been too busy to notice the time go by.

The 2019 Tilt-Up Convention was in Atlanta, Georgia.

Conferences have been fast and furious this season. Since August, we've attended at least 5 conferences: OFCC Conference, the Columbus Chamber of Commerce Retail Summit, the ACEC HR Forum, SEAoO Annual Conference, and the Tilt-Up Convention. We love conferences because they provide invaluable insight, experiences, and networking opportunities for our team members. Above and beyond learning the newest design trends and tools, going to conferences gives us a chance to share our knowledge of structural engineering with other experts and innovators to further the industry on the whole.

Session 2 of the ACEC Human Resources Forum.

Stephen enjoys his first meeting of Columbus Landmarks Foundation at Columbus Architectural Salvage.

Similarly, SMBH is committed to engaging in our field locally in Columbus. In fact, our President Stephen Metz just started his three-year term on the Board of Trustees at the Columbus Landmarks Foundation. Check out the fun he was having at his first meeting, which was a visit to Columbus Architectural Salvage.

Jerry Marselle Presents "Bringing REVIT Into Your Life" at Columbus State Community College.

Earlier this month, our Director of Technology and BIM Division Leader Jerry Marselle and Engineer Murtadha Al-Shaikhli presented "Bringing REVIT Into Your Life" at Columbus State Community College. Equally as dedicated to learning as we are to teaching, our Director of the Industrial Division Rob Hooper is currently working his way through the 2019-2020 ACEC Rising Leader Program.

Because we're always so busy with projects, conferences, and presentations, we try to fit in a good number of events that we do in the office just to have a little fun. The past couple of months have been particularly entertaining with the Columbus State Community College's Taste the Future event, Lemonade Day, Hawaiian Shirt Day, Bow Tie Day, our Annual Employee Appreciation BBQ, Trail Mix & Video Game Day, the Columbus Chamber of Commerce's Annual Clambake, Taco Day, and Golf Outings with the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio, AIA Columbus, and our annual golf outing for all of our team members.

Top to Bottom, Left to Right: Lemonade Day, Hawaiian Shirt Day, Taco Day, Bow Tie Day, Annual SMBH Employee Appreciation BBQ, Trail Mix Day, AIA Golf Outing, Video Game Day, and SMBH Annual Golf Outing.

October Core Values Award Goes to Ryan Harmon!

Posted on October 03, 2019

The Core Values Award went to BIM Specialist Ryan Harmon for the month of October. With us for 6 years, Ryan is a valuable member on the BIM team. He's always willing to help out his colleagues , and definitely knows his way around a drum kit. So glad to have you with us, Ryan!

September Core Values Award Winner is Chris Cormany!

Posted on September 06, 2019

September's Core Values Award winner was BIM Specialist Chris Cormany. Chris has been an invaluable member of the SMBH Team for well over 4 years, and we're so happy to have him with us!

Columbus State Community College Dedicates Mitchell Hall, New Home of the School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts

Posted on August 28, 2019

Upon entering Mitchell Hall, one finds themselves in a large space called the Culinary Hub, saturated with natural light that filters in through the building’s many sky-lights. The morning of the hall’s dedication ceremony was sunny, making the space almost radiant. The light spread over the many rooms on the first through third floors of the building that are all connected to the Culinary Hub.

Immediately to the left of Mitchell Hall’s entrance is the 20-seat student run bakery and café, Blend, that will open on September 25th, and to the right is Degrees, a 50-seat student run restaurant that is set to open on October 23rd. Both are impeccably adorned in the same modern style as the building itself.

Walking through the Culinary Hub, one immediately notices the Baking Lab and Innovation Kitchen, each impressive with its own custom commercial set-up and design. These are only two of the seven teaching kitchens and on-display production kitchens in the facility, which also boasts a beverage and mixology lab, a climate-controlled lab, an outdoor learning lab and amphitheater, a 100-seat culinary theatre, and a 400+ seat event center.

The dedication ceremony filled the event center to standing room only, with everyone excited to hear the speakers and cut the ribbon. President of Columbus State Community College, David Harrison spoke first, praising the many partnerships that made the project possible. Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted spoke on behalf of the state, which contributed $10 million towards the project. Then Mayor Andrew J Ginther and Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin spoke for the City, which invested $7 million to improve the surrounding area’s pedestrian access to the building on Cleveland Avenue in the Discovery District of Downtown Columbus. $10 million in funding was also provided by private philanthropic gifts, $2.5 million of which came from Cameron Mitchell Restaurants. David Miller, President and COO, and Cameron Mitchell, Founder and CEO, both spoke about their investment in the culture of Columbus and Columbus State Community College, and how this building is just the beginning of a great partnership with the City and College.

The dedication culminated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. A long ribbon strung on two stanchions in front of the stage where all the speakers and many of the main partners in the project stood, each with a pair of scissors in their hands. Staff, students, and other partners filed in behind them. All at once, each person cut a small part of the ribbon while those in the background cheered and sent blue streamers flying towards the crowd.

Afterwards, the self-guided tours of the building began, with a Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts representative in each room to tell visitors the role it plays in the building and program at large. The many highlights of the facility were fully on display, pristine and ready for students. Especially impressive, and equally as tough to miss, is the Culinary Theatre. Spanning two floors and seating 100 people, it has great lines of site to the demonstration kitchen and wonderful displays to help students see close-ups of the techniques being used.

As one wanders and takes in the facility, it’s immediately evident that it was designed and built with strong attention to details, both aesthetic and functional. Stark, clean lines predominate the space and create continuity, naturally leading you from one amazing room to the next. And even though this is the end of construction, we look forward to watching the Columbus State Community College grow and blossom into the full potential of the facility.