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SMBH projects are finalists for 2017 Recchie Design Award

Posted on September 13, 2017

We are thrilled to announce that two of our projects, the LeVeque Tower Renovation and the Columbus Main Library Renovation, are among the five finalists for the Columbus Landmarks Foundation's 2017 James B. Recchie Design Award! See more about these projects and the other finalists here.


SMBH hosts Columbus Revit User Group

Posted on July 20, 2017

On Tuesday, July 18, SMBH hosted the second meeting of the Columbus Revit User Group. The topic of July's meeting was "Revit Families" and discussions centered around best practices for quality control of downloaded content, management of your network and overview of family templates. For more information about this group, please contact Tom Kunsman.


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 amilligan@smbhinc.com 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.


Metz presents at BX event

Posted on March 23, 2017

On March 2, SMBH President Stephen Metz was one of the presenters for a Builders Exchange (BX) instructional event. This class, "Advanced Construction Drawings," provided attendees instruction from local industry experts in site work, structural, HVAC/plumbing and electrical drawings. Other presenters included John Igel (George J. Igel & Co., Inc.), Mark Massman (West-Ward Pharmaceuticals), Garry Montgomery (Dynamix Engineering, Ltd.) and Ryan Brickner (Speer Mechanical).


SMBH continues to grow

Posted on March 23, 2017

We are pleased to announce several new members of our growing team! Dawn Becker has joined SMBH as our new controller, J.D. Null is our new director of human resources and BIM specialist, Ann Strosnider, has joined our BIM team. Please join us in welcoming Dawn, J.D. and Ann!


Beier and Noser To Present at OSPE

Posted on January 14, 2017

“The Structural Perspective of The Ohio State University North Residential District Transformation” will be the topic of Jon Beier and Joe Noser’s presentation to the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) on January 19 at 11:30 a.m. Find out more about this presentation and register here.


SMBH completes 8th annual KL/r challenge

Posted on January 14, 2017

On November 21, the SMBHealth and Wellness team kicked off the 8th annual KL/r campaign with the initial weigh in. What is the KL/r? It is known as the "slenderness ratio" in structural engineering. The challenge is designed to keep our team motivated to maintain a healthy lifestyle during the holiday season. The program ran through the end of the year with the final weigh-in taking place on January 3. Check out our Facebook page to see this year's winners! Interested in starting a similar program at your office? Contact Lisa Connelly.


Jerry Marselle provides presentation at January BX LEED breakfast meeting

Posted on January 14, 2017

On January 13, the BX LEED breakfast meeting featured a presentation by SMBH's Jerry Marselle on "Bringing Revit Into Your Life." Attendees learned how creating Revit standards and communicating them successfully to the project team can improve the success of a project. The program emphasized the importance of strong communication skills and good practices that will ease the transition from 2D Drafting into Revit. The course is approved for 1 LU credit from AIA and is also approved for 1 CE hour from GBCI.

To find out more about SMBH's AIA-certified presentations, contact Lisa Connelly today!


Noser and Hendren present to construction class at The Ohio State University

Posted on January 14, 2017

Joe Noser and Kara Hendren are presenting on January 31 to The Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture’s spring semester construction class. The presentation will focus on concrete construction with an emphasis on post-tensioned concrete. Practical lessons will be discussed and construction photos from several well-known projects, including the Knowlton School of Architecture building, the Scioto Mile building and the OSU North Residential District Transformation residential buildings, will be included.


Lewis Completes PE Exam

Posted on December 12, 2016

We are pleased to announce that design engineer Jeremy Lewis has successfully passed the Ohio professional engineer (PE) exam. The PE license is the engineering profession's highest standard of competence, a symbol of achievement and an assurance of quality. To become licensed, engineers must complete a four-year college degree, work under a professional engineer for at least four years, pass two intensive competency exams and earn a license from their state's licensure board.

SMBH, Inc. now has 17 PEs on staff. Congratulations Jeremy!


SMBH Participates in CAD Display

Posted on November 29, 2016

Once again this year, SMBH is participating in The Center for Architecture and Design’s (CAD) Orange Line holiday train exhibit. The display carries forth a holiday tradition of the old Lazarus department store with a cityscape-inspired holiday train window display.

This year's theme is "Hip Hop Holiday High-Rise" in which we were challenged to develop a 12" x 18" display of our vision for high-rise living/working/playing inspired by the hip hop music genre. Our building materials are white Legos!

This design team from SMBH included Scott Degan, Nathan Miller, Steven Armstrong, Jeremy Lewis and Jeff Collins.

The exhibit will be on display at CAD beginning December 2. See pictures of our entry on our Facebook page.


SMBH projects receive Columbus AIA awards

Posted on November 14, 2016

The 2016 AIA Columbus Architecture awards were announced on Nov. 10. Four of our projects were finalists. We are pleased to announce that the Columbus Museum of Art won the Honor Award and Sullivant Hall won a Merit Award. Congratulations to DesignGroup and Acock Associates Architects! Check out all the winning projects here.


Columbus Museum of Art wins prestigious James B. Recchie Design Award

Posted on October 12, 2016

We are pleased to announce that our project, the Columbus Museum of Art, was recently awarded the Columbus Landmark Foundation's James B. Recchie Design Award. Founded in 1977, Columbus Landmarks advocates for, promotes and preserves Columbus landmarks and neighborhoods.

The project included the renovation of the 38,000-square-foot Ross Wing and a new two-story, 50,000-square-foot Margaret M. Walter Wing. Selected by the Wall Street Journal as one of the best projects of 2015, the $37.6-million expansion and renovation project, includes a new entrance, sculpture garden, cafe, store, meeting and event space, and new gallery spaces and increases the museum's total square footage from 96,000 to 147,000.


Metz and Ohio CTC publish design-assist article

Posted on October 12, 2016

SMBH President Stephen Metz is a member of the Ohio Construction Transformation Consortium (OCTC) which represents a cross-section of construction industry disciplines—architects, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, vendors, and planners. Their goal is to help the construction industry achieve greater efficiency, productivity, and success by examining how projects are performed and developing strategies and guidelines for doing them better. The group provides white paper development, speakers for conferences and client information sessions.

Recently, their article "Design-assist: The way to really fly" was published in the June issue of BD+C magazine. In this article, experts explain the benefits of design-assist and the process of retaining subcontractors to assist other building team members in the development of a design. Click here to read the entire article.


Q & A With SMBH Engineering Intern Phil Mesker

Posted on October 06, 2016

Phil Mesker is a senior civil engineering student at The Ohio State University and is working as an intern at SMBH. Read on to get to know more about Phil and his experiences!

How did you learn about this internship with SMBH?
I actually found out about SMBH from a previous internship. I had a mentor in the industry there and I had worked for them the previous summer. As I was speaking to my mentor, we spoke more about what I wanted to do and I brought up structural engineering. My mentor brought up SMBH as being the best structural engineering firm around and knew Stephen Metz and gave me his contact information. I called and had a great conversation with Stephen and sent in my resume and eventually had an interview.

When did this internship begin and end?
The internship began right after the school year ended in mid-May 2016, but I had been doing some training on the drafting software as early as January so that I could hit the ground running when the summer began. Jerry Marselle, SMBH’s Director of Technology, set me up with an online website that had some very helpful videos to teach me how to use Revit. I am still continuing this internship now.

What is your current internship position and responsibilities?
I am currently working as a BIM modeler. This means that I am given markups, either additions or edits to a project by the engineer, and I use Revit to create both the sheets for construction and a 3D virtual model. My main responsibilities are to accurately depict what the engineer wants so the sheets are easy to read, within our standards and organized.

Why did you choose to intern with SMBH?
I chose to intern with SMBH because I had heard great things about them and because I feel they have a vested interest in me. From my initial interview, I could tell the company philosophy was if you take care of the employees, the work will be done well. I saw a company that knew that the underlying numbers were not near as important as the people. It was the place of business I was looking for — somewhere that had its values in the right place.

What is a typical day at your internship like?
A typical day for me is to come in early in the morning and check my schedule to see what needs to be completed. I usually talk with the engineers to see what projects they had for me and any project deadlines. After that, I create a schedule for myself of projects I am working on and what is a priority. If I see something I don’t understand on the markups, I speak to the engineer and ask questions about how they wanted it to be shown, but also why they chose to do something. This was the first time I had seen any part of structural documents and it took me some time before it started to click and I began to see what issues the engineers were solving. The SMBH team is all very willing to drop what they were doing and teach me something. If I finish my work early, I typically ask around to see if there was anything I could either help with or get a head start on for someone.

What is the most significant learning experiences you have had while interning with SMBH?
I have had several learning experiences. One of which was a couple weeks into the summer when one of the engineers came up to me and told me that if I had any questions about anything to ask him or anyone else and they would be happy to teach me. I was a little taken back because I thought that was what I was doing, but I realized I was still being pretty timid about asking good questions and slightly concerned about not knowing something that should be general knowledge. That encouragement helped me realize I could be bolder in questioning things and be confident in asking questions.

I had the opportunity to go on field visits with several engineers to one of our parking garage projects. While there, I learned that you can actually hear a difference in the concrete where it has separated from the reinforcing bar by dragging chains over it and tapping it with a hammer.

I also had the opportunity to go to the SEAoO conference which taught me how to network and see how the industry has been evolving, which again gave me great opportunities to speak with the engineers about different components in design.

Through this internship experience, have you learned anything new about yourself?
Prior to this internship, I had never worked in an office setting (most of my work experience had been manual labor jobs) and I was concerned about how to transfer my work ethic from the field to the office. The only way, originally, that I was able to measure this was by getting work completed as fast as I could. However, this lead to me having to redo a lot of work. I learned that doing work accurately the first time was more helpful to my co-workers than doing the work quickly. I also learned a great way to contribute is by asking others if they needed help when I had some downtime.

Most important, I learned that I really enjoy providing this service. I enjoy this work and the people I work with at SMBH and am so honored to be around everyone on the SMBH team.


Miller and Fling pass Ohio PE exams

Posted on June 16, 2016

We are pleased to announce that project engineers Nathan Miller and Lara Fling, CDT have successfully passed their Ohio professional engineer (PE) exam. The PE license is the engineering profession's highest standard of competence, a symbol of achievement and an assurance of quality. To become licensed, engineers must complete a four-year college degree, work under a professional engineer for at least four years, pass two intensive competency exams and earn a license from their state's licensure board. To retain their licenses, PEs must continually maintain and improve their skills throughout their careers. With Nathan and Lara's designations, SMBH, Inc. now has 14 PEs on staff.


SMBH project receives West Virginia AIA award

Posted on June 16, 2016

One of SMBH's projects in West Virginia received Merit recognition from the West Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects for the design of the D. Stephen and Diane H. Walker Convocation Center renovation and addition at West Virginia State University. The new center opened on March 1, 2014. In addition to having fully renovated classrooms, offices and locker rooms, the project features a new 1,300-seat arena addition for intercollegiate basketball and volleyball while also serving as the University's premier space for commencement and convocation ceremonies and other campus-wide gatherings.

Congratulations to Silling Associates and the entire design team! For more information on this project and other award winners, click here.


Columbus Main Library celebrates grand opening

Posted on June 16, 2016

On Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 The Columbus Main Library will celebrate its grand opening after a more than $30 million renovation.

While the footprint of the main library remains the same, the interior has far more public space. Removing the stairs, adding walkways and relocating the library staff to a far corner expanded the three-story atrium and created a courtyard effect. Instead of small entrances and hallways leading to rooms housing computers, bookshelves and table displays, two parallel walkways flank the entrance and lead visitors from front to rear, allowing them to literally see through the building. Floor-to-ceiling windows enhance the open feeling.


SMBH hosts summer intern from OSU

Posted on June 16, 2016

Phil Mesker, a soon-to-be senior at The Ohio State University in the fall, has joined us as our summer intern. Phil's major is civil engineering with an emphasis on structural. Welcome Phil!


Welcome Baby Callahan

Posted on June 16, 2016

We are pleased to announce that Tom Callahan and his family recently welcomed a new addition to their family! Baby Caitlin Rebecca was born on the evening of June 3. Congratulations!


Stroup earns CDT

Posted on May 17, 2016

Congratulations to Bob Stroup who recently earned his Construction Documents Technologist (CDT) certificate. Bob now joins an elite group of professionals known in the industry for their comprehensive knowledge of the writing and management of construction documents. We are very proud of you, Bob!


Africentric Athletics complex completed

Posted on May 17, 2016

A project that SMBH designed, Columbus City Schools’ Africentric Athletics complex, was recently completed. This project, designed by SMBH’s Jeremy Lewis, included a customized pre-engineered metal building to house a basketball court, locker rooms and training facilities. The seven-acre site was also developed to create a football field with asphalt track and stadium seating. See completed project photos on Facebook.


SMBH, Inc. Supports P.L.A.Y. Fundraiser

Posted on May 17, 2016

SMBH is pleased to support Champions For P.L.A.Y. (Private Leisure Assistance for Youth) — a grant program offered through the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department that provides children of financially-challenged families the opportunity to participate in leisure and recreation activities. One of the largest fundraisers for the organization is a golf event held each May and this year’s event was held on May 16. In addition to monetary support to this worthy organization, members of our team serve on the steering committee as well as participate on the day of the event.

Want to learn more about P.L.A.Y.? Click here.


AIA volleyball league looking for teams

Posted on May 17, 2016

It is not too late to enter a volleyball team for this year's AIA Architectural and Engineering Volleyball League organized by SMBH! This is a coed league. Matches are played on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m., begin in June and run through the summer. For more information or to register your team, contact Anna Milligan at amilligan@smbhinc.com. Team entries are due by May 31.


Unique project at Kenyon College

Posted on May 17, 2016

One of our projects at Kenyon College is a renovation of the old Buckeye Candy and Tobacco building in Mt. Vernon. The structure is being transformed into a classroom building and film studio for Kenyon College. Check out video 1 and video 2 of the roof demo. The third video will be posted soon!



SMBH project wins national award

Posted on April 17, 2016

We are pleased to announce that The American Planning Association is recognizing the Columbus riverfront improvement efforts with its National Planning Excellence Award for Implementation. SMBH was part of all three of the major projects that make up this riverfront area, including North Bank Park, Scioto Mile and Scioto Greenways. Click here to read more about this project and this award.


Glenwood Community Center celebrates grand opening

Posted on April 17, 2016

On Saturday, April 23, the Columbus Recreation and Parks department will be celebrating the grand reopening of the Glenwood Community Center. The original center was replaced with a new facility that includes a full-sized gymnasium and rooms for fitness and arts and crafts. Click here for the list of activities.


Armstrong joins SMBH

Posted on April 17, 2016

We are pleased to announce the addition of a new employee to our growing firm. Structural Engineer Steven Armstrong began working at SMBH last week. Welcome Steven!


AIA volleyball league looking for teams

Posted on April 17, 2016

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 7pm 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 amilligan@smbhinc.com for more information or to register your team. Team entries are due by May 31.


Noser and Hendren Present at OSU

Posted on February 14, 2016

Joe Noser and Kara Hendren collaborated to give a one hour presentation to The Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture’s spring semester construction class. The presentation focused on concrete construction with an emphasis on post-tensioned concrete. Practical lessons were discussed and construction photos from several well-known projects, including the Knowlton School of Architecture building, the Scioto Mile building and the OSU North Residential District Transformation residential buildings, were included.


Marselle begins Rising Leaders program

Posted on February 14, 2016

Jerry Marselle has just begun the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio Rising Leaders Institute program. The Rising Leaders Institute provides intensive, high level business education and leadership training to the construction industry’s future top managers. The program features a curriculum developed for the Builders Exchange by The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. Sessions are instructed by OSU faculty members along with industry leaders. Last year, SMBH’s Joe Noser completed this program as well.

The Rising Leaders Institute, supported by a grant from the Builders Exchange Foundation, is an intensive program focused on building management skills and business knowledge of high potential individuals, and preparing them to serve as the future leaders in the construction industry. Participants are required to have a champion from their company, a manager who will act as a mentor to the student throughout the program.


Congratulations to...

Posted on February 14, 2016

Congratulations to our accounting assistant Julie Kurzenberger who graduated magna cum laude from DeVry University on Dec. 17 with a bachelor of technical management degree in Accounting. We are very proud of you Julie!


SMBH’s BIM Team Continues To Grow

Posted on January 19, 2016

We are pleased to announce that our BIM Specialist Group is growing with the addition of Ben Ervin. Welcome Ben!


CMA Addition Deemed One of the Best

Posted on January 19, 2016

Wall Street Journal architecture critic Julie Iovine declared DesignGroup’s design for the new Columbus Museum of Art Margaret M. Walter Wing Addition as one of this year’s best buildings alongside three other esteemed peers. Read more about SMBH’s project here.



SMBH Completes 7th Annual KL/r Challenge

Posted on January 19, 2016

On Nov. 23, the SMBHealth and Wellness team kicked off our 7th annual KL/r campaign with the initial weigh in. What is the KL/r? It is known as the “slenderness ratio” in structural engineering. The challenge is designed to keep our team motivated to maintain a healthy lifestyle during the holiday season. The program ran through the end of the year with the final weigh-in taking place on Jan. 4. Check out our Facebook page to see this year's winners! Interested in starting a similar program at your office? Contact Lisa Connelly!


SMBH Participates in CAD Display

Posted on January 19, 2016

As we mentioned in our November eblast, SMBH participated in The Center for Architecture and Design’s display “A High-Rise Home for the Holidays”. Our challenge was to create a concept for high-rise living/working/playing which was mounted along a model train line. Check out our Facebook page to see our design!


AIA Columbus Announces Architecture Awards

Posted on November 17, 2015

On November 12, the Columbus Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Columbus) announced the seven winners of their annual architecture awards competition. We are pleased to announce that two of our projects, Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) Whitehall Branch and Battery B Apartments, were among the winners. The judges selected the winners from approximately 50 entries. The Battery B project won an Honor Award and the CML Whitehall project won a Merit Award. Read more about all the projects here.


Isla Completes BX-WIN Program

Posted on November 17, 2015

We are pleased to announce that Kaylene Isla recently graduated from the Builders Exchange Welcome Industry Newcomers (BX-WIN) program, a unique education series for new hires. The program, which began in mid-September, addressed six basic business practices, including: relationship building, technology, construction law basics, ethics and professionalism, communication, and employer expectations. For more information about the BX-WIN program, click here.


SMBH begins 7th annual KL/r challenge

Posted on November 17, 2015

The SMBHealth and Wellness team will kick off our 7th annual KL/r Campaign on November 23 with the initial weigh-in. What is KL/r ? It is known as the “slenderness ratio” in structural engineering. The challenge is designed to keep our team motivated to maintain a healthy lifestyle during the holiday season. The program runs through the holidays with the final weigh-in taking place after New Year’s Day on January 4. Interested in starting a similar program at your office? Contact Lisa Connelly!


Robey Hosts International Exchange Students

Posted on November 17, 2015

SMBH's Sheri Robey and her husband are hosting two international exchange students - Hayoung, from South Korea and Celia, from Spain. According to Robey, "My husband and I thought this would be an opportunity to provide a young person a once in a lifetime opportunity as well as giving us an opportunity to experience getting to know someone from a totally different culture than ours." Learn more about the international exchange program at https://www.cci-exchange.com.


​Marselle to speak at AU 2015

Posted on November 17, 2015

Autodesk University is the world’s largest conference for Autodesk software users. We are pleased to announce that SMBH IT and BIM Manager, Jerry Marselle, will be speaking at this forum. His presentation “Small Firms in the Big BIM World” will discuss the special challenges that are faced by smaller firms who want to take the leap into AutoDesk Revit. For more information about Autodesk University, which is held December 1-3 in Las Vegas, click here


Carlisle Building Re-Opening Special Event

Posted on October 26, 2015

Last year, SMBH was part of the renovation of the Carlisle building in Chillicothe. This project has special meaning for one of our BIM Specialists, Ryan Harmon. Not only was Ryan a part of the SMBH design team, in April 2003 when a fire broke out and gutted the four-story building, Ryan’s father, Bob, was the fire captain in charge of fighting the fire.

Now, after a three-year, $10 million renovation, the Carlisle will reopen with office space on the first floor and 32 urban-loft apartments on the other three. In this article, Bob Harmon talks about his memories of the fire and how his crews fought to save the building.

SMBH’s Bill Shelley was also in attendance at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the building on October 19.


The New Columbus Museum of Art

Posted on October 26, 2015

SMBH’s project, the Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) was recently featured in both the Columbus Business First and the Columbus Dispatch. The $37.6 million third phase adds a new entrance, sculpture garden, cafe, store, meeting and event space, and new gallery spaces for the museum's permanent collection and exhibitions. Check out the article in Columbus Business First here and in Columbus Dispatch here.


It's Soup Time!

Posted on October 26, 2015

Once again, the would-be chefs at SMBH celebrated by bringing in their tasty creations for our annual Soup Day! Check out our Facebook page to see all the gourmet dishes that were brought in to the office!


"SE Apprentice" Webinar Series Features Stephen Metz

Posted on October 19, 2015

Are you a student in Civil/Structural Engineering who would like to learn additional technical information to help you start your career as a structural engineer? Join SMBH President Stephen Metz for the “SE Apprentice” Web Seminar Series. This series aims to present ideas and concepts not typically learned in class, and combine these with real world knowledge of how a building and project come together, to help give an idea of what to expect on a project. For more information, click here.


Marselle to Present “Introduction to BIM”

Posted on September 24, 2015

On October 1, SMBH’s BIM and IT Manager, Jerry Marselle will be presenting at Columbus State Community College (CSCC) to an Introduction to BIM class. CSCC often invites guest lecturers to their classrooms to provide real world perspective to the concepts they teach in class. Jerry will be discussing “Bringing Revit Into Your Life” which is one of SMBH’s AIA-approved presentations.


What Happens On the Course...

Posted on September 24, 2015

On Sept. 14, SMBH was a proud sponsor of the Hole-in-One contest at the annual AIA Columbus golf outing. This year’s theme was “Viva Las Golf – What Happens On the Course, Stays On the Course”. Click here to see pictures of the fun event! The golf outing fundraiser supports the AIA Columbus Scholarship program at The Ohio State University’s Knowlton School of Architecture.


SMBH Volleyball Teams Complete Summer Season

Posted on September 24, 2015

The SMBH volleyball teams recently completed a very successful season in the AIA Volleyball summer league. Both teams, Team Orange and Team Blue competed in the championship game where Team Orange came out on top. Thanks to everyone for a great summer season!


Green Smoothie Day

Posted on September 24, 2015

The SMBHealth & Wellness Team recently organized a Green Smoothie Day as a reward for the office team for achieving a “Movable” goal during our Summer Surge 400K group challenge. As a group, our goal was to hit 400,000 “moves” over the course of two days. Want to know about other SMBHealth & Wellness initiatives? Contact Lisa Connelly and check out our Facebook page for pictures of smoothie day!


​SMBH to present at AIA Regional Convention

Posted on August 09, 2015

On Monday, October 12, SMBH President Stephen Metz and IT and BIM Manager Jerry Marselle will be speaking at the upcoming AIA Ohio Valley Regional 2015 Conference in Columbus. Their presentation “Improving Design Team Dynamics With Technology” will explore and discuss ways to use technology to more efficiently and effectively work with engineering consultants as well as how technology is blending the design disciplines. Click here for more information. 


Saying goodbye to Ken

Posted on August 09, 2015

As we mentioned last month, we recently said goodbye to our friend and co-worker Ken Siegfried. After 35 years of working at SMBH, Ken retired on July 31. Check out our Facebook page to see Ken’s colorful send-off!


SMBH’s media center project at Capital University is under construction

Posted on July 21, 2015

SMBH's project, the Convergent Media Center at Capital University, is the epitome of creativity and collaboration. Loy Hall was demolished in June (see video here) so construction could begin on the 34,430-square-foot facility that will combine technology and media-related degree programs and disciplines. The center, estimated to cost $16 million, will include classrooms and performance spaces, digital-design laboratories, new faculty workspaces and conference rooms, and television, radio, digital-art and recording studios. Construction is expected to be completed in August 2016. Read more about this dynamic learning space here!


Restoration complete on the Granville Inn

Posted on July 21, 2015

SMBH’s project, The Granville Inn, reopened their doors in May after an eight-month renovation of the 91-year-old inn. The construction plan included restoring historic character while adding modern equipment such as a new elevator, new heating and cooling systems, and fire alarms and sprinklers. The restoration team also added nine guest rooms by raising the roof on the back side of the building, where the change is invisible to the public. Want to read more about this $9 million restoration project? Click here.


Connelly to chair SMPS committee

Posted on July 21, 2015

SMBH’s Director of Marketing & Business Development, Lisa Connelly, has been selected to chair the Communications Committee for the Columbus chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) beginning September 2015 through August 2016. Previously, Lisa was the co-chair of the committee. To learn more about SMPS, contact Lisa.


Congratulations to……

Posted on July 21, 2015

We would like to congratulate two of our employees who are celebrating anniversaries with SMBH in July. Senior Project Engineer Ron Jones has been a member of the SMBH team for two years and Controller Leo Mastrodonato has been with us for one year. Congratulations Ron and Leo!


AIA volleyball update

Posted on July 21, 2015

The AIA volleyball league is in full swing! SMBH has two teams playing this year - SMBH Blue and SMBH Orange. Both teams are doing well, holding strong in first and second places.


SMBH Project Featured in ArchNewsNow

Posted on June 18, 2015

An in-depth article featuring our project, the Columbus Museum of Art (CMA), was recently featured in the highly regarded ArchNewsNow newsletter and on their website. The article discussed how DesignGroup’s design of the museum’s addition helped make the building more visible, relevant and connected to the community. ArchNewsNow.com delivers the most comprehensive coverage of international news, projects, products, and events in the world of architecture and design. To read the full story, click here.


Stroup completes ARE

Posted on June 18, 2015

Congratulations to SMBH Design Engineer Bob Stroup, who recently passed the Architect Registration Examination (ARE). This accomplishment adds to Bob’s growing list of designations including a Bachelor of Architecture degree and a Master of Science in Structural Engineering degree. Next on Bob’s list is achieving his Professional Engineer (PE) license. Congratulations Bob!


Akah and George Join SMBH

Posted on June 18, 2015

We are pleased to announce the addition of two new employees to our growing firm. Design Engineer Ebiji Akah and Accounting Assistant Colleen George began working for SMBH in May. Welcome Ebiji and Colleen!


Kaylene got married!

Posted on June 18, 2015

We would also like to congratulate Kaylene Boroski who married Rey Isla on May 23. Congratulations Kaylene and Rey Isla!


SMBH Celebrates Staff and Family

Posted on June 18, 2015

Despite the interesting weather during the evening of June 13, SMBH held one of its annual employee and family/guest events at the Columbus Clippers baseball game. Even though only three innings were played before the game was called due to weather, everyone managed to eat, drink, take photos and have a great time! View the fun here.


​​Noser Article Featured in The Construction Specifier

Posted on May 21, 2015

Joe Noser’s article, “An Education On Masonry” is featured in the May issue of The Construction Specifier. This article examines that, while masonry can deliver the desired lifecycle benefits of school buildings, there are some considerations to keep in mind when designing with it, especially since stringent governmental standards often regulate school construction. Read the entire article here.


SMBH Project Has Grand Opening

Posted on May 21, 2015

Our project, the Whitehall branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library - a new 20,000-square-foot facility located at 4445 E. Broad Street - held its grand opening on April 11. SMBH’s Bob Baumann (project manager on the project), Lara Fling (project engineer on the project) and Jeff Collins (BIM Specialist on the project) attended the grand opening ceremony.


NRDT Project Focus of ACI Meeting

Posted on May 21, 2015

The ACI-Central Ohio Chapter May meeting was a site tour of our project, The Ohio State University’s North Residential District Transformation (NRDT). The tour visited one of the buildings that has just started construction and one that is nearly finished. SMBH’s Jon Beier, who is also ACI-Central Ohio chapter president, was involved in the tour.


SMBH Project Reaches LEED Milestone

Posted on April 09, 2015

We are pleased to announce that our project, Violet Elementary school in Pickerington, Ohio, has become the 200th education facility in the state to achieve certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its use of environmentally friendly design. The building achieved the rating under the USGBC’s LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) for Schools® certification system. For more information on this project, click here.


AIA Volleyball League Looking for Teams

Posted on April 09, 2015

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 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 amilligan@smbhinc.com for more information or to register your team. Team entries are due by May 29.     


SMBH Recognized By Columbus Business First

Posted on March 17, 2015

Columbus Business First’s Book of Lists provides listings of hundreds of the top area companies in their fields, by ranking. One list recognizes engineering firms based on annual billing. Last year, SMBH was ranked 25 out of 25 firms on the list. This year, we are pleased to have moved three places to 22 – and more notably, the only firm on the list that offers only structural engineering services. Click here to see the entire list.


Hendren to Present at NASCC

Posted on March 12, 2015

On Wednesday, March 25, SMBH’s Kara Hendren will be presenting at the NASCC Steel Conference in Nashville, Tenn. “Lessons I Wish I Had Known Starting Out” features Hendren and four other top engineers in a series of presentations discussing the lessons they learned the hard way and wish they had known starting out in their careers. Click here for more information about the NASCC conference.


Metz Article Featured in The Construction Specifier

Posted on March 12, 2015

Stephen Metz’s article, “Specifying Structural Framing Systems” was recently featured in the March issue of The Construction Specifier. This article examines various material options (steel, concrete, masonry, and fire-retardant-treated wood) and highlights a retrofit project for The Ohio State University’s South Residential District where four towers were combined into two buildings through the construction of 11-story connectors. Read the entire article here.


Zane State Project Achieves LEED Gold

Posted on March 12, 2015

We are pleased to announce that our project, the EPIC Center at Zane State College has achieved LEED Gold. The one-story facility – which recently had its ribbon cutting ceremony on Jan. 9 - houses state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories as well as student amenities, including a student services department, a bookstore, and courtyard that is ideal for quiet study. Other unique features include a wind turbine court and pedestrian bridge that connects the EPIC Center to the College’s Willett-Pratt Training Center classrooms and laboratories.


SMBH Project Has Grand Opening

Posted on March 12, 2015

On March 7, SMBH’s project, the Rosenthal Education Center at the Cincinnati Art Museum, opened its doors to the public. The 2,300-square-foot center, part of a $3.6 million renovation project, features rotating interactive installations based on the museum's collection and special exhibitions. For more information about the center, click here.


Beier Presents at Ohio Concrete’s Winter Meeting

Posted on March 12, 2015

SMBH’s Jon Beier recently presented at Ohio Concrete’s Concrete Futures 2015 Winter Meeting in Columbus. Ohio Concrete is a trade association representing the concrete construction industry. Beier’s presentation “Intro to Structural Concrete Design” featured a case study on the north dormitory additions on the campus of The Ohio State University.


And the Winners Are........

Posted on March 12, 2015

SMBH’s annual chili cook-off results are in! Congrats to this year's three big winners. Tom Callahan was crowned the Grand Chili Champion for his "Ski Weekend Chili" and was presented with the golden trophy. Jeff Collins beefed it up with his "Open Range Chili" which earned him first place in the Meatiest Chili category. Best Alternative Recipe went to Lisa Connelly with her dynamic "Crazy Mixed-Up Peanut Butter, Pumpkin & Hominy Chili". Competition was tough this year and a great time was had by all! Check out the photos on Facebook!


SMBH Announces Promotions of Joe Noser and Kara Hendren

Posted on February 26, 2015

We are pleased to announce that Joe Noser, PE has recently been named Director of Structural Engineering and Kara Hendren, PE has recently been named Director of Structural Engineering, Design/Build.

Noser is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering and has worked at SMBH, Inc. as a project manager and project engineer for more than seven years. He is active in the Structural Engineers Association of Ohio (SEAoO), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and has recently started the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio Rising Leaders Institute program which provides intensive, high level business education and leadership training to the construction industry’s future top managers.

Hendren is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in civil engineering and has worked as a project manager and project engineer with SMBH, Inc. for more than six years. She is also active in SEAoO, ASCE, and the American Concrete Institute (ACI).

In their new positions, Noser and Hendren will be responsible for the management of projects and personnel, including supervision of project managers, budget and allocation of resources between projects. They will also be responsible for business development and contributing to the strategic vision of the company.

“We are excited that Joe and Kara are becoming leaders in our growing firm,” said SMBH, Inc. President Stephen Metz. “Their new positions will allow us to maintain our level of service and responsiveness that we are known for while growing to better serve our clients. Both Joe and Kara have proven themselves as capable leaders, both inside and outside of the firm, and are strong client advocates.”


Noser begins Rising Leaders program

Posted on February 09, 2015

Joe Noser has just begun the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio Rising Leaders Institute program. The Rising Leaders Institute provides intensive, high level business education and leadership training to the construction industry’s future top managers. The program features a curriculum developed for the Builders Exchange by The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. Sessions are instructed by OSU faculty members along with industry leaders.

The Rising Leaders Institute, supported by a grant from the Builders Exchange Foundation, is an intensive program focused on building management skills and business knowledge of high potential individuals, and preparing them to serve as the future leaders in the construction industry. Participants are required to have a champion from their company, a manager who will act as a mentor to the student throughout the program.


Lewis and Guter Complete FE Exam

Posted on February 09, 2015

Jeremy Lewis and Austin Guter have successfully completed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). The exam is typically the first step in the process leading to a PE license. The NCEES is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing professional licensure for engineers and surveyors. Way to go Jeremy and Austin!



Metz Attends Leadership Forum

Posted on February 09, 2015

Stephen Metz attended the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations’ (NCSEA) 2015 Winter Leadership Forum in Coral Gables on Jan. 29-30. This meeting gathered together structural engineering principals and leaders in an energetic and engaging environment, focusing on key strategic issues vital to firm survival and success. For more information, click here.


SMBH Holds Annual KL/r Challenge

Posted on February 09, 2015

The KL/r weight-loss challenge results are in! Congratulations to Ryan Harmon who took home first place and to Anna Milligan who came in second by literally a hair. Let’s just say we had to take the percentage of weight-loss amount to the 3rd decimal place to determine the winner. Lookin’ good Ryan and Anna!



SMBH Expands Registration

Posted on January 13, 2015

SMBH is now registered to perform structural engineering services in the state of Wyoming. We are now registered in a total of 48 states and Washington D.C. Check out our registration map here.


SMBH Project Achieves LEED Gold Certification

Posted on January 13, 2015

SMBH is excited to announce that our project, Olde Orchard Elementary School, has recently been awarded LEED Gold certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Olde Orchard is part of the Columbus City School district.


Our Team Continues to Grow

Posted on January 13, 2015

Congratulations to Austin Guter on his recent graduation from The Ohio State University. Austin, who has been an intern with SMBH since April 2013, graduated with a bachelor of science in engineering and has officially joined our team as a design engineer beginning Jan. 1. We are very proud of you, Austin!


The Joseph Receives NAIOP Award

Posted on January 13, 2015

We are pleased to announce that our project, The Joseph, recently received a NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Association) 2014 award in the Mixed-Use/Multi-family Development category. To read more about this project, click here. 


Columbus CEO features article by Stephen Metz

Posted on January 08, 2015

“Recession lessons work in good times, too” is an article written by SMBH President Stephen Metz and recently featured in Columbus CEO Live. The article shares SMBH’s approach to the most recent Great Recession and how our three key areas of focus, including commitment to communication, cost cutting measures and our approach to marketing work in good economic times also. To read the entire article,click here.


Metz Presents to OSU Students

Posted on November 18, 2014

On Thursday, Nov. 20, SMBH, Inc. President Stephen Metz addressed SMBH Design Engineer Lara Fling's architectural structures class at The Ohio State University. The class gives students an overview of statics and strength of materials as well as structural systems for architectural design. Metz discussed the OSU South High Rise project - providing an overview of the project and bringing real-life experiences to the students.



ULI Names SMBH Project Award Finalist

Posted on November 18, 2014

We are pleased to announce that our project, The Scioto Mile, was recently named a finalist for the Urban Land Institute’s 2014 Urban Open Space Awards. The global award celebrates and promotes vibrant, successful urban open spaces by annually recognizing and rewarding an outstanding example of a public destination that has enriched and revitalized its surrounding community. Click here to read more!


SMBH Receives Marketing Communication Award

Posted on November 18, 2014

SMBH was recently recognized with an Honorable Mention MarCom award for our electronic communication program. The MarCom award program is a creative competition for individuals or companies involved in the concept, writing and design of print, visual, audio and web materials and programs. Entries come from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, design shops, production companies and freelancers. To read more about MarCom awards, click here.


SMBH begins 6th annual KL/r challenge

Posted on November 18, 2014

The SMBHealth and Wellness team will kick off our 6th annual KL/r Campaign on November 24 with the initial weigh-in. Not familiar with KL/r ? It is known as the “slenderness ratio” in structural engineering. The challenge is designed to keep our team motivated to maintain a healthy lifestyle during the holiday season. The program runs through the holidays with the final weigh-in taking place after New Year’s Day on January 5. Interested in starting a similar program at your office? Contact Lisa Connelly!


Ohio ASLA chapter recognizes SMBH project

Posted on November 18, 2014

The Ohio Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects (OCASLA) recently awarded the West Garden at the Columbus Museum of Art with a Merit award for outstanding landscape architecture site planning and design. SMBH is proud to have worked on the design of the site structures for this project. Click here to download the entire awards program booklet.


Westgate Community Center re-opens

Posted on November 18, 2014

The City of Columbus Recreation and Parks Dept. re-dedicated the Westgate Community Center on Thursday, Oct. 16 after being closed for more than a year for renovations. Originally built in 1963 as a 31,300-square-foot facility, the kitchen, gymnasium, auditorium, game room, restrooms on the first floor, classrooms, dance studio, the staff office, and the lobby have all received updates. SMBH is proud to have been part of this $5.5 million transformation project. View photos of the renovated center here.


SMBH projects earn AIA Awards

Posted on November 18, 2014

The Columbus Jack and Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park Nature Center recently received recognition from AIA Ohio for Newly Completed Buildings, Additions, Remodelings, Renovations and Restorations. The Columbus Jack earned an Honor Award while Battelle Nature Center received a Merit Award. To see all the 2014 award winners, click here.

The AIA Columbus chapter also recently recognized two of SMBH’s projects with a 2014 Architecture award. The Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park Nature Center, a 14,000-square-foot, $5.1 million education center received one of four Merit Awards and the John R. Maloney Family Health and Wellness Center, a 21,500-square-foot, $7.5 million community medical clinic received one of two Honor Awards from among 45 entries submitted. Click here to read more about all the award winners.