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COBUG Inaugural Meeting a Success!

Posted on September 19, 2018

Last night was the inaugural COBUG meeting. Thank you to Jamie Oliver of Advanced Solutions for presenting, M+A Architects for hosting, and everyone who attended! There was such a great turnout that COBUG is already planning the November meeting. Stay tuned for details!


SMBH Summer Fun Photo Contest

Posted on September 13, 2018

It's hard to believe it's been a year since we did the last Summer Fun Photo Contest, but here we are voting on fun pictures again! This year's categories were Most Fun, Best Overall, and Most Unique. Here's how the winners stacked up:

Most Fun - Meghan Ralston's photo of Lisa playing volleyball at the SMBH Employee Appreciation BBQ

Best Overall - Lisa Connelly's photo of her view while flying in the rain

Most Unique - Anna Milligan's photo of the staircase in an old lighthouse. 

You can see them here in this photo!


AIA Architecture and Engineering Volleyball League Wraps for 2018 Season

Posted on September 07, 2018

The 2018 season of the AIA Architecture and Engineering Volleyball League is finally over. While we're sad the season is done, we had a great time this summer with all of the companies that took part. We wrapped our final game, a tournament, with lots of food and fun at the accompanying social. 

Thank you to our sponsors of the social:

  • King Business Interiors
  • Cambria
  • Haworth

A big thanks goes out to all the participating firms:

  • CEC
  • Design Collective
  • Dynamix
  • GPD
  • Greenberg Farroe
  • Heapy
  • Jonathan Barnes Architecture
  • MKC Architects
  • Pizzuti
  • Schooley Caldwell
  • Trinity
  • Whiting-Turner

COBUG (Central Ohio BIM User Group) is Set for its' Inaugural Presentation!

Posted on September 05, 2018

Central Ohio BIM User Group or COBUG has launched, and it's first event is on September 18th! The first meet-up is on enhancing your BIM workflow. It's open to BIM managers and specialists, Architects, Engineers, Contractors, and anyone else who is interested! You'll learn to...

  • Create design concepts quickly and carry those concepts into design development without recreation with Formit
  • Win work and communicate with clients by taking them on an immersive journey through the building with Revit Live
  • Create fast but compelling walkthroughs of projects in context with Infraworks
  • Leverage laser scanning and Recap Pro to bring in point cloud data for as-builts and renovations
  • Optimize the model with Insight to ensure peak environmental performance
  • When it is time to coordinate with other disciplines, see how Navisworks solves clash issues to resolve them virtually rather than in the field where it is most costly
  • Discuss internal and external collaboration and gained efficiencies with the BIM 360 portfolio

RSVP Here! http://bit.ly/COBUGseptember


September Core Values Award goes to Dave Hawkins!

Posted on September 03, 2018

September's SMBH Core Values Award was presented to Dave Hawkins but last month's winner, Jon Beier. Dave is a Senior BIM Specialist that has been with us for 10 years! Thank you Dave, for always going the extra mile!



SMBH Hosts Annual Employee Appreciation BBQ

Posted on August 27, 2018


SMBH hosted our annual Employee Appreciation BBQ last Friday, and it was a blast! We had food from City Barbeque, potluck dishes from our employees, volleyball, corn hole, and giant jenga!

Don't miss this cute photo of our Controller, Dawn Becker, playing giant Jenga with a young, future engineer.  


SMBH Goes to the SMPS 2018 National Conference

Posted on August 16, 2018

Our Director of Marketing and Business Development, Lisa Connelly, had a wonderful time at the 2018 National SMPS Convention in San Diego. As a member of SMPS for over 9 years, her name was listed on the SMPS Membership Wall of Honor. Check out a few photos she took while she was there!


August Core Values Award Goes to Jon Beier

Posted on August 02, 2018

The August winner of the SMBH Core Values Award goes to Principal and Vice President Jon Beier! Thank you for all of your hard work and leadership, Jon!


Progress on the New Conference Room Continues

Posted on July 23, 2018

Construction of our new conference room is coming along quite nicely! We're ready for  sanding and painting, then move-in. Make sure to check back in the next few weeks for photos of the grand opening!


Welcome New Project Engineer Niaz Chowdary!

Posted on July 16, 2018

We'd like to introduce our new Project Engineer, Niaz Chowdary! He's new to Columbus via Dayton, but comes with 14 years experience in structural engineering. Welcome to SMBH, Niaz!


Building a New Conference Room: Part 2

Posted on July 09, 2018

This weekend was spent finishing some last bits of framing and then putting up drywall. A big thanks goes out to Murtadha, Adam, Scott, Eric, Nathan, Jon, Jeff, Steven, Phil, and Sheri for all the helping hands!


July Core Values Award Goes to Steven Armstrong

Posted on July 09, 2018

This month's Core Values Award was given to our Project Engineer Steven Armstrong. Here's a photo of last month's winner, Rob Hooper, giving Steven the trophy for the month of July. Congratulations Steven, and thank you for everything you do here!


Building a New Conference Room: Part 1

Posted on July 02, 2018

It seemed like we were always having problems running out of conference room space with the two that we already have, so we decided to build another! Here are a few photos of our team members who came in this Saturday. Make sure to stay tuned in for more updates as we get farther into the building process!


We're STILL Hiring!!

Posted on June 26, 2018

Did you know that we're still looking for more Structural Engineers and BIM Specialists? Well, we are!! If you, or anyone you know, fits the bill and like to work in a fun office with lots of perks, send us your resume!




Daniel Reyes - Our New Design Engineer

Posted on June 20, 2018

Engineer Daniel Reyes, an alumni of The Ohio State University. Daniel is helping out our Retail and Building Divisions. Outside of work, Daniel is a creative home beer brewer.


Murtahda Al-Shaikhli - Our New BIM Specialist

Posted on June 19, 2018

Murtadha Al-Shaikhli, originally from Baghdad, studied at Lugansk National University in Ukraine, but came to us by way of Dubai. Murtadha just moved to the United States this January. Given his international background, it makes sense that he can speak 3 languages; Arabic, Russian, and English.


Kevin Lang - Our New Project Engineer

Posted on June 18, 2018

Kevin Lang is a graduate of Youngstown State University where he received his Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Science degrees. When he's not engineering, Kevin enjoys being a drummer in the local band DLP Project. 


SMBH Goes to a Columbus Clipper's Game!

Posted on June 18, 2018

We'd like to give a big thank you to the Columbus Clippers for having us at their game last night! We had a great time watching together as a team with all of our families. Having a night out at the ballpark is just one of the small ways we like to say thank you to all of our employees. 


Adam Schulz - The New SMBH Intern

Posted on June 08, 2018

Adam Schulz joins us from The Ohio State University's College of Engineering. He'll be spending the summer with us, and is expected to graduate in May of next year. Adam's already hard at work on multiple projects.


The June Core Values Award goes to Director Rob Hooper!

Posted on June 04, 2018

Jerry Marselle, last month's recipient of the SMBH Core Values Award, passed the award on to our Director of Industrial Division Rob Hooper. Rob works hard to make SMBH better for everyone - so hard in fact, he was too busy on a technical call to accept his award. 


Last Call for Architectural and Engineering Volleyball League - Deadline May 31!

Posted on May 18, 2018

Summer is on its way and that means it is time for outdoor volleyball with the 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 SMBH's office. 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 no later than MAY 31.


SMBH @ Champions for PLAY

Posted on May 11, 2018

We had the honor of participating in the Champions for PLAY Golf Outing with Chris Holtmann, Coach Cooper, Urban Meyer, Tony Collins, and Brutus the Buckeye!

The Champions for PLAY event featured a four-person scramble where 100% of all golfer's fees go to benefited the Private Leisure Assistance for Youth (PLAY). PLAY is a grant program that helps to provide Central Ohio low-income children the change to participate in activities through the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.


May SMBH Core Values Award goes to Jerry Marselle!

Posted on May 02, 2018

Jerry is our Director of Technology, but that title barely covers everything he does here. Jerry handles all of our in-house technology, manages the BIM division, and is our resident Star Wars expert. 



SMBH Donates Aprons to the Ronald McDonald House Kitchen

Posted on April 20, 2018

While we were volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House earlier this year, we noticed that they could use some new aprons for their volunteers. So we ordered 15 aprons in bright colors to cheer up their volunteers and kitchen space. We hope they love them!



SMBH is Hiring!

Posted on April 13, 2018

We're looking to add more top quality talent to our ranks! SMBH is currently hiring Structural Engineers and BIM Specialists. If you're interested in coming to work at a fun office with tons of perks, send us your application today!


SMBH Partner Jon Beier Speaks at NASCC 2018

Posted on April 11, 2018

The North American Steel Construction Conference, hosted by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), was held in Baltimore, Maryland this year. The popular educational and networking event is for anyone in the structural steel industry. This year was a definite success, as they broke their previous attendance record with over 5,000 attendees. 


One of our Principals, Jon Beier, spoke at this year's conference about steel specifications, and how important they are in elaborating information in drawings. Jon also wrote an article for the AISC, called "Steel Specifications - Unraveled," where he discusses how specifications carry legal weight as part of the contract documents. He explains that, while specifications may not be needed on every project, they provide a great deal of information that drawings and general notes cannot always convey. To read his article in its entirety, click here.

While Jon has been to NASCC many times, he is still amazed that he continues to learn new things every year. This year, he came back with more knowledge on thermal breaks, camber verification, leveling nuts and shim plates, joists and decks, wind and seismic provisions, and more. Jon mentioned that, "Duane Miller of Lincoln Electric had a nice keynote session - he won an award for being a good speaker." Jon even attended a session on shipping containers!

Networking is also a high point of the conference for Jon, who was able to talk with a wide variety if people in the structural steel industry. Jon said, "I saw and spoke to everyone from Charlie Carter, President of AISC, to Jon Magnusson of Magnusson/Klemencic Structural Engineers in Seattle."

After another successful year at NASCC, Jon is looking forward to next year's convention in St Louis, Missouri, April 3-5, 2019.


The Hancock Hotel in Findlay is now open!

Posted on April 06, 2018

The Hancock Hotel in Findlay, Ohio is up and running. We were thrilled to attend a dinner with a sneak preview last night, and we couldn't be happier with how the project turned out. It was great to see the completed concept, and to mingle with the rest of the construction and design team. They even gave us a photo collage of some of the best photos of the hotel. 


Mitchell Culinary Gateway at Columbus State Community College

Posted on April 05, 2018

We're proud to be working on the new Columbus State Community College's Culinary Gateway with our partners at DesignGroup. Cameron Mitchell Restaurants is donating $2.5 million to the project and the groundbreaking is set for this spring. Here is a series of articles to learn more about the project:


SMBH Introduces our Core Values Award

Posted on April 02, 2018

SMBH is built on a few very intrinsic Core Values. We believe that everyone can make a difference by: doing the right thing, recognizing that family matters, learning and growing, taking ownership, and build lasting relationships. Each month, the award is given to a team member to celebrate their commitment to our company's Core Values. 

We starting giving this award in October of 2017. Previous recipients are Lisa Connelly, Jeff Collins, Ebiji Akah, Greb Barsch, Anna Milligan, and Bob Baumann. April's award went to Office Manager Sheri Robey, for her relentless commitment to making our office a well oiled machine. 



SEAoO Job Shadowing Day

Posted on February 27, 2018

We had the pleasure of hosting 5 students from The Ohio State University's Knowlton School of Architecture for the SEAoO Job Shadowing Day. Students learned about structural engineering basics, what each of our divisions - Buildings, Industrial, and Retail - do and build. Then we headed over to our project at the Grandview Yard Parking Garage so they could see a real work site in action. 

Thank you to the students who attended, and to the SEAoO for having Job Shadowing programs for up and coming engineers!




Michael B Coleman Government Center Opens!

Posted on February 12, 2018

Our newest project to open is the Michael B Coleman Government Center in Downtown Columbus. This eight-story, 180,000 square foot building puts four City departments under one roof: Building & Zoning Services, Public Service, Development, and a portion of Public Utilities. Bringing these interactive departments together in a central location created a more convenient process for residents who need to visit multiple departments. It also helps increase operational efficiency for the City departments and their employees.

On the street level of the building, customers can easily navigate the departments on the retail concourse, where most of them can get their quick “in and out” functions taken care of within 10-30 minutes. A monumental staircase at the center of the concourse leads up to the second floor, where there is more public space and a hearing room. The other six stories of the building are dedicated to City Department offices.

Three stories of the building were designed to pay homage to City Hall with tall windows, pilasters, and a limestone veneer. Likewise, the eight-story tower pays homage with its glass and zinc panels. This aesthetic is also intended to make a statement about the transparency of government and the values of our city, including innovation and sustainability.

The Michael B Coleman Government Center is the newest part of the City Hall campus, which features a large, central Campus Green, with paths connecting the buildings, lighting, searing, art, and a rain garden. Just north of the building is and eight-story, 700 car parking garage to provide parking for customers, city employees, and a city fleet of vehicles for city departments working downtown. 

We were proud to work with some of the best firms in town on this project. The building design was a joint partnership with Schooley Caldwell Associates and DesignGroup, Messer was the general contractor, and MKSK was responsible for landscape architecture.


SMBH Projects Receive Awards

Posted on December 04, 2017

We are pleased to announce that two of our projects have received Design Awards from AIA Chicago. The OCLC Headquarters received a Citation of Merit - Interior Architecture Award and The Ohio State University Chiller Plant received a Citation of Merit - Divine Detail Award. View all the award winners here.

The AIA Columbus Chapter recently announced their design awards and our project, Middle West Spirits, won top honors with the Honor Award. In addition, our Orange Barrel Media headquarters project won a Merit Award. Read more about these project and other award winners here.

The Ohio Parks and Recreation Assn. has also announced their 2017 Annual Awards of Excellence winners. Our project, the Wyandot Lodge at McKnight Outdoor Educational Center, won first place in the Capital Improvement Projects - $2.5 Million and Up category.



Wyandot Lodge Grand Opening

Posted on December 04, 2017

We recently celebrated the opening of Wyandot Lodge located at the McKnight Outdoor Education Center. This educational building is one of the first "Net Zero Energy" public buildings in the state of Ohio. Read more about this project on our Facebook page!


Ralston Joins SMBH

Posted on December 04, 2017

We are pleased to announce the addition of a new employee to our growing firm. Marketing Specialist Meghan Ralston began working at SMBH in October. Welcome Meghan!


Welcome Baby Lee!

Posted on December 04, 2017

We are pleased to announce that Kris Lee and his family recently welcomed a new addition to their family. Baby Kooper Jazz was born on Nov. 3...and he couldn't be any cuter! Congratulations to the Lee family!



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!