Posted on June 26, 2019
It's officially summer time, and conference season is upon us! SMBH has been busy participating in some of our industry's most important events.
At a recent conference on two paths to A/E/C firm success, given by Brad Wilson of TWO CPAs & Consultants, Inc, our Principals Stephen Metz and Jon Beier learned about how to better invest in our employees and clients. Wilson's talk focused on two paths to success; make your firm attractive to high-quality clients and make your firm attractive to talented employees. Metz said that the biggest take-away for him was the importance of rewarding the firms' top performing employees, so they know how important they are to our success as a business. Metz and Beier are already starting to put some of Wilson's lessons to good use as they update our policies to better align with the importance of employee recognition.
Partner and Director of Marketing & Business Development, Lisa Connelly, attended the SMPS Heartland Regional Conference in Detroit. This conference includes almost every aspect of marketing in the Architecture and Engineering industries and is tailored to professionals there to learn and share marketing and business development best practices and expertise.
This year's theme was "Focus Forward." There was discussion on how the AEC industry is changing, with project delivery increasingly becoming either Design/Build or Construction Management at Risk, and the increasing popularity of prefabrication and modular construction. BIM also continues to evolve as more firms utilize it for 4D and 5D, and BIM Artificial Intelligence (AI) is being talked about more and more. Augmented Reality (AR), automation, and AI are all becoming more common place, because they enhance project communication and eliminate routine tasks. Likewise, autonomous construction equipment like brick-laying robots, self-driving trucks, and construction drones are entering the jobsite.
There was an emphasis on how AEC firms are using thought leadership and content marketing to reach their clients in new ways that are less about selling and more about providing insight and help as experts in their field. In fact, the top sales and marketing approach is fast becoming the Customer Experience. With 80% of business coming from repeat customers, the conference urged us to consider how we can invest more time in our top clients and their experience working with us.
Getting quality talent was also an important topic. As the talent war gets worse, 80% of companies say they can't hire the people they need. So many are modernizing and rethinking their policies and culture to increase recruitment and retention, and to be more attractive to women, as well as Millennials and Gen Z, who will make up 75% of the workforce by 2025.
Senior Engineer Mike Sugrue has also been busy. He recently attended the annual I.CON Industrial Real Estate conference in Long Beach, California - focused solely on the development, operation, and expansion of industrial real estate. Given the high volume of industrial and manufacturing projects that we're currently working on, the timing could not have been better. The conference highlighted how the industry, end users, and developers are still bullish in the industrial sector, bolstered by the increase in e-commerce. There were also great insights into the future impact on industrial facilities regarding autonomous trucking and last mile delivery, particularly as applied to groceries and perishables.
The thing that strikes us the most is how these three conferences, while about different parts of the AEC industry, all dovetailed with one another well. Together, they give a cohesive vision of the future of the AEC industry in all its facets. Now that we're back from these conferences full of new ideas and enthusiasm, we're ready to push into the future with you!
Posted on June 26, 2019
June's SMBH Core Values Recipient is Project Manager Greg Barsch! Greg is always helping wherever he's needed most, all while running his own team and contributes to our Community Outreach Committee. Thanks for everything, Greg!
Posted on June 24, 2019
640 Columbia is the first of it's kind on the east coast. It's a three-story, 336,500 SF logistics facility in New York City, minutes away from Downtown Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the largest concentration of e-commerce shoppers in the country. Located in Red Hook, Brooklyn, its location allows for the fastest last-mile fulfillment possible.
We've been sitting on this one for a long time, and we're so excited to finally be able to share it! Check out this amazing video highlighting the best features of the first Multi-Story Logistics Facility on the East Coast - 640 Columbia!
Looking for some more previews of the 640 Columbia project? Look no further! Head on over to https://www.640columbia.com/ to get a more detailed look.
Posted on June 20, 2019
The Fort Collective will offer a new, contemporary eatery that is made for both health and comfort. It'll feature a varied menu for breakfast and lunch, as well as other offerings that are available all day, including cakes and pastries. It will also house Rost Coffee and Roastery, retail spaces, an outside patio area, and both private offices and co-working spaces.
For more information, take a look at this article from The Chillicothe Gazette - https://www.chillicothegazette.com/story/news/2019/06/18/exclusive-look-into-whats-come-downtowns-fort-collective/1485729001/
Posted on June 10, 2019
Every year, we do a Clippers Game at Huntington Park for all of our employees and their families. This year's weather was perfect, and we all had a great time!
Posted on May 08, 2019
The Columbus Metropolitan Library is nationally renowned as one of the best library systems in the country. With 22 branch locations and an impressive main library that began as a Carnegie Library in 1907, it now jointly operates the Northwest Library in cooperation with Worthington Libraries and is a member of the Central Library Consortium, which shares the catalog of 17 libraries across the state of Ohio. It serves an area of 872,000 residents with its collection of 1,483,433 volumes, circulating 17,262,267 items per year. That big of a catalog requires some serious space, especially at the branch locations.
The Hilliard Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library has the highest circulation of any branch in the system and the 20,000 square foot building that was in use was no longer serving the community adequately. The new $15 million, 63,000 square foot branch, built on the site of an abandoned senior living facility, triples the branch’s space, making it the largest branch in the CML family of libraries.
The new, refitted, and renovated space houses the many functions the Hilliard Branch must serve every day. It now has dedicated space for a café, a Ready for Kindergarten area, a Homework Help Center, private study rooms, large community meeting rooms, and a pavilion that’s flooded with natural light (that was originally going to be a pool).
Hilliard’s Branch is one of ten being rebuilt as part of the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s 2020 Building Program. The new library opened on June 21, 2018. SMBH also worked on three other projects for this program – the Main Branch, Whitehall Branch, and Northern Lights Branch.
Posted on May 06, 2019
Our intern, Ben Wiley, just graduated from The Ohio State University with a BS in Engineering. We're happy and proud to welcome him in his new, full-time role of Design Engineer! Ben has been a valuable addition to our team, and we can't wait to see what he does as a full-time team member!
Congratulations and welcome to Ben Wiley!
Posted on May 02, 2019
May's Core Values Award Recipient is Partner and Director Joe Noser. He has been with us for 12 years, starting as a Project Engineer. While he's been with us, he has worked his way up to Partner and Director, where he mentors and manages Project and Design Engineers.
Thank you, Joe, for all of your hard work and for embodying our Core Values every day!
Posted on April 29, 2019
In April, we walked in March for Babies by the March of Dimes. With your help and donations, SMBH was able to raise $500 for the cause! Thank you for your support!
Posted on April 26, 2019
The fire and collapse of the roof on the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has been mourned the world over, and more than one billion (US) dollars has been collected to help restore it to its former glory. But what will that take? We talked with our President, Stephen Metz, who has experience in assessing fire damaged buildings over his 25-year engineering career, to get some information on what can be expected with a restoration of this scale.
A large renovation project with this much fire damage is fraught with risks, starting with figuring out the conditions of the building. Assessments are one of the most dangerous parts of a restoration. Sometimes safety is difficult to determine until you’re actually in the building. “It’s kind of a chicken-and-the-egg thing. Is it safe to be in? I don’t know, let’s go in it and see,” said Metz.
One of the many complexities of the Notre Dame Cathedral restoration will be the age of the building. When asked how its age will exacerbate the normal challenges of restoring fire damaged buildings, Metz said that the condition of the materials the structure was built with has the most influence on how difficult it will be to rebuild.
“When you get into old buildings like this - I mean, Notre Dame is 850 years old, we don’t have anything that old around here - but even around here, when you get into buildings that are 100-years old or so, it’s almost always some sort of masonry wall - brick, stone, or what have you - and the condition of that comes into play, which is all about how well it was maintained and how well they kept water out of it during the life of the building.”
One might think that since the cathedral’s exterior was stone, it would be fairly safe from fire damage, but Metz cautions against that assumption. “The stone can change in composition when exposed to fire… Pieces of structure support other pieces of structure. In many cases, the roof stabilizes the walls. If the roof isn’t there anymore, are the walls still stable?”
In addition to the damage done by the fire, there are many instances where putting it out does more damage than the fire itself. There is also more environmental damage that can still be done between now and the end of the restoration process. When asked what the first step in the restoration will be, Metz said they’ll most likely put up a temporary roof to prevent water infiltration and seal the building from the elements. “There probably isn’t going to be a lot of water damage in the masonry and stone, because that should dry out on it’s own. But it might be a year before any real work to restore it gets started, and the weather conditions in that period of time could cause further damage.”
Metz says that depending on the extent of the damage, it’s usually more cost effective to rebuild, but that this is an obvious exception. However, the question remains, what kind of restoration will it be? Will the building be a purely historical restoration, or will it incorporate modern elements that would bring it up to code? Metz notes that, “When you have a building that has this much history, which period do you want to choose to restore it to? It’s changed multiple times over 800-some years, and a lot of the changes probably aren’t even documented. Even the famous spire was only 150 years old.” If it is designed to modern codes while trying to keep its historic aesthetic, this adds a new layer of complication, planning, and costs. Questions about where things like modern lighting, HVAC, and sprinkler systems will go and be the least visible.
Ultimately, it’s difficult to tell what the restoration of Notre Dame Cathedral will require, and what modern amenities they will use on the rebuild. One thing that Metz says with certainty is, “Whenever you get into old buildings, there’s always the unknown. Fortunately, there are very good people who have experience in work like this. I’m sure the end result will be a good beginning for the next chapter of Notre Dame.”
Posted on April 17, 2019
One might think that because engineers are technically minded, they aren't very creative - but that's not the case! We celebrated Haiku Day with post-its and poetry. Here were a few of our favorites.
Posted on April 01, 2019
April's Core Values Award Recipient is Project Engineer Scott DeGan. He has been with us for 5 years, bringing his experience, knowledge, and style to every project he works on.
Thank you, Scott, for all the your hard work and for embodying our Core Values every day!
Posted on March 22, 2019
Today, we had the pleasure of hosting five students from The Ohio State University's School of Engineering. Students spent the day job shadowing with us as part of the SEAoO program.
When we host the SEAoO Job Shadowing program every year, we try to give the students a sense of how broad our industry is, and how many opportunities there are for career growth. They talked with our division heads about building, industrial, and retail structural engineering. We capped off the day with a tour of one of our more recently completed projects at The Ohio State University, Pomerene Hall.
Posted on March 12, 2019
E-Commerce in 2019 is all about "last mile" delivery, meaning deliveries that go to an end-user or customer in a matter of hours instead of days or weeks. In densely populated cities like Manhattan, last mile delivery is made harder by the distance between the customer and the distribution center their goods are coming from - that's where Multi-Level Distribution Centers step in.
We sat down with our Senior Project Engineer Mike Sugrue, who gave us the down-low on building higher. "E-commerce centers now are on big, huge, virgin tracts of greenspace, often in clusters close to truck routes, and they build out horizontally because the space exists away from population centers and is relatively inexpensive. So, businesses need to get these centers where the people are in order to accomplish the one to two-hour delivery target time." With land at a premium in cities like New York, that means the only way to build the spaces required is to build vertically.
In a city with a long history of servicing industry, there is a surprising lack of appropriate space available - mostly because they've been repurposed and converted into multi-family housing and lofts. Even if such buildings were available, many aren't suitable for modern distribution center requirements like 30-foot clear heights, open bay spacing, and other features designed to replicate, as best as possible, the client's traditional e-commerce layout that makes their operations efficient.
Sugrue points out, "Additional concerns with the space for racking are also common. Incorporating the racking loads supported by floors instead of slab-on-grades, and there's been challenges there incorporating all the point loads safely in the structure."
There have been other unexpected challenges, too. "Because property and the cost of land is so expensive, owners and developers need to maximize the amount of buildable land on those sites, and that means closer proximity to the property lines, which results in vertical setbacks that have to be incorporated into the building due to zoning regulations. This is a different factor that you're not faced with in a normal build for an e-commerce center," said Sugrue, who also notes that this has been one of the most unexpected challenges about designing Multi-Level Distribution Centers.
So, what's in the future for these new bastions of e-commerce industry? Sugrue says, "It's in its infancy, so I think as it progresses, the market will determine what's worked and what's not been successful as a payback feature. The needs that evolve will affect our design of the structures - we'll build in refinements and efficiencies." While he says it's unlikely we will see these types of structures outside of cities with densely populated neighborhoods, there are still lots of places where these buildings will be needed more and more in the future.
"The bar continues to move on faster delivery for online shipments, and all the studies have shown the people that are more inclined for online purchases are only going to grow. Because these customers tend to represent a younger demographic, they haven't even reached the peak buying years. Online sales are only 15% of retail right now, that's only going to go up. Multi-Level Distribution Centers seems to be a solution for faster delivery in dense areas. Everything has shown that it's going to go up."
*All Photos are Ware Malcomb Multistory Distribution Prototype Images
Posted on March 04, 2019
March's Core Values Award Recipient is Kara Hendren, one of our Senior Project Engineers. Kara's been with us for 11 years now, and brings all her experience and knowledge to every project she works on. Kara's favorite things about SMBH are, "The culture and the people. We are a family here and care about each other, and I love that." Our favorite things about Kara are her sharp intellect, killer engineering skills, and great sense of humor.
Thanks again Kara! We love having you on the SMBH team!
Posted on February 28, 2019
Our Annual Chili Cook-Off was a great success! We had a variety of chilis available for tasting, with all the trimmings.
Our Controller, Dawn Becker, won this year's Grand Chili Champion Trophy with her "Low Carb No Bean Awesome Chili!" Lisa Connelly, Director of Marketing and Business Development, won Best Veggie Chili with her "Veggie Chocolate Chili", and there was a tie for Best Newbie's Chili between Ben Wiley's "The Chili" and Niaz Chowdary's "Chicken Chili Majestic".
Thanks for everyone that participated, it was a delicious day!
Posted on February 05, 2019
The winter weather woes are hard to beat, so we've gone all in on whatever fun we can have! Check out some of our recent celebrations.
For International Fun at Work Day, we did an office chair relay race! We assembled teams of 3 to race around the office. Racers had to propel themselves with their chair, then hand it off to the next racer on their team once they finished their leg of the race. Coincidentally, the team that won was literally named "The Winning Team," and included all of our Principals, Stephen Metz, Bob Baumann, and Jon Beier. Here they are with their trusty, winning steed.
Hot Chocolate Day was a real winner! With 5 different kinds of hot chocolate and candy and marshmallow mix-ins, it was an absolute treat. It was great weather for the day, too - only 3 degrees outside!
We were happy to participate in Wear Red Day this year, which helps increase awareness of Heart Disease. Almost half of our office donned some red to bring attention to the cause. Can it be pajama day now?
Posted on February 04, 2019
A new month means it's SMBH Core Values Award time again! February's recipient is BIM Specialist Ann Strosnider.
Ann is always happy to pitch in to get work done. She's also a delight to have around the office. If you haven't checked out her BIM User Group, COBUG, you really should! Their next session is on March 12th at Watershed Distillery.
Posted on January 14, 2019
A group of SMBH team members helped with Lifecare Alliance's Meals on Wheels program over the weekend. We were happy to lend a hand delivering meals to those not capable of going out to get food themselves. After splitting into groups of two, we braved the beginning of the snowstorm to deliver over 50 meals around the greater Columbus area.
Everyone who participated said that it was a great experience that would easily be repeatable once you're trained the first time. As a returning volunteer, you can even request the route you want to work. One of our groups was interested in doing their same route again because they had made quick friends with those they were delivering to, like Beverley on the far east side. "She answered her door, and was just a super sweet lady. Her neighbors cared about her too, making sure to ask us if Beverley was doing alright when we left," said Controller Dawn Becker. One of our engineers thought it was so easy, that they are even thinking about volunteering as a date activity!
Posted on January 10, 2019
In their 2015 study, the United Nations Environment Programme found that buildings account for nearly half of the world’s energy expenditures, 40% of greenhouse gas emissions, 25% of the earth’s potable water, and, in developed countries, over 20% of all solid waste generated, including food waste, yard waste, and unrecycled materials. In a time when resources are limited, and everyone is trying to put a cap on the energy they use and carbon emissions they are responsible for, sustainable design is now more important than ever.
Flexible and applicable to virtually all building, community, and home project types, stainable design provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. LEED Certification, by the US Green Building Council, is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement, helping to save energy, water, resources, generate less waste, and supporting human health.
Although the US Green Building Council and LEED rating system has only existed since 1993 and 2000, respectively, SMBH has been involved in projects that incorporate green and sustainable design since our inception in 1972. It is evident to us that, while many trends in the design and construction industry can often come and go quickly, sustainable building is much more than just a trend – it’s becoming the new norm. Design and construction professionals increasingly see requests for structures incorporating elements of sustainable design into large and small-scale projects.
One of those elements is the steel itself. We design with steel made with recycled materials from cars, scrap metal, and old structural steel. Because steel is magnetic, it’s easily separated from mixed waste streams. It’s also 100% truly recyclable, meaning the recycled steel won’t have any degradation in properties or performance.
Through our involvement on many sustainable projects, we have found early collaboration to be extremely beneficial to green and sustainable projects. The spirit of collaboration creates an open forum for idea sharing and allows the design and construction teams to meet the owners' goals in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. As design professionals, our charge is to work together to integrate sustainable elements early in the design to ensure their maximum benefit is achieved.
SMBH has been involved with more than 100 LEED projects, including 6 that are Certified, 41 that are certified Silver, 30 that are certified Gold, and 1 that is certified Platinum. In addition to this experience, we also have three team members who are LEED Accredited Professionals, demonstrating our proficiency in sustainable design and helping your project achieve LEED certification.
Want help with your next green or sustainable design project? We’d love to start working on it together, just contact us!
Posted on January 03, 2019
Congratulations to our newest recipient of the SMBH Core Values Award, BIM Specialist Chris Potter. Known affectionately as Potter in the office, he is always doing his best to help whenever possible. Thank you, Potter, for everything you do here!
Posted on January 01, 2019
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Posted on December 21, 2018
It's official! At 97 votes over all of our social media channels, BIM Specialist Ryan Harmon wins the #UglySweaterContest and a $100 gift card! Congratulations Ryan, and everyone else who entered this year. We'll be back with more ugly sweaters in just 12 months! Check out some of our office entries below!
Posted on December 11, 2018
Today marks the annual SMBH Bake-Off, and the entire office is excited about it. We've got 15 desserts of all kinds, rice krispie tree-eats that look like Christmas trees, peanut butter blossom cookies, and even a Kale cake! Check out some of the good eats we brought in to share.
Winners of the Bake-Off were:
Best Overall: Ben Ervin's Chocolate-Caramel Cake
Best Cookie: Alisa Kilianski's Peanut Butter Blossoms
Most Unique: Dave Hawkins' Holiday Tree-eats
Posted on December 05, 2018
A new month means it's SMBH Core Values Award time again! December's recipient is Design Engineer Brent McCreedy.
Brent came to SMBH with 5 years experience in the US Marine Corps and a Bachelor of Science from Pennsylvania State University.
Having been with the firm for over 2 years, Brent is an important part of the engineering work we do. He's worked on a wide variety of projects like Retail Stores, Building Investigations, Industrial, Residences and more.
Posted on December 01, 2018
We're hosting our 2nd Annual Ugly Sweater Contest, and you can win $100!
We're having it large with our Ugly Sweater Contest this year! Just post a photo of you in your ugliest sweater on Twitter, Linked in, Instagram, and Facebook. Make sure to tag us and use the hashtag #UglySweaterContest.
The sweater with the most likes across all our social media channels get a $100 gift card. Entries are open until 12:01 AM on December 21st, so hurry up already!
Posted on November 16, 2018
“Another successful project that ties the old and the new. Such a strong addition to the downtown skyline we especially appreciated the clean cut addition to the existing warehouse.” -Barbara Bestor, FAIA, Jury Chair of the 2018 AIA Columbus Awards.
The honor award is the top award which can be earned from the AIA.
Posted on November 15, 2018
“Through the use of color, clerestory and strong interior moves a moribund library was reborn as a much bigger and more exciting place for engagement.” - Barbara Bestor, FAIA, Jury Chair of the 2018 AIA Columbus Awards.
Posted on November 14, 2018
“We loved the supersized word strategy for this very simple structure. The project showed a clear eyed combination of architectural simplicity and artful community engagement.” -Barbara Bestor, FAIA, Jury Chair of the 2018 AIA Columbus
Posted on November 13, 2018
We're so happy and proud that this unique project with Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design won a 2018 Merit Award from AIA Columbus! We love the challenge of projects that are out-of-the-ordinary, so we really enjoyed working on this one.
Posted on November 09, 2018
Our Director of Business Development & Marketing, Lisa Connelly, and our Controller, Dawn Becker have been in Dallas all week for the 2018 Deltek Insight convention. They're having a blast!
Posted on November 05, 2018
Have you ever been curious how we get those huge cranes up off the ground? Well, check out this video that shows you how we get so much air on something so big and heavy.
Posted on November 02, 2018
We were so happy to help Mode Architecture accomplish the vision Columbus Humane had to making more room for adorable kittens and for people to get to know them better before adopting. We're grateful to have been a part of the team to make it happen!
Posted on November 01, 2018
Congratulations to our Office Manager, Sheri Robey, on being the first two-time winner of the SMBH Core Values Award! Thank you for all your hard work, Sheri!
Posted on October 27, 2018
We love the Ohio Theatre. Originally built as a movie house in 1928, it was saved from demolition in 1969 and completely restored. Over the years, SMBH has been an active partner to the theatre's renovations, including the Loge, Mezzanine, and Balcony. We've also helped with the set-up of heavy production equipment and sets for multiple shows at the theatre, including Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock, and most recently, Aladdin.
Anna Milligan, a Project Manager here at SMBH, usually handles these projects. She enjoyed working on Aladdin saying, "It was actually a really unique project and I learned so much! There is an impressive amount of engineering that goes into that sort of production and I was pleased to have a small part of that responsibility."
We worked with CAPA and the Aladdin tour’s Engineer to determine the specific locations and magnitudes of the loads to be applied to the existing gridiron above the stage and supported from the roof structure at the historical Ohio Theatre. We went back to the office and sifted through 92-year-old drawings and more recent renovation drawings to verify the existing structure. Then we performed an analysis of the components to determine how to appropriately distribute the loads to existing structure without over-loading or over-stressing any of the existing construction.
Now when you see the carpet flying over the stage during the Aladdin, you’ll know just how much engineering went into that feature and the rest of the dramatic highlights of the production!
Thank you to the Ohio Theatre and CAPA, for the chance to work on such cool projects!
Photo by Deen van Meer, courtesy of the Ohio Theatre website.
Posted on October 03, 2018
A new month means a new SMBH Core Values Award Recipient! This time, it was founder Bill Lantz.
Bill and his partner Tom Jones started our company in 1972, under the name of Lantz and Jones. Three years later, in 1975, they took on another partner, Jim Nebraska, and the firm updated it's name to Lantz Jones & Nebraska.
With offices in Charleston, West Virginia and Stuart, Florida, the home office has always been in Columbus, Ohio.
During the past 2 decades, the ownership has transitioned, prompting another name change to Shelley Metz Baumann Hawk, which was most recently simplified as SMBH.
Bill Lantz has been at the company since the beginning, and still serves as a Senior Project Engineer on many of our projects.
Thank you, Bill, for building a company that can last and that we love working for!
Posted on September 20, 2018
Our yearly golf outing never disappoints, even when the weather is super hot and humid. We do a scramble every year - 2018 winners were Jeremy Lewis, Lisa Connelly, and Nathan Miller. Longest drive went to Dawn Becker (her first year of playing!), closest to pin was Brent McCreedy, and longest putt was Nathan Miller.
Congratulations to all the winners, and a big thanks for everyone who came out and made it a great day at SMBH!
Top to bottom, left to right: Joe Noser, Jon Beier, Dave Murray, Jerry Marselle, Scott DeGan, Nathan Miller, Stephen Metz, Murtadha Al-Shaikhli, Kara Hendren, Ebiji Akah, Anna Milligan, Dawn Becker, Lisa Connelly, Phil Mesker, Brent McCreedy, Greg Barsch, Bob Baumann, and Jeremy Lewis.
Stephen Metz, Greg Barsch, Dawn Becker, and Ebiji Akah celebrate a great shot!
Kara Hendren and Dave Murray agonize over a very near miss.
Ebiji Akah and Greg Barsch drive between holes.
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!
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!
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
A big thanks goes out to all the participating firms:
- Design Collective
- Greenberg Farroe
- Jonathan Barnes Architecture
- MKC Architects
- Schooley Caldwell
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
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!
We have 2 Projects in the Finalist's round of the Columbus Landmarks Foundation's James B.Recchie Design Award!
Posted on August 31, 2018
We're proud to have both the Lincoln LeVeque Tower and the Lifeline of Ohio Donor Memorial in the finals for the Columbus Landmarks Foundation's James B. Recchie Design Award!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Posted on June 25, 2018
The new 63,000-square foot library with 3 floors and areas for children, kindergarteners, tweens, and teens, opened on June 21st with a grand ribbon cutting. Find out more info on the library's announcement page for the ribbon cutting ceremony!
Posted on June 21, 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com for more information or to register your team. Team entries are due no later than MAY 31.
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.
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.
Posted on April 27, 2018
As proud partners with Silling Architects, we were beyond excited to find out that the project had been given an Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture from the AIA West Virginia Chapter. Read more about it in the Charleston Gazette-Mail here.
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!
Posted on April 16, 2018
The new Michael B Coleman Government Center is ready for move-in! Take a video tour of the facilities, including a few roof-top views, courtesy of Columbus Business First: http://bit.ly/2HEx3VS
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!
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.
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.
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:
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.
Posted on March 03, 2018
Columbus Business First just announced their list of the 25 busiest engineering firms in Columbus, and SMBH made the list. Thanks, Business First!
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!
Posted on February 20, 2018
14 of us headed down to the Ronald McDonald House at Nationwide Children's Hospital to help make a meal for all the families living there. We were super excited to help out, and so glad that we make volunteering a priority here at SMBH.
Posted on February 19, 2018
Throughout the course of the week, we'll be featuring profiles on some of our engineers and how they decided to become engineers in the first place. Here's a sneak preview, but make sure to stay tuned to our social media channels to see the series!
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.
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.
Posted on December 04, 2017
Once again this year, we are participating in The Center for Architecture and Design's The Orange Line Holiday Lego exhibit. Our model can be seen here. To find out more about this annual event, click here.
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!
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!
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!
Posted on September 13, 2017
Congratulations to the entire design team for achieving LEED Silver certification for Columbus City Schools' new Spanish Immersion School! We are proud to be part of another green schools accomplishment!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register your team. Team entries are due by May 31.
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.
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.
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).
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.