"SMBH, Inc. provides us with a level of thoroughness and professionalism that is unparalleled in the engineering profession. They have assembled a team of extremely knowledgeable and exuberant engineers that makes the collaboration with our own project managers from design development through construction seamless and pain free."
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SMBH Projects Receive AIA Columbus Design Awards
The AIA Columbus Chapter is one of the largest urban components of the American Institute of Architects in the Midwest with members from throughout the Central Ohio area - serving a 32-county area. On November 13, AIA Columbus held their annual design awards program. Of the 5 projects that were given awards, SMBH, Inc. is proud to have worked on 2 of them – The Ohio State University South High Rise Residence Halls and the Columbus Jack building. The South High Rise project was a $120 million renovation of 5 existing residence halls which included 2 eleven story additions. Ken Siegfried, Senior Project Engineer and BIM Specialist Dave Hawkins headed up the project for SMBH. Click here to view more photos of these new residence halls.
The Columbus Jack building was once an abandoned warehouse in Columbus’s Brewery District. In 2011, the building underwent a major transformation to become the new home of WSA Studio. The unique 13,000-square-foot structure is filled with heavy timber ceilings, aged and distressed brick walls, industrial windows, raw concrete floors, a dramatic vestigial elevator and a roof terrace. The SMBH team on this award-winning project was Principal/Vice President Bob Baumann, Senior Project Engineer Bill Lantz, and BIM Specialist Carrie Messerly.
SMBH, Inc. Begins 5th Annual KL/r Campaign
Last week, the SMBHealth and Wellness team kicked off our 5th annual KL/r Campaign. What is KL/r you may ask? 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 Jan. 6, 2014. Interested in starting a similar program at your place of work? Contact Lisa Connelly!
SMBH, Inc. Participating in CAD’s Holiday Train Exhibit
In keeping up the tradition of the holiday window display at the old Lazarus building in downtown Columbus, SMBH, Inc. is participating in The Center for Architecture and Design’s Holiday Train Exhibit. Using only white Lego® building pieces, we will be creating a more contemporary version of the icon train displays of the past. The complete display will be unveiled on Friday, Dec. 6.
Welcome to Our Team
We are pleased to announce the addition of two new staff members to our growing team - BIM Specialist Ryan Harmon and Greg Barsch, PE, Senior Project Engineer. Welcome Ryan and Greg!
SMBH, Inc. Announces New Staff
We are pleased to announce the addition of three new employees to our growing firm. Jeyaruby Ragavan, PE, LEED AP BD + C and Ron Jones, PE, SE join SMBH, Inc. as senior project engineers and Mike Tadros, PE is a project engineer. Welcome Jeyaruby, Mike and Ron!
Two Projects Receive Outstanding Design Honors
We are pleased to announce that two of our projects, Nelson Commons Dining Hall Renovations on the campus of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and Battelle Hall Science Center at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio have recently been selected to appear as an Outstanding Design in the August 2013 American School & University Educational Interiors Showcase - the premier competition honoring education interiors excellence. This year, the panel of Educational Interiors Showcase judges selected 80 projects which are featured in the August issue of American School & University. Click here to see all the award winning projects.
Construction To Begin on Columbus Museum of Art Expansion
SMBH, Inc. is providing the structural engineering services on the $30-million expansion of the Columbus Museum of Art. The two phase project, which was recently featured in ASCE’s national publication, Civil Engineering, includes a complete gutting of an earlier addition on the north side of the museum. The second phase includes a new building from the ground up. A new gallery wing and a long, glass-enclosed connective space between it and the original 1931 building will occupy the east side of the building. Known as the Shard of Light, this space will function as the new main entrance to the entire complex, leading to all the galleries, a new cafe, a museum store, and a sculpture garden. Click here to read more about this exciting new project, led by SMBH’s Joe Noser, PE.
SMBH, Inc. Welcomes New Employees
SMBH, Inc. has announced the addition of Austin Guter, Nathan Miller, and Abigail Olivieri to our growing firm. Austin, an intern, joined the firm in April, 2013 as well as Nathan, a design engineer. Abby, a BIM Specialist, began working at SMBH, Inc. in May, 2013. Welcome Austin, Nathan and Abby!
SMBH, Inc. Selected as Structural Engineer for OSU North Residential District Transformation
SMBH, Inc. is part of the design/build team that was selected for the North Residential District transformation project on the campus of The Ohio State University. With a budget of $370 million, the project will include 10 new residential buildings (adding 3,200 new beds), two new dining centers, a new fitness center and outdoor recreational spaces that will directly support the university’s ground-breaking Second-year Transformational Experience Program.
The project is scheduled to be completed for the fall semester in 2016.
South-Western City Schools Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony
The South-Western City School District recently held groundbreaking ceremonies for the first phase of its elementary school project. SMBH, Inc. is the structural engineer of record for the new elementary schools on this project. The $250 million project will be completed in three phases and includes the replacement of 13 elementary school buildings as well as upgrades to one high school and two elementary schools.
The four buildings constructed during the first phase are expected to open in fall 2014.
Last phase of OSU South High Rise Project Almost Complete
The last phase of The Ohio State University South High Rise project is almost complete and ready to open for incoming freshman for OSU’s fall semester. This project has involved the renovation and expansion of five student housing facilities in the south campus area – Siebert, Stradley, Park, Smith, and Steeb Halls. The renovation of the existing 1950s buildings will meet both LEED® Silver Certification and the Ohio State Green Build policy requirements. SMBH, Inc. utilized a structural steel staggered truss framing system on this project which consisted of two 11-story towers connecting the existing Stradley to Park Hall and Smith to Steeb Hall. The already completed Smith-Steeb Hall provides community-oriented student housing in a contemporary setting.
SMBH Organizes AIA Architectural and Engineering Volleyball League
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 Wyman Woods Park in Grandview. The league is open to architecture firms, engineering firms and building trades/construction companies. Email Anna Milligan for more information or to register your team. Team entries are due by May 31.
Beier Moderates at 2013 NASCC
SMBH, Inc.’s Jon Beier attended and moderated a session on serviceability at the 2013 North American Steel Construction Conference (NASCC) in St. Louis. Jon is also on the planning committee for the conference.
SMBH, Inc. Announces Appointment of Stephen Metz as President
SMBH, Inc. is pleased to announce that Stephen Metz, PE, LEED AP BD+C assumed the role of president effective March 31, 2013, replacing William R. Shelley, PE, who is stepping away from management after 39 years with the firm to spend more time traveling with his family, fishing and volunteering. Bill will continue with SMBH, Inc. in a part-time capacity as a project engineer.
Bill has spent his entire career in the consulting engineering business with SMBH, Inc. He joined the company in 1973 as a part-time drafter while a student at The Ohio State University and became a full-time employee in June 1974 upon graduation. In 1983, the ownership group of SMBH, Inc. was expanded to include Bill and he became president in 2004 upon the retirement of the late James Nebraska.
Throughout his entire career, Bill has been involved in a very diverse range of new build, renovation and investigation projects. He has always been a firm advocate for the conservation and wise use of resources and is especially interested in the preservation, rehabilitation, restoration and adaptive re-use of building structures. He hopes to bring his skills and experience to causes such as Habitat for Humanity.
Stephen brings nearly two decades of structural engineering experience to SMBH, Inc. His prior office and field experience includes material testing, construction inspection and land surveying, which contributes to his knowledge of the design and construction process. Further, his previous experience with a full-service architectural firm provides him with the skills required to produce well coordinated construction documents. His experience also includes analysis of existing structures and expert witness testimony.
Bob Baumann, PE, SE and Eric Messerly, PE, CDT will continue their role as principals along with Associate Jon Beier, PE, LEED AP BD+C who will become secretary.
SMBH, Inc. Welcome New Staff
SMBH, Inc. has announced the addition of Jeff Collins and Jeremy Lewis to their growing firm. Collins, a modeler, joined the firm in December, 2012. Lewis, a design engineer, began working at SMBH, Inc. at the end of January, 2013. Welcome Jeff and Jeremy!
SMBH, Inc. Announces New Principal
SMBH, Inc. is pleased to announce that Eric Messerly, PE, CDT, has been named a principal of the firm. Eric has been working in the structural design and construction industry for 15 years since graduating from the University of Cincinnati and Purdue University with degrees in civil engineering. In 2000, Eric joined SMBH, Inc. and became the firm’s first associate in 2006. He has collaborated on many complex buildings to create designs that are not only practical and economical, including the William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library and the Knowlton School of Architecture on the campus of The Ohio State University, Wheeling Hospital Tower 5 in Wheeling, West Virginia, Zane State College Training and Education Center, Lancaster City Schools’ elementary buildings and numerous retail projects across the country. Eric has served in various positions with the Construction Specification Institute’s Columbus chapter including chapter president in 2008. Eric can be reached at email@example.com.
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