Archives November 2016

We Are Proud of Our Vets


MSG proudly supports Veterans, National Guard, and Reserve Service employees. MSG Senior Vice President, Mark Smoley, PE, was recognized as a Patriotic Employer by the US Department of Defense, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program, for his support of staff with military service responsibilities.  The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made by a supervisor to support Citizen Warriors through a variety of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed. MSG’s Amanda Rosato nominated Mark for his championing of workplace giving and communication campaigns to foster a sense of home while she was overseas, and a warm welcome upon her return.

NW Ohio's 1st SPUI is Now Open for Traffic


Lucas County drivers are enjoying the benefits of the area’s first Single Point Urban Interchange (SPUI), designed by MSG for ODOT at the Central Avenue/I-475 interchange. Now open for traffic, the new SPUI improves traffic flow by eliminating conflict points, allowing simultaneous left turns, and reducing the time between signal phases. The $38M project included the widening and reconstruction of 1.8 miles of I-475, 0.15 miles of US 23, and 0.68 miles of US 20, along with lighting and traffic control. Noise walls surrounding the SPUI are stamped with maples leaves to coincide with the logo used by the neighboring City of Sylvania and Sylvania Township, while the bridge deck area has alternating bands of colored concrete with stamped patterns to represent a forest theme tied to the nearby Oak Openings region.

$24M McCord Road Grade Separation is Now Open


As the prime design consultant, MSG is celebrating the opening of the new $24M  McCord Road Grade Separation project. Many thanks to ODOT, the Office of the Lucas County Engineer, and the numerous local and regional government entities that have worked to make this project a reality. We are proud to have been a part of this project from the earliest planning stages to the final construction. In addition to the underpass, the grade separation involved the design of a roundabout at a nearby intersection, the relocation of a county sewer main, and the addition of a retention pond and pump station.

MSG's Men of Movember


Movember is here and our MSG Mo Bros team is gearing up to help raise funds for men’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives. Our Mo Bros start Movember 1st clean shaven. For the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November.

To join our team (Mo Sistas are welcome), offer a donation or just add some words of support, visit

Toledo LISC: Spotlight on Community Development

MSG was proud to support and attend the annual fund raiser for the Toledo Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). “Spotlight on Community Development” will be the focus of this year’s program, which was held at The Armory in the Fleetwood Building in Hensville, located in the heart of Toledo’s Warehouse District. Toledo LISC shined the spotlight on neighborhood revitalization efforts happening in Toledo that spurred economic growth among our small business community.

OTEC 2016: 70 Years of Innovation & Beyond


MSG was proud to be a Gold Level Sponsor at OTEC 2016: 70 Years of Innovation and Beyond, which was held at Greater Columbus Convention Center. For 70 years, OTEC has been the place for transportation professionals to learn about and discuss new ways to safely and efficiently move people and goods throughout the state. Attended by over 3,750 people nationwide, OTEC is organized to provide something for everyone interested in Ohio’s transportation industry.


MSG's Project Manager Jean Hartline, PE, PTOE, presented “Making the Case for a SPUI at the US 20 I-475 Interchange”. Jean discussed the planning process behind the design and construction of this $38M interchange project in Lucas County.


MSG's Project Manager Chris Homan, PE, presented on the picturesque “Road 17C Bridge over the Miami and Erie Canal”. Chris  discussed the process involved in working with the Henry County Engineer to determine the bridge type, which had to take into account the hydraulics of the nearby Maumee River, unique geotechnical considerations, and the need for accelerated bridge construction.

APA - OKI Conference


MSG's Chief Planner and American Planning Association (APA)-Ohio Northwest Section Director, Pat Etchie, AICP, participated in the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Fall Conference in Indianapolis this year. Pat joined hundreds of other APA members from across the tri-state area to learn more about current and future legislation and planning and funding strategy assistance programs to better serve our clients.

MSG is a Proud Sponsor of the NOACA Annual Meeting


MSG served as a Regional sponsor for Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) Annual Meeting that focused on "How Transportation Makes Healthy Communities". The program included a moving dedication and posthumous honoring of George V. Voinovich and Steve LaTourette with the distinguished Walter F. Ehrnfelt Jr. Award, and an engaging, informative and entertaining presentation by on engineering livable and sustainable communities through active transportation solutions. Over 200 participants from across the region attended the event in support of NOACA initiatives.

Dig History


MSG Celebrated Archaeology Day across the Region. In Michigan, our own Dr. Robert Chidester was at the Michigan Archaeological Day festivities, which was held at the Michigan Library and Historical Center in Lansing. In Ohio, MSG's Archaeologist, Phil Bauschard was at the Ohio Archaeology Day event, which was held at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.

MDOT & MSG to Modify US12 & Wiard Road


MSG contracted with MDOT to study and develop concepts for modifying US-12 and Wiard Road infrastructure, as well as interfacing with the public, at an informational open house meeting in Ypsilanti Township in Washtenaw County. The roadway modifications are necessary in order to accommodate envisioned testing and research associated with connected and automated vehicles at the American Center for Mobility (ACM).  The roadway modifications are anticipated to have minor impacts on existing traffic mobility and will include a roundabout and traffic signals. The Center is planning to use the nearby site that once housed the Willow Run Bomber Plant as a connected and autonomous vehicle site.

Speakeasy at the Celebration of Architecture



MSG was proud to be a Premium Speakeasy sponsor of the AIA’s 2016 Celebration of Architecture held at Detroit’s Eastern Market. In recognition of the architectural field, the Celebration of Architecture was attended by over 2,500 of Detroit’s architectural design professionals celebrating the collaborative nature of the creative industries in the Detroit area.

MSG Supports Great Lakes Restoration


MSG was proud to sponsor the 12th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference at Cedar Point Breakers Hotel, Sandusky, OH. Each year Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition brings together a diverse group of more than 400 people from throughout the Great Lakes region to attend the Great Lakes Restoration Conference. The conference provided a 3-day forum for participants to learn about important Great Lakes Restoration issues, network at the largest annual gathering of Great Lakes supporters and activists, and develop strategies to advance federal, regional and local restoration goals.

Walk to End Alzheimer's


As part of MSG’s 2016 Community Engagement Initiative, our Columbus office participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in support of the Alzheimer’s Association. The Alzheimer's Association is committed to meeting the needs of people affected by Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia through family and clinical support, education, advocacy and research. 

Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve is Now Open


Congrats to the Wood County Park District on the recent opening of the Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve. The 61-acre property at a former limestone quarry includes hiking trails, rock climbing and other recreational activities and educational programs. MSG provided site design including parking facilities, geotechnical investigations, survey, environmental work, and construction administration. Careful consideration during design and construction minimized impacts to the natural setting of surrounding woods and provided sustainable stormwater management into the overall design.


MSG Engineers are Rock Stars


Toledo Lucas County Port Authority (Port Authority) President and CEO Paul Toth identified MSG engineers as “Rock Stars” in the ground breaking ceremony for the new Dana, Inc. axle plant in Toledo’s Overland Industrial Park. “It’s not often that you use the term Rock Star to describe an engineer,” said Toth, “but Jeff Myers from the Mannik & Smith Group has been a rock star on this project. Jeff and his team including Ray Luk have consistently delivered the impossible every time we have asked … the Mannik & Smith Group represents the kind of company that makes projects like this a success.” Working with the Port Authority from concept to build-out, MSG has been an integral team partner helping secure needed project funding, and providing sustainable environmental restoration and engineering design for the former Toledo - Jeep assembly complex.

DMS is Coming to Overland Park


Honoring Detroit Manufacturing Systems (DMS) at the groundbreaking ceremony for their new plant at Toledo’s Overland Industrial Park.

DMS will be manufacturing automotive parts for the Jeep Wrangler and is expected to hire 140 people in Toledo when the plant is completed in the summer of 2017. Working with the Toledo Lucas County Port Authority, the City of Toledo and the NAI Harmon Group, MSG has been instrumental in the engineering design and environmental restoration of the former Jeep assembly complex site, which has been revitalized into Overland Industrial Park.

One of the Coolest Places to Work in Michigan


MSG was featured in Crain’s Detroit Business as one of the recipients of their annual “Coolest Places to Work in Michigan" award. This award recognizes employers for motivating and making their employees feel appreciated — as judged by the employees themselves. Thanks to each and every member of our valued team that participated in this survey. We appreciate all of your hard work, as we couldn't do what we do without you. MSG is proud of our 'Cool Place to Work' distinction!!!

MSG Using State of the Art Miovision System


As one of the leading traffic engineering firms in the Midwest, MSG is pleased to announce the addition of Miovision Scout Video Traffic Data Collection Systems to our inventory of traffic data collection equipment. More cost and time efficient than manual turn count methods, we have successfully used the Scout Video equipment on projects in Cleveland, Detroit, Dayton, and Toledo. Contact us to discuss how the use of leading edge technology and engineering expertise can streamline and improve traffic planning in your community.

MSG Marketing Brought Home a SMPS MCA Award


MSG's Marketing Team brought home the Silver when they recently earned a second place Marketing Communications Award (MCA) for our Direct Mail Campaign at the 2016 Build Business: Synthesis Conference hosted by the Society for Marketing Professional Services. The MCA competition is the longest-standing, most prestigious national awards program recognizing excellence in marketing and communications by professional services firms in the design and building industry.

Ryzyi Named Director of Oil & Gas Infrastructure Engineering


Congratulations to MSG's own David Ryzyi! Dave was promoted to Director of Oil & Gas Infrastructure Engineering. In recognition of Dave’s efforts to date, as well as the targeted expansion of his role and responsibilities within the Energy Business Sector (EBS), we are excited to have him in this new role as we grow within this industry. Tasked with taking MSG to the next level, Dave will support and ensure the accomplishment of the EBS strategic goals and the continued delivery of high quality, solution focused professional services to our clients and team partners.

MSG Presents on Autonomous Vehicles


MSG's Sean Kelley presented a technical session on Autonomous Vehicles at the annual meeting of the Tri-State Section of the International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA) in Columbus. Sean served as the project manager for our MCity Test Facility project at the University of Michigan, a research facility for autonomous and connected vehicle technology, and has worked with the Transportation Research Center on the development of concepts for advancing crash avoidance testing, as well as the testing of connected and automated vehicles. Sean has also been involved with the American Center for Mobility on program development for a world-class facility for testing connected and automated vehicles in order to advance industry voluntary standards.

Improving Water Quality Within Our Region


Algae was a topic at the Summer Supervisor’s School for board members and staff of the Ohio Federation of Soil & Water Conservation Districts. MSG’s Sally Gladwell, with Chris McGovern and Jason Ruff of Environmental Remediation Contractor, presented on Harmful Algal Bloom Reduction Through Dissolved Phosphorus Filtering.” Their presentation showcased a new and innovative technique for improving water quality in our region, which is host to the greatest source of fresh water in the world. 

Transporting Ohio's Future


MSG was proud to be a sponsor of Transport Ohio’s Future, the 2016 ODOT Ohio Planning Conference this year. Presenters included MSG’s Sean Kelley on “Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: Policy, Planning and Implementation.” This year’s conference will include over 25 technical sessions discussing various topics, encompassing transporting people, goods, the economy, technology and the future.

Changing Dangerous and Drab to Safe and Fab


MSG was featured in the Summer edition of the nationally acclaimed ASHE Scanner for an article on our award-winning project - Changing Dangerous and Drab to Safe and Fab – the Dorr Street Corridor. The project united the goals of the City of Toledo, the University of Toledo and ODOT to upgrade local infrastructure, improve safety, enhance mobility, promote livability and create a positive business environment.

Cultivating Cullen Park


Family, friends and staff of MSG's Maumee, Ohio, and Canton, Michigan, offices gathered at Cullen Park on Saturday to help the City of Toledo with some additional wetlands plantings. Environmental scientist Matt Horvat helped coordinate our volunteers, who worked with Toledo Zoo Teens volunteers and City of Toledo Landscape Architect, Steve Day, to plant hundreds of native wetland bulbs and plant plugs. Designed by MSG for the City and funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the Cullen Park project helped to restore ecological services to the park. As part of the project, MSG designed green infrastructure such as vernal pools, sand filters, native plantings, habitat restoration, and bio-retention techniques to manage storm water run off and improve water quality as it flows into the Maumee River and Lake Erie.

CREW Detroit's Career Days


MSG participated in CREW Detroit (Commercial Real Estate Women Detroit)'s Career Days, which brought together CREW members and young women within the Detroit school system. During this event, we worked with +40 teens to brainstorm, design and program vacant sites in Detroit. The day culminated with development proposal pitches and scholarship awards. We hope that through programs like CREW Careers and CREW Mentoring more women and minorities will choose the AEC industries.

Drill Bits Magazine Features MSG


MSG's SR 64 Waterville Bridge project is featured as the cover article on the Spring 2016 edition of “Drill Bits” magazine. ODOT selected MSG as the design consultant for the new eight-span bridge, which will replace the aging steel structure that carries SR 64 over the Maumee River in Waterville. The article describes the successful working relationship MSG has with TTL Associates, the geotechnical subconsultant on the project, and other stakeholders including the US EPA and the US Army Corps of Engineers. The new bridge will incorporate aesthetic elements drawn from the surrounding historic Waterville area to provide a signature structure that celebrates the rich history of the area and provides much needed improvements to the public safety.

MSG Breaks Ground on Deleware City School Projects


As a member of the design team, MSG joined Delaware City Schools at the groundbreaking ceremonies for the new additions and renovations to Smith and Woodward Elementary Schools. MSG prepared the preliminary plans and studies for both schools, along with commission submittals, engineering plans, and bidding and construction administration services.

Breaking Ground at the Lordstown Clean Energy Center


MSG Environmental Scientists Jessica Stratigakos and Matt Pesci (left) joined Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill (center), Clean Energy Future President Bill Siderewicz, and MSG Vice President of Business Development, Sheri Bokros at the groundbreaking ceremony today for the Lordstown Clean Energy Center (LCEC). MSG provided environmental, ecological, geotechnical and surveying services for the LCEC, a $900M, 940MW natural gas-fired power plant in Lordstown, Ohio. The plant is expected to take about two years to construct and will generate enough power to supply 800,000 homes.

Giving Back...


MSG's COO, Dean Niese visited schools, orphanages and community leaders within mountain villages near San Pedro Sula, Honduras to review and plan projects that the Rotary Club of Toledo is supporting. Dean, a 5-year Rotarian, traveled with three others from the Toledo area as they partner with the Usula Club to improve the environment, health and education in this eco-rich developing country. Through community organizations, like Rotary, MSG is making a difference locally and internationally.

MSG Maumee Goes All Out for TAHS


As part of our 2016 Community Engagement Initiative, MSG's Maumee Office selected the Toledo Area Humane Society (TAHS) as our charity of choice and has already participated in and sponsored multiple events, as well as conducted two donation drives.

MSG participated in Bark in the Park – one of the largest annual fundraising events for the TAHS puts on. This proved to be a great family and furry-friendly event, in which all proceeds benefited TAHS and provided care for over 5,000 animals that pass through the shelter each year. MSG also sponsored a Yappy Hour where staff, friends and family gathered at Sidelines Sports Bar in Maumee for an after work social hour to donate money to TAHS and have fun with some of our furry guests.