Archives December 2016

MSG's 2016 Direct Mail Campaign...

MSG's 2016 Direct Mail Campaign...


Commercial / Retail: Successful commercial office and retail projects require site infrastructure design and support services that add value to property and facilities. MSG works with some of the nation's most prominent developers, owners and real estate professionals to understand the intricate dynamics associated with these projects, economics of consumer planning, operations and efficiency.

Industrial / Energy: With decades of safe and effective service to the complex and heavily regulated industrial and energy markets, MSG professionals can help lead and support teams from the early site selection and feasibility stages through to construction and commissioning. MSG participates in a full range of project delivery approaches from traditional A/E contracting arrangements to design-build teaming.

Healthcare / Education: Changing demographics and economic realities necessitate new forms of institutional facilities. MSG provides creative solutions to healthcare and educational projects that result in comfortable and expandable, efficient and durable, nurturing and dignified environments for people and the communities they live in.

Public Works / Infrastructure: Developing our nation's infrastructure often presents challenges such as multi-jurisdictional coordination, securing funding and lengthy environmental reviews. MSG has a long and successful history of guiding our Clients through these processes by providing professional services including, Planning, Asset Management, Feasibility Studies, Funding Strategy Assistance, Design, Bidding and Construction Management for public works projects.

OU Highlights MSG's Own Philip Bauschard


Our very own Philip Bauschard was highlighted in the Alumni Newspaper for Ohio University for his career in Archaeology. Phil is MSG’s Archaeological Field and Lab Director. His primary responsibilities include supervising field crews, conducting archaeological investigations, processing artifacts for analysis, analyzing prehistoric artifact assemblages, contributing material for technical reports submitted to state and federal agencies, and presenting archaeological findings to public audiences. The cultural resource services offered at MSG are part of the compliance requirements associated with federal historic preservation laws and regulations, including the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (Sections 106/110), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Department of Transportation Act (Section 4f) and others. We help our clients navigate the regulatory process to obtain the federal permit, license or financial assistance necessary to realize a successful project.

ACM is Breaking Ground


The American Center for Mobility (ACM) recently held a groundbreaking ceremony at their 350-acre site at Willow Run in southeast Michigan. ACM is developing a testing hub for the advancement of the connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technology and industry. MSG is proud to be playing a leading role in the development of site concepts for the CAV industry that will improve roadway safety and reduce human fatalities.

Modern Postcard's Marketing Spotlight


Engineers are not typically known for their whimsy, but the MSG Marketing Team successfully changed that mindset with a simple design. Our very own Elizabeth Lopez recaps the successful campaign in the current issue of Modern Postcard's e-newsletter, MP News.

C. Michael Smith Celebrates 40 years at MSG!


C. Michael Smith, PE, Chairman of the Board of The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc. (MSG) is celebrating 40 years with the firm this year. Born and raised in Wilmington, Ohio, Mike earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in geotechnical engineering from the University of Dayton. He moved to Toledo in 1976 and joined the firm of Mannik & Schneider, Inc. as their chief engineer. In 1980 he became a principal in the firm and in 1983 the firm was renamed Mannik & Smith, Inc., focusing primarily on highway and bridge design. In 1983, Mike and fellow shareholder Jaan Mannik formed the consulting firm of Midwest Environmental Consultants to specialize in the areas of environmental design and management. In 2000, Mike led the merger of Mannik & Smith, Inc. and Midwest Environmental Consultants to form The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc. The firm now has eleven offices throughout Ohio and Michigan and employs more than 280 people.

In recognition and celebration of his 40 years of service, we asked Mike some questions about his career at MSG, his advice to others, and changes in the engineering profession. His answers are as follows:

What has it meant to you to have worked at MSG for such a long time? What have you enjoyed the most while working here?

MSG is not a job or employment, it has become a part of me just like a family. When you go home at night, or go on vacation, it is always on your mind. In a world that is constantly changing, MSG has always been a positive and stabilizing influence in my life. What I have enjoyed the most is watching the firm grow, and the development and growth of our employees and key managers.

What advice would you give to younger people just starting their career?

My advice would be to develop a plan as to what you want out of your career (and life) and never give up striving to achieve that plan. Do you want to learn as much technical knowledge that you can? Do you want to get into some level of management? Do you want to get into some interest outside of your engineering career and use your engineering career to support that interest? Decide as early as possible what your plan should be.

What are some of the positive changes you have seen in the engineering profession over the years?

The most important change has been in technology. The development in computer technology has resulted in significant advancement in many design aspects of engineering. The consideration of social conscience in engineering design has also been a positive advancement.

In addition to his career at MSG, Mike has also been active in many different organizations including the National, Ohio and Toledo Society of Professional Engineers; the American and Toledo Society of Civil Engineers; the American Society of Highway Engineers; the American Council of Engineering Companies; and the Ohio Contractor’s Association.

Mike is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Signature Bank. In the past, he has also served on the Zoning Board and Board of Zoning Appraisals for Sylvania Township; on various boards for ProMedica Health System; as President and Board Member for Stone Oak Country Club; and on the Board for the Transportation Advocacy Group of Northwest Ohio.

Mike is the proud father of two children, Jeff and Sarah, and grandfather to Whit. An avid golfer, he resides in Holland, Ohio, and enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.

MSG is Giving Back...

Back in 2014, MSG launched their Community Engagement Initiative, which is a way for our firm and our employees to give back and support a variety of non-profit agencies within the communities where they live, work and play.

Since the initiatives inception, MSG has contributed to 20 organizations across Ohio and Michigan. This year our locations gave back by...


MAUMEE: Many Thanks to the employees in our Maumee, Ohio, office for their support of our recent donation drive for the Toledo Area Humane Society (TAHS), our Toledo 2016 Community Engagement Initiative. Lots of food, toys and paper goods were donated to help support the care of more than 6,000 at-risk animals every year. Employees, along with family members and furry friends, also helped to raise money by participating in TAHS’s Bark in the Park and Yappy Hour events this year.


MONROE: Many Thanks to the employees in our Monroe, Michigan, office for their support of our Monroe 2016 Community Engagement Initiative - the Monroe County Opportunity Program (MCOP). Our recent participation in MCOP’s Walk for Warmth raised donations to help pay the utility bills of people in need in Monroe County. Thanks to everyone who attended this event! We had a great day for a walk.


DETROIT: Many Thanks to the employees in our Detroit, Michigan, office for their support of the Volunteers of America Adopt-A-Family Christmas Drive, our Detroit 2016 Community Engagement Initiative. The Detroit office has adopted a low-income family of four and is collecting toys, clothing and food items to help brighten the holiday season for this family. https://adoptafamilymichigan.o...


COLUMBUS: Many Thanks to the employees in our Columbus, Ohio, office for their support of the Alzheimer’s Association, our Columbus 2016 Community Engagement Initiative. By raising more than $2,000 through the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and other fund raising activities, the Columbus office is helping to meet the needs of people affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.


CLEVELAND/CADIZ: Many Thanks to the employees in our Cleveland and Cadiz, Ohio, offices for their support of the Marine Foundation Toys for Tots of Northeast Ohio, as part of their 2016 Community Engagement Initiative. The US Marine Corps Reserve, veterans, and other local volunteers distribute these donated toys as Christmas gifts to area children in need. http://brookpark-oh.toysfortot...

CANTON: Many Thanks to the employees in our Canton, Michigan, office for their support of the Canton Goodfellows No Child Without a Christmas program. As part of our Canton 2016 Community Engagement Initiative, the Canton office has adopted a low-income family and will be providing toys and much needed winter clothing to four children.

MSG is a Proud Sponsor of the 2016 APA NW Ohio Planning & Zoning Workshop


MSG is proud to be a sponsor for the 2016 Planning & Zoning Workshop, sponsored by the American Planning Association, (APA) Northwest Ohio Chapter, at the Hensville Roost in downtown Toledo. MSG’s Chief Planner and APA Northwest Section Director Pat Etchie, AICP, helped to coordinate the workshop. Topics included urban, rural and small community planning, how autonomous vehicle are reshaping communities and the promotion of partnerships in support of community projects.

Toledo's Cullen Park is Featured in Properties Magazine


Toledo’s Cullen Park green infrastructure project is featured in Properties magazine. Designed by MSG, the project helped to restore ecological services to the park and draw visitors back to it open space and unique habitat. Boardwalks now allow access throughout the park without disrupting the surrounding wetlands, which now act as vernal pools – making them an ideal habitat for amphibians while filtering stormwater runoff discharges into Maumee Bay. Interpretive signage, also design by MSG, helps to educate visitors on the importance of restoring and maintaining ecological resources.