Archives March 2016

MSG at the 2016 MTA Conference


Congratulations to the Michigan Township Association (MTA) for a successful 2016 Conference & Expo in Detroit. Lots of great information on topics ranging from planning and zoning to infrastructure improvements. We are proud to be a part of this educational tradition that brings together more than 1,000 local leaders every year.

The MTA represents 1,240 local units of government that govern over 96% of Michigan's land area, in which over 58% of Michigan's property values are located. Townships provide essential services to over 51% of Michigan's citizens, and deliver the best value for local services.

MSG at the 2016 MACDC Winter Conference


Proud to have been a part of the Michigan Association of County Drain Commissioners (MACDC) Annual Winter Conference at Grand Traverse Resort, Feb. 10th–12th. MACDC holds two three-day conferences each year. They are great for networking with Members and Associate Members. At these events, you can learn about Drain Commissioners' needs and future projects.

Drain Commissioners are public officials charged with administering Michigan laws related to flood protection, storm water management, and soil erosion. They build and maintain many millions of dollars worth of infrastructure to serve Michigan citizens.

The Michigan Association of County Drain Commissioners is dedicated to protection of the health, safety, and welfare of Michigan's citizens, their lands and environmental quality, and to the protection and restoration of Michigan's water resources. They seek to accomplish these goals by promoting professional development, continuing education, and encouraging member involvement.

They promote continuing improvement in Drain Commissioners' implementation of their myriad responsibilities through use of the latest standards, technologies and methods for storm water management, water resource protection, drainage, financial management, customer service, and public administration.

MSG in the Commercial - Retail Market



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.

With over 260 employees across 10 offices, MSG has been providing engineering consulting services for more than 60 years. Our multi-disciplined service portfolio includes: Civil / Structural Engineering & Permitting, Planning / Landscape Architecture, Transportation Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Surveying, Geotechnical Engineering, Construction Engineering / Inspection / Materials Testing and Funding Strategy Assistance.

Celebrating Engineers Week 2016!


MSG Celebrated Engineers Week with a multitude of activities! We're proud of our staff of more than 100 engineering professionals. The creativity and problem-solving skills of these dedicated professionals have helped to make our world a better place.

Engineer for a Day at MSG


MSG is helping to inspire the next generation of engineers! Our Toledo office welcomed students from Blissfield High School in Blissfield, Michigan, and Eastwood High School in Pemberville, Ohio, as part of our Engineers Week Program. We're excited to show these talented young people how to make a difference in the world through engineering. Our program was led by MSG structural engineer and Toledo Society of Professional Engineers President Travis Rhoades, along with fellow MSG engineers Derek Hess and Nick Savage.

MSG Attends the 2016 MiAPPA Winter Conference


MSG attended the Michigan Association of Physical Plant Administrators (MiAPPA) annual Winter Conference — Leadership in Michigan Educational Facilities at Oakland University in Rochester, MI on February 22nd–24th. MiAPPA is an affiliate of the Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA). We are also affiliated with the Midwest APPA (MAPPA). This organization is comprised of higher education facilities professionals, business members and emeritus institutional members.

MiAPPA typically hosts a winter conference and a summer conference focused on the innovations and best practices for the facilities and institutions that we serve. These conferences rotate to various university campuses in Michigan. The conferences also serve as an opportunity for business members to network with the key facilities professionals that make the decisions on how to improve the operations of their respective campuses.

MiAPPA believes in developing the future of Facilities Management. They offer the Supervisor toolkit annually at the winter conference. MiAPPA also promotes to our members the APPA University EFP and CEFP programs. MiAPPA currently offers scholarship opportunities for young facilities professionals of member institutions to attend these programs annually.

NW Ohio's First SPUI


MSG's design of the first Single Point Urban Interchange (SPUI) in northwestern Ohio will improve the congested I-475/US 23 and US 20 (Central Avenue) interchange in Lucas County. The $38M project also includes 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, traffic control, retaining walls, and noise walls.

Project Highlight: DRCFA's COBO Center


MSG served as the lead Civil and Structural Engineering consultant for Roadway, Bridge and Infrastructure improvements for the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority (DRCFA). MSG was responsible for all exterior public improvements surrounding COBO Center. The Washington Boulevard & Civic Center Drive Reconfiguration was a significant portion of the exterior improvements completed at COBO Center. From the inception of the COBO Center Capital Improvement Program in 2012, MSG provided professional engineering services for the exterior improvements which included the abandonment of the existing Civic Center Drive, the renovations to the Underground Parking Garage, the construction of the drop-off circle and additional traffic lanes at the former intersection of Civic Center Drive and Washington Boulevard, the traffic turnaround on Civic Center Drive and the bridge rehabilitation on the Washington Boulevard Bridge over M-10.

MSG Sponsors BSA Event


MSG was proud to be a Bronze Sponsor at the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), Dan Beard Council, 2016 Good Scout Awards Luncheon today. We are supporting the BSA Hopkins District, which encompasses 19 inner city communities in Cincinnati and serves nearly 2,000 youth with one traditional troop, 19 outreach programs, and numerous weekend activities.

MSG is Building Bridges


MSG was a proud sponsor of the Summit County Engineer's Miniature Bridge Building Competition, now in its 16th year. The event was held on February 26, 2016 at the University of Akron and is designed to encourage area high school students to implement scientific and mathematical principles they have learned in the classroom. Teams designed and built balsa wood bridges that are judged on aesthetics, compliance to specifications, and load carrying capacity. Winners received cash prizes and scholarship opportunities.


Hooray for Hensville!


We're excited about the grand opening of Hensville this month in downtown Toledo and grateful to have been part of the team involved in making it a reality. MSG helped the Toledo Mud Hens baseball organization research funding strategies, prepare grant applications and comply with grant requirements to help bring the $21M Hensville project to fruition. We also provided the surveying services necessary to transform the downtown brownfield sites into an entertainment venue with a picturesque outdoor area and the previously vacant buildings into indoor, year-round dining and banquet space. We thank the Mud Hens for their ongoing commitment to community revitalization and we look forward to seeing you at Hensville!

MSG Attends 2016 Great Lakes AOC Conference


MSG attended the 2016 Great Lakes Area of Concern (AOC) Conference on March 1st–3rd at the University of Michigan — Dearborn. Sponsored by the USEPA, the annual conference brought together AOC representatives to discuss processes and management plans to remediate and restore the Great Lakes. MSG is pleased to work closely with clients and project partners on projects that restore ecological services to the landscape and improve water quality.

MSG Attends the 2016 CES Design & Construction Conference


MSG was proud to be a part of the 64th Annual Design & Construction Conference Tradeshow hosted by the Cleveland Engineering Society (CES) and the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS). The March 3rd event was held at the LaCentre Conference Facility in Westlake will focus on "Reinvesting in the North Coast" and will feature NE Ohio A/E/C industry presentations and speakers. Our own Tony Urankar introduced the ODOT Deputy Directors from Districts 3, 4 and 12 for the 10:15 Track-One Session (Public Agency Updates).

Supporting the NORED Mission


MSG was a proud sponsor of the Northwest Ohio Regional Economic Development (NORED) annual meeting on March 3rd, in Perrysburg. The keynote speaker for the annual meeting was Randy Oostra, President & CEO of ProMedica Health System. 

As a NORED member, MSG supports a strong network of regional businesses who actively partner together and advocate for each other's continued success and growth. NORED provides professional development programs for its members, advocates for legislative changes to enhance economic development, and implements programs to market the benefits of locating in Northwest Ohio.

Supporting the Black Swamp Conservancy


MSG had a lot of fun at the Black Swamp Conservancy Blue Grass & Green Acres annual fundraising event on March 11th at the Carranor Hunt & Polo Club in Perrysburg. Once again, MSG was a sponsor for the event, which featured a live auction, raffle tables, and, this year, the Corn Potato String Band. The Black Swamp Conservancy protects more than 15,700 acres of natural habitats and family farms across northwest Ohio. MSG supports the mission of the Black Swamp Conservancy to restore and preserve natural lands for future generations.

MSG is a Platinum Sponsor at the OVOGA General Member Meeting


MSG was proud to be a Platinum Sponsor for the Ohio Valley Oil & Gas Association (OVOGA) General Member Meeting at Belmont College in St. Clairsville on Thursday, March 10th. MSG's Senior VP, Mark Smoley will be on hand to welcome Paul Wojciechowski, PTTGC America, who will discuss the proposed world-scale ethane cracker plant in Mead Township. The envisioned petrochemical complex in Belmont County would bring thousands of construction jobs, and hundreds of permanent jobs to the Dilles Bottom-Shadyside area. MSG is providing subconsultant support services for front-end engineering and design.

Getting Engaged with the TAHS


MSG's Maumee office kicked off their 2016 Community Engagement program with a Lunch & Learn on our chosen charity — the Toledo Area Humane Society (TAHS). Kelle Pack, TAHS Director of Development, discussed the mission of TAHS and how our employees can be involved. During the year, MSG employees will have the opportunity to train to be dog walkers and cat cuddlers and participate in Bark in the Park, TAHS's annual fundraiser, which MSG will help to sponsor. Other activities include a Yappy Hour to benefit TAHS this summer and a donation drive in the fall.

MSG Gets ACEC Honors for Mcity Project


The American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan recently honored firms for engineering and surveying excellence during the association's annual Awards ceremony. MSG was honored with an Engineering Merit Award for the Mcity Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Test Facility. Autonomous and Connected Vehicles (ACV) will become a societal reality sooner than most of us think. The goal of Mcity is to accelerate the progress for advancing ACV technology via a diverse "real-world" protected environment so that ACVs will eventually be safe (and legal) on public roadways. Mcity is constructed on roughly 32 acres that include the following diverse transportation environments: urban, suburban, and rural roadways; a limited access freeway with on/off ramps; rural and urban railroad crossings; intersections; traffic circle; roundabout; and a simulated tree shading and tunnel.

MSG's Dorr Street Corridor Project Wins ACEC Award


MSG has received an Outstanding Achievement Award in the 2016 ACEC of Ohio Engineering Excellence Awards competition. MSG earned the award for Toledo's Dorr Street Corridor project, which transformed Dorr Street bordering the University of Toledo from a congested, unsafe and pedestrian-unfriendly roadway to a safer, visually appealing, walkable and mobility-friendly transportation corridor. The improvements promote greater livability among students and residents and create a positive environment for local businesses.

The project was a collaboration of efforts between the Maumee and Canton offices. Many thanks to our client, the City of Toledo, in partnership with the University and ODOT — and especially the many dedicated employees who were part of this effort.

You can view the project in Google Earth at the following coordinates: 41°39'11.60" N  83°37'20.25" W.