Archives March 2017
MSG Brings Home the ACEC Outstanding Small Project Award
Big news for a great project!
The American Council of Engineering Companies of Ohio (ACEC Ohio) recently recognized 29 projects as part of their annual Engineering Excellence Awards Competition. The award program brings well-deserved public recognition to Ohio's engineering industry by spotlighting engineering projects that demonstrate a high degree of uniqueness, ingenuity and value.
“The talent and achievements the engineering community shares at this award ceremony is truly inspiring,” stated Beth Easterday, President of ACEC Ohio. “They are building connections and enhacing communities every day.”
This year, MSG received the Outstanding Small Project award for the Road 17C Bridge over the Maimi and Erie Canal in Florida, Ohio. Designed for the Office of the Henry County Engineer, the MSG design team incorporated the historical importance of the canal system into the design of the bridge, designed the structure to be installed using Accelerated Bridge Construction, and addressed complex hydraulic considerations on the project.
Thanks to Henry County for this great opportunity! http://www.acecohio.org/aws/AC...
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Gold Sponsor of NORED's Annual Meeting
MSG was proud to be a Gold Sponsor of the Northwest Ohio Regional Economic Development (NORED) Annual Meeting in Perrysburg, Ohio with Matt Ouimet, the CEO of Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, as the keynote speaker. As a member of NORED, MSG works with economic development practitioners and partners spanning 12 counties throughout northwest Ohio to increase job opportunities and improve the quality of life throughout the region. http://nored.org/
Celebrating the Black Swamp Conservancy’s Blue Grass & Green Acres Event
MSG was a proud sponsor of the Black Swamp Conservancy’s 6th Annual Blue Grass & Green Acres celebration, which was held at the Carranor Hunt and Polo Club in Perrysburg, Ohio. The event helps to support land conservation efforts in northwest Ohio. The non-profit Black Swamp Conservancy protects more than 16,070 acres of natural habitats and family farms. http://www.blackswamp.org/
ProMedica Wins Greater Ohio Sustainable Development Award
Congratulations to our valued Client, ProMedica for winning the Greater Ohio Sustainable Development Award for its downtown Toledo headquarters project. The award recognizes an entity in the private sector that has demonstrated a commitment to and excellence in existing communities and strengthening local economies. ProMedica is a nonprofit health system serving NW Ohio that will move its headquarters to downtown Toledo in the summer of 2017, bringing 1,000 jobs and $60M investment.
Scott Quesenberry Named New Shareholder
MSG has named Scott Quesenberry as a shareholder to the ownership group of MSG. Quesenberry serves as Vice President of Ohio Construction at MSG and has more than 28 years of experience in construction inspection and materials testing for transportation projects including heavy civil, lead abatement and painting steel structures.
In his position, Quesenberrry works directly with ODOT, other transportation authorities and prequalified consulting firms to align the strengths of each inspector with the needs of each client and the work to be performed. His experience and understanding of ODOT, and personal network have allowed him to build construction inspection groups at two other firms prior to joining MSG. Quesenberry oversees all documentation and communication with each client to ensure satisfaction and quality of work.
Quesenberry’s experience, reputation and knowledge have helped grow MSG’s Ohio Construction Services group into one of the top-tier service providers in the state. MSG President and CEO, Richard F. Bertz, PE, PS, stated that, “Scott’s entrepreneurial spirit and business sense have contributed to his success in the construction inspection industry. We recognize his talents will be key to our success as we move forward.”
Silver Sponsor of UA's Concrete Canoe Team
MSG-Cleveland was a Silver sponsor for the University of Akron’s Concrete Canoe Team. The Civil Engineering students involved in the competition cast this year’s canoe, The Wright Way. Once cured, the canoe will be sanded and finished for entry in the Ohio Valley Student Conference Regional competition in the spring. Evaluation criteria include technical approach, innovative design and aesthetic aspects. Racing against teams from Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania, the UA team hopes to advance to the ASCE National competition in June. The annual competition provides the opportunity to gain hands-on, practical experience and leadership skills as well as build awareness of the versatility and durability of concrete as a construction material and its application in the industry.
Girls Like Engineering Too!
Celebrating Engineers Week Girl Day - “I became an engineer so that I could cultivate my love for creativity, and I chose civil engineering so that I could improve our local landscape. I love that every day presents new problems to solve, and I am amazed by the development that we are capable of creating as a team. As engineers, we are called to find new & innovative solutions for our world, while also providing practiced methods for implementation. My greatest reward is when I see the results of my work – from plan drawings to final construction! ” – MSG Civil Engineer, Breanna Anderson.
Engineers for a Day in Maumee
We had lots of excitement in Maumee as we welcomed future engineers to our office, as part of our Engineers Week Celebration. Students from Swanton and Clay High School are competing to design a freeway corridor between two cities. In addition to the roadway, each design team also needs to accommodate environmental impacts and endangered species habitats along the project route.
Nick Savage Named Young Engineer of the Year
Congratulations to our Nick Savage, EI, named 2017 Young Engineer of the Year by the Toledo Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE). Nick joined MSG in 2012 and is an integral member of our transportation structural engineering group and our construction inspection group. For the past four years, Nick has enjoyed participating in MSG’s Engineer for a Day program working with area high school students interested in the engineering profession. A graduate of Trine University with a BS in Civil Engineering, Nick is a Trustee with TSPE and a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers.
Reducing Erosion at Defiance's Pontiac Park
The City of Defiance, Ohio will be reducing erosion along Pontiac Park and other highly visible areas near downtown with a $400K Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant. MSG is working with the city on the streambank restoration project and helped the city to apply for the GLRI funding. Minimizing erosion along the riverbank will help to improve water quality by reducing sediments flowing into the river. Self-sustaining, low maintenance plantings will help stabilize the bank and restore native habitat. https://goo.gl/k7h7Rj
Securing Funding for Historic Knights of Columbus Building in Findlay
MSG's Cultural Resources team helped secure federal and state historic preservation tax credits to help finance the rehabilitation of the former Knights of Columbus building in Findlay, Ohio. Located in the Downtown Historic District, the building was constructed in 1876 and occupied for over 20 years by David Adams, the first African American barber in Hancock County, Ohio.
Born and raised in Urbana, Adams married and came to Findlay around 1848, where he became a well-known local businessman. In the 1850s, he was a conductor on the Underground Railroad, helping scores of fugitive slaves travel from Findlay to the Canadian border and freedom. At the close of the war, he drove a team of horses across the country and lived in the West for three years, travelling by boat around Cape Horn on his return to Ohio.
Back in Findlay, David Adams operated his barbershop from a first-floor storefront on the south side of the County Courthouse. He retired in 1893 and passed away in 1913. In 2001 a historical marker was dedicated in downtown Findlay acknowledging the Underground Railroad work of David Adams and others in the county. Several of his descendants are still living in the Findlay area.
Flood-damaged and vacant for several years, the former Knights of Columbus building was rehabilitated in 2016. It now contains three deluxe townhouse apartments that are within easy reach of Findlay’s downtown businesses and entertainment, reflecting the growing popularity of walkable communities throughout the country. With the help of MSG’s preservation professionals, the developers realized over $180,000 in savings on their project.
MSG Transforms U of M Courtyard
Students at the University of Michigan are looking forward to spring – and the newly renovated, barrier-free 42E Courtyard extending from the North Campus “Grove” to the GG Brown building. MSG transformed the courtyard into a hillside forest with accessible passage, a canopy of trees and ferns, and filtered storm water management through a stream and waterfall. Challenges included a myriad of underground utilities that had to be relocated or lowered, while incorporating mature trees and ADA-compliant ramps into the design.
Chris Homan Presents at OSPE Meeting
MSG Senior Project Manager Chris Homan, PE, presented on the award-winning Road 17C Bridge over the Miami and Erie Canal at a recent meeting of the Ohio Society for Professional Engineers, Maumee Valley Chapter, at Northwest State Community College. Chris discussed the intricacies of the design, as well as how the aesthetics of the bridge design emphasize its historical significance.
MSG Welcomes Tim Miles
MSG is pleased to welcome Timothy Miles as Director of Project Management & Operations in our Detroit Office. Tim will assist MSG’s Detroit Office with the continuation of growth and development in the Southeast Michigan service areas. He has a 40-year career of professional experience in Mechanical Systems, Design and Engineering, Underground Utilities, Urban Infrastructure and Construction Project Management. Tim is a well-known and regarded leader in the construction and engineering community and has fostered a relationship with MSG spanning more than 10 years. Tim previously served as the Director of Construction and Contract Services for the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and will complement MSG's staff with his vast experience that will support the continued growth throughout our 11 regional offices.
Sheri Bokros Named New Shareholder
MSG has named Sheri L. Bokros as a shareholder to the ownership group of MSG. Bokros serves as Vice President of Business Development at MSG and has been with the firm for more than 12 years.
In her position, Bokros is responsible for strategic planning, business development and the promotion of long-term client relationships. She directs marketing and sales efforts in the firm’s eleven offices throughout Ohio and Michigan and is credited with helping to improve MSG’s market position while achieving steady and consistent growth.
In announcing Bokros as a new shareholder, MSG President and CEO, Richard F. Bertz, PE, PS, noted Bokros is a “consensus builder.” “Sheri has demonstrated an ability to lead and has an uncanny ability to develop strong external relationships leading to significant business for MSG,” he added.
A graduate of the University of Toledo with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, Bokros is heavily involved in the northwest Ohio community. She has been recognized by her peers by being appointed as only the second woman board member in the history of the Wood County Economic Development Corporation, awarded the Flame Award by the Northwest Ohio Regional Economic Development agency, the Torch Award by The Epilepsy Center of Northwest Ohio, and is a soccer coach for Anthony Wayne United.