Archives July 2017

Heading to the Ohio Freight Conference


Employees from MSG are heading to the Ohio Freight Conference this month to learn more about the rapidly-changing capacity improvements and innovations to safely move freight across the Great Lakes region. Multi-modal industry leaders will share their expertise in the areas of smart transportation technology, and discuss the importance of freight transportation planning and freight-related economic development. The conference will be held August 2-4, and is hosted by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), the Ohio Association of Regional Council (OARC), and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).

MSG's Sean Kelley gives Autonomous Vehicle Presentation at COMTO Conference


MSG’s Sean Kelley presented on “Connected and Automated Transportation in Michigan” recently at the National Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) in Detroit. MSG has emerged as a leader in the planning and design of test facilities for automated vehicles. Sean’s presentation focused on how these facilities will advance automated and connected vehicle technology and why autonomous vehicles are important to humanity on a global scale.

MSG's Jean Hartline leads class at ODOT's Traffic Academy


MSG's Jean Hartline, PE, PTOE, shared decades of experience as she led a class in Traffic Signal Operations for the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Traffic Academy. Working with co-instructor John Albeck of Albeck Gerken, Jean covered a wide range of information on signal design and operations including plan presentation, signal time parameters, traffic modeling, preemption and quantity calculations. A leader in the traffic engineering field, Jean has helped to promote safety and effectiveness on thoroughfares throughout the Midwest.  

Market Sector Spotlight on Energy


MSG's Energy Service Engineers are working with a national natural gas pipeline company to prevent a disruption in services as slope and roadway failures are corrected by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) in Belmont County. To ensure the safety of existing underground pipelines, MSG engineers are studying the structural integrity of the renovated roadway and new retaining wall, providing geotechnical evaluations, and presenting alternatives to the client and ODOT. Our leadership in this public-private endeavor helps to promote economic interests while protecting the environment.

Catch Today's Greatest Hits in Transportation


MSG joined over 650 attendees at the 108th Annual Meeting of the Mid-America Association of State Transportation Officials (MAASTO) hosted by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). The 2017 meeting welcomed professionals from across the midwest to Cleveland to learn about emerging trends in Transportation technology, operations, and policy issues, and the evolving role state agencies and consultants play in improving the area’s infrastructure. The goal of MAASTO is to “foster the development, operation, and maintenance of an integrated and balanced transportation system that adequately serves the transportation needs of the ten member states” including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Ohio.

Zweig Group Ranks MSG as a 2017 Hot Firm


The Zweig Group has announced their 2017 Hot Firm Award List and MSG made the cut! We placed 48 out of 100 firms. Every year the Zweig Group recognizes the 100 fastest-growing architecture, engineering, planning and environmental consulting firms in the United States. “Getting on the Hot Firm List is like winning an Oscar. It says you are the best at what you do – running an A/E/P or environmental consulting firm – in an industry made up of 100,000 companies,” said Mark Zweig, chairman & founder of Zweig Group. Thank you to both our staff and clients, without you a recognition like this wouldn’t be possible!

Demarius Clemons gets MSG Scholarship at 2017 MI COMTO Conference


Congratulations to Demarius Clemons, recipient of the MSG Scholarship, awarded during the 2017 Michigan Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) 6th Annual Golf Outing Awards Ceremony. A recent graduate of Renaissance High School in Detroit, Demarius will be attending the University of Michigan in the fall where he will major in mechanical engineering. MSG has been an ongoing sponsor of COMTO’s Annual Golf Outing that raises funds to award academic scholarships to minority undergraduate and graduate students. COMTO’s mission is to provide a forum for minority professionals in the transportation industry through advocacy, information sharing, training, education, and professional development.  

Climbing the ENR charts...


Engineering News Record (ENR) magazine has named The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc. (MSG) as one of the Top 500 Design Firms in the US and one of the Top 100 Design Firms in the Midwest. Each year, ENR compiles statistics on revenue and service sectors from design firms nationwide to compile the list, which is seen as an industry-wide indicator of market share and growth.

Nationwide, MSG moved from an ENR ranking of 398 in 2016 to a ranking of 307 in 2017 with revenues exceeding $42.8 million. The firm also emerged as one of the Top 100 Design Firms in the Midwest with a ranking of 32 in 2017.

MSG President and CEO Richard F. Bertz, PE, credits the firm’s success to “a great staff with the knowledge and experience to help our clients reach and often exceed their goals.”

“We continue to emphasize communication throughout our organization,” explained Bertz. “Although we are a large multidisciplined organization we continue to work as an integrated team on every project with engineers, scientists and technicians from different service sectors routinely working together and sharing information. I believe this is key to our success.”

Project Highlight: Coldwater to Bronson Pipeline


MSG's Energy Services Engineers have recently completed design and permitting services and are now providing construction management services for a new 12-mile, natural gas pipeline from Coldwater to Bronson for Michigan Gas Utilities. MSG provided a multitude of services on the project including environmental compliance, geotechnical investigations, permitting, stormwater management, and surveying. MSG’s civil engineers, environmental scientists and surveyors have worked in partnership with energy firms throughout the Midwest in the planning and design of safe pipeline infrastructure.

MSG's Greg Mack recieves the "Simply Super Service" Award from MDOT


Congratulations to MSG Transportation Engineer, Greg Mack who recently received a “Simply Super Service” award from the Michigan Dept. of Transportation (MDOT) for his leadership on the American Center for Mobility (ACM) project–relative to repurposing a portion of Michigan Ave (US-12) for ACM use. The award is normally presented exclusively to MDOT employees; however, due to the high level of public/private teamwork, MDOT deemed it appropriate to present this award to MSG. Great job Greg! MDOT Senior Project Manager Kelby Wallace (left) presented Greg with his award.

Big Trends in Transportation


MSG was excited to share insights on “Big Trends in Transportation,” and attend multiple training sessions at the Ohio Department of Transportation/ American Council of Engineering Companies of Ohio (ODOT/ACEC Ohio) Partnering Conference  in Columbus, Ohio. This annual event brings together ODOT managers and administrators from all 12 Districts with members of ACEC Ohio to discuss practices that help improve the continually evolving working relationship between agencies and consultants. 


2017 ASCE Project of the Year: McCord Road Grade Separation


MSG is proud to announce the McCord Road Grade Separation project as the recipient of the 2017 Project of the Year Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers – Toledo Section. As the Design Engineer on this $32M project, MSG worked closely with ODOT and the Office of the Lucas County Engineer to address safety at this dangerous and busy railroad crossing. The McCord Road project involved the design of a railroad bridge, a four-lane underpass, an adjacent roundabout, and extensive storm water management facilities.  

MSGetsfit in the D!


National Public Works Week


MSG recognizes National Public Works Week!  As one of the most trusted engineering firms in the Midwest, we applaud the efforts of local leaders in the planning, maintenance, and design of infrastructure to promote livable communities. The integrity and quality of our streets, roads, bridges, and water, sanitary sewer, and storm water management facilities helps to keep us healthy and safe while allowing our communities to grow and prosper.   



Need to investigate subsurface conditions and evaluate earthworks for your projects?

Our in-house drilling fleet includes multiple all-terrain rigs that are capable of a wide range of soil and site conditions including access and height restrictions. These self-propelled drill rigs are meant for tough, tight, congested, or high-profile areas that work well in less-than-perfect conditions such as mud, very loose sand, and shallow water.  Our experienced drilling operators perform soil borings, disturbed/ undisturbed soil sampling, pavement coring and sampling, install monitoring wells, piezometers and inclinometers, and conduct laboratory testing. Our team of geotechnical engineers utilizes this information to design foundations, retaining walls, deep excavations and other underground structures.   

By maintaining in-house drill rigs and a nationally-certified laboratory, we can deliver projects efficiently while providing cost-saving measures.  Our specially trained staff is experienced in geotechnical engineering, geology, hydrogeology, and geophysics with the experience, know-how and resources to resolve any geotechnical and subsurface issue that will be present on your project.  

Gold Sponosr of the APA Central Ohio Planning & Zoning Workshop


MSG is a Gold Sponsor of the American Planning Association (APA) Ohio – Central Ohio Planning & Zoning Workshop in Columbus, Ohio. We collaborated with planners, engineers, city managers and regional leaders to exchange ideas about topics, such as economic development tools, successful neighborhood planning projects and approaches to negotiating downtown parking.

Proud Sponsor of MHPN 's Statewide Conference


MSG was a proud sponsor of “Imagine the Power of Partnerships,” the 37th Annual Statewide Conference of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN). MSG’s cultural resource staff supports MHPN’s collaborative efforts to help safeguard architectural treasures, understand and protect archaeological resources and revitalize communities, while emphasizing the power of preservation to spur economic development.     

Jackie Stalzer celebrates 30 years at MSG


Cheers to Jackie Stalzer for her 30 years of service to MSG! As the supervisor of our billing team in the Accounting Department, Jackie keeps us all in line with billings and many other tasks with lots of smiles, laugher and kindness. MSG President & CEO Rich Bertz, presented Jackie with her service award and congratulated her for her hard work, team spirit and ability to work through even the most complex challenges with determination and humor. Congratulations Jackie!

Maumee Transportation Army Declares Victory


Victory has been declared in our “Not Just Pennies War” to benefit the Autism Society of NW Ohio (ASNO), our Maumee office Community Engagement Initiative organization. Different “armies” within our Maumee office “battled” during Autism Awareness Month, to collect coins and sabotage other “armies” with paper money. Our Transportation Group won the war by firing the final volley in our last battle with nearly $800 in coin. Of course, once all cash and coin was totaled, the real winner was ASNO, which received a grand total donation of $2,052.64 to help improve the lives of people affected by autism.

Proud Sponsor of the Ohio Stormwater Conference


MSG was a proud sponsor of the 10thAnnual Ohio Stormwater Conference, at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio. We welcomed the opportunity to meet, network and collaborate with our peers involved with watershed and stormwater management.

MSG Welcomes Beth Thornton, PE


MSG is pleased to announce the addition of transportation professional Beth Thornton, PE, to the firm. Beth serves as the Roadway Team Leader for our Transportation Group.

Beth has nearly 20 years of experience in project management and design in the transportation engineering industry. Previously employed in both the private and public sectors, Beth has led many large and small scale projects providing services as roadway geometric design, drainage design, stormwater analysis management, erosion sediment pollution control design, right of way plan development, maintenance of traffic, signing and pavement marketing, pavement design, quantity tabulation and quality control.  At MSG, Beth will focus on leading our transportation group on project delivery, operational coordination, business development and strategic planning.

“Serving the transportation needs of our clients has always been a priority for MSG,” explained MSG Vice President of Transportation, Steve Bergman, PE.  “Beth will be instrumental in strengthening our transportation practice and delivering innovative solutions to our clients throughout Ohio."

As a leader in the transportation community, Welcome Beth!

Roundabouts 101


Everything you’ve always wanted to know about Roundabouts! The Lucas County Engineer has posted a great story map on roundabouts including the benefits, ins and outs, safety features, photos, and an interactive map. Guidelines and design considerations are woven into this easy to use – and interesting – on-line tool that uses the County’s 14 modern roundabouts to demonstrate their efficiency and explain navigation techniques.

MSG is Movin on up...


We are proud to announce that MSG ranked #307 on the Engineering News Record's (ENR) Top 500 Design Firm list! We jumped 91 spots in just one year. This is our highest ranking yet and the biggest jump between years that we have ever made. A big thank you to our Clients and our Employees for without you this feat would not have been possible!

"Clear Choices, Clean Water" Initiative


MSG thanks the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Government’s Stormwater Coalition for bringing the national initiative, “Clear Choices, Clean Water” to northwest Ohio. Supported by 24 regional government partners, the “Clear Choices, Clean Water – Greater Toledo Lake Erie” initiative features an interactive website to educate the public on measures we all can take at home to protect our lakes and streams. http://toledolakeerie.clearcho...

Welcome to MSG, Darren Schimmoeller, PE


MSG is pleased to announce the addition of transportation professional Darren Schimmoeller, PE, to the firm. Darren will serve as the Senior Construction Engineer for the Ohio Transportation Construction Group.

Darren has over 25 years of experience in the transportation engineering industry. Previously employed with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), Darren has led many large-scale projects ranging from planning to design and through to construction. Most recently, Darren was responsible for the administration and delivery of the annual construction program for ODOT’s District 1. His experience and responsibilities in coordinating local, state and federally-funded projects to be constructed in compliance with quality standards is a great foundation for his responsibilities at MSG. At MSG, Darren will focus on leading project delivery, operational coordination, business development and strategic planning.

“Serving the transportation needs of the state of Ohio – from rural roadways to interstates – has always been a priority for us,” explained MSG Vice President/Construction Services, Aric Bennett.  “We believe Darren will be instrumental in helping us to strengthen our client services for Transportation projects throughout the state of Ohio as we continue to expand our Construction Engineering and Inspection Services group."

Welcome Darren!

AIPG Presentation by our own Dave Adler


MSG's Certified Professional Geologist (CPG), Dave Adler, delivered a presentation on the Benefits of Membership in the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) to students majoring in geoscience at Michigan Technological University (MTU). As an AIPG member, Dave has 34 years of experience as a geologist, is an MTU alumnus and works as a CPG in our Canton, Michigan office. Dave specializes in environmental and engineering geology, hydrogeology, landfills, underground construction and regulatory compliance.

Batter Up in the Big D!


Batter Up in the Big D!  Our Opening Day festivities in Detroit included staff and clients showing their team spirit and cheering on the Detroit Tigers for their Season Opener. MSG’s Annual Tailgate celebration included plenty of hot dogs and party food to help our fans cheer on the Tigers!

Ohio's Inaugural Civil Rights Symposium Sponsor


MSG was a proud sponsor of Ohio’s Inaugural Civil Rights Symposium for Transportation, hosted by the Ohio Department of Transportation. During this two-day event, thought leaders from business, government and academia will lead discussions on issues related to contracting, business development, regulatory compliance and the future of transportation. 

Rasing Awareness for Autism


Our Maumee office has chosen to support the Autism Society of Northwest Ohio (ASNO) as their 2017 Community Engagement Initiative organization. Activities to support ASNO include the display of Autism Awareness ribbons on all Maumee office company vehicles, a Not Just Pennies War fundraiser and sponsorship/participation in ASNO’s upcoming Lace It Face It Autism Walk on August 19, 2017. #AutismAwareness

Discover the Global Day of the Engineer


Discover the Global Day of the Engineer – MSG is proud of the more than 100 engineers on our staff dedicated to meeting the needs of our clients across the Midwest. Their commitment to quality, focus on innovation, ability to find solutions, enthusiasm and teamwork are the basis of our success. We celebrate each and every one of them as they continue to make our world a better place.   

Drive Toward Zero Crashes


Work Zone Safety is in Your Hands - MSG got the word out for National Work Zone Awareness Week. As the construction season began, our staff of construction and transportation engineering professionals reminded us to use extra caution in work zones. Slow down and save lives.

Presenting Sponsor at the TMACOG Transportation Summit


MSG was proud to be a presenting sponsor of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) 2017 Transportation Summit, at Premier Banquet Hall in Toledo. MSG Project Manager Jean Hartline, PE, PTOE, was a featured speaker at the event where she discussed the planning, design and performance of the Single Point Urban Interchange, designed by MSG at the I-475 and Central Ave in Lucas County. Each year, the TMACOG Transportation Summit provides a forum for discussing the transportation of both people and goods in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.

Great Lakes AOC Conference


MSG attended the 2017 Great Lakes Area of Concern (AOC) conference, sponsored by the USEPA, at Grand Valley State University. The Great Lakes AOC conference gives participants a chance to share ideas, review the status of the program, showcase successes and discuss common challenges in helping to restore US AOCs throughout the Great Lakes, the largest source of fresh water on the planet. Restoration work for Great Lakes AOC projects are largely funded through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).

Fest-N-Feast Ducks Unlimited Sponsor


MSG was a proud sponsor of the Monroe Ducks Unlimited Fest-N-Feast Annual Banquet, at the Monroe, Michigan, County Fairgrounds. Ducks Unlimited helps to preserve and restore our wetlands, maximizing the amount and quality of waterfowl nesting habitat, as well as improving habitat conditions for migrating waterfowl.

Detroit Drives Degrees


MSG was proud to sponsor the “Detroit Drives Degrees Breakfast”! We joined local leaders at the Detroit Athletic Club for the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Talent Outlook: Detroit Drives Degrees (D3) breakfast. The program featured perspectives from the private and public sector and highlight work the D3 initiative is doing in the region to strengthen the talent pipeline and meet the growing demands of employers, such as MSG.   

MSG's Support of Operation Backpack a Success


The MSG Cleveland & Cadiz offices selected OPERATION BACKPACK as their Community Engagement Initiative for 2017. The mission of the campaign is to collect new backpacks, filled with school supplies, for the Volunteers of America Greater Ohio (VOAGO) to distribute to homeless and at-risk children, allowing them to start the school year feeling prepared and confi­dent. We are proud to announce, that with the help of family, friends, and employees, we have collected and filled 61 backpacks, which we will deliver to VOAGA at the Cleveland 19 News live collection event at Marc’s in Mentor, Ohio.