Archives February 2018

Summit County Miniture Bridge Building Competition

Engineers Week 2018: MSG-Cleveland is a proud sponsor of the Summit County Engineer’s Miniature Bridge Building Competition, now in its 18th year. The event, being held February 23 at the Summit County Fairgrounds, is designed to encourage area high school students to implement scientific and mathematical principles they have learned in the classroom. Teams design and build balsa wood bridges that are judged on aesthetics, compliance to specifications, and load carrying capacity. Winners receive cash prizes and scholarship opportunities. #engineersweek


Engineers Week: Girl Day

Today is “Girl Day.” We’re proud of the many female engineers who are a part of our firm and continue to inspire girls to choose the engineering profession. Nicole Carter joined MSG’s Maumee Transportation Group last year after graduating from Louisiana State University (LSU) College of Engineering. While at LSU, Nicole served as a counselor/mentor in the XCITE Pre-College Engineering Program, where she advised female high school students considering enrollment in college engineering programs. #Eweek2018



We welcomed future engineers from Eastwood High School in Pemberville, Ohio! These enthusiastic teens visited our Maumee office today to learn more about the engineering profession and experience some hands on learning with a roadway design exercise complete with a series of surprise obstacles to add to the fun. Thanks to our transportation engineers Travis Rhoades and Derek Hess for making this a memorable experience. #Eweek2018


ENGINEERS WEEK 2018: Senior Living Communities

Our engineers are making a difference in communities throughout the Midwest with site/civil designs for a number of senior living communities. Our recent site design for Senior Living of Findlay promotes livability with carefully planned parking facilities, walking trails, and lighting while protecting the environment with effective storm water management and sustainable landscaping. #Eweek2018


Engineers Week 2018

Join us in celebrating Engineers Week, February 18-24, and our talented staff of engineering professionals! We appreciate their dedication to the engineering profession, their willingness to go the extra mile for our clients, and their quest to always seek new training and advance their skills. #Eweek2018


Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity – Traffic Engineering Team Leader (PE), Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland. MSG is looking for dynamic individuals to help grow our traffic practice and capabilities in Ohio. The desired candidate should have 15+ years’ experience and be familiar with managing public sector transportation projects. Candidate should have knowledge of ODOT and have a proven track record of performance. Experience with traffic related software, such as HCM, ECAT, SYNCHRO, and others is preferred. 


Rich Spino Presents at the ASCE UT Chapter Meeting


MSG's Rich Spino, PE, a transportation engineer out of our Maumee office, presented to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), University of Toledo (UT) Chapter recently. Rich discussed our project work and his career as a civil engineer.  Thank you for the invite UT ASCE! Go Rockets!  #ASCEutoledo  

Kurtis Weslock Presents at the MDOT/ACEC Partnering Conference


MSG is proud to support and be apart of the ACEC MDOT Partnering Conference in Lansing! Our own Kurtis Weslock presented on the American Center of Mobility as part of the “Planet M, Epicenter for Mobility” session at the Conference.

MSG & Columbus City Schools Building Brighter Futures


MSG's Beth Thornton had the privilege of being interviewed by these three terrific ladies who are interested in engineering at a Columbus City Schools/Columbus State/Ohio State Career Readiness Workshop.

Happy MLK Day!


Still Dreaming: A mural honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. in south Toledo, painted by Peruvian artist Mario Acevedo Torero and students from Bowling Green State University.

Happy 50th Anniversary TMACOG!


MSG was pleased to join other members at the Toledo Metropolitan Council of Governments (TMACOG) 2018 General Assembly. The assembly also celebrated TMACOG’s 50th anniversary. TMACOG is a non-partisan regional planning partnership comprised of voluntary members in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. We are proud to work with TMACOG on transportation, water quality, and other economic development endeavors that affect the quality of life for everyone in our region.

Steven Vandenbossche: MSG's Newest Shareholder


MSG is pleased to announce Steven E. Vandenbossche as our newest shareholder. A graduate of Wayne State University, Steven has more than 20 years of experience in the A/E industry in financial accounting and management, budgeting, and tax controlling. Since joining MSG in 2012, Steven has strengthened and expanded the capabilities of our financial control systems. These upgrades and improvements in efficiency have allowed MSG to grow nearly 72% over the past 5 years. We believe Steven will be a key driver of our future success as a company and as good corporate citizens in the communities that we serve.

Happy Holidays!


Were Hiring & Looking for You!


MSG is continuing to grow in Ohio and Michigan! 

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Topping Off Ceremony at ProMedica's new Generations Tower


Wendy Fry, Mike Smith and the rest of the Team from MSG attended the “Topping Off Ceremony” for ProMedica’s new Generations of tower. The ceremony celebrated the last piece of steel being safely placed high atop the new 13-story patient tower now under construction on the Toledo Hospital and Toledo Children’s Hospital campus. In keeping with tradition, the beam was adorned with an evergreen tree, a symbol of luck. MSG has been working on the project for more than 4 years proving site design, survey, civil, transportation and geotechnical engineering, and environmental services.

Giving back to PBJ Outreach


The MSG Canton office joined the PBJ Outreach, Inc. to help feed the hungry. PBJ Outreach, Inc. is a non-profit organization focused on feeding and clothing the poor living in the Detroit Metropolitan Area.

MSG Participated in National Brownfields Conference


Several of our brownfield revitalization specialists participated in the National Brownfields Conference in Pittsburgh. Co-sponsored by the USEPA and the International City/County Management Association, the conference is the largest gathering of stakeholders focused on cleaning up and reusing formerly underutilized commercial and industrial properties. https://www.brownfields2017.or...

MSG Assists MDOT at Thanksgiving Day Parade


MSG was in Downtown Detroit on Thanksgiving to assist the Michigan Department of Transportation in support of the 91st America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade along M-1 (Woodward Avenue), MSG provided Construction Engineering and Inspection services for the removal and replacement of the traffic signals at various intersections to allow for the parade to proceed along M-1.



Having problems with flooded streets or parking lots? Are CSOs causing you headaches?

Our in-house civil designers and hydrologists apply engineering principles and use the latest software to model the behavior of stormwater, sanitary sewerage and water distribution systems. Services include planning, feasibility studies, design and rehabilitation of water distribution, sanitary sewer collection and treatment systems, as well as sustainable stormwater treatment, detention and management. Our comprehensive experience includes inventory asset management, GIS, capacity analyses, multi-jurisdictional coordination, environmental compliance, Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs), Best Management Practices (BMPs) utility design and regulatory permitting.

Comprehensive utility infrastructure planning, design, coordination and management can minimize adverse impacts on communities and pipeline networks due to excessive runoff, sewer surcharges and system capacities. Our stormwater professionals integrate green infrastructure solutions that work in concert with subsurface conveyance and reuse systems to protect life and property by mitigating flooding and providing sustainable stormwater solutions. We can bring similar technical skill and creative spirit to your sanitary and potable water systems.  

1st Place Team for the 2017 OPRA Capital Improvement Projects


MSG was a member of the 1st Place winning team for the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA) 2017 Capital Improvement Projects with the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department’s Wyandot Lodge at McKnight Outdoor Education Center.  This Net Zero Energy building will generate as much electricity as it consumes over the course of a year, according to Councilmember, Jaiza Page.  Wyandot Lodge hosts a variety of education programs including a popular summer day camp.    

Career Shadowing at MSG


Lauren Hoppe, a senior at Pickerington Central High School is interested in becoming a Civil Engineer and shadowed Beth Thornton for the day. They stopped by Mark Vogt’s construction site to get his perspective.

Proud Sponsor of APA Northwest


MSG is proud to be a sponsor for the NW Ohio Planning & Zoning Workshop by the American Planning Association, (APA) Northwest Ohio Section, at the Simpson Building in Bowling Green. MSG’s Senior Project Manager and APA Northwest Ohio Section Director Pat Etchie, AICP, helped to coordinate the workshop. Topics included urban, rural and small community planning, zoning code enforcement, signing codes/laws, regional best practices for runoff water, complete streets/road diets, gateway projects, and BGSU urban development planning.

MSG Monroe Gives Back


MSG's Monroe Office teamed with the Monroe County’s Young Farmers with an initiative to bring canned food/home items to the less fortunate of the Monroe County Community. The Monroe Office collected 1,710.25lbs of food/home supplies to donate! Thank you to all who participated.

MSG Mo Bros are at it again...


MSG participated in Movember once again with our MSG Mo Bros growing moustaches to show their support and  raise funds and awareness for men’s health issues through the Movember Foundation. The Movember Foundation tackles some of the biggest health issues faced by men- prostrate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.  

Cultural Resources Needed?


MSG offers cost-saving and innovative cultural resource solutions that keep projects on schedule and within budget.  Our professional staff of prequalified and federally-certified cultural resource specialists help clients navigate federal and state regulatory requirements involving both historic/architectural and archaeological resources.  

MSG Loves Make A Wish, Hot Chocolate & Waffles



MSG's Columbus office participated in the HOT CHOCOLATE 15K/5K at the Columbus Arena District! The Hot Chocolate Run/Walk benefits Make-A-Wish, which creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses and is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. These wishes help children build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness.  


We also made waffle breakfasts and had cookouts to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation!

Proud to be a part of the ProMedica Headquarters project


The ProMedica Headquarters project showcases local firms, local talent, and local pride! We are PROUD to be one of the 20 local companies providing services to the ProMedica Headquarters project in downtown Toledo.  

MSG Supports Women in Leadership


MSG was proud to support the Women in Leadership conference, presented by Bowling Green State University and the University of Toledo, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Perrysburg, Ohio. Many thanks to our employees and clients who attended and made the day a success!

ONU Breaks Ground for New College of Engineering Building


MSG is proud to be a part of the growth of Ohio Northern University (ONU) as it breaks ground for a new College of Engineering building. On the ONU campus, MSG provided a History/Architecture Reconnaissance Survey for proposed construction demolition activities, a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment covering the majority of the ONU campus, and site/civil design for a solar array facility. Our projects have helped ONU preserve the past, improve facilities, and explore new energy sources. Way to go Polar Bears!  #OhioNorthernUniversity

An Archaeological Biography from Detroit: Michigan Archaeology Day


Bob Chidester, MSG’s Archeology Team Leader staffed a table at the Michigan Archeology Day event at the Michigan Historical Center in Lansing. He told fascinating stories of his investigations and buried artifacts!

Traffic Counts Needed?


MSG provides accurate and efficient traffic counts using state-of-the-art video equipment including intersection counts, vehicle classification counts, pedestrian counts, and bicycle counts. Additionally, we perform 24-hour roadway traffic counts and speed profiles using tube traffic counters.

Focusing HOPE in Detroit


MSG’s Team in Detroit volunteered at Focus: HOPE packing food boxes for the Homebound Seniors Program. Focus: HOPE is a Detroit-based non-profit organization whose goal is to overcome racism and poverty by providing education and training for underrepresented minorities and others.  MSG and other organizations worked as a team at the Focus: HOPE Central Warehouse and assisted with the preparation of  food boxes for delivery to home-bound seniors in the metro Detroit area.  

Congrats to Brad Bice & Ibrahim Hodroj


Congratulations to Brad Bice and Ibrahim Hodroj on their recent promotions in the Michigan Construction Services Group. Brad was promoted to the Michigan Group Manager, leading the construction group throughout MSG’s six Michigan offices. Ibrahim was promoted to the Monroe Office Team Leader, and will coordinate projects and operations for our Monroe office. 

Brad Bice has been promoted to Michigan Construction Services Group Manager. Brad began with the firm over 15 years ago as a survey crew chief in our Dearborn office. Brad eventually transferred to the Monroe office where he continued as a crew chief until he made the decision to return to Eastern Michigan University to obtain his Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management. After a 2-year commitment of attending school full time, and working part time with the construction group, Brad returned to a full-time position as the Contract Administrator for the Michigan Construction Services Group. As a result of his continued growth and leadership abilities he was promoted to Team Leader where he has continued to build his project management, operational management and business development skills.

We are also excited to announce the promotion of Ibrahim Hodroj to Monroe Office Team Leader for the Michigan Construction Services Group. Ibrahim has been with the firm for nearly 18 years! He started in our Dearborn office in the Geo-environmental Group and spent his first 7 years assisting with geotechnical and geo-environmental focused projects. In 2006 Ibrahim transferred to what was then the “MDOT Construction Group”. Ibrahim quickly earned the trust and respect of many staff internally and to our clients we were working with. His attention to details and thoroughness in documentation of quality workmanship on local, state and federally-funded projects has resulted in the continued growth of the Michigan Construction Group to what it is today.

OTEC: Advancing Mobility in the Connected World


The Ohio Transportation Engineering Conference (OTEC) focused on the latest policy and technical information related to transportation infrastructure and new innovations in mobility, safety, and vehicle autonomy. MSG was a proud annual Gold-level sponsor and exhibitor for OTEC! http://otec.transportation.ohi...

MSG Sponsors AMATS Annual Meeting


MSG headed to Cuyahoga Falls for a great day of learning and networking, as a proud sponsor and exhibitor at the AMATS (Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study) Annual Meeting. AMATS hosted a panel discussion on regional projects and their transformative potential, as well as review the past year’s area successes. The keynote address was by Dave Cieslewicz, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Bike Federation.

Re-Piecing the Past: Ohio Archaeology Day


MSG celebrated Ohio Archaeology Day at the Ohio History Connection in Columbus. We had a “Re-Piecing the Past,” fun family-friendly activity for ages 6 and up at our booth. Participants designed their own plate using a paper plate and crayons. An adult then “shattered” the plate by cutting it up and placing it in an ‘artifact’ bag. Our junior archaeologists then tried to reassemble the plate looking at the shapes of the pieces and the design as clues. The activity was designed to familiarize participants with the lab that follows an archaeological dig.

Downtown Toledo Master Plan Wins APA Ohio Planning Award

The Downtown Toledo Master Plan project has been recognized by the Ohio Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) with a Ohio Planning award for Comprehensive Planning/Large Jurisdiction. MSG served on the 22nd Century Committee for the development of the plan and was a subconsultant to MKSK, the project leader. MSG’s role included: providing local awareness at stakeholder and community meetings; assisting with the existing conditions analysis; informing green/sustainable systems; and, influencing streets, transit, and connectivity through transportation planning.  

Celebrate Architecture


MSG was excited to participate in the AIA Detroit Celebration of Architecture event in downtown Detroit. MSG was a proud Premium Speakeasy Sponsor for the event, which showcases the talent of the architectural community and reflects the collaborative nature of the creative industries in the Detroit area. 

MSG Sponsors APA Ohio Statewide Planning Conference


MSG professionals from across the state headed to Athens, Ohio, to attend the American Planning Association (APA) Ohio Statewide Planning Conference – Smart Planning: The Art and Technology of Planning Smart - hosted by the Central Ohio Section of APA. We were excited to exchange ideas on how smart technologies are helping to identify new opportunities in the development of vibrant communities. MSG was proud to sponsor the evening conference reception.

Chris Beaulieu Celebrates 30 Years at MSG


Chris Beaulieu was honored for 30 years of service at MSG's Maumee office. Chris remembers that his first day of work was on Labor Day in 1987. Chris said that he was so impressed that he got paid for Labor Day that he decided to stick around. Congratulations Chris!

Then & Now: OEPA Brownfield Funding & Grant Writing Workshops


MSG participated in the Ohio EPA Brownfield Funding Workshop and a special Grant Writing Workshop at Ariel-Foundation Park in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. MSG was a sponsor of the workshops, which are hosted by the Ohio EPA, in partnership with the USEPA and the Technical Assistance to Brownfields group from Kansas State University.  Participants learned about resources available for brownfield financing and take part in a hands-on grant writing workshop.

MSG Exhibited at the OSU Farm Science Review


MSG exhibited at the Ohio State University Farm Science Review in London, Ohio.  This annual event showcases the future of agriculture and attracts over 140,000 visitors from all over the US and Canada to view 4,000 product lines from 600 exhibitors in an 80-acre exhibit area with an additional 600 acres for field demonstrations.  MSG provided valuable guidance on issues that the agricultural industry confronts such as boundaries, tiling, drainage, ponds, stormwater, wetlands, flooding and crop yield.  

Join GreenSpot!


MSG joined the City of Columbus’ GreenSpot initiative! We’re expanding our team’s commitment to making small changes in our workday that make a big impact on the health and future of Columbus as a sustainable city.  

In the News: Paint Creek Trail Bridge

MSG appreciates the opportunity to design the renovation of the historic Paint Creek Trail Bridge 33.7 and look forward to working with the Paint Creek Trailways Commission and the Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Commission.

Advancing Women in Transportation: WTS Leadership Breakfast


MSG professionals from the Cleveland office attended the Annual Leadership Breakfast, hosted by the Northeast Ohio Chapter of WTS, an international organization dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women. The event brought together WTS Board members, corporate sponsors, public partners, and other influential transportation officials for a diverse and engaging discussion of topics related to current industry initiatives. http://www.wtsinternational.or...

Clean Your Streams



MSG participated in the 21st Annual Clean Your Streams day, hosted by Partners for Clean Streams with sponsorship by MSG and many others. Over one thousand volunteers joined forces to clean up tons of trash from over 60 waterways in the greater Toledo area.

Our Natural Resources team enjoyed plenty of sunshine at Side Cut Metropark along the banks of the Maumee River for Clean Your Streams. Volunteers at this annual event have collected more than 133 tons of trash over the past 20 years along streams and riverbanks throughout northwest Ohio. http://partnersforcleanstreams... #PartnersforCleanStreams

MSG Attends NOACA Annual Meeting


Professionals from MSG attended the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency’s (NOACA) Annual Meeting, which was focused on “The Logistics of Regional Transportation.” Noted speakers include Jim Simpson (Victory Worldwide Transportation) discussing mega infrastructure project-funding processes, and Grace Gallucci (NOACA) outlining major planning documents that may positively affect accessibility, safety, and mobility for people who live and work in the region. MSG is proud to be a Regional Partner for this event.

MSG's Work on the Rover Pipeline Continues


The Rover pipeline is continuing through Lenawee County, Michigan. MSG is providing permit review and compliance oversight in addition to construction engineering services for this project. Our limits of the pipeline consists of approximately 29 miles running through Lenawee County. The Rover Pipeline is carrying natural gas from West Virginia to Livingston County, Michigan.

MSG's Maura Johnson Speaks at the Transportation Research Board's Mid-Year Meeting


MSG Architectural Historian Maura Johnson was a speaker at the Transportation Research Board’s mid-year meeting of the ADC50 (Standing Committee on Historic and Archaeological Preservation in Transportation) in Minneapolis, MN. Maura was one of four panelists speaking on the topic of “Documenting the Marginalia” – describing how cultural resource professionals are identifying and evaluating various aspects of African American history as part of our work. Maura’s presentation focused on the Hines Farm Blues Club in rural Lucas County, Ohio. The club was established outside Swanton on a farm owned by Frank and Sarah Hines, who came to the area in 1937 from the Deep South. From the 1940s to 70s, the Hines Farm was a popular destination for music-lovers and families from throughout the region, and it became a regular stop for blues artists and performers on the musical circuit between Detroit and Chicago. Legendary blues and rhythm-and-blues musicians who played there included Count Basie, BB King, Little Esther Phillips, Jimmy Reed and Otis Redding.  The club is now mostly silent, although local and regional artists still play there occasionally.

MSG is Expanding our Geotechnical Drilling Capabilities


MSG is Rockin’ on with our ever expanding geotechnical drilling capabilities. Our four remote-controlled drill rigs are capable of performing direct push drilling, as well as hollow stem auger drilling, and are meant for use in rough, tight, congested, or delicate/high-profile areas and work well in less-than-perfect conditions. MSG’s rigs can be used on concrete, pavement, or off-road rugged terrain and can transition easily from environmental to geotechnical work with little time and effort. MSG also maintains an in-house AASHTO and US Army Corps of Engineers certified geotechnical materials testing laboratory.  



Will the construction materials on your project perform as expected?

The answer to this question will determine the true long-term cost of your project. While many low-cost providers of construction materials inspection and testing services can provide a customer with data, our team of seasoned engineers, technicians and scientists provide the expertise to truly interpret and understand the data and the expected outcomes.  We evaluate construction materials for quality and strength, which is an invaluable parameter to determine the performance of the materials for construction on your projects. Additionally, our professional staff analyzes the condition and integrity of the as-built feature. Then, by using advanced computer methods for analysis, we produce constructible, cost-effective solutions for those situations where the materials or construction do not meet project requirements. 

We maintain DOT-prequalifications, nationally certified, and OSHA safety-trained staff experienced in the testing and evaluating of everyday construction materials. In addition to construction materials testing and associated laboratory procedures, MSG offers a full range of construction services including construction management, construction engineering, contract administration and construction inspection for public- and privately-funded projects.

MSG is a Finalist for the Detroit West Riverfront Park Design Competition


We’re excited to be a finalist for the Detroit West Riverfront Park design competition, as part of the Gustafson Guthrie Nichol and ROSSETTI architectural team. Sponsored by the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, the competition will provide the four finalist teams with a stipend to develop and complete design concepts for the 22-acre West Riverfront Park, located between Rosa Parks Boulevard and 8thStreet. As a Detroit-based business, MSG brings considerable experience to the team with Detroit Riverfront planning, site development, transportation engineering and landscape architecture experience.

Anyssa Schemer gets "Real World" Experience at MSG


One of our Detroit office interns, Anyssa Schember from Ray Michigan, a fourth-year Environmental Engineering student at Michigan State University, took the time to present a synopsis of her intern experience at MSG for our staff.

She spoke about how she worked alongside both our energy group and survey team, her goals for her internship, contributions she made to the design of projects, how she helped our survey crew, and the benefits she gained during her 15-week experience.

Anyssa is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering. As an environmental engineering major Anyssa has taken traditional civil engineering classes, as well as classes involving storm water management, wastewater engineering, ground water hydrology, microbiology, and atmospheric pollution.

MSG appreciated the opportunity to work with Anyssa and the many other interns we have on staff each year to give them “real world” engineering and surveying experience!

MSG's own Mark Mathe on Michigan's Radio Program


Mark Mathe of MSG's Monroe Office was recently featured on Michigan Radio’s program about the people and places of the Great Lakes State, Stateside.  He had the chance to discuss the future of agriculture in Michigan and the current challenges that the industry is facing.  When he isn’t designing roads or reviewing site plans, Mark farms corn, soybeans, and winter wheat with his family and also raises livestock.  He and his wife, Sarah, are members of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee, and he also serves as vice president of the Monroe County Farm Bureau.

Supporting the ASNO Lace It, Face It Walk


MSG Maumee office employees, family members, and friends joined together to form TEAM MSG MAKING STRIDES and laced up their sneakers for the 5th Annual Lace It Face It Walk for Autism, at the Franklin Park Mall in Toledo. Organized by the Autism Society of Northwest Ohio (ASNO), the walk helps to raise money for ASNO and show support for individuals and families affected by autism. ASNO was chosen by the Maumee office as their 2017 Community Engagement Initiative organization and MSG is a Silver-level sponsor of the event.

MSG Attends CEAO Bridge Conference


MSG participated in the Ohio Bridge Conference, sponsored by the County Engineers Association of Ohio, in Columbus. Every year, MSG works with County Engineers across the state in planning and designing bridge improvements and performing bridge inspections. We applaud this dedicated group of professionals who are responsible for 26,081 bridges and 28,970 miles of urban and rural roadways throughout the state.