SSOE Group
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Engineering News-Record

Building Design + Construction

  • Top 10 Engineering / Architecture Firm for the past 4 years
  • Top 10 Industrial Engineering Firm for the past 4 years
  • Top 15 BIM Engineering Firm for the past 5 years
  • Top 15 Reconstruction Engineering Firm for the past 4 years
  • Top 25 Military Engineering Firm for the past 4 years
  • Top 30 Federal Government Engineering Firm
  • Top 50 Construction Management Firm for the past 4 years
  • Top 60 Data Center Engineering Firm for the past 4 years
  • Top 60 Green Building Engineering Firm

ENR Global Sourcebook

  • Top 10 International Automotive Assembly Plant Design Firm for the past 4 years
  • Top 20 International Chemical Design Firm
  • Top 35 International Manufacturing Design Firm for the past 4 years
  • Top 50 International Industrial Process Design Firm for the past 2 years

Modern Healthcare

  • Top 100 Architectural Firm for the past 5 years


Named “Great Workplace” by Great Place to Work®

The independent analysts at Great Place to Work® honored SSOE with the “Great Workplace” certification based on exemplary ratings provided by SSOE’s U.S. employees in an anonymous survey. This award recognizes SSOE’s commitment to its employees as well as their extensive list of benefits programs and employee perks. Click here to read more.

Culture of Health Award by CHC Wellness

CHC Wellness honored SSOE with the “Culture of Health” Award. This award recognizes leadership in raising the level of engagement among employees by creating a culture of health that encourages, supports, and rewards healthy living. SSOE was selected for setting a standard for wellness within our community, displaying a top-down effort that has positively impacted the lives of our employees, and for dedicating considerable efforts to expand participation in our wellness programs. Click here to read more.

Best AEC Firm to Work For by Building Design + Construction Magazine

Building Design + Construction Magazine named SSOE a “Best AEC Firm to Work For.” This honor is given to top Architecture, Engineering, and Construction firms in the nation and is a valuable third party endorsement of our efforts as we compete to attract and retain top talent to our firm in a tight architecture and engineering labor market. Click here to read more.

Top Engineering Firm by Birmingham Business Journal (2016)

SSOE was ranked the 4th largest engineering firm in Birmingham in the Birmingham Business Journal’s Top 25 Engineering List. This ranking was based on the total number of local licensed professional engineers. Click here to read more.

One of the Fastest-Growing Firms by Inc. Magazine (2012)

SSOE was ranked by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. This ranking was based on revenue figures from 2008 to 2011.

SSOE Recipients of ACEC Engineering Excellence Grand Award

SSOE received one of eight Grand Awards for Engineering Excellence at the 2013 Engineering Excellence Awards—a national juried competition sponsored by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). The award, presented in honor of the new Volkswagen Assembly Plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was presented to SSOE and Volkswagen representatives. Projects throughout the world were rated on the basis of uniqueness and innovative applications; future value to the engineering profession; perception by the public; social, economic, and sustainable development considerations; complexity; and successful fulfillment of client/owner’s needs, including schedule and budget. Click here for more information on the project.

American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Toledo Chapter Design Award

SSOE has been honored with a design award for their renovation of Jesup W. Scott High School in Toledo, Ohio. SSOE performed the building renovation for this 1913 facility and accomplished five primary objectives: preserve the historic landmark, recreate a modern school in a timeless structure, maintain the school systems traditions in a building that served as a teaching environment for nearly a century, employ sustainable practices to meet or exceed LEED® Silver certification requirements, and transform the school back to its original grandeur. The Toledo Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Annual Toledo Design Awards honors design excellence for public and private buildings as well as projects of distinction. Click here for more information on the project.

SSOE Designed Volkswagen Chattanooga Plant Named Edison Green Award Gold Winner

SSOE’s Volkswagen Chattanooga Assembly Plant was awarded the prestigious Gold 2012 Edison Green Award, the highest honor among Green Award winners. The award recognizes “excellence personified by Thomas Alva Edison, inspiring the drive to remain in the forefront of innovation, creativity, and ingenuity in the global economy.” The Green Award specifically recognizes the environmental and sustainability achievements at Volkswagen Chattanooga. Click here to read more.

Parent-Friendly Workplace Award

The Parent Friendly Workplace Award recognizes a company/organization that is supportive of family obligations and is a great place to work. Employees need flexibility to make decisions in the best interest of their families while meeting their employment responsibilities. This award honors employers who understand and allow that flexibility. Click here to read more.

At SSOE, work-life balance is a key value and is one of the factors contributing to our 95% employee retention rate. An important aspect of attracting and retaining the best people is offering them what they want and need from an employer.

Work-Life Balance Award (2011)

Constangy, Brooks, & Smith, LLP recognized SSOE for superior overall efforts in work-life balance. SSOE’s corporate-wide commitment to work-life balance through the company’s Employee Value Proposition (EVP) which places an emphasis on wealth sharing, skill development, career progression, total compensation and total benefits – including health and wellness, was a key factor in being honored. Constangy, Brooks, & Smith has counseled employers on labor and employment matters, exclusively, since 1946. Click here to read more.

2011 Tennessee Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award for Building Green

SSOE, along with leaders from Volkswagen Group of America’s Chattanooga Operations, was awarded the 2011 Tennessee Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award for Building Green. The award recognizes company’s for their environmentally friendly facilities. SSOE was responsible for overseeing the architecture, engineering, and construction management services for VW’s new $1 billion automobile manufacturing facility located in Chattanooga, Tenn. Many sustainable features were incorporated into the 1,350-acre brownfield site, which is currently pursuing LEED certification. Click here to read more about this project.

2011 Contractor Safety & Environmental Excellence Award

SSOE was awarded the 2011 Contractor Safety & Environmental Excellence Award from Marathon Petroleum LP Marketing & Transportation Engineering. The award recognizes SSOE as a top safety performer for their facility located in Findlay, Ohio. SSOE was chosen as a recipient for this award based on their established safety program and their continued safety training for employees. Click here to read more.

Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center Project Received National “Excellence in Construction” Award

SSOE was a National Excellence in Construction Award from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The ABC awards seek to recognize the nation’s most innovative and high quality construction projects and safety programs. SSOE’s winning project, the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center, was delivered to the client ahead of schedule and below budget — resulting in a 52,000 SF building which was awarded LEED Silver certification. Click here to read more.

Recognized for “Best Public / Private Partnership” in 2012 Ohio Heritage Awards

SSOE, as a member of Allied Toledo Architects, worked in conjunction with Toledo Public Schools (TPS) and The Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) to perform the $42 million building renovation for Jesup W. Scott High School’s 1913 facility. SSOE was recognized for “top achievements in preservation and revitalization” across Ohio communities. Click here to read more about this project.

American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Toledo Chapter Citation Award

SSOE was honored with a citation award for their design of Sylvania School District’s Northview High School Performing Arts addition and renovation project. SSOE was chosen as a recipient for this award based on the building upgrade complexity. SSOE’s project team faced a number of challenges with the aged building while comprehensively addressing the needs and requirements of the school and working within a limited site. Click here to read more about this project.

Winner of Middle Tennessee’s Healthiest Employers, Nashville Business Journal (Large Company: 500-1,499 employees)

Nashville Business Journal honored 20 finalists, who had to have an office in Middle Tennessee. The finalists were broken down into five categories, based on size, with one winner named in each category based on overall score. The companies were judged based on wellness programs for employees. Criteria included cultural commitment, foundational components, strategic planning, programming and intervention and reporting and analysis.

The U.S. Department of Commerce National Export Achievement Certificate (2010)

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) visited SSOE Group to present the firm with an Export Achievement Certificate from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Export Achievement Certificate from the U.S. Department of Commerce was created to recognize small and medium sized enterprises and organizations that have successfully entered the international marketplace. Click here to read more.

The Governor’s Excellence in Exporting Award – Large Exporter of the Year (2010)

SSOE was recognized for its success in the global marketplace by Ohio Governor Ted Strickland and Ohio Department of Development Director Lisa Patt-McDaniel at a luncheon held in Columbus. SSOE was named the “Large Exporter of the Year.” In total, 20 Ohio companies were presented with the Governor’s Excellence in Exporting Award (“E”Award). This is SSOE’s third time being an “E” award recipient; they also received this honor in 2002 as well as 2006. The Governor’s Excellence in Exporting Award annually recognize recognizes Ohio companies that have increased sales and Ohio-based employment as a result of export activity, or have implemented a strategy to expand international sales. Click here to read more.

Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award (2010)

Despite high stress and anxiety levels that often accompany uncertain economic conditions, SSOE Group has managed to help its employees in living less stressful lives. In an awards ceremony on November 19th, the Ohio Psychological Association (OPA) named SSOE one of four psychologically healthy workplaces. In order to be considered for this award, an application must be submitted to the OPA and a panel of OPA members must conduct a site visit. The workplace is evaluated on five areas: employee involvement, employee growth and development, health and safety, employee recognition and work-life balance.

Tennessee School Board Association’s 2010 School of the Year (Middle School Division) – Spring Hill Middle School Project


ZweigWhite “Hot Firm” (2009)

SSOE was named one of the fastest-growing architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting firms by management consulting and research firm ZweigWhite in its annual ranking, The Zweig Letter Hot Firm List. SSOE  made the list the preceding two years, and was placed among the top 25 in in the August, 2009 issue of The Zweig Letter.

“Cool Place to Work” by Crain’s Detroit Business

Crain’s “Cool Places to Work” is a biennial award recognizing firms for their innovative work-life initiatives, talent management, communication, total rewards, corporate citizenship, work environment, and recruitment activities. SSOE’s industry-leading profit sharing plan, training, professional development program, and work-life balance initiatives including wellness coaches were all factors in why SSOE was selected for this honor. Click here to read more.

Deltek Project Excellence Award for Innovation

This award recognizes outstanding achievements in improving business processes and performance, increasing profitability and winning new business. SSOE won the Innovation Award because of their creative use of Deltek Vision to power their corporate budgeting process. Click here to read more.

University of Toledo Human Resources Award of Excellence

SSOE is proud to announce that once again we have been honored for our outstanding Human Resources program in the form of the 2008 Human Resources Award for Excellence from the University of Toledo and the Toledo Area Human Resources Association. This award was presented based on SSOE’s outstanding recruitment program as well as our clear career progression track, industry leading 401(k) and profit sharing plans, flexible benefits program, wellness program and training and development program all resulting in an impressive retention rate: 95%. Click here to read more.

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