NASHVILLE, Tennessee, April 10, 2019 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, is proud to announce it has been named one of the Top Engineering Firms for both the Birmingham Business Journal and Nashville Business Journal for 2019. The Top Engineering Firms List ranks the top 25 engineering firms based on the total number of licensed professional engineers. SSOE was named the third largest engineering firm in Birmingham, Alabama and the eighth largest engineering firm in Nashville, Tennessee. Read more
Sonny Hamizadeh, AIA, Principal and Architectural Department Manager for SSOE’s Healthcare, Commercial, and Education (HCE) Division recently authored an article in College Planning & Management. In this article, he shares best practices in the design of workforce development centers in higher education settings. Read more
Suzan Huff, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, Master Architect and Senior Associate at SSOE, recently authored an article in Lab Equipment Magazine where she explains in detail how meaningful involvement in the planning and design process of a lab project will ensure a uniquely suitable and successful project outcome.
User representation on the project team ideally needs to involve all parties affected, at all levels and departments. This includes senior managers, seasoned scientists, and intermediate management, with each individual bringing a unique and different perspective for the duration of the project. While this is no small task, she details a strategy of success to accomplish this. Read more
CHICAGO, Illinois October 09, 2018 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, is proud to announce it has been named one of Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s 2018 MEP Giants. The MEP Giants program ranks the top 100 mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP), and fire protection engineering firms in the United States based on total MEP design revenue. SSOE ranked 45th this year, holding steady at the same spot as their 2017 ranking. In 2016, SSOE jumped 37 spots. Read more
TOLEDO, Ohio, October 1, 2018 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global architecture, engineering, and construction management firm, announced today that they are proud to be a sponsor of the 8th Annual Midwest Urban Design Charrette hosted by the Toledo Design Center (TDC). This event will take place October 5-7, 2018 at the TDC at One SeaGate in downtown Toledo in the Garden Room. SSOE’s sponsorship will provide lodging for all 28 students and 5 instructors attending this event. Read more
TOLEDO, Ohio, September 27, 2018 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global architecture, engineering, and construction management firm, announced today that several of their architectural experts were invited to present at the 2018 AIA Ohio Convention. This event will take place on October 4-6, 2018 at the Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel. Read more
Suzan Huff, RA, LEED AP BD+C, Master Architect at SSOE, recently authored an article in Lab Manager magazine where she explains how a lack of existing or accurate documentation, such as building blueprints, maintenance records, and inspection reports, is a common challenge for laboratory renovation projects. She goes on to discuss how to approach this challenge and shares insights into on-site field observation, verification, and documentation that can save time, trouble, and money during the construction phase of these projects. Read more
TOLEDO, Ohio, February 23, 2018 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, announced today that Joe Kunkle, AIA, NCARB, PE, LEED AP, Architectural Department Manager, is retiring from the firm after nearly 35 years of service. The firm has appointed S. Sonny Hamizadeh, AIA, Senior Account Executive, to immediately take over the Architectural Department Manager position, leading the firm’s rapidly growing healthcare, commercial, and education (HCE) business unit. Read more
TOLEDO, Ohio, January 8, 2018 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, is proud to announce that they have been selected to provide architectural and engineering services for four new elementary schools as part of the Fremont City Schools district rebuild project in partnership with Munger Munger + Associates Architects Inc. Read more
TOLEDO, Ohio, December 11, 2017 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, is proud to announce that Jennifer Hrosko, IIDA, NCIDQ, CHID, a senior interior designer with the firm, recently passed the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers (AAHID) examination and earned the prestigious Certified Healthcare Interior Designer (CHID) certificate. Read more
Jason Christen, PMP, Senior Account Executive at SSOE, and Mark LaBell, Senior VDC Technical Leader, were both featured in a BD+C Magazine article that examines the rise of 3D laser scanners, which have recently evolved into handhelds. 3D laser scanning is the fastest, most efficient method to capture existing conditions. In addition to allowing us to scan harder-to-reach places, handheld scanners provide the ability to show clients results immediately after taking a scan with a workable model showing an accurate representation of the facility—a major benefit of the technology that often translates into cost savings for our clients. Read more
TOLEDO, Ohio, October 24, 2017 – SSOE Group, a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, is proud to announce the addition of three new professionals to their rapidly growing healthcare, commercial, and education business unit: Bob Siebenaller, Erin Curley, and Andy Burell. Read more
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, August 25, 2017 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, announced today the acquisition of Birmingham-based architectural firm, The Burell Group (TBG). TBG brings an extensive architectural portfolio to SSOE, continuing the firm’s strategic commitment to growth in the Southeast U.S. Read more
TOLEDO, Ohio, May 11, 2017 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, is privileged to announce that two of their own were selected for awards by the Toledo Chapter of the American Institute of Architect (AIA). Kevin Costello, AIA, was named “2017 AIA Toledo Architect of the Year” and Christopher Baker, AIA Associate, was named “2017 AIA Toledo Emerging Professional of the Year”. The awards were presented to Costello and Baker during the Honors Awards Program on April 21, 2017 at the Blarney Event Center in Downtown Toledo, Ohio. Read more
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 10, 2017 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, is proud to announce the successful LEED® certification of Stratford STEM Magnet School. A public school in Nashville, Tennessee, operated by Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, the facility can house up to 1,200 full-time students in grades 9 – 12. Last month, it received LEED Silver certification under the LEED BD+C: Schools (v2009) rating system from the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program. Read more
Industry survivors must embrace shifting paradigms in order to remain competitive in the private sector.
Suzan Huff, RA, LEED AP BD+C, Master Architect at SSOE, recently authored an article in Lab Manager Magazine highlighting three concepts trending in commercial laboratory design: flexibility, transparency, and positive branding. With traditional lab practices changing, the spaces themselves are being modified to accommodate. In addition to creating open, adaptable spaces, Suzan also recommends incorporating movable / convertible items, such as furniture, to create an easily transformable, dynamic group environment and interior and exterior image branding to better appeal to the public. Read more
Joe Kunkle, AIA, PE, LEED AP, Principal Account Executive at SSOE Group, and Lance Mushung, AIA, NCARB, Architect, co-authored this article featured in American School and University Magazine. Kunkle and Mushung, who have over 60 years of combined industry experience, confer on the subject of casework reuse. Whether you’re aiming for a LEED® certified project or significant casework cost savings, the shortcuts offered by this resourceful twosome will lead you down the right path. Read more
John Gill, PE, PMP, LEED AP, SSOE’s Director of VDC, was recently published in Engineering News-Record (ENR) discussing the topic of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC). Gill has over 20 years of industry experience and was responsible for the implementation of SSOE’s VDC program. He writes on the many strengths the VDC framework has to offer our industry, and offers some tips for implementing a solid foundation on your next project. Read more
In our latest newsletter, we are highlighting the outstanding performance of Jonathan Bolbach and Mark LaBell, winners of SSOE’s Founder’s Award. Their accomplishment — developing the AutoNavis software application — met two of the award’s key criteria: delivering exceptional value to clients by saving them time, trouble, and money and implementing an innovation that leads to improved processes and quality. Read more
In moving a project from statement of work to completion of construction, regular collaboration between owners, designers, and contractors is no longer a luxury. It is the managerial insurance the project must have in order to stay on schedule and budget. Much of the unbudgeted time and expense incurred by change orders can be attributed to a lack of integration between the players. It’s often because these parties failed to include the resources and intentional effort for collaboration. Read more
SSOE Group’s Alan Liddy, AIA, NCARB, PMP, Senior Project Manager, and Deborah Suzan Huff, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Associate and Architect, co-authored this technical how-to article in Laboratory Design Magazine. Lab design is unarguably involved and often perplexing, but Liddy and Huff share their lab-savvy design tips, offering solutions to four critical, yet common challenges. A project team equipped with details can ardently tackle these challenges by engaging intercommunication coupled with proficiency. Read more
The worlds of higher education and healthcare are approaching a fundamental change via wireless communication. The advent of Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) is facilitating a new, interconnected campus that will allow students and faculty, patients and medical professionals, first responders as well as facility managers, greater ability to monitor and control the environments where they live, study, work, and heal. Data / Fire / Security Specialist, Jim Otte, NICET IV, discusses the important role DAS plays in facilitating changes in higher education and healthcare environments in this article featured in Wireless Design and Development Magazine.
Building Design + Construction Magazine’s January 2014 issue features a survey of Building Team representatives that assesses current trends toward increased school safety measures as a result of the Sandy Hook tragedy. Lance Mushung, AIA, NCARB, Architect at SSOE, comments on best practices for upgrading school security systems.
GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan, September 3, 2013 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, announced today that Jim Otte, NICET IV, Data / Fire / Security Specialist, and Sonny Hamizadeh, AIA, Senior Account Manager, both of SSOE, have been selected to present at the 2013 MAPPA/MiAPPA Educational Conference and Annual Meeting to be held October 27-31, 2013 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Otte and Hamizadeh will present a session focused on advancements in education security and learning technologies and how they are improving educational facilities, reducing costs, and increasing the safety, security, and learning environment of students.
Ottawa, Ohio, July 03, 2013 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, is proud to announce their involvement in the successful LEED® Gold certification of two elementary schools in the Ottawa-Glandorf School District. SSOE originally worked with the district on a long-term strategic master plan for the entire Ottawa-Glandorf School District. They later performed the programming, architecture, and engineering services for both Ottawa and Glandorf elementary schools which achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ) Gold certifications established by the USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council). As the first schools programmed in a K-8 configuration in Ohio’s Classroom Facilities Assistance Program, each school was designed to maintain the individual identities of their respective communities.
Toledo, Ohio, May 24, 2013 — SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm is proud to announce it has been honored with an award for their renovation of Jesup W. Scott High School in Toledo, Ohio. 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.
TOLEDO, Ohio, May 20, 2013 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, announces its sponsorship of the first annual “Evolving Energy Landscape” seminar July 15-16, 2013 at Maumee Bay State Park in Oregon, Ohio. The one and a half day seminar will deliver expert information and insights about the energy industry’s complex and changing issues to arm energy users with useful knowledge to be better equipped to reach short-term energy goals and set a smart course for the future. Attendees will earn .7 continuing education hours for attending.
TOLEDO, Ohio, January 14, 2013 – SSOE Group, a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, and Evergreen EDC, a multidiscipline engineering, design, and construction management firm, today announced a merger of the firms. The merger will expand both firms’ geographic reach as well as provide their clients access to enhanced services and resources. The merged entity will operate under the SSOE Group name after a brief transition period.
SSOE’s Jesup W. Scott High School renovation project was selected as a continuing education piece in Architectural Record’s December 2012 issue. Read more
TOLEDO, Ohio, December 18, 2012 — SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm is proud to announce their selection for professional services on four higher education projects in the state of Ohio. SSOE will provide architectural, engineering, data / fire / security, and LEED services for projects at Bowling Green State University, Northwest State Community College, Owens Community College, and The University of Toledo. Project scopes range from renovation of existing structures to building additions and a complete new building design program.
Birmingham, Alabama, December 12, 2012 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, along with Herrington Architects, is proud to announce their involvement in the success of Alabama’s first LEED-certified multi-resident student apartment complex in the state. Hoover Apartments III, IV, and V at The University of West Alabama (UWA) were awarded Silver certification according to the LEED for Homes rating system. The project involves the addition of three new apartment buildings to the existing Hoover Apartment Complex. All three of the new structures recently received LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program.
Toledo, OH, July 10, 2012 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, is proud to announce that their Jesup W. Scott High School Renovation project has been awarded Heritage Ohio’s annual award for Best Public / Private Partnership. The award recognizes “top achievements in preservation and revitalization” across Ohio communities.
TOLEDO, Ohio, April 2, 2012 – SSOE Group, an international EPCM firm, announces the acquisition of CRS Engineering & Design Consultants, a 50-person mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering firm with offices in Birmingham and Huntsville, Alabama. The acquisition will expand SSOE’s Southeastern U.S. presence, broaden CRS’s reach to international markets, and provide both firms’ clients access to enhanced services and resources.
CRS has been in business for over 36 years and is a multi-discipline engineering and design-consulting firm specializing in healthcare, government, higher education, and other institutional facilities. CRS offers services in electrical engineering, plumbing engineering, fire protection engineering, mechanical and HVAC engineering, lighting design, telecommunication design, and security system design.
TOLEDO, Ohio, February 21, 2012 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), an international architectural, engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm welcomes S. Sonny Hamizadeh, AIA, as Senior Account Executive and the newest member of its Life Sciences practice.
Sonny has over 25 years of experience in the architecture and construction field. His experience includes managing and operating architectural operations, marketing and client relations, project design and layout, constructability reviews, construction administration, project management, and the management of multiple design teams.
“We are excited to have Sonny join our team at a time when SSOE’s business continues to expand and grow.” said Dave Verner, Senior Vice President, Life Sciences SBU. “His extensive background and experience will allow him to further assist SSOE with our growth objectives for our Life Sciences practice. Sonny’s particular emphasis will be on higher education, science and technology, and continuing care.”
Toledo, Ohio, January 27, 2012— SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), an international engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, was recently honored with a citation award for their design of Sylvania School District’s Northview High School Performing Arts addition and renovation project.
SSOE’s lead architect for the Performing Arts Center, Tim Swartz, is proud to bring additional recognition to the architectural capabilities of SSOE. “SSOE is often times thought of as only providing engineering and construction management services, so it is great we can also be acknowledged for our achievements in architecture,” Swartz said. The new Performing Arts center sits on the bluff of the Ottawa River allowing for dramatic views of the building which enabled SSOE architects to take advantage of natural topography of the site. Read more
SSOE’s Joe Kunkle and Bill Beauregard talk about the geothermal design used on The University of Toledo’s Fetterman Training Center and the cost savings involved. Read more
TOLEDO, Ohio, October 28, 2011 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), an international engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, will exhibit at the Ohio School Boards Association’s (OSBA) Capital Conference and trade show being held November 13-16, 2011 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
SSOE’s educational experts Joe Kunkle, Lance Mushung, and Jennifer Hrosko will be in attendance. SSOE has extensive experience designing schools throughout Ohio, Tennessee, and Michigan. Read more
SSOE Group’s Ed Royzman, PE, and Meredith Mayes, PE, LEED AP, discuss how master planning and smart phasing are the first steps to reduced utility costs and energy compliance at federal laboratories that have outlived their electrical and mechanical systems. Read more
February 3, 2010—SSOE Group is sad to announce the loss of a dear member of the SSOE community. David Rose, a former principal and vice-president at SSOE, passed away this morning in his home. He was 55 years old.
TOLEDO, Ohio, August 4, 2009—Jerry Carter, LEED® Accredited Professional and SSOE Inc., Senior Associate, along with Zach Platsis, Sustainable and Renewable Solutions Technical Specialist, will be featured presenters at the Toledo Public School Foundation’s “Engineering a Bright Future” event Thursday August 6, 2009 at the Main Library in Downtown Toledo’s Civic Plaza. The program runs from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.
May 6, 2009 – TOLEDO, Ohio – A gift of $500,000 to The University of Toledo College of Engineering from SSOE, Inc. came to fruition when the College dedicated its new SSOE seminar room in Nitschke Hall on May 6th, 2009. SSOE’s founder, the late Al Samborn, was a graduate of The University of Toledo College of Engineering and later a faculty member. Read more
TOLEDO, Ohio, February 13, 2009 – A group of 30 students will get hands-on experience from a team of SSOE engineers when they spend part of their “Engineer for a Day,” at SSOE’s Toledo headquarters February 18, 2009 from 12:30 until 3:30. The “Engineer for a Day” program is a part of the 2009 Toledo Engineer Week’s agenda sponsored in part by The University of Toledo College of Engineering. Read more
Toledo, OH, August 25, 2008 – A partnership that has flourished over many years is taking a new form, as SSOE Inc., a comprehensive, multi-national architectural and engineering service provider headquartered in Toledo, announces a $629,000 pledge to The University of Toledo. Read more
February 1, 2007 – As part of the University of Toledo’s (UT) $130 million, three-year master plan for development of its facilities, the UT College of Engineering is currently renovating several of its laboratories. Read more
Wonder whatever happened to the students who won awards at the science fair every year? No doubt some of them grew up to be researchers at places like the EPA, and are now discovering ways to make the environment healthier. Some are working at SSOE on projects that support the EPA by improving their facilities.
The mission of the EPA’s Ecosystems Research Division in Athens, Georgia is to protect human health and the environment. The research includes analyzing our drinking water, developing better ways to clean up contaminated land in nearby neighborhoods, and identifying exactly what is leaking out of fuel tanks and into the ground at your local filling station. In Athens, as in many other EPA locations nationwide, SSOE focused on making their facilities more energy efficient, secure and environmentally friendly. As part of assessing the current condition of their facilities, we estimated the cost of implementing improvements and provided a phased implementation plan.
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