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SSOE Group Opens Second China Office in Beijing

2nd China office in BejingSSOE Group announced the opening of its Beijing office, its second in China. The new office launches the firm’s North China operations and is located in the Central Business District (CBD) of Beijing. The CBD Beijing has experienced tremendous growth over the last decade. Since the area is home to over 100 Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries, and more than 60 percent of overseas-funded companies in Beijing are located there, this location is key to SSOE’s growth and client service. Andrew Kwok, General Manager of Asian Operations, for SSOE Group in China said “SSOE is committed to serving our clients in Northern China, including Goodyear and Coca Cola. By establishing our presence in Beijing we will be able to do this more effectively and efficiently.”

With the government driving development in North East China and the availability of tax breaks and incentives, many expect an increase in foreign investments in the region. Kwok said, “A Beijing office is the next step for SSOE in our goal of growing our business in China. Here, we can promote our engineering, procurement, and construction management services to prospective clients entering this region” Leading SSOE’s business development effort in Beijing is James Smith, Business Development Executive. “James brings to SSOE a great amount of enthusiasm and energy. He is an intelligent individual with China business knowledge and understanding of the construction industry which will be critical in generating new business for SSOE,” said Kwok.

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Craig Pickerel of SSOE, One of First to Earn Evidence Based Design Accreditation

Craig Pickerel Craig Pickerel recently became one of the first to receive an evidence based design accreditation and certification (EDAC) from The Center for Health Design (http://www.healthdesign.org/edac/). The accreditation has been offered for less than a year and has been awarded to only 250 professionals to date. Mounting scientific evidence supports the Evidence Based Design approach to healthcare facility design and its correlation to successful patient outcomes. The EDAC accreditation tests individual knowledge and understanding of how to base healthcare building design decisions on credible research evidence and project evaluation results.

According to Pickerel, the information he learned from The Center for Health Design can be applied to non-healthcare projects as well. “These tools can improve any type of project, new or existing,” he said. “However, the EDAC principles remain critical in the healthcare industry because every design decision can greatly influence the environment of care and healthcare outcomes.”

Recently, Pickerel successfully met the necessary requirements to become a registered Ohio architect. To obtain this status, Pickerel was required to pass seven state-mandated licensing exams, complete an Intern Development Program, and hold a degree from a university accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board.

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The Military Engineer Magazine Article: “The Next Dimension (4D)”

Still image of 4D modelSSOE Group’s Mike Duffey, PE, M.SAME, Vince DiPofi, PE, and David Semproch, AIA, NCARB, discuss how 4D building information modeling (BIM) could pay dividends for federal projects managers involved in larger undertakings such as U.S. military’s current massive force relocations around the world. Continue reading →

Area Development Magazine Article: “Positioning Your Project for Success”

Dan Vining, SSOE's Construction Management groupDan Vining, PMP, SSOE’s project management expert, discusses a proactive approach to project scheduling and risk management in this issue of Area Development. Continue reading →

SSOE Awarded National Export Achievement Award from the U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) visited SSOE on October 5th to present the firm with an Export Achievement Certificate from the U.S. Department of Commerce. According to Brown, “When it comes to exports, most people think about the manufacturing of goods—which is critical to Ohio’s economic health. But we can’t afford to overlook the export of services, which is exactly SSOE specializes in—and why they’ve been recognized as a model for exporters.”

Of the certificate, Tony Damon, CEO and President of SSOE said, “This is really an honor for us to receive this award. As international opportunities continue to increase exporting has become a large part of our growth strategy. Currently 8% of our total revenue comes from international business; we are working toward increasing that number to 25% by 2015.”

SSOE is planning several new international locations in the next year in China, India and Canada.

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.

SSOE in the News – See Where SSOE has been Published

Check out where SSOE has most recently appeared in the news including: Food Engineering; Engineering, Inc.; Long Term Living; Facility Care; and Food Manufacturing.

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