College Planning & Management Article: “The Planning and Design of Workforce Development Centers”

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

Lab Equipment Article: “Meaningful Involvement”

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

SSOE Completes LEED® Platinum Net Zero Energy Warehouse and Distribution Center for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

DURHAM, North Carolina, October 29, 2018 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, is proud to have recently completed their first Net Zero LEED® Platinum project. The new 25,000 SF North Warehouse and Distribution Center for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is located at Research Triangle Park in Durham, North Carolina and now consolidates all warehousing efforts onto the National Institute of Health (NIH) campus, not only increasing security, but eliminating the need for off-site leasing facilities. Read more

LiDAR News Article: “Artificial Intelligence Assists with Reality Capture Workflows”

Tony Sabat, BIM / CAD Technical Specialist at SSOE, explains in this article featured on the LiDAR News blog how artificial intelligence (AI) is the next step in improving the reality capture workflow. He notes that with AI, time is saved working on an unedited heavy dataset and creates an easier workflow further into a project. Additionally, the ability of these solutions to create a concise dataset for the user proves incredibly valuable in making design decisions and maintaining a successful project. Read more

SSOE Group Launches New Website to Commemorate Upcoming 70th Anniversary

TOLEDO, Ohio, August 7, 2018 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management launched a newly redesigned website today. This week, the firm is celebrating 70 years of making clients successful.

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SSOE Group Celebrates 70-Year Legacy on August 8th

TOLEDO, Ohio, August 6, 2018 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global architecture, engineering, and construction management firm, is proud to celebrate 70 years in business this coming Wednesday, August 8, 2018.

SSOE was founded in 1948 when structural engineer Al Samborn returned to his hometown of Toledo after completing his military service to start his own engineering firm. Today, the firm has grown into a Top 10 Engineering / Architecture firm (BD+C) with 1,100 employees in 30 global offices across six countries and is one of Ohio’s largest engineering firms.

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For Third Consecutive Year, SSOE Group Named a “Great Workplace” by Great Place to Work®

TOLEDO, Ohio, August 3, 2018 – SSOE Group (www.www.ssoe.com), a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management is proud to announce their re-certification as a “Great Workplace” by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work®. SSOE earned this credential based on exemplary ratings provided by their employees in an anonymous survey.

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SSOE Group Expands Healthcare Team with Senior Healthcare Planner, Scott Courtney

TROY, Michigan, April 25, 2018 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, is proud to announce the addition of a new dedicated healthcare professional, Scott Courtney. Scott’s addition is just one example of how SSOE continues to move forward with its strategic commitment to expanding the firm’s healthcare portfolio and depth of resources to deliver great client service. Read more

AEC Next Article: “Drones Are Getting AEC Professionals to Ask the Right Questions About Reality Capture”

Tony Sabat, BIM / CAD Technical Specialist and one of several licensed drone pilots at SSOE, discusses the shift in reality capture as a result of drone / unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology in this AEC Next article—spoiler: reality capture is now easier than ever. Using this non-destructive technology to generate a 3D model can be a game changer, allowing you to turn assets into detailed, accurate deliverables. With the drone’s speed, mobility, and safety, it has become the most efficient method for capturing the existing conditions of many facilities and sites, with added benefits downstream. Read more

SSOE Group’s Sonny Hamizadeh to Succeed Joe Kunkle as Architectural Department Manager of Firm’s Healthcare, Commercial, and Education Business Unit

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

SSOE Group Awarded all Four Elementary Schools for Fremont City Schools District Rebuild

 

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

BD+C Magazine Article: “Laser Scanners Go Handheld”

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

SSOE Group Partnering with Toledo Public Schools on Pilot Apprenticeship Program

TOLEDO, Ohio, August 25, 2017 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, is partnering with Toledo Public Schools (TPS) on a pilot apprenticeship program to engage students at the high school / pre-college level and provide them exposure to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. Today, engineering is one of the fastest-growing, best-paid careers for recent college graduates, and this growth is projected to continue into the future. Read more

SSOE Group Named a “Great Workplace” by Great Place to Work® for Second Consecutive Year

 

TOLEDO, Ohio, August 18, 2017 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management is proud to announce their re-certification as a “Great Workplace” by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work®. SSOE earned this credential based on exemplary ratings provided by their employees in an anonymous survey. Read more

SSOE Group Expands Southeast U.S. Operations with The Burell Group (TBG)

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

SSOE Experts Lauren Collier and Mark LaBell to Present at Annual 2017 Ohio Facilities Construction Commission Conference

TOLEDO, Ohio, August 2, 2017 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, announced today that Lauren Collier, VDC Department Manager, and Mark LaBell Jr., Senior VDC Technical Leader, have been selected to present at the annual Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) Conference. This year’s event takes place over the course of four different dates in locations around the state of Ohio: August 15th in Columbus, August 23rd in Cincinnati, August 30th in Cleveland, and September 12th in Columbus. Read more

Sentury Tire Selects SSOE Group for Complete Design of 1.4 Million Square Foot Tire Manufacturing Facility in LaGrange, Georgia

LAGRANGE, Georgia, July 11, 2017 – Sentury Tire, a global advanced-technology tire manufacturer of automotive and aircraft tires, selected SSOE Group, a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, to design its 1.4 million square foot tire manufacturing facility in LaGrange, Georgia. Read more

SSOE Group Recognized as one of the Fastest-Growing Architectural, Engineering, Planning, and Environmental Consulting Firms in the U.S.

TOLEDO, Ohio, June 26, 2017 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, has been ranked as a “Hot Firm” by management consulting and research firm Zweig Group. This ranking signifies that SSOE is one of the fastest-growing architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting firms in the United States. Read more

Modern Healthcare Article: “From Powering Cities to Empowering Healthcare Providers”

Sonny Hamizadeh, AIA, Senior Account Executive at SSOE Group, was recently featured in Modern Healthcare in an article highlighting the recent uptick in building renovation and conversion projects in the healthcare industry—as seen in the publication’s annual Construction and Design Survey results. Sonny explains that new construction is still prevalent, but when renovating is more practical and cost-effective, many clients are now considering that route. The feature goes on to detail SSOE’s recent renovation project for ProMedica Health System, still under construction, which the article appropriately dubs a “whopper remodeling job”. The project requires transforming two historical industrial structures in Toledo, Ohio into what will soon be ProMedica’s corporate headquarters. The design consists of repurposing a 19th century landmark steam plant and connecting it to a former bank building to create an office space for nearly 1,000 employees. Complex to say the least, the urban revitalization effort also required the demolition of two deteriorated 20-story brick smokestacks, which were replaced with smaller steel replicas that required close coordination with National Register of Historical Preservation officials. Read more

ENR Article: “The Top 500 Design Firms: Market Poised for Takeoff”

Vince DiPofi, PE, Chief Strategy Officer at SSOE Group, was featured in ENR’s May 2017 cover story, “The Top 500 Design Firms: Market Poised for Takeoff”. From healthcare reform and regulation changes to the race to rebuild U.S. infrastructure, the article highlights some of the questions and concerns surrounding the industry following the recent election. Although preliminary indicators point to a strong, healthy market and we’ve already seen an increase in private sector jobs, a theme of caution continues to persist.

Vince, who has experienced nine presidential elections during the course of his career, comments on the buzz surrounding the election and its effect on the industry. He also discusses how potential changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have already impacted the automotive market, as seen in postponed spending. Read more

SSOE Group’s Kevin Costello and Chris Baker Honored by the Toledo Chapter of the American Institute of Architects

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’s Stratford STEM Magnet High School Renovation Project Receives LEED® Silver Certification with Design and LEED® Consultation by SSOE Group

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

SSOE Celebrates 3,000,000 Work Hours with No Recordable Injuries

TOLEDO, Ohio, May 9, 2017 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, is excited to announce the achievement of a significant safety milestone, three million hours worked with no recordable incidents as of March 30, 2017. A recordable injury is an injury that results in any of the following: death, days away from work, restricted work or transferred to another job, medical treatment beyond first aid, or a loss of consciousness. Read more

Lab Manager Magazine Article: “Increase Transparency for Your Lab’s Products and Services”

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

SSOE Group to Host High School Students During Annual “Engineer for a Day” Program

TOLEDO, Ohio, February 16, 2017 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, will host nearly 40 students from local area high schools including Ayersville, Ida, Lake, and Start, on Tuesday, February 21st as part of Engineers Week. Focused on promoting entry into the engineering profession, Engineers Week takes place February 20 – 26, 2017 in locations across the U.S. Engineering is one of the fastest-growing, best paid careers for recent college graduates and this growth is projected to continue into the future. Read more

Area Development Magazine Article: “Streamlining the Construction Project to Deliver Ahead of Schedule and Below Budget”

New Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) for steel technology seamlessly integrates steel design, fabrication, and erection with reduced cost and a faster schedule.

Josh Zimmerman, VDC Steel Section Manager at SSOE, is featured in the November issue of Area Development Magazine. Within, Josh describes how Virtual Design and Construction methodology can be applied to the steel detailing process and result in significant schedule reduction. This is accomplished by creating fabrication-ready models quicker and earlier in the construction workflow—moving the timing of steel detailing to occur congruently with structural design on the project. Two examples are explored in the article, one saving 2.5 months on the construction schedule through early coordination of design and detailing associated with VDC Steel. Read more

SSOE’s Louise Schlatter Receives AIA Ohio Mentor Award

TOLEDO, Ohio, October 21, 2016 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, is proud to announce that the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Ohio honored Master Architect Louise Schlatter, AIA, NCARB, for her role as a mentor to younger colleagues pursuing a career in architecture. Louise received the award in a ceremony at the Akron Public Library on October 7, 2016. The event was part of AIA Ohio’s 2016 Convention. Read more

Modelo Blog Article: “Design Manifestos”

Lauren Collier, Associate AIA, was recently featured on Modelo Blog’s “Design Manifestos” discussing her career path to Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) Manager. With over 10 years of industry experience, Lauren offers a glimpse into her professional journey – from making the decision to study architecture and interning with SSOE, to her evolution into the project execution realm. Now a key member in SSOE’s VDC initiative, she’s responsible for enforcing corporate BIM / VDC standards and developing innovative new technology strategies and processes. Read more

DiPofi and LaBell of SSOE to Present at PSMJ’s THRIVE 2016 – THE A / E / C Industry Summit

NASHVILLE, Tennessee, September 19, 2016 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, is proud to announce that Vince DiPofi, PE, Executive Vice President / Chief Strategy Officer and Mark LaBell, BIM/CAD Technical Leader, have been selected to present at PSMJ’s THRIVE 2016 – The A / E / C Industry Summit. The event will be held October 12-14, 2016 at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel located in Nashville’s exclusive Midtown. THRIVE 2016 provides attendees with a chance to learn, network, and to get an eye-opening perspective on what the world’s most successful  A / E / C firms are doing right now to thrive. Read more

Howell and Gill of SSOE to Present at the 18th Annual Lean Construction Institute LCI Congress

CHICAGO, Illinois, September 16, 2016 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, announced today that CEO Bob Howell and Director of Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) John Gill will present at the 18th annual Lean Construction Institute (LCI) Congress in Chicago, October 5 – 6, 2016. Read more

INFORM Magazine Article: “Front-End Loading for a Successful Capital Project”

Jens Ebert, PE, PMP, Senior Project Manager at SSOE, recently authored this article, which examines the phased approach to project execution referred to as front-end loading (FEL) and its many advantages. Also known as pre-project planning (PPP) and front-end engineering and design (FEED), the FEL approach to project delivery involves early project planning and engineering, so that design changes are easier and cheaper to accommodate, comparatively. FEL is very structured and can require more cost upfront, but projects are less likely to have issues or costly changes, and gives stakeholders an opportunity to make more informed decisions along the way. Read more

SSOE Group Named a “Great Workplace” by Great Place to Work®

TOLEDO, Ohio, June 7, 2016 – SSOE Group, (www.ssoe.com) a global project delivery firm, specializing in engineering, architecture, and construction management is proud to announce their certification as a “Great Workplace” by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work®. SSOE earned this credential based on exemplary ratings provided by their employees in an anonymous survey. Read more

SSOE Group to Host High School Students during Annual “Engineer for a Day” Program

TOLEDO, Ohio, February 22, 2016 – SSOE Group, a global engineering, architectural, and construction management firm (www.ssoe.com) headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, will host 16 students from Adrian High School and Bedford Senior High School Tuesday, February 23rd as part of Engineers Week. Focused on promoting entry into the engineering profession, Engineers Week takes place February 21-27, 2016 in locations across the U.S. Engineering is a fast growing, and one of the best paid, careers for recent college graduates and this growth is projected to continue into the future. Read more

Medical Construction & Design Magazine Article: “Virtual Design & Construction: Transforming the Operation of Healthcare Facilities”

John Gill, Director of VDC and Craig Pickerel, Architect and Section Manager take a look at how VDC has already transformed the way design and construction teams work together to develop new healthcare facilities—and where they see additional benefits in the future in Medical Construction & Design Magazine. The pair provides insight into specific ways VDC could enhance operations, maintenance, and management of a healthcare facility, improve the patient experience, and enhance staff efficiency and performance. Read more

BOSS Magazine Article: “Facilitating a Culture of Global Collaboration with Technology”

SSOE Group is a leader in leveraging the latest technology to enable integrated and collaborative project delivery. SSOE Group was featured in BOSS Magazine, in an article highlighting the company’s technology strategy and culture — both of which are helping provide better solutions to clients. Driven by collaboration, SSOE is using innovative tools and customized applications to deliver high quality projects more efficiently, while working to maintain employee engagement along the way. Read more

ENR Magazine Article: “A Healthy Market Spurs Investment in Plants”

Firms being asked to play a bigger role in providing expertise

Dave Sipes, Chief Operating Officer at SSOE Group, was featured in this article recently published in Engineering News-Record (ENR). The article highlights manufacturing, a particularly robust market currently, and the need within this market to improve processes — with an emphasis on output. Popular among manufacturers is integrated project delivery, a concept that focuses on collaboration and commitment among all parties, which is successfully executed with the help of highly evolved technologies like 3D modeling and laser scanning. Read more

American School and University Magazine Article: “Laboratory Retriever”

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

ENR Article: “Design Professionals Must Embrace VDC to Improve Their Profession and Projects”

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

Giving clients more for their money through innovative software

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

Pulling back the curtain on VDC

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

Pickerel of SSOE Group Earns American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) Board Certificate

TOLEDO, Ohio, August 27, 2015 SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, is proud to announce that Craig Pickerel has earned his Board Certificate in healthcare architecture from The American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA).

Craig Pickerel, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC, an Architect and Section Manager at SSOE, recently passed an accredited examination following approval of a portfolio application and relevant experience, which assesses the knowledge and understanding of architects who practice as healthcare specialists. He joins the ranks of over 400 ACHA colleagues in the U.S. and Canada who have received this important architectural credential. Read more

Mark LaBell of SSOE to Present “Reviewing the Role of Laser Scanning to Create Preliminary 3D Digital Representations of a Structure to Incorporate into BIM Models” at the BIM Integration Congress 2015

San Francisco, California, August 14, 2015 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, is proud to announce that Mark LaBell, BIM/CAD Technical Leader at SSOE, has been selected to present at BIM Integration Congress 2015. The event will be held August 26-27 at Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco, California. Read more

Laboratory Design Magazine Article: “Lab Renovations: Four Significant Challenges”

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

Two SSOE BIM Experts Presenting at the 2015 North American Revit® Technology Conference

Washington, D.C., July 20, 2015 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, announced today that two BIM specialists from the company’s Portland, Oregon, office will present at the fifth annual North American Revit Technology Conference at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Washington, D.C., July 23 to 25, 2015. Read more

SSOE Group Announces Employee Registrations and Certifications for Third Quarter of Planning Year 2015

TOLEDO, Ohio, July 13, 2015 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, announced today that one of their employees earned a professional registration and four additional employees earned professional certifications during the third quarter of SSOE’s 2015 planning year. Attainment of professional licensures is strongly encouraged at SSOE. In fact, the company covers the expense of preparation classes and exam fees as well as provides paid time off to take the exam. As an added incentive, once a staff member has passed an exam, they are awarded a recognition bonus. Read more

SSOE Group Announces Employee Registrations and Certifications for Second Quarter of Planning Year 2015

TOLEDO, Ohio, April 24, 2015 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, announced today that 2 employees earned professional registrations and 5 employees earned professional certifications during the second quarter of SSOE’s 2015 planning year. Attainment of professional licensures is strongly encouraged at SSOE. In fact, the company covers the expense of preparation classes and exam fees as well as providing paid time off to take the exam. As an added incentive, once a staff member has passed an exam, they are awarded a recognition bonus.

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Laboratory Design Magazine Article: “Should your project undergo commissioning?”

David Wilson, PE, LEED AP, Senior Mechanical Engineer at SSOE Group, recently authored this article in Laboratory Design Magazine. The article explores when it’s worth it to consider commissioning for your facility through three case scenarios encountered by an HVAC commissioning expert. What is observed through testing and verification may prevent expensive operational problems from occurring, by detecting flaws and inefficiency prior to the end of the warranty period. The best approach is to be proactive in knowing what you need before it’s too late. Read more

SSOE Board Member Dennis Cuneo to Speak at Area Development Magazine’s FDI Forum in Atlanta

 

Atlanta, Georgia, April 9, 2015 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, is pleased to announce that SSOE Board Member Dennis Cuneo will present at the upcoming Area Development FDI Forum and will be speaking on the impact of FDI in relation to the automotive industry.

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The icing on the cake: almost $20 million in documented savings

In the AEC industry, when a client asks for a project to be completed “faster, better, and cheaper,” chances are they will be told that two out of three is about as good as it gets. Thanks to technology, integrated delivery methods, and an exceptional team effort, SSOE raised the bar and delivered on all counts on a recent project for a global leader in the food industry.

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SSOE Group to Host High School Students during Annual “Engineer for a Day” Program

TOLEDO, Ohio, February 19, 2015 – SSOE Group, a global EPCM firm (www.ssoe.com), and other local area firms are promoting entry into the engineering profession by participating in Engineer’s Week, taking place February 22-28, 2015 in locations across the U.S. SSOE is sponsoring Engineer’s Week activities in their Portland, Oregon and Toledo, Ohio locations. SSOE is committed to preparing students for successful careers by generating interest and improving skills in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields and is a proud sponsor of the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI).

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Power Engineering Magazine Article: “Projects Illustrate Strategies for Comprehensive Design Tools”

Tom Fitzpatrick, Power Department Manager at SSOE Group, co-authored this content-rich article, published in Power Engineering Magazine, that explores the cost benefits of conducting a feasibility study during the planning phase of a project. The article highlights project examples where SSOE’s engineers were able to add even more value to a feasibility study with their ability to quickly and easily assess, and point decision-makers in the right direction.

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Area Development Magazine Article: “The United States: A Growing Competitor for New Manufacturing Plants”

Foreign companies are trending in the direction of the U.S. as they review global site selection options, with suppliers following.

Alexandra Segers, International Senior Account Executive / Program Manager at SSOE Group, shares her insight in this article published in Area Development Magazine. Within, Segers discusses some of the important items — including incentives and cost offsets, utility factors, and workforce availability — that are making the U.S. an advantageous area to consider development, with the Southeast U.S. leading the pack.
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ARCHITECT Magazine Article: “Designing in a Cloud”

A roundup of tools and services that architects are using to break free from company servers and physical boundaries.

Lauren Collier, Assoc. AIA, design technology section manager at SSOE Group, is featured in this article recently published in ARCHITECT Magazine. The article reviews recent industry trends related to cloud-based system use, going beyond file sharing and backup. Companies are beginning to incorporate the cloud into schematic design, project management, energy performance analysis, renderings, and other outsourced tasks. The cloud offers adept speed that releases us from our dependency on less-efficient company servers, and generating productive collaboration.

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Chemical Processing Magazine Article: “Learn from the West Fertilizer Plant Explosion”

Third party assessments can provide crucial insights.

Peter Wilmarth, RA, an architect at SSOE Group with over 35 years of experience, offers his thoughts as to how those of us in the chemical industry can gain insight from the West Fertilizer plant explosion in his recent Chemical Processing Magazine publication. The tragic blast occurred in 2013 in West, Texas — killing 15 people and injuring over 160 — and elevated the issue of safety in relation to hazardous industrial processes.

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University Business Magazine Article: “How Are Colleges Retooling for Sustainability”

Joe Kunkle, AIA, PE, LEED AP, principal account executive at SSOE Group, recently authored an article in University Business Magazine, turning the spotlight on ways universities are now preparing their students for an economically sustainable future, while also shifting their perceptions and values in a greener direction.

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SSOE Vice President Clem Wood to Present at the Annual SEMI Pacific Northwest Forum in Hillsboro, Oregon: “Era of Internet of Things: A Technology Revolution”

PORTLAND, Oregon, October 10, 2014 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, announced today that SSOE Vice President Clem Wood will present at the annual SEMI Pacific Northwest fall breakfast forum. This year, the event is hosted by SSOE and will be held on Wednesday, October 29th, at SSOE’s office in Hillsboro, Oregon.

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SSOE Board Member Dennis Cuneo to Moderate Panel at the 2014 Southern Automotive Conference in Alabama

 

Birmingham, Alabama, October 03, 2014 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, is pleased to announce that SSOE Board Member Dennis Cuneo will moderate a panel discussion at the upcoming 2014 Southern Automotive Conference (SAC). The purpose of the panel, which will include two sitting governors and a senior auto industry executive, will be to discuss the findings of the Center for Automotive Research’s Study on the Southern Automotive Industry.

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Andrew Mekus of SSOE Group Named Ohio’s 2014 Young Engineer of the Year

Drew-Mekus, SSOE GroupTOLEDO, Ohio, June 17, 2014 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, announced today that Andrew Mekus, PE, has been named “Young Engineer of the Year” by the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE). Andrew was presented this honor in recognition of his exemplary community, civic, and professional undertakings as well as enthusiasm for the engineering profession and dedicated efforts to support activities of OSPE and the Toledo Chapter.

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Three SSOE BIM Experts Selected to Present at the 2014 North American Revit Technology Conference

PORTLAND, Oregon, June 16, 2014 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, announced today that three BIM specialists from the company’s Portland, Oregon, office have been selected to present at the fourth North American Revit Technology Conference at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Chicago on June 19 to 21, 2014.

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SSOE Group Announces Bob Howell as the Next President and CEO

Toledo, Ohio – June 3, 2014-— SSOE’s Board of Directors announced today that it has selected Bob Howell to be the next President and CEO of SSOE Group—a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm . Effective December 3, 2014, Bob Howell will assume the reins from current CEO, Tony Damon, who announced his plans to retire late last year.

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Fostering Scientific Excellence and Interaction

SSOE heard it loud and clear. “This is our world headquarters and we want to show it.” It’s a predictable requirement for the world headquarters of a global company; however it’s not often that laboratories are the main focus of the space. Kemin, however, understood their laboratories were the best means to demonstrate to customers their passion for innovation. Read more

Making Steel—Big Business and Big Work

Whenever a company needs new manufacturing facilities to capture market share, getting up and running quickly is critical. It needs to pick a firm with solid experience, one that won’t flinch at challenges that might arise, and will do what it takes to meet an aggressive schedule. In this case, the firm is SSOE. The market is the oil and gas industry and the product is high quality API Grade steel tube – over 500,000 metric tons annually.

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Pharmaceutical Processing Magazine Article: “The Elephant in the Lab Room – The Path to Resolving Storage Space Issues”

Architect Suzan Huff is featured in the April 2014 issue of Pharmaceutical Processing Magazine with an article on storage and space planning for laboratory environments. “Inadequate or misplaced storage space in the modern laboratory becomes that obstinate elephant in the room that everyone must work around, yet no one can seem to come up with an adequate solution to remove.” In order to resolve in the planning stage, Huff outlines the steps to achieving the optimal amount of storage space that’s placed in the most efficient matter — using experience, collaboration, communication, and creativity as key elements for success.

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SSOE Group Announces 2013 Founder’s Award Recipients

TOLEDO, Ohio, February 27, 2014 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, is proud to announce the selection of nine employees and one consultant as recipients of their 2013 Founder’s Award. Initiated in 2008, the Founder’s Award recognizes exemplary execution of SSOE’s core principles—innovation through quality improvements and value-added solutions, great client service, and diversification. Two project teams were the focus of this year’s awards for their substantial contribution to our clients’ success and documented savings of time, trouble, and money. Combined, these two projects, the State of Tennessee’s Memphis Regional Megasite and a program of projects for U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. have a documented millions in potential savings for the clients.

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Internationally Ranked Design Firm, SSOE Group, Opens León, Mexico Office

León, Mexico February 14, 2014 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), ranked 10th internationally among Manufacturing Design Firms (ENR, 2013), announced today that they have opened operations in León, Guanajuato, Mexico—their first office in the country. SSOE now has operations in eight countries. Over the next three years, SSOE plans to hire 25-30 individuals to support the León office. SSOE’s expansion into Mexico continues the company’s trajectory of international growth; the firm has added nine offices in new geographic markets in the last three years through both acquisition and organic expansion.

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Bimbo Bakeries USA’s First LEED Silver Bakery and Distribution Center Certified with Design from SSOE Group

 Rockwall, Texas, November 14, 2013 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, is proud to announce the successful certification of Bimbo Bakeries USA’s (BBU) first LEED®- certified facility, a bakery and distribution center located in Rockwall, Texas.  The project was a design-build endeavor, with SSOE Group and Turner Construction partnering to provide design and construction. The facility recently received LEED Silver certification under the LEED 2009 for New Construction rating system from the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program.

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SSOE Group Platinum Sponsor of AmCham Shanghai’s 2013 Manufacturing Summit in China

Shanghai, China, September 27, 2013 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, announces that it will continue its’ support again this year as a Platinum Sponsor for AmCham Shanghai’s Manufacturing Summit, presented by the AmCham Shanghai Manufacturers’ Business Council and Suzhou Committee. The event is being held October 17th, 2013 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Shanghai.

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Two SSOE Facilities Experts to Present at MAPPA/MiAPPA 2013 Educational Conference & Annual Meeting

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.

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SSOE Named to 7 Top 10 Spots in ENR’s 2013 Rankings

TOLEDO, Ohio, August 19, 2013 SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm announced today it has been named to 7 Top 10 spots in the recently released, revenue-based ENR rankings, the premier publication covering the AEC industry.

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Adrienne Taylor of SSOE Group Named Ohio’s 2013 Young Engineer of the Year

TOLEDO, Ohio, August 5, 2013 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, announced today that Adrienne Taylor, PE, has been named “Young Engineer of the Year” by the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE). Adrienne was presented this honor in recognition of her exemplary community, civic, and professional undertakings as well as enthusiasm for the engineering profession and dedicated efforts to support activities of OSPE and the Toledo Chapter.

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Two Schools in the Ottawa-Glandorf School District Receive LEED Gold Certification with the Help of SSOE Group

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.

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SSOE Group Recipient of 2013 Illumination Award of Merit for Interior Lighting Design at Slidell Regional Cancer Center

Toledo, Ohio, June 11, 2013— SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, was recently recognized with an  Illumination Award of Merit from the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) for their outstanding interior lighting design at Slidell Regional Cancer Center in Slidell, Louisiana. The project was submitted in the category of The Edwin F. Guth Memorial Award for Interior Lighting Design. The awards are based on complexity of the problem, overall concept including integration into the architectural design, and design solution including energy and environmental considerations as well as budget and maintenance concerns.

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Engineering Inc. Magazine Article: “ACEC 2013 Engineering Excellence Awards”

SSOE’s Volkswagen Chattanooga Plant project is featured in Engineering Inc.’s Grand Award Recipient Article as one of the eight grand award winners for Engineering Excellence at the 47th Annual Engineering Excellence Awards. The $1 billion production facility produces the Passat and became the first and only LEED® Platinum automotive plant in the world, the first LEED platinum industrial campus in the U.S., and the largest platinum project in the U.S. (based on building area). Read more

Volkswagen and SSOE Group Proud Recipients of ACEC Engineering Excellence Grand Award for World’s First LEED® Platinum Automotive Manufacturing Plant

Toledo, Ohio, May 31, 2013 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm along with their client Volkswagen Group of America is proud to announce that it has received one of eight Grand Awards for Engineering Excellence at the 47th Annual 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 at an award gala in Washington D.C. on April 23, 2013.

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AIA Honors SSOE Group with Design Award for Renovation of Jesup W. Scott High School

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.

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SSOE Group Announces Employee Registrations and Certifications for Second Quarter of Planning Year 2013

TOLEDO, Ohio, April 16, 2013 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, announced today that three employees earned professional registrations and one employee earned professional certification during the second quarter of their 2013 planning year. Attainment of professional licensure is strongly encouraged at SSOE. In fact, the company covers the expense of preparation classes and exam fees as well as providing paid time off to take the exam. As an additional incentive, once a staff member has passed an exam, they receive a recognition bonus.

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Andrew Mekus Named 2013 Young Engineer of the Year

TOLEDO, Ohio, February 19, 2013 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, announced today that Andrew Mekus, PE, has been named “Young Engineer of the Year” by The Toledo Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE). Andrew is a chemical engineer in SSOE’s Toledo, Ohio office and has been with the firm since 2005.

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SSOE Group to Host 40 High School Students during Annual “Engineer for a Day” Program

TOLEDO, Ohio, February 18, 2013 – Approximately 40 students from five area high schools will get hands-on experience from a team of engineers when they spend part of their day at SSOE’s Toledo headquarters for the “Engineer for a Day” program. SSOE Group, a global EPCM firm (www.ssoe.com), and area firms are promoting entry into the engineering profession by participating in Toledo Engineer’s Week, taking place February 18-22, 2013. SSOE has been a part of the Toledo community for over 60 years and has grown to be the largest engineering and architectural firm in the region.

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SSOE Ranks Second in ENR’s Top International Design Firm Rankings for Auto Assembly

TOLEDO, Ohio, January 31, 2013SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, is proud to announce that it has been ranked second by Engineering News Record (ENR) in their 2012 Top International Design Firm Rankings survey results for Auto Assembly. The rankings were released in December and are based on revenue.

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SSOE Group and Evergreen EDC Announce Merger

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.

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Architectural Record Magazine Article: “Quality Makes a Difference When Specifying Aluminum Fenestration Products”

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

SSOE Awarded Design Contracts on Higher Education Projects for Four Institutions

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.

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UT News: New Pavilion Honoring Alumni Unveiled Sept. 13 with the Help of SSOE

SSOE Group has made an in-kind contribution to donate the architectural design along with all engineering for the new University of Toledo (UT) pavilion and entry complex Read more

SSOE Again Recognized as a Top Supplier in its Core Industries

Toledo, Ohio, August 20, 2012 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm announced today it has been named to 4 Top 10 spots in the recently released, revenue-based ENR rankings, the premier publication covering the A/E/C industry.

SSOE was ranked in the number two spot nationally for Green Industrial and Manufacturing Design Firms. SSOE also ranked in the Top 10 in Solar Generation (7th), Chemical Plants (8th), and Manufacturing (9th). In addition, the firm was ranked 11th in Industrial Process, among the Top 50 Power Generation Firms, and the 77th Top 500 Design Firm, up 7 spots from 2011. Read more

Contractor Magazine Article: “Volkswagen Plant First in Automotive Industry to Attain LEED Platinum Status”

SSOE, global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm is mentioned as the sustainable design and construction lead in Contractor Magazine’s article on Volkswagen’s Chattanooga automotive assembly plant. The article highlights VW’s achievement  Read more

Integration Quarterly Magazine Article: “Meeting the Ultimate Deadline”

Mike Duffey, Director of Federal Programs at SSOE, is featured in an article on implementing design-build teams for military construction projects in Integration Quarterly’s summer 2012 edition. Duffey describes some of the challenges even experienced projects teams encounter Read more

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

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.

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SSOE Group and Fuqua & Partners Designed Dynetics Solutions Complex Celebrates Grand Opening

Huntsville, AL, June 21, 2012 – CRS Engineering, a division of SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, along with their partner, Fuqua & Partners Architects, announce the grand opening of Dynetics’ 226,500 SF high-tech prototyping facility located in Cummings Research Park in Huntsville, Alabama.

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The Making of a Sustainable Facility

Volkswagen’s new Chattanooga, Tennessee production facility is a model of environmental responsibility and sustainability. SSOE integrated these core values into every level of the project, from design through construction. The site includes outbound logistics, an extensive training center, media center, social hall, cafeteria, technical center, tank farm, recycling center, and fire station.

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The buildings are comprised of a concrete and steel infrastructure with an insulated metal skin. Locally extracted and manufactured materials were specifi ed. To the fullest extent possible, wood, cardboard, metal, and concrete were recycled using a local vendor resulting in nearly 78% (4,602 tons) of construction and demolition waste being recycled or salvaged.

48% of total building materials were manufactured using recycled materials.

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By using ASHRAE/IESNA standards to design the energy consuming systems, the team reduced the amount of energy that will be used in both the facility and manufacturing processes by 42%.

On-site renewable energy sources generate a portion of the buildings’ energy needs. The facility will include a solar park to generate energy.

A white, reflective roofing material was installed on 100% of the roof. It refl ects heat resulting in lower cooling costs and energy savings.

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Significant time and money was invested in order to prepare the brownfield site— previously a munitions manufacturing and testing site. The team stabilized the soils, mitigated the pollution, and relocated an existing stream. Volkswagen set aside 235 acres as permanent green spaces and reserved additional acreage for native or adapted plants.

An extensive storm water conveyance system consisting of bioswales, vegetative ditches, and culverts acts as the primary storm water management system. Specific plants were planted in the ditches and swales to fi ltrate suspended solids.

To reduce the heat island effect, roller compacted concrete was placed in strategic areas of the parking lots and roadways.

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All exterior lights provide only the minimum lighting required for safety to ensure that light does not spill into the night sky and adversely affect the surrounding nocturnal environments through excessive glare.

Measures to promote environmentally friendly commutes include providing bike racks for visitors and employees, showers and lockers for employee use, and preferred parking for those driving low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles and those who carpool.

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The HVAC system utilizes ASHRAE 62-2004 as its basis. A construction indoor air quality management program was successfully implemented with the support of all contractors working on-site. A stringent low-emitting materials policy is in place to reduce the use of off-gassing materials within the buildings in accordance with LEED indoor environmental credits 4.1–4.4 and 5.and preferred parking for those driving low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles and those who carpool.

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Through low-flow water closets and urinals, the plant achieves a 58% reduction in potable water used for sewage conveyance. Additionally, the plant collects rainwater from its roof for use in the sanitary waste system. Low-fl ow showers and faucets further decrease potable water usage. Together, these strategies save more than 3 million gallons of potable water each year.

All grass and plant species on-site are either native or adapted and are drought-resistant, allowing them to survive without a permanent irrigation system.

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To learn more about the VW facility, visit: www.ssoe.com/platinum

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SSOE Designed Volkswagen Chattanooga Plant named Edison Green Award Gold Winner

Chattanooga, TN, May 15, 2012 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, is proud to announce that the Volkswagen Chattanooga Assembly Plant has been 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. SSOE performed architecture, engineering, and construction management for this $1 billion+ production facility which produces the 2012 Passat. SSOE also functioned as the Project Team Administrator (PTA) and Design Lead for all LEED credits.

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Site Selection Magazine: “Growth Curves”

Volkswagen’s new Chattanooga, Tennessee automotive manufacturing campus is featured in Site Selection Magazine’s May 2012 issue. SSOE Group’s Brian Spencer, PE and Louise Schlatter, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C discuss the integration of LEED principles into the design of the 2.7 million SF facility. Read more

SSOE Group Expands Southeast U.S. Presence with Second Acquisition in 2012

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.

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Architect Magazine: “Planes, Trains and Automobiles – The next generation of automobiles begins with the design of the factory”

SSOE Group is featured in Architect Magazine’s February 2012 issue. This article highlights the design and construction management SSOE performed for Volkswagen’s new automotive assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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AIA Honors SSOE Group with Citation Award for Design of Northview High School Performing Arts Addition and Renovation

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

U.S.- based EPCM Firm SSOE Group Acquires India Firm During its Most Successful Year Ever

Toledo, Ohio, January 23, 2012 – As economists debate the state of the economy and where it’s headed— SSOE Group, a U.S. – based engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm is thriving. In recent years, in the heart of what some are calling a mild depression, SSOE maintained profitability and earned its highest revenue numbers ever. In fact, in its 2011 fiscal year, it posted its largest revenue in the company’s 64-year history. This is proof that SSOE is demonstrating some of the growth strategies and simple shifts in mindset that other businesses will likely embrace in order to succeed in today’s economy. For SSOE, a priority in recent years is a shift in international growth, as indicated by the recent acquisition of NKS Design Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (also known as d-Tech) in Mumbai, India.

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SSOE and General Motors Celebrate 500,000 Safety Man-hours in Shanghai

Shanghai, China, October 05, 2011 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), an international engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, along with General Motors (GM), celebrated the outstanding safety record incurred during the construction of GM’s first Chinese Automotive Research and Development (R&D) facility, otherwise known as GM China’s Advanced Technical Center. The new facility, currently being constructed in Shanghai, reached the milestone of 500,000 hours worked without a recordable accident during construction of the Advanced Materials Laboratory Building, or Phase 1, which opened on September 21, 2011. Read more

Building Design + Construction Article: “Scan, Deconstruct, Rebuild”

Building Design + Construction features SSOE Group. SSOE’s Joe Gerweck, LEED AP, PMP, and Neil Wakeman, MCSE contributed to this article. Article highlights how laser scanning helped improve construction schedules, plans, and final designs for two Ford Motor Co. reconstruction projects. Read more

SSOE Group Welcomes Alexandra Segers, International Senior Account Executive / Program Manager

TOLEDO, Ohio, April 25, 2011 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), an international engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, is proud to welcome Alexandra Segers as its new International Senior Account Executive / Program Manager.

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Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center Complete, Currently Pursuing LEED Certification

Tallahassee, Florida, March 07, 2011 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), an international architectural, engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, is proud to announce the completion of a new $12 million full-service cancer center. This freestanding facility spans two floors and is situated on a 4.9-acre site owned by an affiliate of Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare (TMH). Real estate investor Health Care REIT (www.hcreit.com) owns and developed the center.

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SSOE Group’s Healthcare Experts to Co-Present with Client and Contractor at the International Summit and Exhibition on Health Facility Planning, Design & Construction (PDC)

Tampa, Florida, March 2, 2011– SSOE Group, an international architectural, engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm announced today that two of their healthcare experts have been selected to present at the International Summit and Exhibition on Health Facility Planning, Design & Construction (PDC), March 13 -16, 2011 in Tampa, Florida.

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