Connection Magazine: The Architecture and Design Journal of the Young Architects Forum: “Mergers and Acquisitions, Understanding the Process and Navigating Career Trajectory after Expansion”

In this recent Connection Magazine: The Architecture and Design Journal of the Young Architects Forum article, SSOE’s Laura Morton, AIA, NCARB, Senior Architect, and Betsy Hurner, Vice President of Corporate Development, discuss mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the AEC industry. They share their experience during SSOE’s recent acquisition of the 100-year-old Southeast U.S. firm formerly known as Stevens & Wilkinson. Within the article, Laura offers her viewpoint as an architect at the firm being acquired, while Betsy elaborates on the M&A process at a large A/E corporation. Read more

Bill Clark Shares Insight on the Impact of Georgia’s New $110M Judicial Complex

Principal Bill Clark, AIA, LEED AP, sat down with local Atlanta ABC news affiliate, WSB-TV, to discuss the state’s new $110M Judicial Complex. Interviewed by WSB’s Craig Lucie, reporter and evening anchor, Clark highlighted the current and on-going development of the new building which is slated to open in the Fall of 2019. “This building will be a definite game-changer,” stated Clark. “There has never been a more secure, more technologically advanced judicial structure built in the state. This is something that everyone will be proud of for years to come for sure.”

Focusing on the building’s positive impacts for both the City of Atlanta and the State of Georgia, Clark discussed the importance of the project and the direct effect the building will have on all Georgians upon completion. Project features, which include a new private research library, state-of-the-art courtrooms, multi-story atrium, and enhanced security design, are only a few of the highlights residents can look forward to upon completion.

The Need for Expansion

In 2016, the Georgia Court of Appeals went from 12 to 15 judges upon expansion by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. As a result, SSOE (formerly Stevens & Wilkinson), in association with Justice Planning Associates (JPA) and design architect, Robert A. M. Stern Architects (RAMSA), was selected by the Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission (GSFIC) to complete programming and planning services for the current and future growth needs of the judicial branch, its administrative agencies, and the state’s Law Department.

“This is going to be one of the most important structures built in this state this century,” continued Clark. “The work that goes on in this building will, believe it or not, effect every Georgian.”

The seven-story complex will host the Court of Appeals on the second floor, as well as the Georgia Supreme Court on the seventh floor. The design also calls for two court rooms with accompanying support spaces. Project renderings, provided by design architect RAMSA, detail a spacious, light-filled central atrium with beautiful views of the State Capitol’s iconic gold dome. By “…establishing a formal relationship with the State Capitol (Edbrooke and Burnham, 1889) across the intersection of Capitol Avenue and Memorial Drive, a facade that curves was implemented that will address views from adjacent expressways.” According to RAMSA, the new courthouse “…will carry forward the Classical architectural approach that has symbolized the dignity of the courts since the early days of the Republic.”

Design Goals

According to Georgia Appeals Court Chief Judge Stephen Dillard, “…this new complex will be a modern, forward-thinking building that will encourage collaboration,” a key element missing from the court’s current structure. In addition to creating a more collaborative environment, special attention was also placed on building security.

Safety, especially in courthouse design, is vital. Public and private zones are incorporated in a way that welcomes the public inside, but that also addresses the needs and concerns of the judges and their staff.

“As soon as you walk in through the front doors you will quickly realize that this is going to be one of the safest and most secure buildings in Atlanta,” said Lucie. While the building will be located a good distance from the curb, security features include a bullet proof entrance lobby, turnstiles, a guard station, and separate HVAC units.

Replacing the Georgia Archives Building
The new judicial building, which will cost approximately $110 million and will be situated on a six-acre site, also included the recent implosion of the former Ben Fortson Georgia Archives Building (also known as, “The White Cube”). The former building, which prior to demolition was facing severe structural and water damage, stood 14-stories tall and was considered, “…the most modern archival facility in the country.”

Built in 1965, the Georgia Archives Building moved into a new building in Morrow in 2003. Since then the building had become a “go-to” spot for filming.

Unparalleled Judicial Experience

On the heels of its 100 Year Anniversary, SSOE (formerly Stevens & Wilkinson) has completed similar judicial projects for clients that include the recently opened Florence County Judicial Complex, Horry County Judicial and Administrative Complex, and the Sumter County Courthouse. In addition to the firm’s growing courthouse experience, the firm has also worked on several projects located in and around the courthouse’s new site – projects which include Liberty Plaza, GBA’s 180 DoT Building Renovation, Capitol Hill Parking Deck, and the John C. Godbold Federal Building – Elpert P. Tuttle U.S. Court of Appeals.

“We are excited to see this project come to fruition,” said Clark. “It has taken us a long time to get here and we cannot wait to share this building with both the residents of Georgia and our friends over at the Supreme and Appellate Courts.”

Clark currently leads the project team in our Atlanta, GA. office as Principal and Lead Project Manager. With more than 37 years of experience in the A/E/C industry, Clark received both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology.

SSOE Group Completes Innovative Campus for Lanier Technical College

ATLANTA, Georgia, February 5, 2019 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), an internationally ranked architecture and engineering firm, announced the completion and opening of the Hall County Campus for Lanier Technical College.

SSOE worked with prime design professional Pond and Lanier Technical College to construct the new 85-acre complex in Gainesville, Ga. The replacement campus features 325,000-square feet of space, including six new buildings, increased surface parking and related site amenities. Reflecting SSOE’s on-going commitment to creating environmentally friendly spaces, the new campus is expected to receive two out of three peaches from Georgia’s sustainable design grading program.

“We are thrilled to deliver this cutting-edge campus to Lanier Technical College after three years of diligent work by our team,” said Todd Dolson, AIA, of SSOE GA. “Alongside our partners at Pond, we feel we have achieved our goal in creating a 21st Century Campus that fits architecturally in the community while offering unique learning environments for every personality.”

SSOE was responsible for the master planning, complete interior design and FF&E of the entire campus, as well as the design of the Breeden-Giles Hall Administration & Student Success Building, the Chris Riley Instructional Building, and the Wilbur & Dixie Ramsey Conference Center.

The centerpiece of the project is the Administration and Student Success Center, which are considered the new “front door” to the campus – and house the Office of the President, student services, student affairs, and student life departments. By placing each of these buildings together, the team created a “one-stop-shop” where students can manage all aspects of their professional development and career planning.

Additionally, the new instructional building includes the general education, adult education , business and computer technology, and early childhood development programs. This space features classrooms designed to meet a wide array of educational concepts, including problem-based learning (PBL), team-based learning (TBL) and student-centered environments with evolving pedagogies.

Finally, the new conference center is highlighted by large gathering spaces, including a 225-seat auditorium and 10,000-square-foot exhibition hall. To encourage collaboration, the center also features break-out classrooms, study zones, and magnet spaces and that now allow students to choose their own path for learning.

The $100 million campus opened in October 2018 and joins Lanier Technical College’s other campuses located in Barrow, Dawson, Forsyth and Jackson counties.

McKenney’s Office Renovation Recognized by AIA Georgia

ATLANTA, Georgia, May 23, 2019 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), an internationally ranked architecture and engineering firm, is proud to announce that the renovation of McKenney’s, one of the largest mechanical contractors in the United States, was selected as a People’s Choice Award recipient in the Interior Architecture/Redesign category by the Georgia chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Georgia).

The People’s Choice Awards are voted on by members of the community online. In order to be eligible for a design award, the project must be the completed work of a registered Georgia architect who lives or does work in the state.

“It’s humbling to receive an honor like this from the community, so we’re very appreciative of their support,” said Janice Wittschiebe, principal, with SSOE. “We certainly take a great amount of pride in this project and are thrilled that we met McKenney’s goals of creating a dynamic new workspace that has clearly resonated with the community as well.”

McKenney’s needed a new workspace to meet a variety of criteria. SSOE’s overall design concept was to renovate the existing building, which served as McKenney’s main entrance and to create a campus-like atmosphere alongside the existing three-story building and an adjacent shop. Additionally, the architecture and design team needed to bring the building up to code, as a significant amount of time had passed since its latest renovation. Lastly, the client knew they needed to change their work environment to hire and retain great employees and address the needs of a changing workforce.

The result was a final design that met all the client’s goals and objectives. SSOE provided space and site planning, programming, architecture, and furniture selection services. New collaboration areas and convenient open break spaces were also added to complete the building’s transformation.

The Atlanta Journal – Constitution Article: “In Southside Neighborhood, A New Model for Development on the Beltline”

SSOE | Stevens & Wilkinson’s Pittsburgh Yards project was recently featured in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. This new opportunity zone bookends the southern edge of the Pittsburgh neighborhood in Atlanta, creating opportunities for an equitable distribution of income, career development, and entrepreneurship for residents in the surrounding NPU-V neighborhoods. This 30-acre development now serves as a transitional conduit between the neighborhood streets and the interconnected activity of the Atlanta Beltline’s commercial and recreational traffic. Read more

SSOE Group Takes Home Silver Medal and James G. Fausett Service To the Professional Award

ATLANTA, Georgia, March 4, 2020 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), an internationally ranked architecture and engineering firm, received the 2019 Silver Medal Award from The Atlanta Chapter of The American Institute of Architects (AIA Atlanta). In addition, Senior Architect Dee Leclair, AIA was awarded the 2019 James G. Fausett Service to the Profession Award. Both Stevens & Wilkinson and Leclair were recognized during AIA Atlanta’s annual “Build Something Great” Honor Awards.

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Lab Manager Article: “Project Profile: Georgia Southern Center for Engineering and Research”

SSOE | Stevens & Wilkinson’s Georgia Southern Center for Engineering and Research project was recently featured in Lab Manager. The new 140,000 SF facility, which was completed in January 2021, houses all engineering programs on campus containing state-of-the-art laboratories for mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, robotics, and manufacturing engineering, among others. The building is designed to facilitate academic and institutional partnerships throughout the region and produce the next generation of highly trained engineers prepared for 21st century professions.

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SSOE Group’s Bill Clark Awarded Bronze Medal Award from AIA Georgia

ATLANTA, Georgia, January 3, 2021 – SSOE (www.ssoe.com), an internationally ranked architecture and engineering firm, is proud to announce that Bill Clark, AIA, LEED AP, principal, was awarded the 2020 Bronze Medal from the Georgia Chapter of The American Institute of Architects (AIA Georgia).

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Northside Neighbor Article: “New Atlanta hotels open as city emerges from COVID-19 pandemic”

SSOE | Stevens & Wilkinson’s Kimpton Sylvan Hotel project was recently featured in Northside Neighbor. Originally built in the early 1950s by Atlanta architect James C. Wise, the post-war efficiency apartment building has been restored to its previous mid-century modern style after previous renovations converted the building into senior housing and condominium units. The SSOE | S&W design team transformed the condominium units into a 216-key hotel that now features a restaurant and bar, courtyard dining, private pool, and rooftop lounge.

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SSOE Group to Serve as Architect and Engineer on YKK AP’s New Residential Products Manufacturing Facility in Georgia

Added Capacity, Advanced Technology, and Enhanced Work Environments will Position YKK AP and its Employees for Sustainable Growth

ATLANTA, Georgia, August 16, 2022 – YKK AP America Inc. (YKK AP) announced it will invest up to up to $125 million in an expansion that will include a new residential window and door manufacturing facility and additional machinery and equipment in Macon, Georgia. The facility will serve as a model plant for the company’s future North American manufacturing plants, featuring advanced sustainable manufacturing and enhanced work environments for employees. SSOE Group will serve as architects and engineers and JE Dunn Construction will serve as the construction manager for the Macon manufacturing facility.
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BD+C Magazine Article: “Atlanta’s David T. Howard School Completes Redesign and Rehabilitation Project”

SSOE | Stevens & Wilkinson’s David T. Howard Middle School project was recently featured in Building Design+Construction. The school was originally opened in 1924 and closed more than half a century later in 1976. SSOE | S&W served as the lead architecture and engineering firm on this award-winning $52 million renovation and expansion project, while Lord Aeck Sargent provided historic rehabilitation, landscape design, and building skin design.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Article: “Howard Middle School, home to MLK Jr., reopens after $52M renovation”

SSOE | Stevens & Wilkinson’s David T. Howard Middle School project was recently featured in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The school was originally opened in 1924 and closed more than half a century later in 1976. SSOE | S&W served as the lead architecture and engineering firm on this award-winning $52 million renovation and expansion project, while Lord Aeck Sargent provided historic rehabilitation, landscape design, and building skin design.

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SSOE | Stevens & Wilkinson’s Kimpton Sylvan Hotel Receives Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Award for Excellence in Rehabilitation

ATLANTA, Georgia, May 13, 2022 – SSOE | S&W (www.ssoe.com), an internationally ranked architecture and engineering firm, is proud to announce that the Kimpton Sylvan Hotel received The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2022 Preservation Award for Excellence in Rehabilitation. The Georgia Trust is one of the country’s leading statewide, nonprofit preservation organizations, working for the revitalization of Georgia’s diverse historic resources and advocates, their appreciation, protection, and use. The Excellence in Rehabilitation Award is presented annually for projects that make compatible use of a building through repair, alterations, or additions while preserving features of the property that convey its historic value. Read more

SSOE Group to Celebrate Earth Day with the Signing of the Architecture 2030 Challenge and Science Based Target Initiative Commitment Letters

TOLEDO, Ohio, April 18, 2022 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), an internationally ranked architecture and engineering firm, is celebrating Earth Day by signing a set of sustainability commitments. These commitments will be signed by SSOE’s CEO Vince DiPofi, PE, and include the Architecture 2030 Challenge and Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi). In acknowledging the importance of reducing emissions, these sustainability-focused challenges will ultimately better serve our clients, colleagues, and communities. Read more

SSOE | Stevens & Wilkinson’s Laura Morton Receives 2022 Emerging Professional Award from AIA Georgia

ATLANTA, Georgia, May 6, 2022 – SSOE | S&W (www.ssoe.com), an internationally ranked architecture and engineering firm, is proud to announce that Laura Morton, AIA, Senior Architect, was awarded the 2022 Emerging Professional Award from the Georgia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Georgia). The Emerging Professional Award recognizes an AIA member who has furthered the objectives of the AIA, the architectural profession, and neighboring communities. Winners were revealed at the AIA Georgia Design & Honor Awards, hosted at Ponce City Market’s Rooftop Venue in Atlanta, Georgia. Read more

SSOE | Stevens & Wilkinson Announces Several Recent American Institute of Architects Board Elections

TOLEDO, Ohio, February 10, 2022 SSOE | S&W (www.ssoe.com), a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, is proud to announce several recent American Institute of Architects (AIA) board appointments within their Building Design Group business unit. The four SSOE | S&W individuals appointed are Todd Dolson, Heather Judge, Adriane McGillis, and Laura Morton. Read more

SSOE Group Announces Expansion of its Board of Directors and Three New Principals

TOLEDO, Ohio, December 6, 2021 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, announced today an expansion of the firm’s Board of Directors and appointment of three new principal owners. Read more

SSOE is Proud Sponsor for Upcoming Transatlantic Business and Investment Council Annual Conference

ATLANTA, Georgia, November 2, 2021 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, is proud to announce their sponsorship of this year’s Transatlantic Business and Investment Council (TBIC) Conference “Jumpstarting Transatlantic FDI Recovery” on Monday, November 8, 2021 at the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Read more

SSOE | Stevens & Wilkinson Receives AIA Georgia Design Award for the Historic Preservation of Atlanta Public Schools’ David T. Howard Middle School Renovation and Addition Project

ATLANTA, Georgia, October 29, 2021 – SSOE | S&W (www.ssoe.com), a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, announced its recent design award win from the American Institute of Architects Georgia Chapter (AIA Georgia). The firm took home the 2021 Honor Design Award in Renovation / Restoration and Adaptive Reuse Over $1M for the recently completed David T. Howard Middle School project. Read more

Firm Principal Bill Clark Awarded Rothschild Award by AIA Georgia

ATLANTA, Georgia, October 28, 2021 – SSOE | S&W (www.ssoe.com), a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, is proud to announce that Bill Clark, AIA, LEED AP, Principal and Architect, was awarded the Bernard B. Rothschild Award by the American Institute of Architects’ Georgia Chapter (AIA Georgia) at this year’s annual AIA Georgia Design and Honor Award Ceremony. Read more

SSOE Group Announces Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion and Intent to Hire DEI Leader

TOLEDO, Ohio, October 1, 2021 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, is excited to publicly announce the firm’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Statement, which SSOE rolled out internally in September.
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SSOE Group Announces the Appointment of Six New Principals as a Result of its Acquisition of Stevens & Wilkinson

TOLEDO, Ohio, January 14, 2021 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, announced today the appointment of six new Principals as a result of their recent acquisition of Stevens & Wilkinson (S&W), a 100-year-old architecture, engineering, and interior design firm with offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Columbia, South Carolina. The acquisition was finalized on December 31, 2020, expanding the firm’s geographic footprint in the Southeast U.S., market expertise in the general building arena, and overall portfolio. Read more

SSOE Group Acquires Stevens & Wilkinson

Global Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Management Firm Expands Geographic Presence, Design Expertise, and Market Capability with Strategic Acquisition of Southeast Design Firm with Offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Columbia, South Carolina

ATLANTA, Georgia, January 4, 2021 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Stevens & Wilkinson (S&W), a 100-year-old design firm with offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Columbia, South Carolina, and their sister interior design studio IDEA|SPAN. The alliance, finalized on December 31st, expands the Southeast U.S. presence, market capabilities, and overall portfolio of both firms. Read more

SSOE Group Selected to Provide Planning, Design, and Owner Representative Services for GEDIA’s Greenfield Manufacturing Facility in the Southeast

TOLEDO, Ohio, August 25, 2020 – 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 planning, design, and owner representative services to GEDIA Automotive Group for a new advanced manufacturing facility in Dalton, Georgia. Read more

SSOE Welcomes Three New Professionals to their Southeast Operations Team

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, July 30, 2020 – 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 Southeast operations team. They are excited to welcome Davis Burton, Amy Cope, and Alex Costakis to their healthcare, commercial, and education business unit. Read more

SSOE Joins Transatlantic Business and Investment Council (TBIC) as Corporate Member

ATLANTA, Georgia, May 1, 2020 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, is excited to share that they have been invited to join the Transatlantic Business and Investment Council (TBIC) as a Corporate Member. Read more

Aerospace Manufacturing and Design Magazine Article: “Achieve Optimal Cost and Flexibility Through an Integrated Approach”

SSOE experts, John Gill, PE, PMP, Director of Virtual Design and Construction, and Mike Duffey, PE, Principal Account Executive, explore the many benefits of combining an integrated approach with Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) to achieve a collaborative aerospace facility. With this approach, significant advantages result, including a more transparent and collaborative team environment that fosters participation and valuable input during the early stages of a project, increased flexibility and efficiency during the project’s development in the virtual world, and reduction of RFIs. On average, SSOE has seen 20%+ schedule reduction through strategies including concurrent engineering and the use of prefabrication and modularization. Read more

Area Development Magazine Article: “International Location Report: Site Selection in the Auto Industry — A Move to Mexico?”

Alexandra Segers, Dipl.-Ing, PE, MS, General Manager of SSOE’s Southeast U.S. operations, was recently published in Area Development Magazine discussing the worldwide trend of OEMs—and subsequently suppliers—moving operations to Mexico. With this number growing every day, Alexandra reminds readers the Southeast U.S. is still a viable, competitive option for automotive parts production. Read more

SSOE Group Announces Appointment of New Principals and Promotions for Planning Year 2020

TOLEDO, Ohio, October 29, 2019 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, announced today the appointment of new Principals and organization promotions for their planning year (PY) 2020. Read more

SSOE Group Welcomes Matthew Patterson as Senior Account Executive for their Southeast U.S. Operations

SSOE Has Four Southeast U.S. Locations

ATLANTA, Georgia, May 2, 2019— SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, is excited to welcome Matthew Patterson to their Atlanta office as Senior Account Executive for their Southeast U.S. Operations. Matthew’s addition reinforces SSOE’s strategic commitment to expanding the firm’s Southeast presence and depth of resources in the region to deliver great client service. Read more

SSOE Group Completes Site Selection and Due Diligence for Czech-Based Silon’s First U.S. Location

ATLANTA, Georgia, April 19, 2018 – Alexandra Segers, International Senior Account Executive and Program Manager at SSOE Group, recently attended the grand opening of Silon’s new manufacturing facility located in Peachtree City, Georgia—the leading polymer compound and polyester fiber manufacturer’s first facility in the U.S.

SSOE was responsible for the site selection and site due diligence for Silon’s first U.S. location, supporting project efforts from its nearby Atlanta, Georgia office. Alexandra specializes in assisting clients with site selection outside their country of origin and was the perfect fit to help Silon find the right site for their needs. 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