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 (, 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.

Upgrading a building of that age and comprehensively addressing the needs and requirements of the school, while working within a limited site, brought a number of challenges. “It was very rewarding to overcome those challenges to allow teachers and students to enjoy a customized learning environment to continue their prestigious performing arts program,” noted Ken Schumaker, SSOE’s Design Architect for the project. The renovated Performing Arts Center is three times the original building size.

In addition to the Northview High School Performing Arts project, SSOE is also responsible for the renovations and additions to Southview High School, McCord Junior High, Arbor Hills Junior High, the new Maplewood Elementary, Hill View Elementary, Central Elementary School, and a new administration office. These projects include new science laboratories, a cosmetology laboratory, and classrooms.

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About SSOE Group

As an internationally ranked architecture and engineering firm, SSOE is known for delivering unparalleled client value that advances the AEC industry. They have been named a “Great Workplace” (Great Place to Work®) and one of the “Best AEC Firms to Work For” (BD+C).

Over the company’s 75-year history, it has earned a reputation for providing quality project solutions to high-tech and general manufacturing clients in the semiconductor, automotive, battery, food, chemical, and glass industries. SSOE also provides forward-thinking design across healthcare and general building sectors such as corporate workplace, education, and judicial—with projects completed in 40 countries. Visit for additional information and career opportunities.

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