SSOE Group Announces the 2012 Founder’s Award Recipients

 TOLEDO, Ohio, January 3, 2013 – SSOE Group (, a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, is proud to announce the selection of two employees as recipients of their 2012 Founder’s Award. Initiated in 2008, the Founder’s Award recognizes, rewards, and reinforces exemplary execution of SSOE’s core principles—innovation through quality improvements and value-added solutions, differentiation that delivers great client service, and diversification through entrepreneurism.

Jennifer Hrosko, IIDA, Senior Interior Designer, and Lance Mushung, AIA, NCARB, Architect, Senior Associate were honored for their exemplary performance on Miamisburg Local School’s $79 million district-wide rebuild project. The project included renovations to several elementary schools and the high school, as well as construction of a new middle and elementary school. Their innovative approach and program management resulted in a very successful building program and nearly $11 million in documented savings.

The first and most pressing challenge facing this project was the need to design and bid a preschool in less than 4 weeks so that it could be constructed on the site within 6 months. If the project was not completed within the specified time frame the district risked losing the site. Mushung ensured the district met this incredible deadline, and saved the district $1 to 2 million, roughly the cost to purchase a replacement site.

A major factor in achieving cost savings for the district was the innovative use of construction materials. The use of precast concrete panels in lieu of traditional steel joist/metal deck for floors (with concrete) and roofs resulted in an estimated $6-8 million savings for the client.

The programming effort led by Jennifer Hrosko was another significant factor in controlling costs for the project. Hrosko developed district standards that were used to create commonality, control sizes, infrastructure, and quantities of items being installed in classrooms.

Lance’s role in both management and execution of this project, as well as Jennifer’s contribution to the programming effort, were both critical in delivering these savings to the client.

Awards were presented at SSOE’s December Shareholder’s Meeting where each honoree received a SSOE Founder’s Award trophy and a monetary award for their extraordinary accomplishments.

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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