SSOE | Stevens & Wilkinson’s Shayla Merritt Named a 2021 Phenom by Columbia Regional Business Report

COLUMBIA, South Carolina, September 13, 2021 – SSOE | S&W, a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, is proud to announce that Shayla Merritt, Associate and Senior Marketing Coordinator, was recently named a 2021 Phenom by the Columbia Regional Business Report (CRBR).

The award recognizes 24 individuals, 12 icons, and 12 phenoms for their influence on the community. Nominated each year by CRBR readers and selected by a panel of judges, CRBR announced the award recipients at a luncheon at the DoubleTree by Hilton Columbia on August 25th. Among this year’s honorees were professionals in the nonprofit, architecture, real estate, banking, law, and hospitality sectors.

A proud native of Buffalo, New York, Shayla manages the digital footprint, branding, and business / community development initiatives for the firm’s new Building Design Group. Additionally, Merritt is also responsible for the day-to-day operations of the firm’s Marketing Department in South Carolina.

“We are proud of the contributions Shayla continues to make here at the firm and in the community,” states Robby Aull, AIA, LEED AP, Principal and Senior Vice President of SSOE | Stevens & Wilkinson’s Building Design Group. “It is great to see someone like Shayla recognized for her amazing work. It is also great to work with someone, especially someone so young, who understands the true importance of giving back. We thank the Columbia Regional Business Report for giving us the opportunity to celebrate all of Shayla’s accomplishments to date.”

Merritt is heavily involved with the following organizations: AIA South Carolina’s Communications Committee, the Mental Illness Recover Center, Inc. (MIRCI) Board of Directors, Columbia Museum of Art’s Contemporaries (Advisory Board Member and Marketing Chair), Columbia Chamber’s Leadership Columbia Board (2021-2022 Board Chair), University of South Carolina’s Black Alumni Council (2022-23 Board Chair-Elect), City Center Partnership’s Marketing Committee, ULI South Carolina Advisory Board, and The Talented Tenth SC.

For a complete overview of this year’s 2021 Icons & Phenoms, visit

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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