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Value City Furniture

Columbus, Ohio

VALUE CITY FURNITURE
Value City Furniture
Value City Furniture
Value City Furniture
Value City Furniture
Value City Furniture needed a new store location that connected with customers and brought their brand to the next level.
  • Project Management
  • Architectural Services
  • Fire Protection Engineering
  • M/E/P Engineering
  • Permitting
  • Site Civil Design
In 2005, ms consultants started providing full service architecture and engineering services to Value City Furniture, the Schottenstein Stores Corporation’s original and largest furniture chain.   ms has established a strong business partnership with the parent company, American Signature, Inc., providing services that include space planning, architectural design, building systems engineering, site-civil design and permitting to more than 80 projects.
POLARIS FASHION PLACE
This project consists of a new, 37,500 square foot furniture store on 3.38 acres of green field at the perimeter of Polaris Fashion Place. The project is being permitted through the City of Columbus One-Stop Shop, with required storm water management and sanitary sewer plans, or CC plans. Permitting includes sanitary CC plans for a sanitary main removal, storm CC plans for the on-site collection and detention system, roadway plans for new curb cut access, and site compliance plans.   The Value City Furniture chain currently operates stores in 98 locations throughout 16 states, and provides quality home furnishings at affordable prices.        
CONCEPT EVOLUTION
ms consultants works in tandem with the Value City Furniture Construction Department and Store Planning Department to develop the building floor plan, size and building form.   Exterior elevations were developed by utilizing an aesthetic that had been previously developed by Value City Furniture Store Planning. This version is unique to the Value City Furniture brand.   The exterior is a locally produced concrete insulated panel. The vast amount of glass at the entrance facade will showcase the furniture and allow daylight to stream into the retail space. The natural light renders colors more realistically.   For the first time, a Value City Furniture store will feature vertical green walls. These walls will allow vegetation to grow up the façade.

YSU Athletic Training Facility

Youngstown, Ohio

YSU Athletic Training Facility
YSU Athletic Training Facility
YSU Athletic Training Facility
To meet the demands of its college athletes year-round, Youngstown State University wanted to construct an energy-efficient, multi-purpose, indoor, athletic training facility.
  • Architecture
  • Bidding Assistance
  • Building Structures
  • Construction Administration
  • Electrical Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • LEED Certification
  • Programming
  • Survey
  • Sustainable Design
ms consultants provided an initial program assessment, final design services, LEED services, and construction administration for the 125,000-square-foot Watson and Tressel Training Site (WATTS) at Youngstown State University (YSU). The new indoor athletic training facility provides year-round training amenities and protection from adverse weather conditions. The YSU athletic training facility also promotes sustainability with a LEED Silver certification.   Initially, ms conducted a preliminary program assessment to determine the necessary requirements and potentialities. Due to the planned size of the athletic training facility, ms reviewed four possible sites located on the YSU campus. These sites were evaluated for both positive and negative attributes regarding site conditions, proximity to existing athletic infrastructure, available parking, pedestrian and traffic control, site densities, and visual impact analysis. ms architects collaborated with YSU officials in selecting a preferred site (Elm Street at Eastbound Service Road) and a building type (a conventional metal facility), and worked with the project team on final design details. Design development, contract documents, specifications, and bidding assistance were provided by the team for the architectural, electrical and structural elements of the building with assistance of teammates CJL Engineering for mechanical/electrical/plumbing design and Resource International for site civil engineering.   To support various athletic teams, intramural sports, and campus-wide activities, the WATTS facility includes:   Indoor football field with a synthetic turf system 300-meter track Long jump and high jump pits Four batting cages Training room Locker rooms
Sustainable Design
The design team worked to achieve LEED Silver certification, which was awarded in August 2012. Sustainable design features for the athletic training facility include:   Reflective paving surfaces in the limited parking area Reflective roof material to limit heat island effects on the building and surrounding campus area Anticipated energy consumption savings of 35% annually 46% reduction in water consumption through efficient water fixtures Regional plant materials that eliminate the need for irrigation Waste was recycled and diverted from local landfills during construction Utilization of recycled materials from regional manufacturers within a 500 mile radius The interior envelope utilizes low emitting finishes to improve the indoor air quality for building occupants The site is located on multiple public transportation routes and accessible to basic community services for walkability   The WATTS facility is one of the first LEED buildings on YSU’s campus and the first certified under LEED v3.   Editor’s Note: This project is featured in the December 2012 issue of College Planning and Management magazine.
2013 Honor Award

American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Ohio

I-70/I-71 Columbus Crossroads

Columbus, Ohio

I-70/I-71 Columbus Crossroads
Mound Street Connector
Long Street Bridge
Running through a central business district of Ohio's largest city, I-70/I-71 needed a long-term and comprehensive solution for the high-traffic and high-crash area.
  • Assessment of Feasible Alternatives
  • Conceptual Alternative Study
  • Conceptual Engineering
  • Costs for Alternatives
  • Design/Build
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Evaluation of Transportation Model Results
  • Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)
  • Highway Engineering
  • Maintenance of Traffic
  • Phasing Strategies
  • Preferred Alternative Verification Study
  • Public Participation and Public Involvement Plan
  • Right-of-Way
  • Section 4(f) Evaluation
  • Survey
The overlap of two interstates, I-70 and I-71, runs through the central business district of Ohio’s largest city and is identified as one of the state’s highest crash locations. The two-mile stretch where I-70 and I-71 combine and then separate is also characterized by congestion for many hours of the day. The volume of traffic, combined with numerous freeway ramps, contributes to these operational characteristics.   To develop short- and long-term solutions for this persistent problem, the Ohio Department of Transportation retained ms consultants as the lead consultant on the I-70/I-71 South Innerbelt Study. The project team included 12 subconsultants selected by ms for unique contributions of services.   The study area for the planning and conceptual design includes three major freeway interchanges and 34 ramps to local arterial streets. ms assumed the key role in the development and analysis of conceptual engineering and costs for alternatives, evaluation of transportation model results, development of maintenance of traffic and phasing strategies, and the identification and documentation of environmental, socioeconomic, and physical sensitivities in the project area. ms was responsible for public participation, selection of a final alternative and a final environmental Finding of No Significant Impact. The project team developed a comprehensive and intensive public involvement plan intended to build broad-based public support of the study and its findings by engaging the public in all steps of the process. As lead consultant, ms served as the primary presenter of material at more than 300 stakeholder, community and public meetings scheduled throughout the project.   A Conceptual Alternative Study was prepared to document the evaluation of six alternatives based on established performance measures. Two feasible alternatives were carried forward for further evaluation, based on this study. An Assessment of Feasible Alternatives was prepared to document a more detailed evaluation, supporting the recommendation of a preferred alternative. A Preferred Alternative Verification Study was prepared to further develop the plans more than 150 lane miles of new pavement, 113 new bridges and more than 1.3 million square feet of retaining walls.   An environmental assessment was prepared to document potential environmental impacts to ecological resources, five historic districts, listed and eligible historic buildings, park and recreational lands, air quality, traffic noise, construction noise and vibration, community impacts, environmental justice, hazardous materials, and secondary and cumulative effects. A Section 4(f) Evaluation was prepared to document potential impacts to historic properties and districts, parks and recreational lands. ms assisted ODOT in preparing the necessary concurrence letters to document commitments for the Columbus Dodge Park and the Franklin County Scioto Audubon MetroPark.   The planning for the project included the development of an aesthetic enhancements plan that considered streetscaping elements along new and improved city streets, structural elements along the freeway and public plaza caps over the freeway. A series of community and stakeholder meetings were held to develop this plan with community input. Project costs for these elements were developed and possible funding sources were identified. A Design Enhancement Manual was prepared for use in the future design of the project, to ensure continuity through all of the project phases.   The new urban avenues created by the project were designated by ODOT as a “Complete Street Pilot Project.” Complete streets are designed to provide safe access to all users – pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders and vehicles. A series of workshop meetings were held with stakeholder groups and city representatives to develop a plan for these avenues that included bike lanes, sidewalks, on-street parking, tree lawns and streetscaping.
Parsons Avenue Widening and Reconstruction
ms consultants provided services for the planning, preliminary design and construction plan development  for the widening and reconstruction of Parsons Avenue from Mooberry Street to Town Street. Parsons Avenue, along with other streets along the interstate corridor, was designated by ODOT as a “Complete Street Pilot Project.” A preliminary plan was developed that considered the city’s previously prepared bikeways plan and included future bike routes. A series of workshop meetings was held with stakeholder groups and city representatives to develop a plan for Parsons Avenue that includes bike lanes, sidewalks, on-street parking, tree lawns and streetscaping. The project will also include replacement of street lights and traffic signal mast arms that will match Columbus’ downtown standard and blend with adjacent historic neighborhoods and buildings.   As part of the environmental assessment prepared for the I-70/I-71 project, the proposed street improvement plans will include provisions to replace the historic iron fencing across the frontage of the Columbus Health Center. ms is preparing plans for needed waterline replacements and relocation of an existing sewer siphon along Parsons Avenue. Meetings have been held with other utility owners to coordinate other necessary relocations. Right-of-way plans were prepared for additional right-of-way needed for the project. The plans were prepared on an accelerated schedule to advance right-of-way acquisition and subsequent project construction.        
I-71/I-670 Interchange
As part of the phasing strategy for this $1.5 billion project, ms worked with ODOT to identify a portion of the project suitable for advancing as a design-build project, using a best value selection process that considered technical qualifications, project schedule and cost. This section, the I-71/I-670 Interchange, would be the largest design-build interchange project ever contracted by the state, with an estimated project cost of $200 million. Working with ODOT and the Federal Highway Administration, ms assisted with the preparation of the scope of services documents. ms also assisted ODOT in the evaluation of alternative technical concepts proposed by shortlisted design-build teams and reviewed proposal submissions for compliance with the technical specifications.   The phasing strategy for the remaining sections of the project was developed considering project costs, future available funding, maintenance of traffic during construction and independent utility.
2016 Best Urban Project: Mound Street Connector

ODOT/ACEC Ohio Partnering Award

Outstanding Major New Bridge: Mound Street Connector

Ohio Chapters of the Association for Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD)

2014 Engineering Projects

Columbus Business First

2013 National Recognition Award

American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) National

2012 Outstanding Achievement Award

American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Ohio

2012 Grand Award

American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Ohio

Upground Reservoirs

Columbus, Ohio

John R. Doutt Upground Reservoir
Pump Station
Inflatable Weir on Scioto River
A rapidly growing area was in need of a sustainable water supply for its more than 1.5 million residents to serve the community well into the future.
  • Architecture
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Planning
  • M/E/P Engineering
  • Public Involvement
  • Right of Way
  • Roadway Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Survey + Mapping
  • Telemetry
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Water Modeling
  • Water Resources
In order to provide adequate water supply for the future, the City of Columbus is constructing three upground reservoirs to be supplied by the Scioto River which flows from north to south through the city.   The city commissioned a team led by ms consultants to provide preliminary and final design for the proposed reservoirs recommended in the feasibility study. The three reservoirs will occupy 2,500 acres of land in northwest Delaware County, which is located north of the city and adjacent to Franklin County.   Preliminary design included subsurface investigations; establishment of the reservoir footprints and construction sequence; detailed site surveys; evaluation of the alternative locations for the raw water pump station; and evaluation of alternatives for transmission main pipelines. The evaluation criteria included design constraints; availability of adequate power supply; subsurface conditions; environmental protection; impacts to the community; right-of-way acquisition and construction costs; operation and maintenance considerations; recreational use opportunities; and security requirements.   In addition, the ms consultants team provided environmental investigations, including Cultural Resources; Terrestrial Habitats; Wetlands; Aquatic Habitats; Hazardous Material Investigations. The results of the environmental studies were utilized for preliminary design and analysis of alternatives; detailed design of selected option; documentation for permit applications; defining potential construction mitigation elements; and identifying any operational considerations.   ms also provided the extensive regulatory agency and permitting coordination that a project of this complexity and magnitude requires. The agencies involved include OEPA, ODNR, USCOE, ODOT, Delaware County, the Ohio Historic Preservation Office, MORPC, Del-Co Water Co., and local townships. Some of the many permits and approvals that were coordinated include 404/401 permits, NPDES stormwater permits, OEPA plan approval, FEMA approval, erosion control plans, and ODNR permits, among others.   The three planned reservoirs will store approximately 18.3 billion gallons of water, and will provide a design safe yield up to 53 MGD of potable water to Columbus and Del-Co Water Company consumers under a 50 year drought condition.   The reservoirs will be constructed over the next 15-20 years, with the initial project encompassing the following elements:   A raw water pump station equipped with four 40-mgd vertical turbine pumps to convey water from the Scioto River to the reservoirs. A 150-foot wide inflatable weir will be installed in the Scioto River adjacent to the pump station to create a backwater pool for adequate submergence of the pumps. The first of the three reservoirs, which is estimated to have a water surface area of 850 acres and total volume of 9.3 billion gallons. A synthetic liner is required for each reservoir to prevent excessive seepage loss due to subsurface conditions. 72-inch water transmission mains are required to link the pump station, the three reservoirs and the proposed Del-Co Water plant. An outfall structure with a flow control valve will also be needed at the southern terminus of the pipeline to release flows back to the Scioto River upstream of the O’Shaughnessy Reservoir.   This project contains one of the nation’s largest synthetic lined upground reservoirs.   The first of the three reservoirs, named the John R. Doutt Upground Reservoir, was officially dedicated on September 30, 2014 in honor of the former Columbus Water Administrator.
2015 National Recognition Award

American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) National

2015 Outstanding Achievement Award

American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Ohio

2015 Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award

Franklin County Chapter of Ohio Society of Professional Engineers (FCC-OSPE)

2015 Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award

Ohio Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE)

2015 Top Projects Award

Water & Wastes Digest (W&WD)

Homestead Grays Bridge

Homestead, Pennsylvania

HOMESTEAD GRAYS BRIDGE
HOMESTEAD GRAYS BRIDGE
HOMESTEAD GRAYS BRIDGE
Originally built in 1936, the Homestead Grays Bridge needed both structural and aesthetic upgrades.
  • Civil Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Highway Engineering
  • Planning
  • Structural Engineering
The Homestead Grays Bridge, located in Homestead and West Homestead, Pennsylvania, spans the Monongahela River and the Waterfront, a 260-acre mixed-use development. The bridge was built in 1936.   The Waterfront, located under the south portion of the bridge, was originally a 1225 housing development (known as the Ward) in 1936. In 1941, the United States Steel Company displaced the homes when the U.S. Government ordered the expansion of their steel mill to help support World War II. The mill closed in 1986 and the site was demolished by 1998. In 2000, the riverfront property was purchased by Continental Real Estate Companies, who started the redevelopment of The Waterfront.   One of the unique features of the main bridge is the Wichert trusses, developed by E.M. Wichert of Pittsburgh, PA in 1930. This was the first bridge to utilize this type of truss. Since that time, there have only been a few bridges built in the world using this truss design, which lacks a vertical member at the interior supports of the continuous trusses.   ms consultants first became involved with the bridge in 1988, when the firm was selected by the ACDPW to perform an in-depth inspection of the bridge, prepare a detailed report indicating the condition of the structure and develop a method of widening the four lanes.   The latest project involved widening of the roadway from 40′ to 46′, the replacement of both sidewalks, replacement of the deck and joists in Spans 1 to 5, construction of a PA Barrier (concrete barrier with railing, TL-5A rating), replacement of all expansion dams, replacement or retrofitting of all seismically vulnerable bearings, replacement of the through girders in Span 5, replacement of the floorbeams at Pier 14, construction of ladders and platforms to provide access to the new navigation lighting, replacement of the entire drainage system, steel and concrete repairs, replacement of the overburden at Pier 15 with lightweight fill to increase foundation capacity and reconstruction of the roadway approaches.   All construction work was performed while maintaining two lanes of traffic on the bridge at all times.
Outstanding Rehabilitated Bridge

Association for Bridge Construction & Design (ABCD)

Diamond Award Certificate

American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Pennsylvania

Dellrose Street Green Infrastructure

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

DELLROSE STREET GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE
Permeable Pavement
Permeable Pavement
A southeastern neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, needed a sustainable stormwater collection solution.
  • Green Infrastructure Design
  • Green Infrastructure Operation & Maintenance
  • Interagency Coordination
  • Stormwater Management
  • Water Resources
ms consultants, inc. was retained by the City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works (DPW) through a master services contract to design the reconstruction of Dellrose Street in the Carrick section of the city. Dellrose Street is a 900-foot long bricked paved street with a grade of 4-7% and a crowned cross section. The street width is approximately 21’-6” from curb to curb, providing for two-way traffic and a parking lane on the west side. The area is currently serviced by a dedicated sanitary sewer although no stormwater collection or conveyance is provided. Several properties illegally discharge roof runoff via leaders extending through the curb reveal into the street gutter. Stormwater runoff collected along the curb gutter is conveyed as gutter flow to the adjacent block.   During this phase of the project, ms verified the third-party survey and developed the drainage and roadway plans to a conceptual stage. The ms team prepared a GI permeable paver street design which allowed for the exclusion of traditional storm sewer infrastructure, reducing both capital costs and long-term maintenance life cycle costs. This permeable paver concept is intended to provide a template for the DPW to apply to the future reconstruction of other city streets.   The design infiltration rate was obtained by ms through onsite double-ring infiltrometer testing. In subsoil areas with limited infiltration, weep holes were provided in the barriers to gradually release the stored runoff downgradient over an extended period. For larger storm events, excess runoff is permitted to weir flow over the series of barriers before being collected at the downgradient project limits.   A dual-purpose perforated overflow drain was proposed above the flow barriers to prevent surcharging during large storm events and to provide a mechanism for legal connection of the roof leaders which currently outlet to the gutter. Water conveyed through the drain has the opportunity to exfiltrate through pipe perforations to be stored behind the subsurface flow barriers. The overflow drain ultimately discharges the excess volume to the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) dedicated storm sewer system located on the adjacent block.   Conveyance between the permeable paver system drain and the receiving PWSA catch basin is provided through extending a standard pavement base drain along the existing curb line.   As the Dellrose Street GI practice addresses multiple stormwater related issues, the project has become a catalyst for integrated planning between City of Pittsburgh agencies such as the DPW and the PWSA. Consideration is now be given to incorporating similar stormwater management systems within the public right-of-way at other locations to provide a viable method of addressing private roof laterals with illicit connections to the sanitary sewer.

Gay Street Rain Garden

Columbus, Ohio

Gay Street Rain Garden
Gay Street Rain Garden
When improvements were being made to Gay Street in downtown Columbus, an aesthetically-pleasing and low maintenance stormwater solution was needed.
  • Sustainable Design
  • Storm Sewer Design
  • Public Involvement
  • Lighting Design
  • Signing and Pavement Marking
  • Maintenance of Traffic
The improvements to Gay Street from Front Street to Cleveland Avenue in downtown Columbus, Ohio, converted the operation of Gay Street from one-way to two-way traffic flow and added aesthetic improvements studied by the city’s Downtown Development Office.   ms engineers designed an urban rain garden into the drainage system, which channels and filters stormwater runoff to irrigate streetscape plantings. This cuts down on the need for maintenance crews to use city water for landscape irrigation. For the city of Columbus it was the first rain garden developed for a public works project.   The drainage system consists of a new 36-inch storm sewer to facilitate future sewer separation. The design of the storm sewer was complicated by a narrow right-of-way, the presence of many existing utilities, and regulatory space requirements between sewers and existing waterlines.   Overall, the aesthetic improvements included roadway bump-outs and treed median areas, limited drainage improvements, decorative crosswalk treatments, ADA compliant curb ramps with limited sidewalk work and street lighting.   The $7 million construction project was designed in nine months, and had an accelerated design schedule review process with additional coordination by the city.    
2007 Project of the Year

American Public Works Association (APWA), Ohio

2009 Outstanding Achievement Award

American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Ohio

Youngstown Wastewater Treatment Plant

Youngstown, Ohio

Youngstown Wastewater Treatment Plant
Serving the area since 1957, the Youngstown Wastewater Treatment Plant needed efficient, cost-effective, sustainable, and innovative improvements.
  • Architecture
  • Construction Administration
  • Construction Inspection
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Roadway Engineering
  • Site Civil Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
ms consultants was commissioned by the city of Youngstown, Ohio, to provide an evaluation of the existing wastewater treatment plant and to conduct a planning effort for proposed major improvements to and to conduct value engineering and subsequent design services for the upgrade and expansion of the 35 mgd primary wastewater treatment facility that had been serving Youngstown and the greater Mahoning Valley since 1957.   The $56 million upgrade and expansion combined two innovative sludge handling technologies that resulted in reduced capital costs, energy consumption savings for the entire plant, and a design that contained the project within the existing site. All contributed to the total of $36 million saved through sound engineering techniques and value engineering determinations.   State-of-the-art design produced a dewatered sludge incineration system that routes exhaust gases through waste heat boilers providing a primary energy source for its own operation as well as the heat for the plant. Additional engineering innovation is implemented through the technique of splitting flows and providing treatment for flows above 35 mgd to 90 mgd through trickling filters and subsequent microscreens. This design offered the City increased flow management and treatment removal efficiency as well as eliminating the need for nearly $3 million in land acquisitions that had been previously recommended. The process design that went up rather than out perfectly fit the site, containing the improvements within a 5-acre segment of the pre-existing site.   Both the sludge drying and the microscreen application processes received innovation/alternative rankings with the U.S. and Ohio EPA, meriting an increase to the existing project monies. Containing the project within existing site parameters required construction of a 55-foot-high, 1,500-foot-long tied back wall. Additional savings for the City resulted when the earth removed during construction of a retaining wall was transported for use in an ongoing railroad abandonment and bridge restoration project in the Central Business District.   The improved facility, which serves a population of nearly 260,000 over an area of 65 square miles, has brought the city’s waste water system in compliance with the Clean Water Act and upgraded the water quality of the receiving stream, the Mahoning River, by providing 97% pollutant removal efficiency.   In addition to process improvements, ms consultants provided complete architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical design modifications for the existing six structures plus the additional 13 new structures. Service roads were provided for access, and a security fence and landscaping were also provided.   In addition to design services, ms provided complete construction supervision for this project including providing liaison between parties, consent decree assistance, cost estimating, rate structure, development and rate agreement negotiation, construction sequences, specifications and contract documents, plan of operation, sole source documentation, bid assistance, pre-purchase of equipment documentation, construction engineering administration, material testing, shop drawings, software development, claim resolution, and as-built drawings. Additionally developed was an operations and maintenance manual including suggested shifting and scheduling with new job descriptions for the facility required by the EPA.   These efforts resulted in the upgrade of the Youngstown Wastewater Treatment Plant to include new primary and advanced secondary treatment systems with an average flow of 35 mgd to peak flows of 90 mgd.                
Pump Stations
ms consultants provided full environmental engineering design for upgrade from primary treatment process and addition of secondary treatment processes. ms renovated the influent pump station consisting of CSO flows of 30 mgd to 90 mgd transistor-type variable speed drive to move energy efficient variable speed drive units and rehabilitated three pumps and motors and added one new pump for reliability.   Primary treatment effluent pump station consisted of a new station capable of pumping flow ranges from 30 to 90 mgd to pump secondary treatment. The discharge arrangement consisted of a four channel baffled weir arrangement that could split flows at equal amounts to four trickling filters.   Other pumps designed at the facility include:   all primary and sludge pumping all chemical feed pumping for liquid stream and air pollution all sludge handling feed pumps   ms consultants provided primary power with emergency standby power for the existing six structure, plus 13 new structures to support the treatment plant. Also included were stormwater management, gas supply to all buildings, roadway improvements, major utility relocations and adjustments, and specialized short-listing of specialty contractors for wood lagged in the retaining wall structure.                            
Honor Award

American Council of Engineering Companies

Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) of Ohio

Columbus Commons

Columbus, Ohio

Columbus Commons
Columbus Commons
Columbus Commons
Columbus Commons
After a downtown shopping center became obsolete, Columbus wanted to redevelop the area into a multipurpose green space.
  • Architectural Design
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM)
ms consultants worked in conjunction with Corna-Kokosing on the complete demolition and reconstruction of the City Center Mall site in Columbus, Ohio. Corna-Kokosing was the general contractor and ms consultants provided all of the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection and security system design for the project.
The Former City Center Mall
City Center Mall was a 1.2 million square foot, 3-level shopping center in the heart of downtown. It was developed by the city as part of the Capital South development and officially opened in August of 1989. Less than 20 years later, newer suburban mixed-use shopping centers had brought an end to City Center and other older shopping malls in Columbus. City Center officially closed in March of 2009, and demolition began later that year.
The Beginnings of a Park
The scope of work required the removal of the existing structure while maintaining full operations of the underground parking facility, security operations, and healing of connections to adjacent buildings. All major systems had to be assessed prior to making design decisions. Numerous scenarios of phasing and system configurations were evaluated before selecting a final solution. The final demolition / reconfiguration documents included documenting systems that were to be removed, systems that were to remain in place temporarily and completely new systems. The evaluation process also determined that security office systems and operations needed to be completely relocated to a remote building, while maintaining full operations. All of the demolition/reconfiguration was accomplished while maintaining full operation of the underground parking facility, all of the mechanical and electrical systems, and the security systems.
Environmental Awareness
As part of the project, Corna-Kokosing created detailed programs for recycling waste materials and reusing the maximum amount of existing materials to bring a high level of environmental responsiveness to the project.
Electrical Engineering
ms provided electrical engineering for the Commons. With the extensive electrical requirements necessary to serve the Commons, working within the constraints of a green roof was a worthy challenge. ms designed the park electrical plans, including park lighting, power for seasonal lighting, restrooms, and concession facilities. The entire park is wired for sound, video, and lighting with a control rack located backstage of the pavilion and a control station located front-of-house. This includes controls and wiring for sound and theatrical lighting in the pavilion canopy as well as accent lighting.   In order to work within the green roof space constraints, ms electrical engineers installed conduits inside the green roof long before the decision to create the pavilion was finalized. These conduits allowed the engineers to adapt to meet the needs of the final design instead of requiring that the design be modeled around electrical constraints.
Downtown Entertainment
The Columbus Commons launched with a grand opening Memorial Day weekend, 2012. With the line-up of concerts and performances scheduled every summer, you are sure to find at least one event that will give you a reason to come downtown, settle on a blanket, and enjoy the summer light show.

Columbiana County Government Services Building

Lisbon, Ohio

Columbiana County Government Services Building
Columbiana County Government Services Building
Columbiana County Government Services Building
A new building was needed to streamline county operations, while also being innovative and energy efficient.
  • Site Selection
  • Programming
  • Architectural Design
  • Structural Building Design
  • Interior Design
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Construction Administration
  • Bidding Assistance
A full-service ms consultants architecture and engineering team designed a new two-story office facility of approximately 76,000 square feet for Columbiana County, in northeast Ohio. The steel frame and masonry veneer structure houses government offices, streamlining many county operations and optimizing the local citizens’ ability to interact with county agencies.   County departments housed in the Columbiana County Government Services Building include the Columbiana County Department of Job and Family Services, the County Veterans Service Office, the Mahoning-Columbiana Training Association and the Columbiana County Board of Elections.   “The traditional design is meant to relate to the historic architectural character of the city of Lisbon and the larger Columbiana County community”, said K. Anthony Hayek, AIA, NCARB, project principal and vice president of architecture for ms.
Site Selection
Prior to being selected for design services, ms architects and engineers worked with Columbiana County Commissioners in conducting detailed site analyses of six identified sites and produced a report wherein the sites’ features, strengths and weaknesses were compared, and a site selection recommendation was made. Commissioners endorsed the recommended site near the intersection of State Route 45, Saltwell Road/Township Highway 867 and Dickey Drive.
Proper Planning + Research
“We did a very thorough programming analysis with all the departments, and especially with the Board of Elections,” according to Hayek. “Our programming research included a visit to the Delaware County Board of Elections office, where Columbiana County officials saw some features they hoped to integrate into their new facility.”   Those included mobile furnishings for varying work tasks, specialized file and storage units and some of the room/space sizes and adjacencies. Another feature included in the new building that was observed at Delaware County’s facility was the integration of a community room, where the public and media can observe officials involved in tallying votes at the conclusion of elections, she said.
Built for Innovation
The structure was designed to integrate the latest innovations in energy efficient mechanical and electrical design and a geothermal heating and cooling system. The majority of interior offices employ open-office planning to provide flexibility for future agency needs. Every effort is being made to include sustainable design in the selection of materials and construction methods, including specifying interior finishes with low VOC content and low-flow plumbing fixtures to reduce water consumption.

Boston Bridge Rehabilitation

Elizabeth Township, Pennsylvania

Boston Bridge
Boston Bridge
Built in 1931, the Boston Bridge required a flexible and traffic-friendly rehabilitation.
  • Bridge Inspection
  • Bridge Rehabilitation
  • Construction Services
  • Highway Engineering
  • Permitting
  • Program Management
  • Public Involvement
  • Railroad Coordination
  • Signage
  • Traffic Control + Maintenance
  • Transportation Planning
  • Value Engineering
A common issue with bridge rehabilitation projects is the impact on the nearby traffic and community. To combat the necessary and lengthy detour vehicles would have to endure during rehabilitation, ms developed an innovative solution that minimized traffic impact on the public and the adjacent town of Boston, but still remain open during weekdays. Throughout the bridge rehabilitation, pedestrian traffic was also maintained through most of the construction schedule.   Located near Pittsburgh, the Boston Bridge carries S.R. 48 over the Youghiogheny River in Versailles Borough and Elizabeth Townships. S.R. 48 is a two-lane roadway with a sidewalk on each side of the bridge. In addition to the deck replacement, including stringers and expansion dams, the Boston Bridge project details also included:   Rehabilitation of existing steel cantilever through-truss and twin girder approach spans, ranging from 60 to 107 feet long Replacement of the drainage system and bearings Reuse of the existing decorative bridge railing to maintain the look and feel of the original bridge Upgrading approximately 200 feet of roadway on each side of the bridge

The Hilton Columbus at Easton

Columbus, Ohio

The Hilton Columbus at Easton
The Hilton Columbus at Easton
With a completely land-lock facility and zero ability to expand horizontally, the Hilton Columbus at Easton needed a solution to add guestrooms to accommodate their above-industry occupancy rates.
  • Project Management
  • Architectural Services
  • Construction Administration
  • Permitting
  • M/E/P Engineering
  • Structural Design
The Hilton at Easton has been undergoing an exterior and interior transformation that began in 2014. Followed by the interior of the hotel guestrooms being refreshed in 2015. To continue the transformation in 2015, ms provided design and engineering services for other areas of the hotel on the first and fifth floors.   The biggest need of The Hilton at Easton was accommodating a high volume of guests. To meet these needs, a solution was proposed to expand guest rooms to the fifth floor, a previously unoccupied space.    
Upgraded areas include:
Pool Area Entry Restaurants Meeting Rooms Ballrooms Bar Lounge Herb N’ Kitchen, Hilton’s gourmet marketplace and urban kitchen concept Added guestrooms
PROJECT DETAILS
ms consultants provided a feasibility study which resulted in full A/E services for the addition of 26 rooms to the fifth floor and the renovation of administration offices and two guest rooms on the second floor. The challenge for the fifth floor expansion and renovation was to provide a seamless architectural aesthetic with the original design. ms added thirteen dormers to each of the guest room wings and extended the stair towers one story vertically for egress from the new guest floors.
CONCEPT EVOLUTION
To better understand and document the existing building, and build 3D as-built plans, ms utilized our digital scanner. Previously used for storage, the fifth floor was riddled with vents, ducts, storm drains and conduit penetrating the floor and walls. This information was used to create a Building Information Model in Revit. All construction information was created in Revit in order to coordinate architecture, structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing information and design.

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