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No matter how big or small, ms consultants provides a comprehensive and integrated approach to each client and project. Through collaboration, our local architects, engineers, and planners provide custom solutions to meet your needs. As a local leader with national experience, we serve a variety of markets and project types. See some of our work below.





3D Scanning + BIM

Alternative Delivery


Bridge Design + Inspection

Building Design

Construction Services

Drinking Water Systems

Environmental Planning

Environmental Services


Grants + Funding

Highways, Roadways + Interstate Design

Integrated Services

Interior Design

Land Development

Landscape Architecture

Municipal Operations

Municipal Services

NEPA + Environmental Documentation


Program Management

Property Acquisition + Right of Way Services

Public Outreach + Strategy

Rail Services

Roundabout Design


Sustainable Design

Traffic Engineering + Planning

Transmission + Generation


Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

Urban Design + Master Planning

Wastewater Systems


Water Resources

Zoning + Subdivision Regulations



Education K-12





Higher Education


Institutional + Municipal Facilities


Parks + Recreation

Residential + Hospitality

Retail + Grocery

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Ohio Department of Natural Resources Statewide Master Planning


ODNR Statewide Master Planning
  • Master Planning
  • Project Cost Estimation
  • Project Prioritization Criteria Creation 
  • Asset Management
  • Facility Assessments
  • Project Sequencing Database Creation


The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Parks and Watercraft manages the facilities at all 75 state parks, nature preserves, and wildlife areas. The state parks include over 800,000 land acres and more than 7 million acres of streams, inland and coastal waters, and rivers.   ODNR’s Division of Parks and Watercraft collaborated with ms consultants to plan for the future of Ohio’s State Parks. The Statewide Master Planning project resulted in 12 park master plans, over 185 prospective projects, and a corresponding statewide database to track and prioritize investment dollars into park facility improvements.   To maintain the popularity of the state parks for the next generation, it was essential to address the various state park challenges. These challenges include aging facilities, changes in recreational trends, and staffing constraints.
To begin, our team went to each of the twelve selected parks to document the condition of every facility.   At the same time, the team facilitated two visioning workshops with management staff within the Division of Parks and Watercraft to develop statewide initiatives to be utilized at every state park.   Early project steps included:   Assessing over 1,500 individual facilities at 12 parks. Completing a two-part, in-person statewide goals visioning workshop, resulting in four “Critical Success Factors” to identify, refine, and prioritize project ideas.
Once the assessments and statewide visioning workshops were complete, the ms team initiated steps to create park master plans.   These plans would include location-specific project lists, general improvement recommendations/criteria, and an identity statement that would guide any future development.   These master plans included the following steps:   Conducting virtual workshops to identify the core services and distinctive offerings at each location to develop park-specific identity statements that reflect the unique characteristics of each state park. Identifying areas at a park that need improvement, that need to be developed into a park focal point, and areas that may need decommissioning or repurposed. Developing project scopes, costs, and anticipated design/construction durations.    
The ms team created a capital improvement project prioritization tool. This database tool sequences projects and prioritizes them across all applicable state parks based on a numerical score.   The plan is to eventually incorporate all 75 parks into the tool to provide ODNR with a statewide priority project list that can be utilized for capital improvement plan refinement.   To help guide ODNR’s future capital budgeting, the tool scores each project according to:   Statewide visioning goals Individual state park priorities and identities Current camping and outdoor activity trends An asset’s remaining useful life and current condition
This statewide project compiled technical guidance on a vast array of Ohio State Park features like campgrounds, cabins, marinas, lodges, trails, operations, roadways, water and wastewater facilities, and utilities.   Ultimately, these plans and the statewide database will be used to improve facilities and guide future investments in the Ohio State Park system. This project is a large undertaking and is resulting in a deeper understanding of each park’s potential and unique benefit to all Ohioans and Ohio State Park patrons.

Tim Hortons Expansion


Tim Hortons Expansion
Tim Hortons Expansion
Tim Hortons, a Canadian icon, wanted to expand its U.S. presence.
  • Architecture
  • Prototype Management
  • Survey
  • Schematic Design
  • Prototype Design
  • Prototype Management
  • Site Civil
  • MEP Engineering
  • Permitting
  • Structural Engineering
Tim Hortons—a quick-service restaurant serving coffee, donuts, and other breakfast and lunch items—has over 5,300 stores worldwide but is best known in Canada, where it has become an icon of Canadian culture and history. Compared to the 3,500+ stores in Canada, Tim Hortons has over 600 stores throughout the United States. Recently, Tim Hortons has made a push to expand its brand and physical presence within the states. Providing the strength behind the push is the rollout of a redesigned restaurant aesthetic and branding.   During this time of brand growth, ms consultants is providing full-service design solutions for various franchisees and Tim Hortons.
Prototype Management + Drive-Thru Only Design
As part of the new brand expansion, Tim Hortons released a brand new drive-thru only (DTO) prototype, designed by ms consultants. The approximately 900 square-foot building is a space designed exclusively for product production and service, as there is no customer seating inside the store. The efficient building footprint is intended to streamline the drive-thru customer experience while also providing a walk-up window for customers ordering online.   In addition to the development of the DTO prototype, ms consultants has been contracted by Tim Hortons to manage the updates for an additional prototype throughout 2023. Update management for the DTO prototype will be a continual effort to refine the prototype design and functionality.
Full Service Solutions
The Tim Hortons projects vary from ground-up prototype restaurants to convenience-store end caps to major remodels.   A typical Tim Hortons project process:   Project begins with a building and/or site survey of the existing space. Upon completion of the survey(s), ms works with the franchisee and Tim Hortons to develop a concept site plan and a schematic floor plan. After approval of the concept plan and schematic floor plan, ms consultants provides complete architectural, site civil, MEP, and structural design services. The finished product is a set of construction documents that can be submitted for permit and/or used for construction.   ms consultants has worked on multiple Tim Hortons projects throughout the United States, including Ohio, Georgia, Michigan, New York, and West Virginia.   In addition to design services, ms consultants offers permitting coordination and construction management services. The ms permitting team works with local jurisdictions on requirements and regulations so there are no surprises, and Tim Hortons locations can open when expected.
Design Solutions For Fuel + Convenience Stores
In addition to standalone locations, some Tim Hortons locations are paired with fuel and convenience stores. These projects offer a number of unique challenges in environmental compliance, fire and life safety, and traffic circulation.   ms consultants works with the franchisee and Tim Hortons to identify service priorities and to develop an effective customer flow throughout the site and the store.
A Preferred Design Consultant
Tim Hortons has identified ms consultants as a Preferred Design Consultant in their rollout program.   The Preferred Design Consultant classification allows franchisees to come to ms consultants first, knowing they are getting a full-service consultant who understands the program and the expectations of the Tim Hortons team.   By partnering with ms consultants, the franchisee benefits from a reduced project delivery timeframe, a simplified process, and a strong partnership throughout the project.   Photo Credit: Blake Tarana, Tim Hortons Franchisee

Scioto Darby Road Roundabouts

Hilliard, Ohio

Darby Road Roundabouts
Darby Road Roundabouts
As multiple intersections became roundabouts, the City of Hilliard needed a construction services consultant for this safety improvement project.
  • Construction Administration
  • Construction Inspection
  • Materials Testing
  • Contract Administration
  • Public Liaison
  • Public Outreach + Social Media Messaging
ms consultants provided the City of Hilliard, Ohio, with construction administration and construction inspection (CA/CI) services for reconfiguring the two intersections on Scioto Darby Road into roundabouts. This included intersections at Leppert Road and Veteran’s Memorial Drive.   The reconfiguration of the intersections included multiple components:   New shared-use path, over 10,000 feet long Two new roundabouts Traffic calming devices Raised crosswalks Two retaining walls 8 new street lights 6,000+ feet of new storm sewer 1,500 feet of new waterline   ms provided full-time, on-site project inspection to observe compliance with the contract documents, plans, and appropriate construction and material specifications.   The ms team also coordinated and documented all required materials testing results.
Keeping Residents in Mind
A critical aspect of the construction inspection duties was maintaining and safely protecting pedestrian access and facilities due to the proximity to schools, neighborhoods, and parkland.   Also important was maintaining communication with property owners and businesses in the area. This included explaining the project phasing and project impacts to driveways or operations, which served as a positive foundation for two-way communication throughout the life of the project.   The team also provided updated project information to the City to post project notifications and information on its website and on social media channels to keep residents updated. Construction was completed and roads were open in December 2019. Landscaping was completed in Spring 2020.
Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Services
To document construction, the ms team leveraged its in-house unmanned aerial system (UAS), or drone, services.   ms used the DJI Inspire 2 unmanned aerial system to produce 20-mp camera photos and 4K video of the site. The team completed several flights throughout construction, including a final flight at construction completion.

Upper Tuscarawas Wastewater Treatment Plant

Summit County, Ohio

Upper Tuscarawas Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR)
  • Construction Cost Estimating
  • Detailed Design
  • Survey
  • Utility Investigation
  • Geotechnical Report
  • Life-cycle Cost Analysis
  • Permitting
  • Sewage Collection
  • Structural Design
The Summit County Department of Sanitary Sewer Services (DSSS) operates and maintains the Upper Tuscarawas Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) #36, a tertiary treatment facility located in Springfield Township.   Over the years, the Upper Tusc WWTP experienced up to 50 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit violations per year, most of which were caused by an excess of ammonia and phosphorous. Because of these violations, DSSS had an urgent need to make changes to its existing system.
Before getting into the solution, it’s important to understand the journey of the Upper Tusc WWTP. Constructed in the late 1970s, the original WWTP treated the wastewater using technology common for the time and consisted of the following:   Fine screening Aerated grit removal Primary clarification Rotating biological contactors (RBCs) Secondary and chemical clarification Tertiary filtration prior to UV disinfection   The treated effluent was then discharged to the Tuscarawas River.   Over the years, RBCs have fallen out of favor due to excessive equipment failure and increasingly stricter NPDES permit limits. Prior to improvements, the WWTP’s 32 RBCs were almost 50 years old and had reached the end of useful service life. Of these RBCs, seven had failed.   It was clear a solution was needed to improve the Upper Tusc WWTP today and prepare it for the future. That’s when ms consultants came into the picture.
DSSS had a vision for upgrading the Upper Tusc WWTP including:   Using new biological process that provided biological nutrient removal (BNR) A solution that more easily meets existing NPDES limit for phosphorous and ammonia Ability to handle a flow of 5.0 MGD (instead of the WWTP’s rated capacity of 4.0 MGD) for future growth and flexibility Flexibility to meet potentially stricter NPDES permit limits   ms consultants evaluated several treatment configurations during preliminary design to determine which would provide the most cost-effective means of replacing the RBCs and providing BNR for the WWTP.   Final design consisted of a Modified University of Capetown (MUCT) biological treatment process in conjunction with a variation of the Virginia Initiative Plant (VIP) process comprised of new three-phase BNR tanks, secondary clarifiers, sludge pump stations, and a chemical/operations building. Additionally, ms designed a solid waste receiving station to accept the contents of the County’s sewer maintenance vehicles.
There are a number of successes in the Upper Tusc WWTP project, from innovative cost savings to vast environmental improvements. Some highlights include:   Significant improvement to the local environment. This will have long-standing effects on the river basin and the local community that uses it for recreational purposes. Removal rates for both ammonia and phosphorus have increased to a level of 99%. Removal rates for these parameters far exceed the current permit requirements. Cost savings via repurposing an existing building. The RBC building was also repurposed as a storage building. The large footprint of over 18,000 square feet provides the County with a flexible, high-bay storage facility—essentially a new building for their use. This facility was repurposed at a cost under $500,000 which, if constructed new, would have easily cost over $4 million in today’s market—a potential cost savings of over $3.5 million. One of a kind, hybrid biological nutrient removal process. The Modified University of Cape Town (MUCT) process enhances biological phosphorus removal under optimal conditions, and the Virginia Initiative Plant (VIP) process provides greater ammonia removal efficiencies. Using these two processes together yields the greatest overall nutrient removal capability, and provides process flexibility for continuously changing influent characteristics. Less land disturbance. The bioreactors used provide secondary wastewater treatment. They are known throughout the industry for providing exceptional high-quality effluent in a very small footprint, thus disturbing less land. Beneficial water conservation. Sustainable water reclamation for use in the plant processes is a key theme in the facility’s overall plan. The effluent produced is treated to meet the industry reclaimed water standard and will be used in the plant. This beneficial reuse will conserve and reduce the use of potable water for plant purposes.

U.S. Route 6 Development Plan

Lorain County, Ohio

U.S. Route 6 Development Plan
  • Regional Planning
  • Transportation Planning
  • Zoning
The U.S. 6 Development Study took Lorain County’s Lakefront Connectivity Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative (TLCI) Plan and built upon the data and concepts. By doing this ms developed a plan to attract investment in Lorain County, Ohio, along U.S. Route 6.   This plan for Lorain County provided recommendations not only that aim to attract and stimulate investment, but also to complement previous redevelopment sites. Such sites include the IRG Lorain LLC redevelopment site, where an automobile salvage yard was turned into green infrastructure.
Developable Parcels
The area of study ran from the west Lorain County line at Salem Drive to Beumhart Road in the City of Vermilion. Through studying this area, ms worked with the county of Lorain and the City of Vermilion to layout a development plan.   The development plan identifies parcels of land along the corridor that can become development ready. This gives the Lorain County and Vermilion an easy-to-read map that shows key areas for development.
Study Recommendations
In the proposed U.S. Route 6 Development Study, the following recommendations were made:   Zoning changes Utility extensions Site-specific remediation   The team also took inspiration from the Regional Lakefront Connectivity Study, also known as Lake Eire Connect, by recommending plans for multimodal amenities. These amenities would promote and complement economic development.   Such recommendations included:   Shared use path Sidewalks Bike lanes   Additional recommendations from the study to enhance the area included the use of street furniture, decorative lighting and signals, and enhanced crosswalks.
The Impact
The U.S. Route 6 Development Study improved the aesthetics of the corridor, attracted additional investments, and provided Lorain County and the City of Vermilion with current and future recommendations.   All of the plan components work together to ensure citizens and visitors continue to experience the high quality of life provided by this small lakeside community.

Great Stone Viaduct Trail

Bellaire, Ohio

Great Stone Viaduct Trail
Great Stone Viaduct Trail
Great Stone Viaduct Trail
Great Stone Viaduct Trail
  • Civil Engineering
  • Trail Design
  • Environmental Permitting
  • Ecological Survey
  • Environmental Site Assessment
  • ODOT Categorical Exclusion (NEPA approval)
  • Cultural Resource Coordination
  • Public Involvement
  • Bridge Design
  • Retaining Wall Design
  • Water Resource Engineering
  • Cost Estimation
The Great Stone Viaduct Historical Education Society (GSVHES) collaborated with ms consultants to reinvigorate a historic railroad viaduct. The viaduct is a pillar of the community in Bellaire, Ohio, but it remained unused for decades.   Now, this rail-to-trail project not only preserves the iconic landmark but has also transformed the area into a walking path and plaza. After 10 years of work and planning, GSVHES was able to bring its dream of restoration into reality.
Once a railroad bridge, the Great Stone Viaduct and the surrounding area are now home to a shared-use trail and plaza.   The new, shared-use path trail is approximately 2,000 feet long and includes a new, 11-space parking lot at the trailhead. The trail provides access along the abandoned CSX right-of-way to the historic Great Stone Viaduct.   The Great Stone Viaduct, a multi-span stone arch bridge constructed in the 1870s, was repurposed as a shared-use path and trail. The prominence of the bridge walkway also creates a space for pedestrians to stroll and view the nearby sights, including the Ohio River valley.
The Great Stone Viaduct was built in 1871 by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad to carry north and eastbound rail service across the Ohio River. The 43-stone arch viaduct is reminiscent of a Roman aqueduct.   In 1996, the 20-arch portion of the Great Stone Viaduct was abandoned. In 2015, GSVHES raised local funds to purchase the abandoned viaduct and several surrounding acres. The dream? Development and preservation of this iconic local landmark. Thanks to the dedication of GSVHES, an Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) grant, ODOT District 11, the ms team, and other dedicated groups, the Great Stone Viaduct is now a local destination.
Contaminated soil management was a significant component of the Great Stone Viaduct project. CSX established a soil management plan protocol as part of the agreement when GSVHES acquired the property. All excavated soil on the project must remain on site, and all surfaces accessible to pedestrians must either be capped or signage and fencing provided to ensure that pedestrians do not encounter the existing soil.   ms also performed the following tasks for the project:   Environmental services, including ecological survey Environmental site assessment and soil management plan Cultural resources, including SHPO coordination ODOT Categorical Exclusion (NEPA approval) Permitting Field survey Trail design and trailhead/parking lot design Drainage design, including best management practices Landscaping plan, including park plaza beneath the viaduct Bridge design, including new concrete deck and ornamental railing Retaining wall design Stakeholder and public involvement coordination CSX railroad coordination Final construction plans Cost estimates and ongoing services during construction   The Great Stone Viaduct project is an excellent example of realizing a vision to improve and provide a valuable and attractive resource to a part of Ohio that has limited access to outdoor resources. The project opened in the fall of 2022.

I-680 and SR 164 New Interchange

Mahoning County, Ohio

  • Traffic Engineering
  • Roadway Design
  • Tower Lighting Design
  • Drainage Design
  • Culvert Design
  • Survey
  • Right-of-Way Plans
  • Best Management Practices (BMP) Design
Southern Mahoning County, located in Ohio, experienced significant residential and commercial growth. This placed high-traffic demands on local roadways that were not meant for higher traffic levels. Ultimately, this caused increased traffic congestion and crashes where the I-680 interchange connects with Western Reserve Road/SR 164.   Additionally, the portion of I-680 between Western Reserve Road and the Ohio Turnpike was significantly under-used, functioning as a long ramp to/from the Turnpike Toll Plaza. Realizing this missed opportunity, Eastgate Regional Council of Governments wanted to explore the addition of a new interchange at the SR 164 overpass. The goal was to encourage more local traffic to use I-680 via an interchange two miles south and relieving traffic congestion at Western Reserve Road.
Eastgate, in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), first hired ms consultants, inc. in 2007 to study and evaluate the traffic congestion and safety problems within the southern I-680 corridor. The corridor limits included I-680 from just north of the Western Reserve Road interchange to the south of the Ohio Turnpike (I-76) interchange.   ms completed the study, which involved considering: The feasibility of constructing a new interchange at SR 164 and I-680 to help alleviate the traffic demands on Western Reserve Road by encouraging more vehicles to stay on I-680 Parallel routes within the corridor to understand how to better use I-680 south of Western Reserve Road Improvements to commuter safety, which included modifying the Western Reserve Road interchange and improving sight distance at the SR 626 intersection   ms also completed traffic studies and evaluated current and future traffic volumes, accident rates and locations, and the existing roadway network’s capacity.
Upon restarting the project in 2016, the selected alternative included the addition of:   New I-680 interchange at SR 164, including full-access ramps Southbound lane on SR 164 between I-680 and SR 626 Northbound, left-turn lane on SR 164 between I-680 and the northbound on-ramp New roundabout at the SR 164 and SR 626 northern junction and replacing the bridge over the Ohio Turnpike, both designed my JM   The ms team designed and prepared the construction plans for the new interchange, including the widening of SR 164. ms also provided:   Management and oversight, including coordinating the work with OTIC and other consultants Roadway and traffic plans Drainage design and interchange grading BMP design Culvert design Survey Right-of-way plans   Additionally, the project required avoiding impacts to the adjacent Ohio Turnpike Toll Plaza, and an existing pond and consideration of abandoned mines.
The project’s unique funding led to a successful project. To fund the entire project, there were multiple funding sources and agencies, including ODOT Preservation, ODOT Safety, Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC), Eastgate, and Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission (OTIC).   Included with the construction of the interchange is a new park and ride lot (Part 3), encouraging commuters to use public transport or ride share, which further reduces roadway traffic and improves safety. The lot was designed by ODOT.   Through the addition of the interchange, lanes, a roundabout and bridge (designed by JMT), area traffic congestion is reduced and public safety is increased.
2020 Outstanding Highway Project Award Over $5M

American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) Cuyahoga Valley Section

Chagrin River Access Plan

Willoughby, Ohio

Chagrin River Access Plan
  • Planning
  • Land Use Analysis
  • Public Engagement
  • Comprehensive Planning
  • Public Access Plan
  • Mapping
  • Data Visualization
  • Branding
The Chagrin River Watershed Partners is leading the way in securing a sustainable, resilient future for the Chagrin River while encouraging responsible development.   Located in northeast Ohio, this planning project will create a comprehensive regional trail and public access plan starting at Lake Erie and following along the Chagrin River in Lake County.
Engaged, diverse stakeholders are crucial partners in any planning process.   With ten municipalities to engage, each with different needs and contexts, the team began the planning process by forming a diverse steering committee and visiting the Chagrin River sites in-person with the members.   This fun, interactive day gave the project a cohesive vision from the start and set the stage for more creativity and collaboration as the project progressed.
Our team is determining priority sites for future waterfront access opportunities and improvements for existing sites.   Responsible development must account for environmental areas of concern along the Chagrin River. This study included protecting high-risk erosion areas which impact water quality, public access, and private properties along the Chagrin Riverfront.
Economic potential abounds for Lake County’s Chagrin Riverfront communities.   The Chagrin River Access Plan lays the groundwork for Lake County to capitalize on recreational tourism by creating continuous recreational trail connections that connect riverfront communities and to the river. These trail connections include water, bike, and pedestrian traffic access.   Priority areas will be assessed on how they can serve community members and how they can be a regional and international draw for recreational boaters and Steelhead trout fishermen. This approach capitalizes on the existing benefits of the Chagrin River area.
Rivers meander across communities and roads and can go unseen in the residents’ daily experience. The Chagrin River is no exception.   A simple way to improve public awareness of the river and build support for the planning process is to provide new maps and data to the public in a visually pleasing, easy-to-understand format. With the highly-skilled project team, we are providing new maps and resources that will spur discussions for years to come.   The goal is not only to drive awareness of the many benefits of the Chagrin River, but also to provide information for future use.
The Chagrin Connect project is part of a larger project with Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA). The project, Lake Erie Connect, has many coordinating efforts along Lake Erie’s shoreline.   For public engagement and information, the team created a project web page dedicated to Chagrin Connect and a designated logo, both as part of the larger Lake Erie Connect website.   Photo credit: Vince Reinhart, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Onyx + East: The Greenery

Berlin Township, Ohio

Looking to expand into the Ohio market, Onyx+East needed a partner for a new residential development.
  • Site Layout
  • Topographic Survey
  • Wetland + Stream Delineation
  • Zoning + Permitting
  • Construction Documents
  • Water + Wastewater
  • Site Grading
  • Stormwater Drainage + Detention
  • Landscape Planning
ms consultants is engaged with Onyx+East on the development of more than 120 residential units on 40 acres of property in Berlin Township, Ohio.   Onyx+East is one of the fastest-growing homebuilders in Indianapolis that focuses on creating places designed for modern living that are connected within growing cities and suburbs. This new development is part of Onyx+East’s recent multi-market expansion in the Ohio.
About The Greenery
The Greenery is a residential development featuring build-to-to rent housing. This community will appeal to residents who seek the convenience of renting, while also desiring a high-quality home near top-rated schools, recreation, services and employment.   The Greenery is one of the several communities being developed by Onyx+East in the Columbus, Ohio market. Construction on the Greenery is slated to begin in 2023 with leasing beginning later in the year.
Preparing the Site
As with any residential development, The Greenery site needed a partner to prepare the site for the new homes.   The initial scope of services included topographic survey, wetland and stream delineation, and submission of the zoning application.   ms is developing detailed construction documents including stormwater detention systems, private roadways, public water distribution, and sanitary sewer collection systems. The team is also handling the site grading efforts and developing a cut/fill balance prior to construction.
Close Coordination
For a seamless residential development project, close coordination with many entities is essential.   Through The Greenery site development, ms is working closely with the Delaware County Engineer, Delaware County Regional Sewer District, Del-Co Water Company, the Ohio EPA, and Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) throughout the design process.   This careful coordination ensures the project is delivered as efficiently and economically as possible.   

Mahoning River Corridor Revitalization Plan

Mahoning & Trumbull Counties, Ohio

Mahoning River Corridor Revitalization Plan
Mahoning River Corridor Revitalization Plan
Mahoning River Corridor Revitalization Plan
An Ohio region wanted a plan to bring collective economic opportunities and shared prosperity, connecting 13 distinct communities.
  • Comprehensive Planning
  • Urban Planning
  • Public Engagement
  • Water Resources
  • Land Use Analysis
  • Data Analysis
  • Branding & Marketing
In northeast Ohio, the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments is leading the Mahoning Valley’s effort to revitalize its river corridor by removing industrialization-era low-head dams and planning for the region’s future.   As industry in the area declined, it burdened the Mahoning Valley region with a polluted river and weakened economy—resulting in the underuse of the river as a regional asset and prosperity driver. Dam removal has begun, along with planning for how the river corridor can be better used in the future.   ms consultants coordinated the creation of a Mahoning River Corridor Revitalization Plan that will bring collective economic opportunities and shared prosperity to the Mahoning Valley.
The plan rebranded the Mahoning River as the “River of Opportunity,” setting the stage for economic prosperity through regional connection and environmental protection. Thirteen diverse communities were included in the study area, ranging from rural farmland to downtown urban cores and active industrial complexes.   The 13 communities included in the planning:   Newton Township, Ohio Newton Falls, Ohio Braceville Township, Ohio Leavittsburg, Ohio Warren, Ohio Warren Township, Ohio Niles, Ohio McDonald, Ohio Girard, Ohio Youngstown, Ohio Campbell, Ohio Struthers, Ohio Lowellville, Ohio   Each riverfront community has a unique character and identity, as well as specific wants and needs.   To accommodate for each community’s unique attributes, the project strategy included working with each community to create individualized implementation plans. These community-specific plans gave each locale concrete action steps and funding recommendations for projects and initiatives to implement as part of the Mahoning Valley regional vision.
The planning process began with a comprehensive analysis of existing conditions within the Mahoning River study area.   Land use constituted a large portion of the discovery period and included identification and analysis of vacant parcels, brownfield sites, publicly-owned land, desirable privately owned land, public right-of-ways, and rail line ownership.
Data from the discovery period was compiled and analyzed to identify potential priority redevelopment areas within all thirteen riverfront communities. These developable areas were further scrutinized to determine the most desirable parcel assemblies and best uses, resulting in one priority opportunity site per community (13 total).   Throughout priority sites and all plans, the Mahoning River Corridor Revitalization Plan focuses on three pillars: connect, protect, and prosper. These three principles set a precedence for a unified vision that includes each community’s individual success to allow for the entire corridor to become successful.   Connect: a focus on recreation. Restoring the free-flowing Mahoning river and implementing a continuous greenway network that connects the local communities and boosts tourism through recreation. Protect: a focus on wildlife and water. Preserving land along the river improves water quality while providing habitat for wildlife, recreational space for people, and flood protection for communities. Prosper: a focus on the local economy. By coming together, the Mahoning Valley can build on its legacy, strengthen its industry and business community, and provide ample opportunity for future investment.   By connecting and protecting the Mahoning River corridor communities, the plan aims to build a resilient region that can offer new economic opportunities while providing a foundation for a better way of life.
Branding the Mahoning River Corridor Revitalization plan and creating distributable material was a key piece of the project.   Branding and marketing efforts included:   Logo development Community education and outreach Video product to highlight the beauty and potential of the Mahoning River Online engagement tools Development of a project information website,   The thoughtful marketing and branding allowed the team to efficiently market the initiative to bring prosperity to the future of the Mahoning River Corridor region.

Regional Lakefront Connectivity Study

Cleveland, Ohio

Regional Lakefront Connectivity Study
Regional Lakefront Connectivity Study
  • Regional Planning
  • Community Engagement
  • Branding
  • Website Design
The Regional Lakefront Connectivity Study, taking place in Northeast Ohio, is working to find ways to connect people with Lake Erie and engage with them when they get to the lakefront. The effort is led by the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA).   The goals of the Regional Lakefront Connectivity Study include:   Present a plan to make it easier to walk, bike, or drive to lakefront destinations Provide support for economic development in Lake Erie lakefront communities Lay out strategies to turn lakefront destinations into places where communities can feel connected   ms is proud to be the primary consultant leading this multi-year planning effort and looks forward to seeing how the Lake Erie lakefront transforms after this study is complete.
ms is a firm believer that details matter, even in regional planning.   So whether the lakefront plan calls for addressing a 30-foot gap in a sidewalk or recommends a new cross-county trail, ms is ensuring that the connectivity recommendations are realistic and align with funding eligibility.   The team is also engaging local leaders and stakeholders throughout the entire study of the Lake Erie lakefront.
The entire project team works around three guiding principles that will help ensure the final plan is connected, equitable, and sustainable.   The guiding principles include:   Planning by the People User-Centered Transportation Many Plans, One Lakefront   Planning by the people references the project team’s community engagement efforts in this study of the Lake Erie lakefront. The team is working closely with residents and business owners who live in the area to understand the needs and priorities of the lakefront region thoroughly.   User-centered transportation refers to the team’s understanding of how most people currently access the lakefront region. By understanding how people access the Lake Erie lakefront, the team will be able to provide equitable solutions for all.   For many plans, one lakefront refers to aligning with past and current planning efforts in the region. Aligning the lakefront plan is critical to its success and smooth implementation.
If you want to learn more about the Regional Lakefront Connectivity Study or to stay up to date on the study’s progress, visit   You can also check out one of the spin-off projects from the Regional Lakefront Connectivity Study, Chagrin Connect. Chagrin Connect focuses on connecting Western Lake County communities to the Chagrin River and Lake Erie.

Pulte Homes: Residential Land Development


Pulte Homes: Residential Land Development
Pulte Homes: Residential Land Development
As housing needs continue to grow in Central Ohio, one of America's largest home builders needed a partner to prepare multiple residential developments.
  • Land Development
  • Topographic Survey
  • Boundary Survey
  • ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey
  • Traffic Impact Study
  • Zoning
  • Site Civil Construction Documents
  • Wetland + Stream Delineation
  • Endangered Species Study
Pulte Homes is a residential home construction company with homes located across the country. It’s one of the various brands of PulteGroup, one of the largest home construction companies in the United States.   As housing needs continue to increase in the growing central Ohio region, Pulte Homes partnered with ms consultants to meet the continued demands for multiple residential developments.
Pulte Homes enlisted ms consultants to assist with the development of its 100-acre site along Home Road in Orange Township, Ohio. The site, located just north of Columbus, is split into two sections including single-family residential and senior-living condominiums.   To begin the project, ms consultants conducted a detailed onsite wetland and stream delineation investigation. Following the investigation, ms worked with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (ACOE) and the Ohio EPA (OEPA) to address the site impacts and mitigation efforts required. These efforts include a detailed endangered species study to address tree clearing in compliance with U.S. Fish and Wildlife regulations.   Additionally, the ms team is providing full site civil construction documents for the single and multi-family residential development. These documents include, stormwater detention systems, private roadways, public water distribution, and sanitary sewer collection systems. ms consultants is also handling the site grading efforts and developing a cut/fill balance prior to construction.   Coordination between Delaware County Engineer, Delaware County Regional Sewer District, DLZ, HDR, and the adjacent property owners for easement access has been key for project development to provide site access and address current expansion of I-71. Site access to the condominium section of this residential development is via a public road extension. This road extension is currently being designed and installed and will be critical for construction.   The ms team has worked closely with Delaware County to coordinate the drive connection, stormwater detention, and landscape screening along the shared property lines.
Eagle Creek is a new housing development located in Delaware County, Ohio. This 85-acre property will include 483 residential lots and is led by Pulte Homes and Dove Field Partners.   The initial scope of services included topographic survey, preparation of a traffic impact study, and submission of the preliminary zoning application.   Currently, there are multiple elements of the project taking place. The design team is developing a 3,000 linear foot sanitary main extension with Dove Field Partners. Also, ms team is working with Pulte to provide full site civil construction documents for the residential development including, stormwater detention systems, private roadways, public water distribution, and sanitary sewer collection systems.   ms consultants is also handling the site grading efforts and developing a cut/fill balance prior to construction.   Throughout the project, ms consultants continues to coordinate closely with the Delaware County Engineer, Delaware County Regional Sewer District, Del-Co Water, the Village of Sunbury, and the Ohio EPA (OEPA). This coordination helps prevent schedule delays during the final permitting process. Reducing schedule delays is a key component in residential land development.   Once in construction, the ms survey team will provide layout staking for the development and set pins on 198 lots.  

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