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3D Scanning + BIM

Alternative Delivery


Bridge Design + Inspection

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Drinking Water Systems

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Environmental Services


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Highways, Roadways + Interstate Design

Interior Design

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Landscape Architecture

NEPA + Environmental Documentation

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Roundabout Design


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Urban Design + Master Planning

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Water Resources

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Wittenberg University Multipurpose Indoor Recreational Facility

Springfield, Ohio

Wittenberg Multipurpose Recreational Facility
  • Architectural Design
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Historic Restoration
  • Visioning Sessions
Under its “health, wellness, and athletics restoration expansion initiative,” Wittenberg University decided to add a new multipurpose recreational facility to its campus.   Wittenberg University is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III school, located in Springfield, Ohio. This new, 130,000+ square foot, multipurpose facility creates a space for the university’s academic programs and its 24 intercollegiate teams and 14 club teams.
300-meter, six-lane track; with an eight-lane straight away 100-yard artificial turf football and lacrosse field Strength and conditioning center Outdoor sports lobby entrance Drop-down netting that subdivides the facility into spaces for baseball, batting cages, golf, and track events High-efficiency LED lighting fixtures Energy-efficient radiant flooring Press Box, replacing the existing structure, that houses concessions, gathering and press space, coaches’ boxes, and video facilities
The new indoor multipurpose recreational facility is situated directly north of and connected to the Health and Physical Education Recreational Center (HPERC), adjacent to the existing football stadium.   Originally built in 1929, the historic HPERC is also receiving interior and exterior upgrades as part of the university’s health, wellness, and athletic initiative.   Within the interior of the HPERC, repurposed space will include technology-enabled classroom space for the university’s new Exercise Science Program, fieldhouse, updated locker room facilities, alumni and recruiting lounges, special events space and new court surfaces for tennis, volleyball and basketball.
As with many large university projects, funding the project becomes a concern. The team was able to obtain federal and state historic tax credits, which then aided in fundraising efforts.   Wittenberg has been awarded federal historic tax incentives from the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives program administered by the National Park Service and Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits from the Ohio Development Services Agency.   Currently, most of the funds raised for the new facility have come through donations from alumni and friends. Options for the total scope of the project were developed based on estimated fundraising, making sure the project was within the anticipated budget.
Want to see the project in action? Visit Wittenberg’s Health, Wellness, & Athletics Restoration Expansion Initiative website for project updates.   Updates include construction photos, a live webcam of the construction site, fundraising, and more.   Wittenberg’s multipurpose indoor recreational facility groundbreaking was held on March 24, 2017, and is expected to open in 2019.

Boardman Township Fire Station

Boardman Township, Ohio

Boardman Township Fire Station
Boardman Township Fire Station
Boardman Township Fire Station
Boardman Township Fire Station
A growing fire department needed a new fire station to meet community and department needs.
  • Architectural Design
  • Construction Administration
  • Construction Documents
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Municipal Engineering
  • Programming
  • Schematic Design
  • Site Civil Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
For more than 10 years, Boardman Township worked on a plan to have a fire station and its fire department housed under one roof.   Previously, Boardman’s Station 71 sat on a structure originally built in 1926 and remodeled in the early 1970s. Due to department growth in recent years, the township needed a new fire station and a location for the municipal fire department offices.
Through a number of programming sessions, the team identified that an approximately 18,000-square-foot building would meet the township’s requirements.   With a budget of $3.4 million for construction costs, ms worked closely with the department to review renovation and new construction options within the budget and identify cost-saving options through the selection of appropriate systems and materials. After reviewing the options and cost-saving benefits, the team decided that a newly constructed Boardman Township Fire Station was the best option to meet the department and community needs.   Boardman Township had two goals throughout the project: provide the township with an iconic fire house supporting the mission of the fire department that township residents would be able to recognize and be proud to have as their fire department facility; and to provide that facility within a set budget.
Construction for the new Boardman Township Fire Station was completed in 2018.   The 24-hour facility includes:   Four drive-thru apparatus bays Two single-access bays for emergency medical services (EMS) Increased storage space through an added mezzanine above the storage and mechanical spaces Bunkrooms to accommodate 10 people Day room Fitness room Kitchen area Training room and training tower   The new building also houses the municipal fire department, which has offices for the captain, chief, administration, arson, and plan review.
William Cook, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, project manager for the Boardman Fire Station reflects on the project, “We were grateful for the opportunity to work with the township on a project they have been planning for and working towards for many years.”   “The building and the function it represents is important not only to the township but the community as well, and we were proud to help guide the process,” Mr. Cook says, “A number of people have had a hand in the development of this project, from its inception to its funding, to finally its design and construction.”   “Through numerous meetings with Boardman Township and the Fire Department, we were able to accomplish both of these goals,” Mr. Cook recounts, “During the design phase of the project, we worked with the Township and the Fire Department to not only identify the facilities that were necessary to the function of the station but to find creative ways to accomplish those functions to reduce budgetary costs.”

The Hilton Columbus at Easton - Fifth Floor Guestrooms

Columbus, Ohio

Hilton Columbus at Easton
Fifth Floor Guestroom
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-standard occupancy rates.
  • 3D Scanning
  • Architectural Services
  • Construction Administration
  • Feasibility Study
  • MEP Engineering
  • Permitting
  • Project Management
  • Structural Engineering
The Hilton at Easton underwent an exterior and interior transformation that began in 2014.   With a need for more accommodations and no opportunity to build out, ms proposed a solution to expand guest rooms to the hotel’s fifth floor, a previously unoccupied attic storage space.
ms consultants was tasked with converting the existing attic space into 26 guestrooms. Before initiation of full design phases, ms consultants studied the existing building systems to ensure that additional rooms could be accommodated without major upgrades to the water heating, fire protection, egress, and HVAC systems.   With the addition of an occupied fifth floor, the west stair towers also needed to be extended upward to reach the fifth floor for emergency egress. Additionally, dormers were added in order to provide windows and natural light to each guestroom.  All of these improvements were designed to complement the Georgian architectural style of the facility.
Previously used for storage, the Hilton at Easton’s fifth floor was riddled with vents, ducts, storm drains and conduit penetrating the floor and walls. To better understand the existing building, ms used 3D scanning to document the existing conditions. The 3D point cloud was then used to create a Building Information Model (BIM) using Revit.   While using the technological capabilities—3D scanning, BIM, and Revit—the design team quickly learned that the existing drains and vents in the floor varied dimensionally from room to room. This seemingly small issues would have major consequences for the Hilton at Easton renovation.   These dimensional variations in the floor penetrations caused individual room sizes to vary by as much as three inches room to room. This had immediate consequences on the design of the floor plan.   By identifying this issue early in the design phase, the value of using these technologies was quickly realized.
In hospitality projects, one of the largest lead-time construction specialties (other than furniture) are the shower doors.   By understanding and documenting the as-built dimensional characteristics, the construction team was not surprised by the disparity in room sizes for the Hilton at Easton. This resulted in a more accurate bid and a construction schedule that accounted for variations in a long-lead-time element.   If traditional survey were used, the design and management methods would have likely resulted in costly construction change orders and lengthy project delays.   With the use of 3D scanning and other technologies, the Hilton at Easton fifth floor renovation was completed efficiently and without any unwanted surprises.

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 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.   The John R. Doutt Upground Reservoir project received numerous awards, including the 2015 National Recognition Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).
$1 million saved in energy costs through the use of an inflatable dam More than 1.5 million residents served 850-acre reservoir 3 billion gallons of water 37 million square feet of geomembrane liner, making it one of the largest synthetically-lined reservoirs in the nation 20,000 linear feet of 72-inch steel pipe used for the phase 1 raw water line 150-foot wide inflatable weir installed in the Scioto River
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 for the reservoirs 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 consideration Recreational use opportunities Security requirements   In addition, the ms team provided environmental investigations for the reservoirs, including Cultural Resources; Terrestrial Habitats; Wetlands; Aquatic Habitats; Hazardous Material Investigations. The results of the environmental studies were used 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:   Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) United States Army Corp of Engineers (USCOE) Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Delaware County Ohio Historic Preservation Office Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) Del-Co Water Co. 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.
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)

Hamilton Road Widening + Roundabouts

Gahanna, Ohio

Hamilton Road Widening + Roundabouts
When Hamilton Road’s traffic was over-capacity, a solution was needed that reduced congestion, improved operations, and was pedestrian-friendly.
  • Bridge Rehabilitation
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Right-of-Way
  • Roundabout Design
  • Survey
  • Traffic Engineering
When the Hamilton Road corridor was averaging 18,000 vehicles per day, more than its 16,000 vehicle per day capacity, the City of Gahanna knew an improvement was needed.   In 2011, the City of Gahanna and the Franklin County Engineer’s Office formed a partnership to improve the Hamilton Road corridor. The goal was to create a roadway to meet its capacity needs and improve operations, while also incorporating pedestrians and bicycles.
The Hamilton Road widening project went far beyond just road widening. Details for the $12 million improvement project include:   Widening the one-mile corridor of Hamilton Road to five lanes Two new roundabouts New storm sewer systems New concrete curbs and gutters New sidewalk New shared-use path New LED street lighting Replacement of the bridge over Sycamore Run with a road closure of only seven days, far less than the typical 45-60 day closure
The two roundabouts as part of the Hamilton Road widening project were the first multilane roundabouts in the City of Gahanna. Because of the common misconceptions and concerns surrounding roundabouts, it was key to educate the community.   The City of Gahanna took a proactive and expansive approach to educate the community. Roundabout education included:   Walkable roundabout decal installed in Gahanna’s City Hall. Color-coded areas and indicators signified the types of turns permitted in each lane. Individuals were able to focus on proper entry and exit without safety concerns for other motorists and pedestrians. Live training sessions were held at a local park with “mock” roundabouts. Individuals maneuvered roundabouts, created with temporary striping tape, via golf carts. The mock roundabout sessions were also recorded to become an additional resource on the city’s website. Educational tray liners were distributed to local fast food restaurants in Gahanna. These tray liners provided instructions on navigating the roundabouts. Instructional videos were posted to the city’s website and social media.
In addition to educational outreach for the community, local residents were one of the key focuses when designing the roundabouts.   Pedestrian- and bicyclists-friendly features include:   Shared-use path Sidewalk New bus stops User-actuated pedestrian signals at roundabout crossings Clear pedestrian signal visibility through the use of solar-powered Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) at crosswalks   The inclusion of these features make this a more inviting corridor for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users. By including all user types, this area encourages healthier, more sustainable, transportation and improves safety.
The City of Gahanna is officially designated as a “Bee City USA.” As the Hamilton Road project began, Gahanna also wanted to promote its support for pollinators and the Bee City designation.   The Hamilton Road roundabouts were landscaped with 100% pollinator-friendly trees, shrubs, and flowers. Planting native pollinators improve the health of native pollinator species such as honey bees and monarch butterflies. These efforts created the first pollinator oasis islands in Central Ohio.

AEP Service Centers + Maintenance Garages

Multiple Locations

When facilities became outdated, AEP wanted new service centers and maintenance garages to better serve its staff and customers.
  • Architectural Design
  • Construction Administration
  • Energy Modeling
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Fire Protection
  • HVAC Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • LEED Process Management
  • MEP Engineering
  • Site Civil Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Traffic Engineering
American Electric Power (AEP) is undergoing a 32 project, $250 million program for its service centers and maintenance facilities. For this program, ms consultants is providing full architecture and engineering services. These service centers and maintenance garages are for the AEP distribution and transmission teams throughout Eastern, Central and Southern United States.   Many of the new service centers and maintenance garages are designed to replace existing AEP facilities. Other projects include renovation and constructing buildings in new areas to better serve customers.   By working together with one cohesive team, AEP and ms have been able to maintain consistent specifications for building components, such as HVAC, lighting, and building design. This gives the service center program consistency in energy efficiency, durability, and ease of maintenance for the corporate facilities team.
The new AEP service centers vary by location and area needs.   Details include:   40,000 to 130,000 square feet in size Addition of staff/visitor parking spaces Site equipment storage Vehicle storage Administrative office spaces Outdoor storage areas for equipment and various electrical equipment Attached and/or detached storage sheds, when needed
Like its service centers, the AEP maintenance garages also vary in size and function. The ms team is designing new maintenance garages, as well as renovating existing garages.   AEP maintenance garage project highlights include:   Up to 14,000 square feet in size Attached and detached maintenance facilities in relation to the service centers Truck and equipment storage High-roof and vehicle washing bays
Currently, there are a number of AEP service center and maintenance garage projects underway across the country.   All 32 projects are anticipated to be complete by 2020.

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.
  • Transportation Study
  • Interchange Design
  • Highway Engineering
  • Maintenance of Traffic
  • Public Involvement
  • Design/Build
  • Aesthetic Enhancement Plan
  • Streetscaping
  • Complete Streets
  • Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)
  • 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 the congestion.   To develop short- and long-term solutions for this persistent problem, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) retained ms consultants, inc. as the lead consultant on the I-70/I-71 South Innerbelt Study.    Upon completion of the study and a final environmental Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), ODOT selected ms consultants to prepare the final design for the I-70/I-71 East Interchange. The project team, led by ms, included 10 subconsultants selected for unique contributions of services.
The I-70/I-71 East Interchange project completely re-builds this freeway system interchange. Project highlights include:   Six ramps providing access to and from city arterial streets. Construction of the Mound Street and Fulton Street urban avenues, which will serve as a new gateway into downtown Columbus More than 25 lane miles of pavement 18 interchange bridges 250,000 square feet of retaining walls Aesthetic enhancements, including landscaping, decorative street light, traffic signal mast arms along Mound Street, Fulton Street, Parsons Avenue, Main Street bridge, and Grant Avenue bridge
Because the I-70/I-71 project had such an impact on the local community, it was critical to involve the public throughout the project. As lead consultant, ms was the primary presenter at more than 400 stakeholder, community, and public meetings scheduled throughout the project.   The ms team developed a comprehensive and intensive public involvement plan intended to build broad-based public support of the project by engaging the stakeholders in the design process.   This is a continuation of the public involvement started by the ms team during the I-70/I-71 South Innerbelt Study. The public involvement plan ensures a common, unified presentation is made to the public for all phases of the I-70/I-71 project.
The I-70/I-71 project was also an opportunity to try out a new pilot program. The Mound Street and Fulton Street urban avenues, along with Parsons Avenue, 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.    The design for these streets were based on the plan developed through a series of workshop meetings held with stakeholder groups and city representatives. Bike lanes, sidewalks, on-street parking, tree lawns and streetscaping are all components of this plan.
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

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

Siemens Redevelopment Assessment + Planning

Mount Vernon, Ohio

  • Master Planning
  • Site Development
  • Architecture
  • Survey
  • Environmental Assessment
The 47-acre Siemens campus has 180 years of history of industrial use in Mount Vernon, Ohio.   Due to a current industry slowdown, Siemens opted for a phased relocation of a portion of assembly and testing functions from the Mount Vernon site. As expected, this relocation is resulting in job loss for the region and vacant buildings on the campus.
Turning this unfortunate situation into an opportunity, Siemens Real Estate (SRE) and the Area Development Foundation of Knox County partnered in the preparation of a redevelopment plan for the site, to recreate the current campus into an industrial park attractive to new users.
The redevelopment plan consists of three reports which can be used separately:   Part I: The Site Assessments, which provides a detailed inventory of the site and existing structures on the site including the location and utility types. Part II: The Redevelopment Plan, using the site assessment information, along with community and regional knowledge, to envision and recommend site development concepts and necessary budget. The goal being to attract the highest and best use for the site. Part III: Marketing Reports, providing a condensed summary of details on each available building on the site. These summaries are intended to market to potential tenants.
The technical assessment of the current condition of the site and buildings conducted in Part I was later used to develop the concise and pertinent cut sheets for Part III, Marketing Reports.   These cut sheets are used by SRE and the Area Development Foundation of Knox County in collaboration with Columbus 2020 and JobsOhio to market the site and buildings to potential users.   The technical assessment of the site and buildings helped determine current conditions, available utilities, and special features for the site and each building. Site assessment details include:   Investigating and collecting data for 13 buildings Surveying around the 13 buildings Collecting utility information for the campus
Thanks to the well-developed redevelopment plan, the Mount Vernon area was prepared for the Siemen’s relocation.   Jeffry Harris, President of the Area Development Foundation of Knox County was quoted in the Columbus Dispatch saying that Mount Vernon is now “among the best-prepared communities for such a complete shut-down.”   Now, said Harris, the city has “a tremendous opportunity to lease the 400,000-plus square feet of high-quality, pristine-condition industrial facilities to a range of end users.”

Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway

Portsmouth, Ohio

Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway
Construction Progress
To end isolation for an under-served area, a new roadway was needed to connect people to jobs, alleviate congestion, enhance safety, and improve traffic movement around a southern Ohio city.
  • Highway Design
  • Bridge Design
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Retaining Wall Design
  • Traffic Control
  • Lighting Design
  • Landscaping
  • Alternative Delivery
The first-ever Ohio P3 (public/private partnership) project endeavored by ODOT involves the development and long-term maintenance of a 16-mile four- lane divided, limited-access highway around the City of Portsmouth in Scioto County, Ohio, bypassing approximately 26 miles of U.S. 52 and U.S. 23. The highway, to be designated as State Route 823 (S.R. 823), the Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway (formerly known as the Portsmouth Bypass).   The project includes construction of five new interchanges (U.S. 52, S.R. 140, Shumway Hollow Road, Lucasville-Minford Road and U.S. 23).   ms consultants is the lead designer for this project, which includes the design, construction, financing, and 35 years of operation and maintenance of the new 16-mile bypass. Items of work included, but are not limited to, earthwork, pavements, landscaping, drainage, utilities, guardrail, barrier, retaining and noise abatement walls, bridges, culverts, traffic control, lighting and aesthetic enhancements for the completion of the facility.   Project delivery method is design-build-finance-operate-maintain (DBFOM).
$429 million construction cost 16 miles of roadway 20 million cubic yards of excavations 5 new interchanges 23 bridges
Project Timeline
Groundbreaking for the Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway was held on June 24, 2015. The road is anticipated to be open to the traveling public in December 2018.

DoubleTree by Hilton – Stambaugh Building

Youngstown, Ohio

DoubleTree by Hilton - Stambaugh Building
Suite Parlor
Event Space Overlooking the City
Bistro 1907
Historic Preservation
  • Architectural Design
  • Historic Renovation Compliance Design
  • Brand Standard Compliance Design
  • Hospitality Program Management with Brand
  • Civil Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
ms consultants, inc. was hired to provide full architectural, civil and structural engineering services for the 12-story Stambaugh building historic renovation in Central Square, Downtown Youngstown, Ohio. The renovation transforms the historic structure into a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel.
The original building was designed in the neoclassical revival style by Albert Kahn in 1907 as an eight-story building for the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company, who occupied the top five floors.   The lower three floors and basement were home to Euwer’s Department Store. Euwer’s featured 25 departments, a mahogany soda fountain, a novelty telephone system, and a large “Euwer’s” sign atop the building.   Shortly after in 1914, the building was expanded to its 12-story structure due to the necessity of more office space. Tenants came and went over the years, including the Standard Slag Company and Bessemer Limestone.   In 1983, the Stambaugh was sold to the H.L. Libby Corporation and the office tower went under a restoration. The restoration uncovered the original terrazzo floors, the marble walls and stairs were shined, mail chutes were now prominent again, and original window sashes were restored to their original appearance.   Unfortunately, by the time the 2000s came around, the Stambaugh was mostly vacant and no longer in its original condition. In 2012, the building was purchased to be restored and transformed into a complete destination in downtown Youngstown. Eventually housing a hotel, retail, meeting spaces, a restaurant, and more.
The Stambaugh Building was 106 years old when the project started and mostly vacant with little to no utilities active. Demolition and abatement took roughly six months before the design team could discover how well the building had stood the test of time. Luckily, other than some minor unforeseen conditions and issues, the design team was thrilled with what they found. Relics of Youngstown history came to light for the first time in many decades.   Due to its unique character and structure, bay sizes and structure were never uniform. This created an interesting and challenging task when trying to lay out “uniform” hotel rooms. Based on Hilton’s Design and Construction standards, we developed 47 different room types from suites to king rooms. Although it was a challenging review process, Hilton was happy to welcome to building to their DoubleTree brand.
The new Doubletree by Hilton Hotel includes:   125 guest rooms and suites Restaurant 1st floor retail spaces Second-floor lobby Meeting spaces Future rooftop bar
Like its former use, the renovated Stambaugh building will host multiple businesses.    Bistro 1907, one of the hotel’s restaurants, is an American bistro. Local chef and owner Mark Canzonetta describes the food as American with a global influence and local ingredients. The upscale restaurants serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a special Sunday brunch. Bistro 1907 will also provide catering to the Palladian Ball banquet room on the top floor of the hotel that overlooks downtown Youngstown.   While the name Bistro 1907 pays homage to the history of the Stambaugh Building, the restaurant itself is anything but outdated. ms consultants designed the restaurant to have a modern feel with a Parisian twist.    Branch Street Coffee Roasters of Boardman, Ohio, will also be the hotel’s coffee shop and is slated to open this summer.  
The building received state and federal historic tax credits, therefore any renovations needed to comply with the Secretary of Interior Standards. This process is monitored closely by the State Historic Preservation Office along with the National Parks Service because the building is located on the historic registrar. The building has some beautiful details in which the design team was left to work with. Marble-lined wainscot corridors and terrazzo flooring, heavy white oak trim from floor to ceiling and a pure white terra cotta façade. As the building was laid out as an office building, some of the corridor treatment became a challenge but left the historic character to continue to tell the story.
Design started in 2015 with construction beginning in August 2016.   The DoubleTree by Hilton Youngstown Downtown officially opened in May 2018.

Grocery Prototype Concepts

Multiple Locations

Cube Refresh Concept
Sharp + Sophisticated Concept
Dark Peaks Concept
Full Tilt Concept
Cube Refresh 2.0 Concept
Cube Refresh 2.0 Concept
  • Architectural Design
  • Concept Design
  • Cost Estimating
When one of the leading grocers in the U.S. approached ms consultants about a new building concept, the team was happy to take on the challenge. The new concept was to adhere to strict parameters, meet the grocer’s fast-forward thinking philosophies, and integrate into the ever evolving retail market.   The ms team developed five new grocery prototype concepts under a rigorous timeline.
Over the years, the grocer’s brand has grown and modernized, and these concepts should reflect that transition. A clean and modern public image is created through the prototype concepts to align with the revitalized nature of the client.   Throughout all designs, the ms team considered and specified regional materials that could easily be deployed on a national scale.
Five grocery prototype concepts were developed:   Cube Refresh uses straightforward geometry to exemplify the brand’s unwavering commitment to efficiency and simplicity. Several main elements of the grocer’s current building standard are redefined with a modern and refreshing touch. The chosen materials reflect a new, organic image with inspiration drawn from the interior graphics. The building and brand are merged to form one cohesive idea, strengthening the brand’s presence in today’s grocery market.   Sharp + Sophisticated uses a sleek, angular building to catapult the brand into the modern market. In this concept, the grocer’s image is completely redefined. This is intended to impress the grocer’s loyal customers and intrigue potential customers. Heavy use of glass, natural light, and a natural color pallet create a welcoming exterior. Daylighting and efficiency is at the forefront of this grocery prototype concept.   Dark Peaks is a direct response to the ultra-simplicity in the Sharp + Sophisticated By wrapping a modular skin over a simple building, an entirely new image and environment is created for the grocery. The benefit of such an arrangement makes this concept flexible. In this grocery prototype concept, the regional adaptability was explored to take into account the area’s context and the unique site constraints.   Full Tilt brings the interior to the exterior. The ms team capitalized on the grocery client’s new organic branding, with green elements incorporated into the facade. Planters and walls of vegetation showcase the grocer’s commitment to freshness while creating usable outdoor space for customers to enjoy. Daylighting was another focus including large expanses of glazing adjacent to the sales area with integrated sun control devices.   Cube Refresh 2.0 is an integration of the most successful elements from previous grocery prototype concepts. This concept showcases the efficiency and simplicity that the grocer is known for. The clean and modern concept also aligns with the revitalized and evolving nature of the grocer.

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