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The Hilton Columbus at Easton - Fifth Floor Guestrooms

Columbus, Ohio

Hilton Columbus at Easton
Fifth Floor Guestroom
FIFTH FLOOR BATH
FIFTH FLOOR DORMERS
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.
TRANSFORMING AN ATTIC INTO GUESTROOMS
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.
BENEFITS OF 3D SCANNING TECHNOLOGY
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.
A COMMON CHALLENGE – SHOWER DOORS
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.

Hamilton Road Widening + Roundabouts

Gahanna, Ohio

Hamilton Road Widening + Roundabouts
HAMILTON ROAD ROUNDABOUT
ROUNDABOUT EDUCATION IN CITY HALL
MOCK 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.
HAMILTON ROAD IMPROVEMENT DETAILS
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
GAHANNA’S FIRST MULTILANE ROUNDABOUTS
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.
SERVING THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY
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.
PROMOTING BEE CITY USA
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

AEP SERVICE CENTERS + MAINTENANCE GARAGES
TULSA SERVICE CENTER
MAINTENANCE GARAGE
SERVICE CENTER LOBBY
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.
SERVICE CENTER DETAILS
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
MAINTENANCE GARAGE DETAILS
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
PROJECT COMPLETION
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.

Siemens Redevelopment Assessment + Planning

Mount Vernon, Ohio

SIEMENS REDEVELOPMENT
SIEMENS REDEVELOPMENT
SIEMENS REDEVELOPMENT
WHEN A 180-YEAR OLD INDUSTRIAL PLANT IN MOUNT VERNON DECIDED TO RELOCATE ITS OPERATIONS, THE AREA NEEDED A PROACTIVE PLAN FOR THE CAMPUS.
  • 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.
ENVISIONING THE FUTURE
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.
REDEVELOPMENT PLAN DETAILS
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 REDEVELOPMENT PLAN PROCESS
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
A PREPARED COMMUNITY
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.”

Grocery Prototype Concepts

Multiple Locations

GROCERY PROTOTYPE CONCEPTS
Cube Refresh Concept
Sharp + Sophisticated Concept
Dark Peaks Concept
Full Tilt Concept
Cube Refresh 2.0 Concept
Cube Refresh 2.0 Concept
AN INDUSTRY-LEADING GROCERY CHAIN WANTED A NEW, FORWARD-THINKING, DESIGN THAT COULD BE DEPLOYED REGIONALLY AND NATIONALLY.
  • 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.
DEVELOPING GROCERY PROTOTYPE CONCEPTS
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.
CONCEPT DETAILS
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.

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).
PROJECT DETAILS
$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
Lobby Rendering
Guestroom Rendering
Guestroom Rendering
Preconstruction
THE 106-YEAR-OLD STAMBAUGH BUILDING, ONCE HOME TO A DEPARTMENT STORE AND A STEEL MANUFACTURER, WAS NEARLY VACANT AND IN NEED OF A SERIOUS TRANSFORMATION.
  • 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.
STAMBAUGH BUILDING HISTORY
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.
CHALLENGES OF THE STAMBAUGH BUILDING
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.
TRANSFORMATION TO A HOTEL
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
A DOWNTOWN DESTINATION
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.    The DoubleTree by Hilton will also be home to YOSTERIA, owned by Alex Zordich, a Youngstown native. YOSTERIA will serve regional Italian food and wine.   Branch Street Coffee Roasters of Boardman, Ohio, will also be the hotel’s coffee shop and is slated to open this summer.  
AWARDED HISTORIC TAX CREDITS
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.
PROJECT TIMELINE
Design started in 2015 with construction beginning in August 2016.   The DoubleTree by Hilton Youngstown Downtown officially opened in May 2018.

State Route 4031 Bridge Replacement

Cambria County, Pennsylvania

State Route 4031 Bridge
State Route 4031 Bridge
State Route 4031 Bridge
A BRIDGE IN SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA REQUIRED AN OUTSIDE-OF-THE BOX REPLACEMENT SOLUTION.
  • Bridge Design
  • Highway Design
  • Traffic Engineering and Planning
  • Structural Analysis
  • Environmental Planning and Permitting
  • Public Involvement
  • Right-of-Way Plans
  • Utility Relocation Design
  • Drainage Design
  • Stream and Wetland Delineation
  • Sidewalk and Curb Ramp Design
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 9-0 and the engineers at ms consultants, inc. knew the state Route 4031 bridge replacement in southwestern Pennsylvania required outside-of-the-box thinking.   The bridge carries state Route 4031 (West High Street) over the Ghost Town Trail (formerly R.J. Corman Railroad) in Cambria County.   The most important considerations and constraints of the project would be: safe and efficient maintenance of pedestrian and vehicular traffic, limited right-of-way, and constructability in tight quarters.
MAINTAINING NORMAL OPERATIONS
With average daily traffic of more than 12,000 vehicles and numerous driveways and side roads in close proximity, determining the appropriate vehicular and pedestrian traffic control solution was key to the project’s success.   A traffic control alternatives analysis compared full detours, partial detours, half-width construction, and pedestrian access routes. After analyzing the alternatives, it was clear that maintaining two lanes of traffic, one in each direction, would maintain access and mobility in this densely-mixed commercial and residential corridor.   A separate temporary pedestrian bridge was installed to maintain pedestrian use on state Route 4031 during construction, while the recreational and emergency use of the Ghost Town Trail below was maintained at all times (except for removal and placement of bridge beams overhead). In addition, a temporary ‘pedestrian tunnel’ was provided for overhead protection for trail use during construction activities.  
DESIGNING FOR COMPLEX CONDITIONS
The combination of tight quarters and staged construction can make any engineer nervous. During the design process and internal constructability reviews, ms recognized the need for temporary shoring. ms went one step further by determining that something beyond the typical solution would be needed for construction.   Because temporary shoring, which is up to 20 feet high, would need to be installed between the old and new abutments in a gap less than two feet wide, a pilaster was introduced on the back side of the stage one abutment. The pilaster served as an important piece to construction of the state Route 4031 bridge replacement.   Without the pilaster, the required temporary shoring would have nothing to bear on but as designed, the shoring was able to rest against the newly constructed abutment. This made construction of the stage two abutment much simpler.
SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS
In addition to replacing a structurally-deficient bridge, the project resulted in several improvements to safety of vehicles, pedestrians and trail traffic. Safety improvements for the state Route 4031 bridge replacement included:   Addition of a left turn lane for westbound state Route 4031 vehicles turning onto state Route 0160, reducing the likelihood of rear-end collisions The additional turn lane also reduced through-moving vehicles from driving around stopped vehicles and onto the shoulder Construction of sidewalks on both sides of state Route 4031 to provide safe access for pedestrians throughout the project Temporary pedestrian tunnel to safely maintain trail traffic during construction
PROJECT SUCCESS
The bridge replacement met the needs of PennDOT District 9-0, vehicular traffic, and the local community. The project was completed on schedule and under budget. Traffic was efficiently maintained through the work zone during construction, including recreational traffic along the Ghost Town Trail. Disruption to local businesses was minimized due to the staged construction and detour avoidance.   The state Route 4031 bridge replacement project was featured in the ASHE Scanner Winter 2018 edition.
2017 Outstanding Highway Engineering Award

American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) Pittsburgh Section

Olive Street Bridge Replacement

Trumbull County, Ohio

Olive Street Bridge
Olive Street Bridge
Olive Street Bridge
Olive Street Bridge
AFTER BEING CLOSED TO TRAFFIC IN 2009 DUE TO CRITICAL DETERIORATION, A SOLUTION WAS NEEDED TO RESTORE A KEY LINK BETWEEN COMMUNITIES
  • Structural Analysis and Bridge Type Study
  • Bridge Design
  • Roadway Design
  • Railroad Coordination
  • Utility Relocation Planning and Design
  • Traffic Planning and Engineering
  • Environmental Planning and Permitting
  • Survey and Utility Locating
  • Right-of-Way Planning
The Olive Street Bridge (Niles-McDonald Viaduct) was originally constructed in 1920 and underwent major rehabilitation in 1976. Since the 1976 rehabilitation, the 20-span bridge had undergone serious deterioration. The damage was so extensive that the load limit was first reduced to 3 tons in 2008, then closed to all traffic in 2009 after trucks continued to use the structure.
A CRITICAL COMMUNITY LINK
With approximately 3,500 vehicles using the bridge per day, the bridge closure placed a serious hardship on the community. The closure directly impacted first responders, school buses, local delivery and sanitation services.   The loss of this connection was devastating to not only the residents, but also businesses of the Village of McDonald and City of Niles. The replacement of the structure was critically important to the communities’ collective long-term survival. 
REHABILITATE OR REPLACE?
The project was initiated with a rehabilitation or replacement study. A structural analysis was performed to determine if the piers of the box beams spans and concrete arches could be salvaged in some way for reuse. The study ultimately concluded that a full replacement with a shorter, four-span structure was the most cost-efficient solution. An additional benefit with the replacement scheme came the opportunity to improve the horizontal and vertical alignments in combination with using an embankment fill to improve the design speed for the facility.
FOCUSING ON PARTNERSHIPS AND COORDINATION
Because of its location and many agencies involved, the project required close coordination from day one to make it a success. The close partnerships led to an on-time completion date though the original construction start was delayed more than five months due to sanitary force main relocation delays by another contractor.   ms kept close partnership between:   Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Trumbull County Engineer’s Office Utility companies Stakeholders A.P. O’Horo Norfolk Southern Railroad CSX Railroad Niles Wastewater Treatment Plant
PROJECT CHALLENGES
In addition to coordinating a number of entities, the project itself also created physical challenges. Some challenges included:   A 12” sanitary force main carried on the existing structure that could not be out of service. This line was ultimately relocated under the river and railroad under a separate project in advance of the bridge construction, An existing 12” high pressure gas line was relocated onto the new bridge, AT&T and electric service lines also carried on the existing bridge needed additional attention, A number of buried gas and telecommunication lines throughout the site, requiring subsurface utility engineering services for avoidance and/or relocation, Environmental commitment notes detailed requirements for work within the Mahoning River and 100-year floodplain due to hazardous/solid waste classification. Demolition of entire viaduct structure, including the span over the NS Railroad and arch spans over the Mahoning River. The river portion required an elaborate temporary access fill plan with cost estimating, Construction of a 411-foot long mechanically stabilized earth retaining wall while maintaining continuous access to the bordering treatment plant operations.
A NEW, SAFER BRIDGE
The bridge replacement was designed with added safety as an additional focus. Engineers designed a safer, 35-mph gentler horizontal curve, combined with a lower vertical grade line. This enabled construction of direct access drives to service the Niles Wastewater Treatment Plant to the east and to promote industrial development to properties to the west.   The improved safety through the design of the flatter horizontal curve also increased the stopping sight distance over existing conditions.
CELEBRATED BY THE COMMUNITY
Reopening Olive Street via the bridge replacement project was a tremendous benefit to Niles, McDonald, and to Trumbull County. Because a mutual aid agreement exists between Niles and McDonald, fire protection services were restored to their prior levels. Evidence of the enthusiasm of the bridge restoration was in full effect when the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held. A parade, complete with fireworks, press coverage, and speeches from an array of local public and state officials were a testimony to the importance of the Olive Street Bridge reopening.   Given the high-profile nature of the bridge project to the local communities, the design and construction teams held the public’s interests in the highest regard so the bridge could be reopened as early as possible.   The Olive Street Bridge replacement project was also featured in the ASHE Scanner Winter 2018 edition.
2017 Outstanding Highway Project Award, Under $5 Million

American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) Cuyahoga Valley Section

Pickaway County Fairgrounds Master Plan

Circleville, Ohio

Pickaway County Fairgrounds Master Plan
Pickaway County Fairgrounds Master Plan
A PILLAR OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, THE PICKAWAY COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS COMMISSIONED A MASTER PLAN TO REVAMP THE OUTDATED AND INEFFICIENT FAIRGROUNDS.
  • Architectural Design
  • Engineering Design
  • Master Planning
  • Public Involvement
  • Fundraising Assistance
  • Traffic Study
  • Intersection Design
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Site Utility Design
  • Parking Solutions
  • Landscape Design
The Pickaway County Board of Commissioners chose ms consultants, inc. to create a master plan for its fairgrounds. The project’s goal is to ensure the continued preservation of the county’s agricultural heritage, while providing for the fairgrounds’ future relevance and vitality.   The Commissioners wanted a cohesive master plan that revitalized the fairgrounds and provided quality, year-round, multipurpose facilities for the community.
FEATURES OF THE 60-ACRE SITE
Ranging approximately 60 acres, the Pickaway County Fairgrounds Master Plan addresses several areas and buildings, including:   Five new livestock barns ranging from 7,500 to 21,000 square feet 22,000-square-foot indoor arena with offices, conference rooms, concessions, and a shower facility 40,000-square-foot, covered, outdoor, dirt track arena 18,000-square-foot, two-story, multipurpose building with banquet/meeting rooms, commercial grade kitchens, offices, and conference rooms Amphitheater Midway RV park 40% increase in parking
EXISTING CONDITIONS
ms performed a field survey to document existing conditions. The team assessed buildings, barns, grandstand, utilities, MEP, and drainage. ms also performed a traffic-impact study, analyzing the effects of the proposed driveway reconfiguration on daily traffic.
COMMUNITY INPUT
ms led stakeholder and public planning sessions to understand the community’s needs and concerns. Among others, the involvement included the following stakeholders:   Pickaway County Board of Commissioners Pickaway County Fair Board Pickaway County Junior Fair Board Pickaway Sportsman, Inc., a nonprofit group Pickaway County 4H Advisory Committee Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association Through these sessions, ms discovered the public and stakeholders were concerned with:   Undersized and dated facilities Inefficient layout and function of facilities Ineffective drainage and flooding Lack of parking Lack of site security Traffic congestion
RECOMMENDED IMPROVEMENT DETAILS
After understanding the existing site, future needs, and community desires, the team gave recommendations for fairground improvements. The goal being a more effective and useful Pickaway County Fairgrounds. Recommendations included:   Facility improvements Upgrades to enhance the fairgrounds’ marketability and increase revenue Design and location of a proposed multipurpose, community building Improvements to traffic access and internal traffic circulation Modernizing utilities, including water, sewer, and electrical Burying all electric and telephone lines to improve the site’s appearance and create more usable space Stormwater treatment placement locations Sound and lighting systems Fencing, parking, and landscaping plans, including an enhanced fairgrounds entry Temporary siting of recreational vehicles (RVs), campers, and tents for the annual Pickaway County Fair and other special events.

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 consisted 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 was permitted through the City of Columbus One-Stop Shop, with required storm water management and sanitary sewer plans, or CC plans. Permitting included 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 worked 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 was a locally-produced, concrete, insulated panel. The vast amount of glass at the entrance facade showcases the furniture and allows daylight to stream into the retail space. The natural light renders colors more realistically.   For the first time, a Value City Furniture store features vertical green walls. These walls allow vegetation to grow up the façade.

Cambria Hotel + Suites

Chicago, Illinois

Cambria Hotel + Suites
Cambria Hotel + Suites
Cambria Hotel + Suites Concept
A HOTEL LOCATED ON CHICAGO’S MAGNIFICENT MILE NEEDED NEW ENERGY.
  • Architectural Design
  • MEP Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Architectural Visualization and Rendering
  • 3D Scanning
  • Renovation
Fillmore Hospitality worked with ms consultants to rebrand and renovate the Mile North Hotel into the Cambria Hotel & Suites Chicago Magnificent Mile. ms performed an as-built conditions assessment to help with the implementation of a full-scale room-side and lobby renovation of the 28-story, 215 guestroom property.
FULL OF CHALLENGES
Originally built in 1965 as a mixed use office and residential facility, the hotel was full of technical challenges. Many of these challenges were typical of a retrofit project, such as outdated mechanical systems and controls, envelope failures, and unforeseen conditions.   This project however, presented a unique challenge with finished floor elevation changes between circulation spaces and guestrooms. How to deal with the need for stairs within guestrooms and corridors was both an accessibility and logistics challenge for guests and hotel services alike. ms consultants worked closely with jurisdictional agencies and hotel management to ensure the design solutions were acceptable to all stakeholders.
PROJECT DETAILS
The project included comprehensive interior and exterior renovations. Renovation areas in the hotel include:   Building exterior envelope and glazing systems Signage Lobby and reception Restaurant and lounge Fitness area Interior wayfinding Guestrooms   Perhaps the most interesting feature of the project was the addition of a full-service rooftop bar with a retractable roof, overlooking the Chicago skyline.
REBRANDING TO AN URBAN HOTEL
The ms team worked on several iterations of design improvements and rebranding for Fillmore’s new urban hotel concept under the Cambria flag.   The team used Cambria Hotel & Suites brand standards to improve the layout and appearance of the facility’s interior, but Fillmore’s vision of the renovation also needed to be expressed on the exterior. The team provided multiple creative and unique design schemes to address the Cambria brand. These schemes added color to the exterior curtain wall, created a friendlier entry with outside seating at the street and sidewalk, and integrated signage and graphics into the facade.

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