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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
Lobby Rendering
Guestroom Rendering
Guestroom Rendering
  • 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 1908 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 will include: 125 guest rooms and suites Restaurant 1st floor retail spaces Second-floor lobby Meeting spaces Future rooftop bar
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. Construction started in August 2016 and is expected to complete in April 2018.

State Route 4031 Bridge Replacement

Cambria County, Pennsylvania

State Route 4031 Bridge
State Route 4031 Bridge
State Route 4031 Bridge
  • 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.
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 beams overhead). In addition, a temporary ‘pedestrian tunnel’ was provided for overhead protection for trail use during construction activities.  
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. A pilaster is a rectangular column projecting from a wall, and served as an important piece to construction of the state Route 4031 bridge replacement.   The purpose of the pilaster is difficult to perceive when first reviewing the design plans, however, it soon became evident how important it was during construction.   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.
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
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.   Every project has its own set of challenges. There were a number of factors addressed during both the design and construction of the state Route 4031 bridge replacement. The solution ensured the bridge was replaced with as little impact to the traveling public and local businesses as possible. With a little ingenuity, the state Route 4031 bridge replacement project was a success.   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
  • 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.
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. 
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.
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
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.
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.
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
  • 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.
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
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.
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
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 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.
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.        
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
  • 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.
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.
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.
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.

U.S. 23/Pennsylvania Avenue Improvements

Delaware, Ohio

U.S. 23/
Pennsylvania Avenue
U.S. 23/
Pennsylvania Avenue
U.S. 23/
Pennsylvania Avenue
U.S. 23/
Pennsylvania Avenue
Increase safety at the highest crash-rate location in Delaware County via an efficient and cost-saving transportation solution for U.S. 23/Pennsylvania Avenue.
  • Environmental Analysis
  • Geotechnical Services
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Landscape Design
  • Maintenance of Traffic
  • Right-of-Way Easements
  • Survey
  • Traffic Engineering
Built in the 1960s, the U.S. 23/Pennsylvania Avenue interchange in Delaware, Ohio, was constructed as a partial interchange to save cost and ease traffic through downtown. The interchange provided access to U.S. 23 from/to Pennsylvania Avenue. However, it didn’t provide on-ramps/off-ramps for northbound or southbound traffic from/to the avenue.
In northern Delaware, motorists were unable to access Pennsylvania Avenue from northbound U.S. 23. Instead, motorists going north would pass Pennsylvania Avenue and then make a dangerous U-turn at Hills-Miller Road. During peak hours, more than 60 vehicles daily made these unsafe U-turns. This resulted in ODOT identifying Hills-Miller Road as having the highest crash rate in Delaware County in their 2002 ODOT U.S. 23 Access Management Plan.
Delaware’s northern and western areas are growing fast. Residents and businesses need reliable and efficient access to U.S. 23, as it is a main thoroughfare.   Prior to the U.S 23/Pennsylvania Avenue improvement project, many motorists used residential streets to access southbound U.S. 23 from Pennsylvania Avenue. According to the Delaware Thoroughfare Plan, more than 1,000 vehicles per day used a residential street to cut-through to U.S. 23. These roads are designed for light traffic. Without improvements, cut-through traffic would have continued increasing as Delaware grew, aggravating safety concerns for residents.
As with many communities, Delaware’s infrastructure needs exceeded the available dollars. In addition to funding, the project also faced challenges due to its location along the Olentangy River and proximity to the Historic Northwest District.   Traditionally, providing better access would include constructing new ramps and creating a full interchange. However, the team designed a creative solution modifying the southbound exit ramp to create a two-way street with an intersection at U.S. 23. This resolved the three challenges: Preservation. Reduced impact to the Historic Northwest District. Environmental. Reduced impact to the Olentangy River floodplain. Financial. Reduced building costs by $8 million.
The project eliminates traffic that trickled through local streets, improving traffic patterns. It included the following construction: The Sandusky Street extension, projected to serve 10,600 vehicles per day. Sidewalks along the Sandusky street extension. The widening of 1,170 feet of U.S. 23 for new turn lanes. A new traffic signal and new turn lane at the Sandusky Street/U.S. 23 intersection.
One of the challenges the team faced was minimizing impacts to the Historic Northwest District homes located near the Sandusky extension. With their improvements, the team not only minimized impacts, but also improved the neighborhood by constructing a true, two-way street in front of the homes. With a new sidewalk, tree lawn, period post-top street lighting, street trees and landscaping, the character of this part of the district is much improved.
To accommodate pedestrians, the team designed a sidewalk along the west side of the Sandusky Street extension. “Share the road” signage alerts drivers to the potential presence of cyclists. These features highlight Delaware’s commitment to alternate modes of transportation in the community and encourage a healthier lifestyle.
The vegetated biofilter constructed between the Sandusky Street extension and U.S. 23 improves water quality for runoff flowing into the adjacent Olentangy River. The biofilter complies with the Ohio EPA Olentangy River Watershed Alternative General Construction Stormwater Permit.
By designing and building a less costly, innovative solution, the team reduced the total project construction costs to less than $2.5 million—an $8 million savings. The project is also flexible in that a full interchange could be developed, should there be a need.   The partial interchange was completed in October 2016 and provides safe and efficient access to northern Delaware.
Honor Award

American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Ohio

2016 Project of the Year Award, under $5 million

Central Ohio Section of the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE)

2017 Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award

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

2017 Peer’s Choice Award, Outstanding Highway Project

Central Ohio Section of the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE)

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

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 weird 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)

Brown Township Town Hall

Brown Township, Ohio

Brown Township Town Hall
Brown Township Town Hall
Brown Township Town Hall
Brown Township Town Hall
When the former Brown Township Town Hall, built in 1847, no longer met the current or future needs of the community, a new town hall was needed.
  • Architectural Design
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Project Management
  • Master Planning
  • Survey
  • Construction Administration
For more than 25 years, Brown Township—a family-oriented community located in Delaware County, Ohio—used the same building as their township hall.   Built in 1874, the 4,860 square-foot facility did not meet the township’s current and future needs. The building was too small to accommodate the community’s 30 percent population growth, the building configuration was awkward, and the township was not able to customize it for events. It also did not meet their vision of a facility that harmonized with the community’s agricultural heritage and the architectural character of the neighborhoods.    
Through an endowment from the Delaware County Foundation, the township received funds to build a new hall.   A couple, whose husband was raised in Brown Township, bequest the gift—the second largest in the foundation’s history.
5,250 square-foot hall Flexible meeting spaces Ample parking Honors the township’s agricultural legacy Flexible for future growth Aesthetically fits the township’s landscape Potential increase in township revenue through facility rentals
The township trustees selected ms consultants, inc. to provide master planning and full design services for the new 5,250 square-foot hall.   The team prepared several master planning and expansion options with alternatives for the office and building location. ms provided ample parking for the town hall and ballfields, which are adjacent to the site. The master plan included the location of a detention pond and septic system, location of future play areas, a new restroom for the ballfields, and an expanded parking lot entrance and exit. The new design included an administration area with two offices, a conference room, and a secure room for all the township files. Off of the main hall is a banquet catering room that can be used buffet style, as a food station, or as a small, sit-down-style reception area.   Meeting space flexibility is at the core of the design. The township will use the spaces for community gatherings and event venues. ms created separate entrances for the administration office, catering room, and banquet spaces—with the ability to secure the administration office during events.   The team based the mechanical system’s design on how the building spaces would be used, creating maximum efficiency. ms conveyed design ideas via 3D graphic renderings, and provided project management, surveying services, complete architectural, structural, electrical, mechanical, civil engineering and construction administration.   Groundbreaking for the new town hall was May 31, 2017, and expected completion is November 2017.

ALDI's Bottom Dollar Acquisition

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ALDI's Bottom Dollar Acquisition
  • Architectural Design
  • Survey
  • Permitting
  • MEP Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
In 2014, ALDI acquired the Bottom Dollar Food operation which included 64 stores across Ohio, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Based on qualifications established by ALDI, it was determined that 32 of these stores would be converted to ALDI grocery stores.
There were several factors motivating ALDI to reopen these 32 stores quickly. First, many of these grocery store locations were much needed additions to the local communities. When Bottom Dollar closed its doors, this left the communities without convenient grocery stores for many residents. In addition, the local jurisdictions did not want to see these spaces sit vacant for an extended period time. Lastly, many of the stores were under lease agreements. For ALDI, this translated to paying rent on stores that were not generating revenue.
Due to the expedited schedule necessary to complete these store conversions, ALDI approached ms, a reliable partner, to take on 24 of the 32 remodel projects.   In November 2014, it was determined that the first of the ALDI conversions should be open by July 2015, with the goal of all stores being open by the end of 2015.
The initial step after the Bottom Dollar acquisition was to evaluate all locations for conformance to ALDI’s space requirements. Each +/- 18,000 square foot store was visited, surveyed, and photographed by ms to confirm existing conditions. Once ALDI-specific conditions were confirmed, building footprints were evaluated to determine where efficiencies could be achieved across projects.   After concept floor plans and elevations were developed to align with ALDI prototypical standards, the construction document development was expedited to allow the permitting process to begin.   Using the in-house ms permitting team, alongside permit expeditors in challenging municipalities, the building permit process was streamlined to obtain permits as quickly as possible.
By using a dedicated team, experienced in ALDI stores, the 32 Bottom Dollar remodels were opened as new ALDI stores by the end of 2015.   Photo credit: “Bottom Dollar Food Hickory, NC” by Mike Kalasnik under CC BY-SA 2.0, color and sizing edits.

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