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MCCTC Fire Training Center

Canfield, Ohio

MCCTC Fire Training Center
A CAREER AND TECHNICAL CENTER NEEDED A NEW FIRE TRAINING FACILITY TO EXPAND THE REGION’S PUBLIC SAFETY PROGRAMS FOR FIREFIGHTER TRAINING.
  • Architectural Design
  • MEP Engineering
  • Site Civil Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Construction Administration Services
The Mahoning County Career and Technical Center (MCCTC) provides opportunities for high school students and adults in the community to learn skills to start and advance their technical careers. The addition of the new fire training facility allows for the expansion of their public safety programs for firefighter and emergency medical technician training.   The new training facility provides safe, local, and hands-on training opportunities for all present and future regional fire and rescue personnel. Local personnel will no longer have to travel outside the region to get the training they need to begin their public safety career or continue their education. This dedicated training facility is expected to lead to an improvement in overall public safety in the region.
FIRE TRAINING FACILITY + MULTIPURPOSE CENTER
The new National Fire Protection Agency and Ohio Department of Public Safety compliant fire training facility was designed to be a first-class fire training site for the Mahoning County region. The new fire training facility allows simulations of real rescue situations – venturing through mazes, climbing stairwells, and even repelling from the top tower. The structure permits real fires to be set within a controlled burn environment for realistic training situations.   The new facility also includes a 10,000 square foot multipurpose center. The multipurpose center features a training room for instructional work. Additionally, it has storage bays for the fire engines, equipment, and student gear.   Working closely with MCCTC administrators and other stakeholders, visioning sessions were conducted to outline MCCTC’s overall requirements and ensure they stayed within the project budget set by the grants received.

Knox County Village Strategic Plans

Knox County, Ohio

Knox County Village Strategic Plans
Facing growth and demographic changes, the four largest villages in Knox County needed asset-based and community-driven strategic plans.
  • Planning
  • Public Outreach + Strategy
  • Grants + Funding
The Strategic Plans act as guidelines to properly manage existing and future land uses in and around the villages. By evaluating the existing conditions and leveraging the growing population trends of the greater Central Ohio region, the plans will help the villages prepare for redevelopment and investment within each village.   Public engagement efforts involved community thought-leaders, village staff, philanthropic organizations, and private developers in addition to village residents. Together, plans detailing where and how to build planning capacity and setting strategies for growth and development for the next ten years within each village were created.
Centerburg Strategic Plan
Coined as “the Next Town Out” from the Columbus Metro Area, the Village of Centerburg is preparing for a dramatic increase in development pressure in the next 10-15 years. With conflicting interests between village leadership and the surrounding township, identifying areas for annexation or joint development plans was a top priority in this plan.   An in-depth review of the Village’s Zoning Code revealed regulations discouraging housing developments at the density level needed to maintain affordability. Additionally, the code lacked the requirements for public amenities such as green space and playgrounds to be incorporated in new residential developments. Recommendations for the future included updates to the zoning code and funding strategies to leverage the Heart of Ohio Trail which connects the village to statewide trail networks.
Danville Strategic Plan
As the Gateway to the Amish, the Village of Danville is surrounded by scenic countryside, a beloved setting to local residents. This Strategic Plan highlights specific focus areas to be marketed for development or redevelopment as part of a larger preservation strategy. To ensure the community charm and rural character are maintained, certain areas will need to monopolize on revenue-producing land uses, providing the area with restaurants, retail, and job opportunities. Evaluating land owned by public entities, areas for new development were identified. Desired improvements include high quality housing ranging from townhomes to multifamily homes and public gathering space to be utilized for community events.
Fredericktown Strategic Plan
With a downtown revitalization study completed in 2017, the Village of Fredericktown was looking to prioritize investments in the community. This Strategic Plan evaluates existing assets, community priorities, and available grants and funding opportunities. Residents and business owners were surveyed for further insight of community priorities. The results indicated a strong preference for increasing recreational opportunities on the nearby Kokosing River and Owl Creek Bike Trail. Conversations around land acquisition and easement regulations were proposed in order to extend the local bikeway into the regional trail system. Future phases of implementation will prioritize linking these recreational assets to Fredericktown’s historic downtown core for visitors and residents alike.
Gambier Strategic Plan
Situated only a few miles down the road from the county seat of Mount Vernon, the Village of Gambier has a steady stream of visitors and employees to Kenyon College, the largest land owner in the village. This Strategic Plan studied the limited supply of housing and real estate within the village and evaluated opportunities for growth into the surrounding township. Bringing multiple stakeholders to the table, strategies for a permanent merger of the village with the township were openly discussed. Programmatic elements were recommended to increase regional tourism in the community and conservation practices were evaluated for opportunities to allow recreational elements in protected land. Finally, new business opportunities and potential partnerships with Kenyon College were explored to further market the village to surrounding communities including an increase in public art, area recreational trails, and incentives for new lodging facilities to house visitors.   Learn more on the Knox County Village Strategic Plans website.

YSU Don Constantini Multimedia Center

Youngstown, Ohio

YSU Don Constantini Multimedia Center
YSU Don Constantini Multimedia Center
YSU Don Constantini Multimedia Center
A university athletic department required a state of the art multimedia center and updated loge viewing facilities.
  • Architectural Design
  • Program Verification and Design
  • Construction Documentation
  • Bidding and Construction Administration
  • Structural Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Plumbing Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
Located within Youngstown State University’s Stambaugh Stadium, the addition of the Don Constantini Multimedia Center brings new capabilities to the university’s academic and athletic programs. The ms design team worked closely, over a three-year period, coordinating with various academic administrators and athletic department officials to execute YSU’s vision and goals for the new space.   The new multimedia center, located within the larger press box addition, allows the university to use a master control room for all related campus athletics, expands capabilities for university and professional sports broadcasting and provides classroom space for YSU’s telecommunication and sports broadcasting programs.   The addition includes a single, unified control center and fully integrated space for TV and radio broadcasts. Additionally, the new space has separate team coaching viewing areas, a 50-person multipurpose classroom, restrooms, private loges, and various multipurpose spaces for students, coaches, and recruits. Two separate stair/elevator towers provide access to the space in with renovated concessions and restrooms provided at the lower concourse.   Project obstacles included the prerequisite for highly specialized foundations due to poor soil conditions and an accelerated schedule. Early project delays caused by inclement weather conditions necessitated a fast track approach near the project’s close to meet the university’s requirement for project completion prior to the 2019 home opening football game.
New Luxury Loges
A separate “spin off” project was completed concurrently located on the opposite side of Stambaugh Stadium. As space became available with the relocation of the multimedia center, four new luxury loges were added to the west side viewing facility.   Each new loge was tailored to the requirements of each individual owner and required extensive rework of existing mechanical and plumbing systems, platform construction, and space reconfiguration.

Blueprint Columbus: Integrated Solutions

Columbus, Ohio

Blueprint Columbus: Integrated Solutions
Blueprint Columbus: Integrated Solutions
Blueprint Columbus: Integrated Solutions
Blueprint Columbus: Integrated Solutions
A number of long-term, sustainable, stormwater solutions were needed that also improved water quality and revitalized local neighborhoods.
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Water Resource Engineering
  • Green + Gray Infrastructure Design
  • Interagency Coordination
  • Green Infrastructure Design
  • Public Outreach + Strategy
The City of Columbus has refocused its Wet Weather Management Program to include an integrated planning approach, known as Blueprint Columbus. As an integral part of the city’s updated plan, projects included within Blueprint Columbus aim to reduce the amount of infiltration and inflow (I/I) into the sanitary sewer system and the number of sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) at designed sewer relief (DSR) points.   The Blueprint Columbus initiative outlines four key concepts to reduce I/I and SSOs, while simultaneously treating stormwater runoff entering the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) system: Lining sanitary sewer main and lateral lines. Redirecting residential rooftop downspouts to the public right of way (ROW). Voluntary sump pump redirection. Green infrastructure (GI) implementation to treat additional runoff directed to sewers.
Integrated Solutions
One project area was subject to extensive street and surface flooding. The team recommended a preferred gray and green infrastructure alternative to the city. These alternatives not only meet the Blueprint objectives for water quality, but also mitigated flooding in several areas, helping to revitalize the neighborhood. The following green infrastructure technologies were utilized: Bioretention cells/basins within boulevards (street islands) in the right-of-way. Pocket parks in select land bank parcels. Permeable pavement from curb to curb. Permeable parking areas and relief storm sewers for additional storage.
Innovative GIS/Application Development
The ms team’s innovative approach to data collection was to use the geo-referencing capability and user-friendly interface of the Collector for ArcGIS app to develop a custom app. This new app collected private property investigation data including vegetation, fences, downspouts, building outlines, rooftop drainage areas, utility meter locations, building exterior photographs, and H&H task drainage patterns. The field data was used to create the existing condition and baseline conditions hydrologic and hydraulic model. By using the team-developed app, the city reduced data pre- and post-processing costs. Additionally, the City of Columbus used the new app on other Blueprint projects, reducing costs even further.
Interagency Coordination
One of the first lessons learned during the Blueprint Columbus process was the critical need for interagency communication. The ms team led the charge in developing a sharing-information process that all agencies can follow to share their information and priorities during this process. This coordination was especially important in areas where the Department of Recreation and Parks and Department of Public Services were both stakeholders.
Lessons Learned
The Blueprint Integrated Solutions Projects have been learning experiences for all involved parties. There were many valuable lessons learned throughout the project, including: Regional Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) can be more cost effective than right-of-way GSI Parking studies helped understand loss of parking while selecting right-of-way GSI Interagency coordination early and often is critical for success Integration of green and gray infrastructure improvements helped provide positive outflow for GSI and mitigated flooding.

Canfield Comprehensive Plan

Canfield, Ohio

Canfield Comprehensive Plan
A northeast Ohio community was in need of a comprehensive vision to guide future growth, development, and quality of life.
  • Planning
  • Transportation
  • Public Outreach + Strategy
  • Grants + Funding
The City of Canfield, located less than ten miles from Youngstown, Ohio, is undertaking a multi-pronged approach to prepare for the future. In an effort to better serve its residents and increase activity in the community, the City wanted to formulate a strategic plan addressing a myriad of physical, economic, and environmental issues.   The Comprehensive Plan envisions the future of growth, development, and quality of life for the Canfield community for the next ten to twenty years. The plan, rooted in community aspirations and implementable goals, provides an honest evaluation of present and future needs. The plan establishes long-term goals around several topics including: economic development, land use, transportation, community character, parks and public space, and housing. Final recommendations include strategies for revitalizing the downtown district, supporting multi-modal transportation options, and marketing available development areas in the region. The plan takes special attention to address the relationship between the City and the Township to ensure the region’s growth is managed in a balanced and strategic way. The plan is grounded in significant public engagement to ensure recommendations reflect community-wide aspirations and garner broad, long-term support.
Main Street Corridor Plan
Conducted concurrently with the comprehensive planning process, the Main Street Corridor Plan evaluated congestion, safety, aesthetics, and land use along the primary commercial corridor and gateway in Canfield. A complete traffic study is aligned with the wide-ranging planning objectives of the Comprehensive Plan to ensure a thorough and inclusive analysis of the corridor’s function.
Canfield Loop
The City of Canfield was awarded a Planning Grant by Eastgate Regional Council of Governments to assist in planning efforts related to active transportation. The City utilized the awarded funding to conduct a study in preparation for construction of a multi-use path loop through the heart of Canfield. The plan for the Canfield Loop aims to enhance internal access to civic, commercial, and green space, as well as strengthen connections to the region. The Canfield Comprehensive Plan considers the proposed loop in relation to other objectives of this plan including corridor enhancements and future land use.   Learn more on the Canfield Comprehensive Plan website.

Koppel Bridge Replacement

Koppel, Pennsylvania

Koppel Bridge Replacement
A historic bridge in Pennsylvania needed a new, safer structure.
  • Bridge Design
  • Construction Services
  • Environmental Planning
  • Highway Design
  • Planning
  • Public Involvement
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Utilities
  • Waterways Permitting
Located in Pennsylvania, the Koppel Bridge is a historic, 1,200-foot structure built in 1914. It was originally a privately-owned toll bridge that the state legislature purchased in 1944. Since its purchase, extensive repairs were made in 1958, 1974, and 1994.   In 2007, a similar structure—the Interstate 35 West Mississippi River Bridge in Minnesota—suddenly collapsed and fell into the Mississippi. In response to the tragedy, the Koppel Bridge was among many similar bridges inspected nationally. It was found safe for travel but in poor condition.   To correct this serious issue, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, District 11-0, hired ms consultants to design a new structure. The new bridge is located on state Route 351 between the town of Koppel and North Sewickley Township, stretching over two railroads and over the Beaver River in Beaver County.
The New Koppel Bridge
The new, 1,240-foot, four-span, two-lane bridge hangs approximately 100 feet above the river. In order to maintain traffic and also provide improvements to the roadway approach, the new bridge was built just downstream of the original structure. The original bridge remained in use while the new structure was built.
Project Challenges
Correcting the Vertical Alignment The profile of the existing bridge was unusual with a low point at the center. During rainstorms the scuppers would sometimes clog and the bridge would fill with water. To eliminate the severe ponding problems, the deck was replaced, shifting the low point off the bridge deck.   Girder Delivery The bridge is located in a river valley flanked by steep hillsides making construction access and material delivery into the valley difficult. One challenge involved the geometric constraints of delivering beams to the project site. The length of girder sections were restricted because of the windy roads they would be delivered to the project site on. Additionally, most sections needed to cross the existing bridge to be unloaded in order to be erected. A “Girder Delivery Analysis” was performed on the existing bridge to determine the feasibility of transporting the girder sections across without overstressing the bridge components.   Environmental Considerations Proposed stormwater runoff was managed by utilizing an infiltration basin with amended topsoil and a modified pipe underdrain with a slow release orifice on the west side of the river. Vegetative swales and rock check dams were utilized on the east side of the river.   The proposed roadway drainage system considered the challenges presented by the steep topography routing discharge away from the structures.  

BBI Logistics - New Workplace Design

Columbus, Ohio

BBI Logistics Workplace
BBI Logistics Workplace
BBI Logistics Workplace
BBI Logistics Workplace
BBI Logistics Workplace
WHEN A LOGISTICS FIRM SAW EXPONENTIAL GROWTH IN REVENUE AND EMPLOYEES, IT NEEDED A NEW OFFICE TO ACCOMMODATE ITS EXPANSION, TO REMAIN COMPETITIVE, AND TO ATTRACT TALENT.
  • Architectural Design
  • Interior Design
  • MEP Engineering
  • Construction Administration
  • Design Management
When BBI Logistics saw substantial growth in record-breaking time, the freight brokerage firm turned to ms consultants to create an employee-friendly, but competitive, work environment.   ms partnered with BBI Logistics and international real estate titan, JLL, to design and engineer an interior workplace relocation project in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The company is transitioning to 80 on the Commons, a recently constructed, mixed-use commercial and residential building at Columbus Commons.   The 18,000-square-foot tenant space within the second floor footprint serves BBI’s need for personnel acquisition and retention, providing a capacity for 200 employees and an open office work environment with panoramic views of the Columbus Commons green space and surrounding high-rise skyline.
NEW WORKPLACE DETAILS
With a blank canvas, the ms team incorporated elements that reflected BBI and its employees. Details include:   Custom poly-core paneled ceiling, featuring a perforated grid and mirrored climaver layer which reveals an illuminated cavity for both visual and acoustic performance “Campus” core plan with an interactive lounge and expanded dining area Elevated board room with a panoramic view of the 6-acre Columbus Commons green space   Integrated LED monitor wall in the lounge for employee interaction and sales goals Monitors in each collaborative space for individual private use or teaming tasks Soft benching for sit-and-go convenience at the main lobby, lounge, and meeting room Over 400 linear feet of suspended LED lighting

Railroad Bridge Rehabilitation at Ellwood Engineered Castings

Hubbard, Ohio

Railroad Bridge Rehabilitation
Railroad Bridge Rehabilitation
AN EXISTING RAILROAD BRIDGE NEEDING SIGNIFICANT REPAIRS ALSO BENEFITTED FROM FUNDING EXPERTISE.
  • Bridge Inspection
  • Grant and Funding Assistance
  • Bridge Design
  • Track Design
  • Survey
  • Floodplain Coordination
  • Regulated Materials Review
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Railroad Coordination
  • Project Administration
  • Bidding Services
  • Construction Services
Ellwood Engineered Castings (EEC), an ingot-mold manufacturing firm in Hubbard, Ohio, hired ms consultants, inc. to provide bridge inspection, funding assistance, engineering design services, and bidding and construction services, for the replacement of a 53-foot, single-track railroad bridge over Little Yankee Run.   This structure carries the industry track, which connects directly to Norfolk Southern’s main line, over Little Yankee Run, and is a crucial link to the facility’s production operations.
BRIDGE INSPECTION
To assess the condition of the existing bridge, ms consultants inspected the railroad bridge. Based on this work, the team determined that the bridge needed significant repairs to provide safe passage over the waterway.   The team concluded that replacing the bridge was the best solution based on the inspection. ms prepared an estimated construction cost of the structure’s replacement so that EEC could program the work.
GRANT AND FUNDING ASSISTANCE
To further add value and help offset costs, ms assisted in identifying grant opportunities. The team then wrote and coordinated a request to the Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC) for an economic development grant. They also worked diligently to help structure the funding package and kept in contact with ORDC staff over several months.   ORDC awarded EEC a $75,000 Economic Development Grant for the $500,000 railroad bridge project, with the requirement that EEC would increase their capacity, thereby adding production jobs to their facility. Due in part to the grant assistance, EEC was able to move forward in not only retaining their existing jobs and production levels but also in:   Making an additional multi-million dollar capital investment on-site. Expanding job opportunities within the Mahoning Valley area.
ENGINEERING DESIGN SERVICES
The ms consultants’ team designed the replacement railroad bridge and approaches per AREMA and Norfolk Southern requirements. Work also included borings, surveying, regulated-materials review and site investigation, and a floodplain development permit.   To avoid impacting the waterway, the new abutments were placed behind the existing stone abutments, which remained to support the earth and contain the waterway. Approach track work was minimized to control costs. ms also:   Coordinated the railroad work with Norfolk Southern. Assisted with coordinating with First Energy for the de-energizing of their overhead transmission line, required for pile installation.   The new railroad bridge spans 75 feet and is a single-track, open-deck plate-girder structure. It also has 5-foot metal grate walkways on both sides for safe passage of pedestrians.
BIDDING AND CONSTRUCTION SERVICES
ms consultants performed all bidding services, including preparing the project manual, soliciting qualified contractors, evaluating the bids, and assisting with awarding the project. The team provided construction administration and inspection services for the duration of construction.   ms takes pride in providing excellent and effective engineering and architectural design services and in creating additional value for our clients so they can invest and create job opportunities in their communities and neighborhoods.  

Mahoning County Courthouse Restoration

Youngstown, Ohio

Mahoning County Courthouse Restoration
Mahoning County Courthouse Restoration
DRIVEN BY THE NEED TO MAINTAIN THE PUBLIC’S SAFETY, SECURE THE BUILDING’S ENVELOPE AND PRESERVE THIS HISTORIC STRUCTURE, THE COMMISSIONERS NEEDED A SPECIALIZED TEAM TO COMPLETE THIS RESTORATION.
  • Architectural Design
  • Construction Documents
  • Bidding Assistance
  • Construction Administration
The architectural team of ms consultants, inc., Chamber, Murphy & Burge, Barber & Hoffman, and Incorporated (TAI) Roofing Consultants were commissioned by the Mahoning County Commissioners to complete an assessment and restoration of the Mahoning County Upper Court House.   Built in the early 1900s and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Mahoning County Courthouse is a grand example of Renaissance Revival style architecture. At 28,825 square feet in size, the courthouse was constructed to be the most prestigious courthouse between New York and Chicago.   Notable features include: Granite and terra cotta facades Four-story rotunda Elegant marble columns Opulent glass dome Impressive rooftop copper sculpture   During its more than 100 years, the terra cotta cornice, upper facades, and rooftop balustrades had never been restored and had fallen into disrepair. Pieces of terra cotta had fallen or were at risk of falling and water leaks were persistent within the building.   Driven by the need to maintain the public’s safety, secure the building’s envelope, and preserve this historic structure, the Mahoning County Commissioners hired ms consultants, inc. and subconsultants to assess and restore the courthouse.   This team’s expertise combined the specialized architectural, historical, structural, and public contracting knowledge needed to guide the county through the design, bidding, and construction of this complex project.   Because the 108-year-old building is listed on the National Register, the team followed the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties guidelines. These guidelines encourage quality and appropriate rehabilitation. To meet the stringent standards, the team used materials and methods to match and preserve the historic integrity of the building.
ASSESSING THE HISTORIC COURTHOUSE
The team observed the building’s existing conditions and documented their findings. It was determined that the building damage included: Progressive failure of terra cotta cornice and rooftop balustrades Rusting and failure of the structural steel brackets, rods, and channels supporting the terra cotta Missing terra cotta units Deterioration of steel beams supporting the granite statue pediment Shifting of the granite roof slabs capping the statue pedestal Age failure of the roof system and flashings Age failure of the copper gutter liner along the building cornice Age failure of the copper statue skin and supporting frame
RESTORATION RECOMMENDATIONS
The team advised the commissioners to restore the building’s most critical elements. The parapet and balustrade were restored by deconstructing the terra cotta components and either repairing and reinstalling or replacing with new custom units to match the original. This included replacing all steel supports embedded in the masonry walls below with new stainless steel components.   While the cornice is granite on three sides of the building, the west cornice is constructed of terra cotta and was completely reconstructed with new units. The structural steel channels embedded in the masonry walls, supporting the cornice and the associated rods and hangers, were completely replaced with stainless steel components. The granite was patched in places of need on the building’s exterior.   The roof system was completely removed and replaced with the exception of the light wells and skylights. The wide gutters built into the cornices were re-lined with new custom copper gutters and flashings.   The copper statue was restored and reinstalled on the repaired granite pediment. This included lifting and straightening the partially-collapsed copper skin, installing a new interior supporting umbrella frame and mounting structure, stripping and repairing the surface and seams, and applying a chemical patina to replicate the aged condition before restoration.   Additional work included reconstruction of the front granite stairs and installation of new handrails, cleaning the entire exterior, and updating exterior lighting to LED.
A RESTORED PIECE OF HISTORY IN MAHONING COUNTY
Upon completion, Mahoning County reclaimed an impressive and beautiful piece of historic architecture. The commissioner successfully maintained public safety while preserving a historic structure the public can enjoy for generations to come.
2019 Preservation Merit Award - Mahoning County Courthouse Statues

Ohio State Historic Preservation Office

The Big Box Divide

Various Locations

The Big Box Divide
As big box retailers are evolving and reducing footprints, building owners pave the way for smaller tenants to fill the void.
  • Architecture
  • Engineering
  • 3D Scanning
  • Survey
  • Utility Coordination
  • Construction Documents
Developers and Landlords are finding themselves left with massive spaces, far too large to attract a single new tenant. The solution? Repurposing and subdividing the large space to meet smaller, individual tenant needs.   With this, building owners are faced with how to effectively and efficiently split the square footage, utilities, HVAC, usage, flexibility, and more.   That’s where ms consultants comes in. We work with the building owners from the initial building survey all the way through coordination with utility companies for multiple tenants. Our experience with nationwide commercial accounts provides a one-stop-shop for these planning and design services.
Using 3D Scanning Technology to Efficiently Understand the Space
The first step of subdividing the space is identifying the exact dimensions and leasable square footage. While some spaces may have as-built drawings available for reference, accurate record drawings are a rarity in many older shopping centers.   When drawings of the space aren’t available, our 3D scanning capabilities provide significant value. The 3D scanning process uncovers the many unknowns about the dimensions and structural system of the building.   Our 3D scanner is capable of producing a snapshot of all visible building information in just one site visit. This reduces the need for multiple site visits and provides a point cloud of data for reference throughout the entire process. The point cloud is easily transformed into a 3D Revit model, which is then used to develop as-built drawings of the space. Conveniently, the Revit model can quickly be adapted to work within the AutoCAD platform as well.
Demising the Space
After the as-built floor plan has been developed, the next step is working with the developer to demise, or partition, the space.   Through our vast portfolio of multi-unit commercial clients, ms helps identify the individual space requirements based upon the desired tenant type. For example, a coffee shop will require approximately 2,000 square feet, while a small-format grocery store will be in the 16,000-20,000 square feet range. These are two very different tenant types with their own space and layout needs.   Having both architecture and engineering disciplines in house, our team is skilled in efficiently demising the space to maximize tenant square footage, split and reuse the existing utilities, and work within the structural limits of the facility.   As tenants are identified and leases are negotiated, ms can transform the demising plan into a full set of construction documents depicting the desired shell conditions.
Splitting the Utilities
All commercial buildings require electrical, gas (where available), water, and sanitary connections from external utility companies.   Demising a big box space into several smaller tenants brings up many questions about these utilities. For example, what size electrical service does a small-format grocery store require? How will the service be metered? Is the existing service large enough to accommodate the other tenants as well? If a new service must be brought to the building, will the transformer have to be upgraded? These important utility questions must be identified upfront in order to avoid rework and added cost to the project.   At ms, we have a team of experts that know the right questions to ask and the risks to identify when splitting utilities and working with multiple tenants on behalf of a developer or landlord. We propose cost-effective solutions to reuse and repurpose when possible, and identify large ticket items upfront to mitigate unexpected and unplanned for costs.

Greendale Trail

Greendale, Indiana

Greendale Trail
TWO INDIANA COMMUNITIES WERE SEEKING ALTERNATE CONNECTIVITY FOR CYCLIST AND PEDESTRIANS, ULTIMATELY PROVIDING A SAFE, EFFICIENT, AND HEALTHY ROUTE BETWEEN ATHLETIC COMPLEXES.
  • Archaeological Investigation
  • Environmental Services
  • Grants + Funding
  • Hazardous Material
  • NEPA + Environmental Documentation
The Greendale to Lawrenceburg connector trail is the first segment of a master planned trail system that directly joins the Indiana cities via a pedestrian and bike path. It will eventually link, after additional segments are added, to greater regional trails along the Ohio River and the Indiana State Visionary Trail Plan systems.
HEALTHY AND EFFICIENT TRAVEL OPTION NEEDED
This Greendale Trail segment was prioritized because it connects two outdoor athletic complexes currently separated by an industrial park. Both Greendale and Lawrenceburg use these athletic complexes since they share a school district and have combined K-12 athletic events.   Once, only accessible by vehicle, parents and children frequently need to switch between complexes for after-school and weekend activities. The lack of alternatives made school-aged children dependent on car rides—increasing safety concerns and restricting healthier and more-efficient walking and cycling transportation options.
TRAIL FEATURES
The trail will be ADA-compliant with a majority of this segment featuring a 12-foot-wide paved asphalt path dedicated to pedestrian and cycling transportation modes. There will also be a boardwalk section for the ridge descent connecting Greendale’s residential neighborhoods to the outdoor sports complexes.    More than 10,000 Indiana residents in the City of Greendale and the City of Lawrenceburg will greatly benefit from the trail as it connects both sections in a critically-shared and prioritized area.
SECURING PROJECT FUNDING
ms aided the city in procuring an Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Regional Trails Program grant. ms wrote the grant application using gathered information and verbal input provided by the City of Greendale, as well as other resources.   ms also coordinated the gathering and application placement of additional information as provided by the City of Greendale including certification of funds, public participation backing documents and report, location map, sitemap, and photographs.
ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENTATION
ms’ in-house team conducted field studies, prepared technical reports, and completed the INDOT Categorical Exclusion required to gain approval for the project. Critical path items included wetlands delineation, management of the archaeological specialists, and coordination with the INDOT district reviewers.

Dunkin' Brands

Multiple Locations

Dunkin' Brands
WITH A GOAL OF 15,000 LOCATIONS BY 2020, DUNKIN’ NEEDED A FULL-SERVICE PARTNER FOR ITS CONTINUED GROWTH.
  • Architectural Design
  • Survey
  • Site Civil Engineering
  • MEP Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Permitting Assistance
  • Construction Management
Dunkin’, formerly Dunkin’ Donuts, is multi-national coffee company and quick service restaurant owned by Dunkin’ Brands. With currently more than 11,000 locations worldwide, Dunkin’ is one of the largest coffee and baked goods chains in the world.   Working with various franchisees and Dunkin’ Brands, ms consultants provides full-service design solutions for regional Dunkin’ projects, including Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
FULL SERVICE SOLUTIONS
Dunkin’ projects vary from tenant improvements to major remodels.   A typical Dunkin’ project begins with an architectural and/or site survey of the project space. Upon completion of the survey, ms works with the franchisee and Dunkin’ Brands to develop a space plan for the project location. After approval of the space plan, ms consultants provides design services for the architectural, site-civil, MEP, and structural plan sheets.   In addition to design services, ms consultants has provided permitting assistance and construction management services on several Dunkin’ projects.
DESIGN SOLUTIONS FOR FUEL + CONVENIENCE STORES
Some Dunkin’ locations are paired with fuel and convenience stores. These projects offer a number of unique challenges in environmental compliance, fire and life safety, and circulation and traffic.   Challenges for these Dunkin’ locations, specifically associated with the fueling islands are in addition to the overall design challenges of providing visitors a positive customer experience.
EXPEDITED REVIEW PROCESS
To fast-track its internal store planning design process, Dunkin’ has developed a vendor program identifying Expedited Review Process Approved Vendors.   As one of Dunkin’s valued partners, ms consultants was asked to become an Expedited Review Process Approved Vendor to improve the experience for its franchisees. This partnership allows franchisees to reduce the design and approval phase of their project when working with these select, trusted vendors.   By working with ms consultants, the project delivery timeframe is reduced and the process is simplified for the franchisee.

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