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September 3, 2015 – This summer has brought growth to Meyer Borgman Johnson, as Structural Design Group (SDG) of Rochester, MN, merged with us to become our third office in Minnesota and fifth office nationwide. SDG was founded in 2000 by Al Hiniker, P.E., who remains in the Rochester office as MBJ’s managing principal. MBJ has worked with Mayo Clinic and other clients in the Rochester area for several decades on projects such as the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center and the Stabile Building with Mayo Clinic, Plaza on Historic Third with Titan Development, and Rochester City Hall. We are excited to welcome Al and his staff, and we look forward to continuing to serve our clients in the Rochester area for many years to come.
Please, feel free to contact managing principal Al Hiniker at 507.529.5310 to find out how we can serve you and your project needs.
August 31, 2015 – Meyer Borgman Johnson in Phoenix teamed with Sundt Construction, HDR Engineering, and Coreslab Structures to build an Oscar-themed sculpture for this year’s CANstruction competition and fundraiser event, winning the Structural Ingenuity Award at the awards ceremony on August 13. The sculpture, entitled “Live from the Red Carpet,” is over 8 feet tall and uses more than 2,200 cans, filled with beans, tuna, chili, corn, and tomatoes. CANstruction is an international charity competition inviting architects, engineers, contractors, and students to design and build giant structures made entirely of cans of food. At the close of the competition, all of the food is donated to local food banks. Last year Phoenix CANstruction donated over 51,000 cans to St. Mary’s Food Bank.
The design theme was based on the Academy Awards’ annual celebration of cinema and all the people who have shared their creative talents and turned dreams into reality by projecting them onto the silver screen for everyone to enjoy. The goal in designing the life-sized Oscar was to create an immediately recognizable Oscar figure, but more importantly, to fight hunger and help make the dreams of those who need a reliable food source become reality. In regard to the structural design, Meyer Borgman Johnson team member Lindsey Schultz explained, “The tall slender column element had cantilevering portions that created the curves of the statue and required some creative problem-solving. We used our knowledge of structural engineering and experience from previous CANstruction structures to make it happen.”
May 15, 2015 – On May 20, Elizabeth Manning of MBJ’s Preservation Engineering Group will be presenting a paper at the 12th North American Masonry Conference in Denver, CO, May 17-20. Her paper, co-authored with Luis F. Ramos and Francisco M. Fernandes is entitled “Indirect Sonic Wave Velocity in Masonry Under Compressive Stress.” Sonic pulse velocity testing is a widely used non-destructive test method in the investigation of unreinforced historic masonry structures. The relationship between the sonic velocity in masonry and the compressive stress level in the masonry is being studied at the University of Minho in Portugal, where Elizabeth is a PhD candidate. Her presentation reports and describes results of indirect sonic velocity tests performed on masonry wallets as they were compressed to different stress levels. The full paper is available upon request after the conference by e-mailing Elizabeth at email@example.com.