Elliott Speaks at AIA MN and IA Conventions

11/17/2010 – Meghan Elliott, P.E., an Associate of Meyer Borgman Johnson, recently spoke at two regional AIA conventions, one in Des Moines, Iowa, (September 29 – October 1) and the other in Minneapolis, Minnesota, (November 2-5). At both conventions, she participated as one of a three-person panel leading a session entitled Construction History: An Integrative Approach to Practice & History. Discussing the unique four-way concrete slab system of nineteenth-century structural designer C.A.P. Turner, Elliott illustrated her talk by showing historic buildings representing Turner’s designs in the Minneapolis Warehouse District. Her co-panelists were Dr. Lee Gray, Associate Professor in the UNC-Charlotte School of Architecture and Associate Dean in the UNCC College and Thomas Leslie, AIA, Associate Professor of Architecture at Iowa State University.

An excerpt of Tom Leslie’s abstract for the presentation reads as follows: “This session will introduce the emerging discipline of Construction History and explain how it has broadened the study of architectural history by making new links to regional industry and traditions. Construction History has drawn a diverse group of architects, engineers, academics and preservationists; it suggests that the stories of building engineering, design, and construction are valid partners to the more established emphases on stylistic and cultural factors. This broader focus often ties buildings to regional economies and industries, showing how native materials and techniques often influence construction and design. This offers a more holistic understanding of historic structures and regional building traditions in North America.” Read Leslie’s comments about the Iowa presentation at architecturefarm.

Meghan Elliott is a structural engineer at Meyer Borgman Johnson, specializing in the historic preservation of buildings. For more information, contact her at 612 604 3651 or melliott@mbjeng.com.

MBJ Promotes Peterson and Curran to Associates of the Firm

10/27/2010—Meyer Borgman Johnson has named Irene Peterson, P.E., and Murphy Curran, P.E., associates of the firm. Both are licensed professional engineers and were promoted because of their outstanding leadership capabilities and service to clients.

Irene Peterson’s experience as structural engineer spans twenty-two years. Prior to joining MBJ in 2004, she worked at Dunham Associates, Minneapolis, for sixteen years, where she was a senior associate of the firm. At MBJ, her work has focused firm attention on developing relationships with medical facility managers and providing ongoing structural engineering services for area hospitals and clinics, including Fairview-Riverside and Methodist. As a member of the Twin Cities Healthcare Engineering Association, she remains current with engineering practices related to healthcare clients. In addition to her experience in the healthcare market, Peterson has also worked extensively on aviation, commercial, and education projects. She is currently project manager of structural engineering services on the Hennepin County Northeast Library in Minneapolis. Peterson’s leadership capabilities extend beyond the firm’s doors into the larger engineering community through her participation in a number of professional organizations, including the Council of American Engineers-Minnesota as Past President and Membership Committee Chair, the Structural Engineering Institute as a member of the Public Relations and Poster Committees, and the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations as a member of the Business Practice and Poster Committees. Peterson earned her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.

Murphy Curran serves a diverse group of clients. His most recent efforts have focused on higher education, biotechnology, corporate, and aviation market sectors. Recent projects include the University of Minnesota Folwell Hall rehabilitation, Medtronic and Surmodics expansions, Metropolitan Airports Commission ongoing projects, Wells Fargo, Lockheed Martin, and SEI Investments, among others. Curran came to MBJ from Thornton Tomasetti in 2006, where he worked for two years on stadium and arena projects. He holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from the University of Minnesota and is a member of the American Institute of Steel Construction, Council of American Structural Engineers MN, and Structural Engineering Association of New York. As an associate member of the American Institute of Architects-MN, he participated as a structural designer in the most recent AIA sponsored Skyway Golf Tournament held in Minneapolis.

Peterson and Curran may be contacted, respectively, at (612) 604-3639 or ipeterson@mbjeng.com and (612) 604-3623 or mcurran@mbjeng.com.

Eight Structural Engineers and Technician Newly Hired

10/26/2010–Meyer Borgman Johnson welcomes recently hired structural engineers Marshall Abrahamson, PE, Jeffrey Anderson, EIT, Eric Corwin, PE, David Holten, PE, SE, James Krzoska, PE, Jeff Lazar, PE, Mike Nelson, EIT, and Douglass Woolf, PE, and technician Patrick Doss-Smith.

Elliott to Speak at Local and National AIA Conventions

8/23/10–Meghan Elliott, PE, will speak at both the AIA Minnesota and AIA Iowa conventions in fall 2010, as well as the national AIA convention, which will be held in New Orleans in the spring of 2011. Her presentation to the Construction History Society of America on May 21, 2010, entitled Square Buildings and Round Bars:  Reinforced Concrete Innovation in the Minneapolis Warehouse District led to the invitation to participate in the three conventions, where she will speak as part of a three-person panel discussing construction history and its integration into architectural design. Meghan is an associate member of AIA and a structural specialist in historic building preservation at MBJ.

Hemstad Publishes Article in Modern Steel Construction Magazine

8/3/2010–The July 2010 issue of Modern Steel Construction magazine features a story about MBJ’s choice of steel framing for an office expansion project in Fargo, North Dakota. MBJ Associate Michael Hemstad’s article, entitled Growing an Office on the Plains, cites architectural design and climate as factors influencing the choice of steel and describes the design challenges of this fast track project. Read More (on page 30).

Polusny Presents to Virtual Design and Construction Committee

3/25/10–MBJ principal Tony Polusny spoke to the Virtual Design and Construction Committee of Phoenix AIA on March 18, 2010. His presentation, entitled Integrated Design & Shop Drawings Delivery: Upstream to Downstream Applications Using Tekla, discusses the benefits of an integrated design process, which include time/cost savings, enhanced communication, and fewer RFIs. If you are interested in learning more about this presentation, please contact us.