Huber Speaks at NASCC

April 19, 2018 — Matt Huber, PE, spoke at the recent NASCC conference in Baltimore, MD, on April 11. The topic of his presentation was “Delegated Connection Design- Best Practices to Promote the Steel Industry.” Delegated connection design is a widely accepted and encouraged design practice in the steel design industry. Used skillfully, it results in a deliverable that benefits all parties by giving EORs control over the final structural product and fabricators the flexibility they need to deliver an efficient, cost-effective package. In his presentation, Matt analyzed common pitfalls in the use of delegated connection design, (which lead to more expensive structures, difficulties in construction, and delays in schedule) and best delegated connection design practices to combat these perils.

Matt leads the firm’s fabricator steel group of 35 connection design engineers. He has been delivering projects using a delegated connection design model for more than 10 years and is an expert in both the American steel codes, AISC-360 (LRFD/ASD), and the Canadian steel code, CSA Design of Steel Structures.

MBJ Joins U of M Consortium

March 20, 2018 – Meyer Borgman Johnson is pleased to be the first structural engineering design firm to join the University of Minnesota’s Consortium for Research Practices, a medium for the exchange of knowledge among firms, faculty, and students. Consortium members develop shared research with MS-RP students guided by university faculty and practicing professionals through their academic and internship experience. The Consortium also seeks to address a broad range of societal concerns by becoming a catalyst for culture change in regard to sustainable design, diversity, design value, and many other important issues facing today’s design and construction community.

Find out more about the Consortium.

MBJ Staff Teach at U of M

March 5, 2018 – Several of MBJ’s staff are currently teaching as adjunct instructors at the University of Minnesota.

Twin Cities Campus
Cullen O’Neill, PE, has been an instructor at the University since 2014. He currently teaches CMgt 4544: Materials and Structures I, a class he helped create for the Construction Management Department.

Jason Cook, PE, SE, co-teaches CMgt 4545: Materials and Structures II, the partner course to CMgt 4544. Next spring, he will be teaching the class solo.

Saura Jost, PE, began as an instructor for the Architecture Department in 2016. She is currently teaching ARCH 4571 Architectural Structures I, a class typically taken by architecture students in their junior year.

Ryan Hopeman, PE, SE, teaches ARCH 5564: Building Tech 4: Structures II, a graduate level class in the Architecture Department. Murphy Curran, PE, a former adjunct instructor at the University, assists Ryan in this class.

Duluth Campus
In our Duluth office, Paul Johnson, PE, Craig Bursch, PE, and Ben Helmer, PE, teach a one-hour lecture per semester on both licensure and structural engineering to students in the CE1025: Intro to Civil Engineering class.

Paul Johnson Speaks at UMD

February 26, 2018 – On February 16, Paul Johnson, manager of MBJ’s Duluth office and chair of the University of Minnesota-Duluth Civil Engineering Department Industry Advisory Board, gave a presentation to civil engineering faculty and graduate students on the new Heikkila Chemical and Advanced Materials Science building (CAMS), currently under construction on campus. Speaking to future structural engineers, Paul described the CAMS project from a structural perspective, based on his experience as project manager for MBJ’s structural design team. In his talk, Paul described the selection and design of structural systems and MBJ’s response to a variety of building challenges, including economical/constructible methods of placing building foundations around an existing steam tunnel through the site, and accommodating numerous vertical penetrations of the primary structure for mechanical/electrical systems. The CAMS building is scheduled for completion in December 2018.

MBJ Joins Tall Building Council

February 16, 2018 – MBJ is now a member of The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, a world-wide organization that brings together tall building experts in one online meeting place where they can share ideas, research, experiences, and outcomes with each other. MBJ joins colleagues in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, and many other regions of the world in a cross-cultural dialogue that helps us grow in our knowledge of urban living and tall structures. You can find out more about the council here.

Glass and Steel

January 30, 2018 – Meyer Borgman Johnson provided erection engineering for a small but spectacular glass and steel pavilion featured in Modern Steel Construction’s January 2018 issue. Set at the front of 100 Federal Street in Boston’s financial district, the structure creates a light-filled entrance to the building. Commissioned by steel fabricator Cives Steel Company – New England Division, MBJ modeled erection sequences, shoring, and lateral bracing, analyzing wind loads for every day of the project throughout the 6-week construction phase. Read the article here.

AIA Honor Awards Announced

November 17, 2017 – Congratulations to all of the 2017 AIA Minnesota Honor Award winners, announced yesterday. According to the AIA press release, 87 projects were submitted for consideration and 13 selected by an awards jury made up of four out-of-state judges. As structural engineers on four of the winning projects, we feel honored to have been chosen to serve on the teams that won for Deloia Residence, Duluth, and Hyytinen Cabin, St. Louis County, with Salmela Architect, and for Lofts at Mayo Park, Rochester, and Straight River Northbound Safety Rest Area, Owatonna, with Snow Kreilich. Winning projects will be acknowledged at the annual AIA Minnesota Awards Dinner on December 8.

Kathleen John on Talent Management

November 3, 2017 – Kathleen John, Principal and Operations Director at MBJ, participated with colleagues from two other design firms in a panel discussion about talent management. Kathleen’s message stressed the importance of an engaged and accessible leadership that stands side by side with young professionals, mentoring them not only in the development of technical competence, but, just as importantly, helping them to understand ours and our clients’ business models and to advance their social/client skills.

The interview, which was conducted by DesignIntelligence magazine, can be read in its entirety here.

Sun Devil Stadium Tour

September 18, 2017 – On September 20, Kurt Kindermann and Lindsey Schultz will give a presentation on the construction process of the newly renovated Sun Devil Stadium at the Arizona American Concrete Institute’s fall kick-off meeting. The event and tour will take place at the stadium on the Arizona State University campus from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM (MST). MBJ provided engineering services for an initial condition assessment of the stadium, the newly constructed south end zone seating (Phase 1), and a 3-story, 85,000 square foot student athletic facility for performance enhancement and training, tucked into and expanding out from the new north end zone (Phase 2).

Find out more about attending Kurt and Lindsey’s presentation at AZ ACI’s web site.

Pederson Speaks on Lean Design

September 11, 2017 – Jason Pederson recently participated as a panelist presenter at the annual Upper Midwest Lean Construction Institute Workshop, sharing themes of Meyer Borgman Johnson’s lean journey with an audience of design professionals, contractors, fabricators, and academics. During the first half of the presentation, speakers shared their experiences of using lean processes to enhance projects and described the integration of lean thinking into their firms’ practices. The second half of the event was a structured brainstorming exercise to gain further understanding of how the community sees waste in the design process and what can be done about it.

Jason has led MBJ’s lean thinking initiatives for 7+ years, guiding the alignment of the firm’s culture while integrating practical applications of lean methods within the design and construction industry. He is a member of the nationally-based Lean Construction Institute, as well as an active participant with the regional LCI Upper Midwest Community of Practice.