Murphy featured in U of M Publication

May 6, 2020 — MBJ CEO Dan Murphy, PE, was recently profiled in the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering Spring 2020 publication. More than a chronicle of Dan’s career, “Shaping A Positive Future” is a statement about his strong desire and commitment to mentoring the next generation of structural engineers, based on the positive experience of his early career mentoring relationship with firm founder John Meyer.

During Dan’s 46-year career at MBJ, he has accomplished a great deal for the firm, leading its growth from a single office to five U.S. offices with over 100 people, expediting the firm’s technological transition from paper and pencil to digital design, and expanding its reach nationally and internationally. His passion for passing on to younger engineers all he has learned is summed up in this statement from the article: “Structural engineers build our communities and supply what our communities need from healthcare to education, from business to historic preservation, from housing to hospitality. It is easy to develop a passion for our work because the outcomes are so rewarding and satisfying. I am passionate about our profession and sharing what I’ve learned with others.” Click here to read the entire “Shaping A Positive Future” article.

MBJ Phoenix Team Aces ACE

March 2, 2020 – Meyer Borgman Johnson (MBJ) has been involved with the ACE Mentor Program for more than a decade as well as with the founding of regional affiliate programs in Phoenix and Minneapolis, so it was with a joyous spirit that MBJ volunteer mentors Victoria Flys and Ivy Blumer celebrated their students, who took top honors for best project at the Phoenix Area ACE Mentorship Program Final Showcase last week (February 27). Congratulations to the winning students, who will apply to the national ACE showcase later this year to present their project!

Parents, faculty, and other members of the A/E/C community joined students and mentors at the event to acknowledge the 9 participating teams and their diligent work in developing their projects and presentations over the preceding months. MBJ volunteer Lindsey Schultz, who has been involved with ACE for more than 10 years, led the event as Program Chair. The evening saw a total of $30,000 in scholarships awarded to students.

Coming up on March 4, MBJ volunteer mentors in Minneapolis, Kate Ranade and Brittany Shotwell, will cheer their students on as they present their final projects in front of peers, mentors, and judges at a similar event. The ACE Twin Cities Student Competition will bring together 14 schools, 60 mentors, and 100 students. MBJ’s Saura Jost, longtime member, past mentor, and current executive board member, will be judging the competition. This year’s challenge for each of the 14 Twin Cities area teams was to design a hypothetical Gastronomic Center located near downtown St. Paul. We are looking forward to congratulating the winner!

Learn more about the national program and how to get involved.

Learn more about the ACE Phoenix affiliate.

Learn more about the ACE Twin Cities affiliate.

Lindsey Schultz ENR Top Professional

December 9, 2019 – Lindsey Schultz, a structural engineer and MBJ’s Office Leader in Phoenix, was recently selected as one of Engineering News Record Southwest’s 2020 Top Young Professionals. ENR’s goal was to seek out the “Best-of-the-Best” young professionals in the construction and design industry and has recognized Lindsey for her leadership, community involvement, and career progress.

Lindsey has worked on some of MBJ’s most prominent projects in the Southwest, including Northern State University Recital Hall, Mayo Clinic East Expansion, Nevitt Elementary School, City of Gilbert Safety and Training Facility, and Arizona State University Sun Devils Stadium. Outside of work, she has mentored youth in the past 11 years through the ACE Mentor Program of America, an after school program that introduces youth to careers in architecture, construction, and engineering.

We are proud and fortunate to have Lindsey on our team. She inspires all of us at MBJ with her passion and positive attitude to go that extra mile.

Thomas speaks at 2019 NCSEA Conf

November 22, 2019 — Matt Thomas, PE, principal and technical director of Meyer Borgman Johnson (MBJ), presented at the 2019 Structural Engineering Summit for the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) on Wednesday, November 13 in Anaheim, California.

His presentation, “Lateral Analysis Overview / A Closer Look at Lateral Load Path”, centered around helping younger structural engineers better comprehend the theory, principles, and real-world examples of lateral analysis.

NCSEA’s vision is to be recognized as the leading advocate for the practice of structural engineering and serves the needs of the structural engineering profession, its clientele, as well as architects, building code authorities, contractors, developers, licensing and registration boards, legislatures and regulatory agencies, professional and trade organizations, and public news media.

Matt has worked in structural engineering consulting for over 21 years. His experience as a structural engineer on the west coast prior to joining MBJ included structural design and detailing requirements for high seismic regions and his portfolio of projects includes educational, hospitality, medical, commercial office and existing building renovations. As a principal and technical director, Matt oversees MBJ’s standards development and implementation and is involved with the firm’s quality assurance and quality control processes.

Hoffman To Present in Tokyo, Japan

November 7, 2019 — Jerod Hoffman, PE, president and senior principal of Meyer Borgman Johnson (MBJ), will speak about Building Information Modeling (BIM) software and integrated steel design processes at the Pacific Structural Steel Conference (PSSC) 2019 conference on Saturday, November 9 in Tokyo, Japan.

His presentation is titled “BIM to FAB: How Software and Integrated Processes Are Changing Steel Procurement in the USA.” Jerod will be joined by other experts in structural steel research, education, design and construction from around the world at the three-day conference held at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and organized by the Japanese Society of Steel Construction.

Jerod has over 24 years of experience as a structural engineer covering a broad range of structural design systems, materials, and delivery methods. With international expertise and a passion for steel delivery, Jerod has become a valued speaker at national and international conferences. A licensed professional engineer in seven U.S. states and three Canadian provinces, Jerod has led some of MBJ’s largest and most complex steel connection projects including the Minnesota Twins Baseball Stadium, Minneapolis, MN, Atlanta Braves Stadium, Atlanta, GA, Atlanta Falcons Stadium, site of the 2019 Super Bowl in Atlanta, GA, and multiple office buildings including two towers currently under construction in New York City.

 

MBJ Teaches at U of MN

September 11, 2019 – Passing on knowledge and mentoring others has always been an important element of structural engineering culture, and of MBJ’s culture, as well. This fall, as in the past, MBJ staff return to the university classroom to help instruct a new crop of architects, construction managers, and structural engineers. Nine of our staff will be teaching at the University of Minnesota on the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses.

In the Architecture Department, Twin Cities campus:
Meghan Cronin, EIT, is teaching ARCH 5561, Structures for Buildings.
Kirk Davis, PE, and Cat Johnson, EIT, are teaming up to teach ARCH 5564, Building Structural Systems.
Ryan Hopeman, PE, SE, and MBJ Murphy Curran, PE, are also serving as structural studio advisors for ARCH 5564.

In the Construction Management Department, Twin Cities campus:
Cullen O’Neill, PE, is teaching CMgt 4544, Materials and Structures I, with the assistance of Andrew Reberg, PE.

In the Civil Engineering Department, Duluth campus:
Paul Johnson, PE, and Ben Helmer, PE, will be advising students in Senior Design and will provide a one-hour lecture each semester on various topics in structural engineering for the Introduction to Civil Engineering class.

Finance & Commerce Awards

August 2, 2019 – We are pleased and grateful to have participated as structural engineer of record in ten of the forty Top Projects of 2018 announced by Finance and Commerce this year. Principal and CEO Dan Murphy, Principals Murphy Curran and Ryan Hopeman, and Marketing Manager Gary Sabart attended the awards ceremony on July 25 at the Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis. The ten winning projects are Berean Baptist Church, East End Apartments, Ecolab Global Headquarters, HQ Apartments, Hub on Campus Minneapolis, Mezzo, NordHaus, Osborn370, University of Minnesota Duluth Heikkila Chemistry and Advanced Materials Science Building (HCAMS), and University of Minnesota Tate Hall Renovation. Ecolab Global Headquarters also won the People’s Choice Award. Dan Murphy (middle right) and Murphy Curran (right) stood up to accept the award for Hub on Campus Minneapolis along with representatives of J. H. Findorff & Son, general contractor.

Rochester Office Relocates

June 21, 2019 – In February, our Rochester office relocated to 206 South Broadway, Suite 300, in the heart of downtown Rochester. To formally mark the event, Managing Principal Al Hiniker and staff of our Rochester office, Principals Jason Pederson and Brion Szwed from our Minneapolis office, and 12 ambassadors from the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce joined in a celebratory ribbon cutting ceremony on June 18. Because MBJ has been a frequent provider for projects at Mayo Clinic, our new location situates us to better serve Mayo, as well as our other clients working on Destination Medical Center (DMC) projects. One of those projects is the Biosciences Building at Discovery Square, which will open this year.

Hoffman to Share Connection Advances

April 2, 2019 — Jerod Hoffman, PE, president and senior principal of Meyer Borgman Johnson (MBJ), will speak about advancements in steel connection design and construction at the NASCC Conference on Friday, April 5 in St. Louis, MO.

Joining a small panel of steel connection design experts for the educational session, “Connection Dialogue”, Jerod will share experiences and insights in how improving the quality of steel connections can help reduce project costs and speed up construction. Discussions will focus on the value of data and collaboration to support a steel project’s positive delivery – from design to detailing to fabrication to erection.

NASCC: The Steel Conference offers more than 140 educational sessions and is the premier educational and networking event for the structural steel industry, bringing together structural engineers, structural steel fabricators, erectors, detailers, and architects.

Additionally, at the NASCC Conference, Jerod will serve as moderator for several educational sessions, Dan Murphy, PE, CEO and senior principal of MBJ will present “Ethical Cultures of High-Performance Organizations”, and MBJ will have an exhibition booth, Booth #1531.

Jerod has over 24 years of experience as a structural engineer covering a broad range of structural design systems, materials, and delivery methods. With international expertise and a passion for steel delivery, Jerod has become a valued speaker at national and international conferences. A licensed professional engineer in seven U.S. states and three Canadian provinces, Jerod has led some of MBJ’s largest and most complex steel connection projects including the Minnesota Twins Baseball Stadium, Minneapolis, MN, Atlanta Braves Stadium, Atlanta, GA, Atlanta Falcons Stadium, site of the 2019 Super Bowl in Atlanta, GA, and multiple office buildings including two towers currently in design in New York City.

Dan Murphy presents at NASCC

March 19, 2019 — Dan Murphy, PE, CEO and senior principal of Meyer Borgman Johnson (MBJ), will be speaking at the upcoming NASCC Conference on Wednesday, April 3 in St. Louis, MO. The topic of his presentation is “Ethical Cultures of High-Performance Organizations.” Ethical breaches are reported daily in the media, and design and construction professionals face challenges of operating ethically every day. The educational session will explore the basics of ethical behavior and the benefits that can be enjoyed by individuals and firms that develop a strong ethical culture.

NASCC: The Steel Conference offers more than 140 educational sessions and is the premier educational and networking event for the structural steel industry, bringing together structural engineers, structural steel fabricators, erectors, detailers, and architects.

Additionally, Jerod Hoffman, PE, president and principal of MBJ will serve as a moderator at the NASCC Conference and MBJ will have an exhibition booth, Booth #1531.

Dan has over 40 years of experience as a structural engineer encompassing a broad range of structural design systems, materials, and delivery methods. A principal of MBJ since 1982 and a licensed professional engineer in 20 states, Dan has led some of the firm’s largest and most complex projects including the Kraus-Anderson Block Development and University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, both in Minneapolis, MN, multiple office buildings, hotels, and residential towers, including the 41-story Alia tower currently in design. He is a past National Director of the American Council of Engineering Companies, past President of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota and a past board member of ACE Mentor Program of America.