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.

41-Story Eleven Gets Green Light

November 6, 2018 – On October 15 the Minneapolis Planning Commission approved a new 41-story condominium tower on Minneapolis’ downtown riverfront. As structural engineer of record on the project, we are very pleased to see plans for the tallest residential building in Minnesota move forward. Construction is scheduled to begin as early as 2019. Find out more about the Eleven project and MBJ’s involvement with mid- and high-rise construction projects at CTBUH (Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat).

MBJ at SAHC Peru

September 25, 2018 – Elizabeth Manning, PhD, and Kevin Vazquez, MSc, each spoke at the 2018 Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions (SAHC) conference held in Cusco, Peru, on September 11-13. Kevin spoke on “Structural Upgrade of Steel Stub Girders” and Elizabeth’s topic was “Numerical Modeling of Single Tube-Jack and Flat-Jack Tests in an Unreinforced Masonry Wall with a Regular Typology.”

While in Peru, which is located in a high seismic zone, Elizabeth and Kevin had the opportunity to visit a handful of historical sites both from pre-Columbian and colonial periods where they learned about construction techniques, materials, and strengthening methodologies used in that area of the world. Two of the locations they visited are shown below, Ollantaytambo (left) and Machu Picchu (right), both Incan archaeological sites.

SAHC is a bi-annual, international conference dedicated to the “sharing and dissemination of research and practice, as well as networking…The theme of the conference [was] “An Interdisciplinary Approach” which emphasizes the importance of the involvement of a variety of disciplines in the task of conserving and restoring heritage buildings.”

Proceedings of the conference may be purchased here.

If you would like to read their individual papers, please e-mail Kevin or Elizabeth at kvazquez@mbjeng.com or emanning@mbjeng.com.

ENR Best Project Grady Gammage

September 20, 2018 – We are honored to have been the structural engineer of record on the ASU Grady Gammage Auditorium renovation, recently recognized by ENR Southwest magazine as the 2018 Best Project in the Culture category. Other team mates were lead design architect RSP, CORE Construction, and Henderson Engineers. See all the winning projects here.

Steel This Book

September 12, 2018 – The September issue of Modern Steel Construction features Temple University’s new library in an article entitled “Steel This Book.” Although not mentioned in the article, MBJ provided all the delegated connections for this very challenging project, which you can read about here.

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.