MBJ Promotes Hoffman and Polusny

10/22/2008–MBJ is pleased to announce that Tony Polusny and Jerod Hoffman, formerly associate principals of the firm, have joined Dan Murphy and Mike Ramerth as principals. Tony and Jerod have exhibited leadership and superior client relationship skills throughout their respective 11 and 14 years with MBJ, now culminating in their promotion.

Working from MBJ’s Minneapolis office, Jerod serves clients in the Upper Midwest and on the East Coast. Tony is in charge of MBJ’s Phoenix office, which was established in 2005. He works with clients in the Southwest and western states. MBJ is proud of their dedication to client service and the firm.

Duluth Office Promotion

9/25/2008–Craig Bursch, PE, SE, MBA, has been promoted to Associate for his technical and business leadership within MBJ and externally with MBJ’s clients.

A resident of Duluth, MN, Craig works as a structural engineer out of MBJ’s Duluth office. He has a strong background in heavy industrial projects, such as the Greens Creek Gold Mine reconditioning on Admiralty Island in Alaska and, recently, the addition to Minnesota Power’s Taconite Harbor Energy Center in Schroeder, MN.
Craig is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Duluth Engineers Club. He is also the co-author of “Structuring Science,” [8_UMD Swenson Science Bldg_Modern Steel Construction_Sept 2007.pdf] an article about the structural engineering of the University of Minnesota Duluth James I. Swenson Science Building, which ran in Modern Steel Construction, August, 2007.

Read Craig’s “6 Rules of Thumb for Structural Steel Design.”

MBJ Garners Five PAM Awards

9/25/2008–MBJ received five awards from the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota at their annual awards ceremony on Friday, September 19, 2008. The evening culminated in the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement award to John (Jack) E. Meyer, PE, structural engineer, former principal, and founder of MBJ for his contribution of more than fifty years of service to building preservation in Minnesota.

John has provided structural engineering and consulting services for many of Minnesota’s most important landmarks, helping to reclaim many historically significant structures for the continued use and enjoyment of future generations. Some of his most challenging restoration projects include the Landmark Center in St. Paul, Minneapolis City Hall, the Commandant’s House and Officers’ Quarters at Fort Snelling, and the Minnesota State Capitol.

Other awards received by MBJ were for UMN Ben Pomeroy Student / Alumni Learning Center (Adaptive Reuse Award), W Minneapolis – The Foshay (Adaptive Reuse Award), Marzario Warehouse / Monte’s Steakhouse, Faribault (Adaptive Reuse Award), Grace University Lutheran Church, Minneapolis (Addition/Expansion Award).

MBJ Arizona Ranked in Top Ten

3/13/2008–MBJ’s office in Phoenix was voted one of the top 10 structural engineers in Arizona. Last week “Ranking Arizona, the Best of Arizona Business 2008,” the largest business opinion poll in Arizona, published the results of its online voting that named MBJ to its top 10 list. MBJ was chosen out of 33 other contenders for a spot in the top 10, ranking 7th. “Ranking Arizona,” a publication of Arizona Business magazine, annually invites the general public to vote online for businesses in Arizona they consider to be the best. MBJ’s Phoenix office was established in April of 2005 with a staff of 4, but has since grown to 10. Current and recent Arizona projects include the Musical Instrument Museum, The Jet, Paloma Kyrene Business Community, and Boulders Resort Remodel.