Jason Pederson BOMA Panelist

12/22/2011 – Associate Principal Jason Pederson, PE, spoke as part of a six-person panel at the BOMA  (Building Owners and Managers Association) Seminar on December 6, 2011. Pederson joined other industry leaders to discuss integrated project delivery and building information modeling systems applied specifically to facility management and covering concerns such as preventive maintenance, cost estimation, and life cycle management. The goal of the presentation was to explain systems and help participants choose those applications that work best for their properties.

New Associate Principals

12/19/2011 – Jason Pederson, PE, and Matt Thomas, PE, SE, have been named Associate Principals at Meyer Borgman Johnson. As firm leaders, the two have helped shape the firm’s business strategy, operations, and technical processes. As project managers, they have developed a wide network of client and colleague relationships. MBJ is proud of their accomplishments as professional structural engineers, business people, and representatives of the firm.

A licensed professional engineer with 15 years of experience, Jason Pederson joined MBJ in 2005. His major projects with MBJ include the $75 million Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix and the Brushaber Commons student center at Bethel University in St. Paul, both award-winning projects. Since 2006, he has implemented the firm’s vision for integrating 3D (BIM) technologies into practice, including the transition to Revit Structure as MBJ’s primary production platform. As MBJ has grown, Jason has also worked with both staff and leaders to assess firm strengths, work toward the alignment of strategic goals and values, and foster a learning culture throughout the organization. Jason holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Matt Thomas joined MBJ in 2002, bringing technical expertise and organizational skills that have put him at the center of standards development and quality control processes. Matt’s portfolio of projects includes a wide variety of structure types, both large and small, in many different market segments, including educational, hospitality, medical, and commercial markets. He most recently led the structural team on one of MBJ’s most technically challenging projects, the $200 million St. Cloud Hospital addition in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Matt is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Minnesota and both a licensed professional engineer and licensed structural engineer in California. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University.

Paul Johnson Helps NDSU Students

10/23/2011 – Firm Associate Paul Johnson, PE, of Meyer Borgman Johnson’s Duluth office had the opportunity to help North Dakota State University students design a low-energy demonstration cabin that meets Passive House criteria this past year. A record of the project’s design and construction will soon be published as a book. To assist the NDSU Design Build Studio students, Paul provided consultation on the size of members of the building and connections for the shade structure. They also reviewed and commented on design options presented by the students and reviewed final drawings. The completed structure was part of the Eco-Experience exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair in August 2011.

Find out more about the Passive House project at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Eco Experience web page. Learn more about the Design-Build Studio at NDSU.

Elliott Speaks at AIA MN Convention

11/29/2011 – MBJ Associate Meghan Elliott, P.E., Associate AIA, recently spoke at the Minnesota AIA Convention in November, taking part in a three-person panel discussion entitled “Construction History: An Integrative Approach to Practice and History.” Meghan presented a case study that focused on early slip form construction of grain elevators. Approximately 200 people signed up to hear the presentation.

New Staff at MBJ

10/26/2011 – Meyer Borgman Johnson is pleased to welcome to our staff recently hired structural engineers Jessica Bradley, EIT, Richard Elsner, PE, Matthew Hogen, EIT, Anthony Litecky, PE, and James Moran, PE, structural technicians David Mueller and Nathaniel Simmons, and structural intern Cullen O’Neill.

MBJ Announces New Associates

10/11/2011 – Meyer Borgman Johnson has named Craig Hass, PE (Minneapolis), Andrew Huseman, PE (Phoenix), and Ross Turner, PE (Minneapolis) associates of the firm.  A vital part of MBJ’s leadership team, associates represent MBJ’s culture and values and must demonstrate excellent technical, management, and communication capabilities. The three are recognized for these strengths, as well as for their contributions to the firm as team leaders.

Craig Haas is a specialist in steel connection design. Andy Huseman is an award-winning structural engineer with special expertise in seismic and roof framing design and concrete repair. Ross Turner has more than thirty years of experience as a structural engineer and is a contributor to the Minnesota State Building Code on wind load criteria.

Hoffman Speaks at Tekla Conference

9/20/2011 – On August 13, Jerod Hoffman, PE, was part of a panel discussion at the Tekla North American Users Group held in Las Vegas. The presentation, entitled Pushing BIM to Its Potential, explored how Meyer Borgman Johnson and three other firms used BIM to engage the supply chain and optimize construction of projects. Industry trends and the variety of ways in which BIM technology is currently being adopted to bring greater value to the project were points of discussion.

As part of AISC’s Steel Day on September 23, Jerod will be giving a webinar that provides an overview of Tekla and describes MBJ’s revolutionary, super-fast digital joist procurement process.

Hoffman Presents Steel Day Webinar

9/7/2011 – As part of this year’s AISC-sponsored Steel Day celebration on September 23, firm principal Jerod Hoffman, PE, will be reaching out to a national audience via a webinar on steel joist procurement using an integrated project delivery (IPD) process. He will discuss a revolutionary BIM-enabled improvement to the joist and steel procurement process that maintains a hard bid and reduces the time period between bid and installation. Points covered during the webinar will include tools used, schedule, and coordination among the team disciplines. Using project examples, he will elaborate on the use of IPD to significantly reduce the time from award of joist package to return of approved shop drawings and calculations and demonstrate how accurate joist information has enabled MBJ to identify and resolve design issues.

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Elliott Speaks at Two AIA Conventions

9/7/2011 – Firm Associate Meghan Elliott, PE, Associate AIA, will be speaking this week at the North Carolina American Institute of Architects 2011 convention to be held in Raleigh, NC, September 7-10. Her presentation entitled “Construction History: An Integrated Approach to Design and Practice” is a three-person panel discussion with Dr. Lee Gary, Associate Dean at UNC Charlotte School of Architecture and Don Friedman, principal at Old Structures Engineering. Meghan’s portion of the talk will focus on the structural design and practices of American structural engineer C.A.P. Turner as exhibited in the buildings of Minneapolis’s Warehouse District. Meghan also will be speaking at the upcoming AIA Minnesota Annual Convention, scheduled for November 8-11, 2011.

Dan Murphy on PAM Awards Jury

7/12/2011 – MBJ principal Dan Murphy, PE, was a juror for this year’s Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM) annual Minnesota Preservation Awards. Murphy and four other jurors met on July 7 to evaluate and select the winning projects, groups, and individuals to be honored at the Awards ceremony on September 29, 2001. In the past, as well as in recent years, Murphy has served as principal in charge on many historically sensitive projects, including the W Hotel Foshay, and the Westin Hotel, an adaptive reuse of the Farmers and Merchants Bank. To purchase tickets and learn more about the Minnesota Preservation Awards ceremony, visit http://www.mnpreservation.org/programs/minnesota-preservation-awards/.