AIA MN Honor Awards

December 11, 2013 – We congratulate the 2013 AIA Minnesota Honor Award winners and are pleased to have served as structural engineer of record on three of the winning projects: U.S. Land Port of Entry in Van Buren, Maine (Julie Snow Architects), the Weitz Center for Creativity at Carleton College, Northfield, MN (Meyer Scherer Rockcastle), and the Hall Residence, Duluth, MN (Salmela Architect).

Kurt Kindermann Joins MBJ

November 21, 2013 – Meyer Borgman Johnson welcomes Kurt Kindermann, PE, SE, LEED AP, as Director of Engineering in our Phoenix, Arizona, office. Kurt takes on a strong management role here at MBJ that includes team and project leadership, structural design and oversight, quality control, proposal writing, and client care. Having worn many hats throughout his 28-year career, he brings a wealth of experience spanning his days starting out as a project engineer and firm associate to several top tier leadership positions, including principal/chief engineer and principal/business development of a national structural design firm. He has led structural teams on multi-phased, complex projects, mentored and trained staff working in a 3D digital environment, helped define design standards, and forged new business opportunities and partnerships to help grow his company.

As a licensed engineer with a master of science in construction management and a wide variety of project experience, Kurt understands the overall project from early structural input through construction to occupancy and the life cycle issues that follow. His major projects include The Mesa Arts Center, Arizona State University (ASU) Polytechnic Academic Buildings, ASU Hassayampa Academic Village, ASU ISTB 4 Laboratory Research Facility, Northern Arizona University Health and Learning Center, semiconductor manufacturing facilities, and the Phoenix Fire Training Academy.

Contact Kurt at or 480 747 6737.

Jerod Hoffman Speaks at PSSC 2013

November 4, 2013 – Jerod Hoffman, PE, spoke at the 2013 Pacific Structural Steel Conference held in Singapore on October 11. Addressing an international audience and focusing on steel construction, Jerod described how building information modeling (BIM) increasingly is being leveraged in the United States as a tool for speedier and more cost-effective project delivery during construction phases. The main focus of his presentation was how to move from using BIM in traditional silos to something Jerod calls “Integrated BIM,” which can be considered a subset of integrated project delivery (IPD).

Jerod is a licensed professional engineer and a principal at Meyer Borgman Johnson. He leads the firm’s efforts to leverage BIM as a tool for speedier and more efficient project delivery in the areas of digital joist procurement, steel frame and connection design, light gauge design, and BIM models with construction level detailing.

Read Jerod’s paper.
Review the conference website.

MBJ Names New Associates

November 15, 2013—Chris Hartnett, Ryan Hopeman, and Matthew Smith have been named associates of the firm, a position of leadership embodying MBJ’s culture and values. All three are licensed professional engineers in Minnesota, as well as other states. They have achieved technical excellence and exhibited strong managerial capabilities, performing a variety of roles that include project manager, design engineer, and lead engineer.

Chris Hartnett, PE, LEED AP
Through years of research, study, and experience, Chris has gained a keen knowledge of old buildings, archaic materials, and historic structural methods, which he uses to help clients restore and adaptively reuse historic structures. Chris leads our Preservation Engineering Group, mentoring others within the firm and sharing his knowledge as a speaker at national conferences. He serves on the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission and the International Existing Building Code Committee.

Ryan Hopeman, PE, SE, LEED AP
Ryan is skilled with many types of structural systems covering a range of market segments, bringing to his projects a unique set of problem-solving skills, sometimes honed in international arenas such as Central America, the Middle East, and Africa. His experience includes design team participation on high-rise projects up to 80 stories, as well as K-12, commercial, higher education, medical, and residential projects. Ryan’s strong project leadership and BIM skills make him an excellent resource for clients and coworkers.

Matthew Smith, PE
Matt touches many aspects of our practice. Whether he is working with our Preservation Engineering Group, our MSP Airport aviation team, or on office, government, or medical projects, Matt benefits clients and coworkers alike with his knowledge and research abilities. Since joining the firm, he has contributed as a leader of MBJ’s Revit training program, developing standards and training curriculum for staff and mentoring individuals in the use of an array of 3D modeling and analytic software.

Arts Center Wins PAM Award

August 29, 2013 – As structural engineer for the Weitz Center of Creativity at Carleton College, we are pleased the project has been recognized by the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota as one of ten projects to receive an
annual award. The LEED Gold project reuses a 1910 building that had functioned as a middle school to create a new space for performing and visual arts, including classrooms, cinema, dance studio, a museum, and other spaces.

Read more about our preservation engineering services.

Hartnett Elected to HPC

August 27, 2013 – Chris Hartnett, leader of MBJ’s preservation engineering group, has been elected to the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission. The HPC is a citizen advisory body to the Minneapolis City Council that meets twice a month to hear from the public and discuss preservation matters within Minneapolis.

Read more about our historic preservation services.
See examples of our historic preservation projects.

Saving the Bell Tower

Saving the Bell Tower

August 27, 2013 – Meyer Borgman Johnson’s role in restoring the bell tower at House of Hope Presbyterian church was recently highlighted in an article in Finance and Commerce. Read the article.

Read more about our historic preservation services.


MBJ Designs Duluth Tower

August 12, 2013 – Meyer Borgman Johnson was recently chosen as part of an A/E team, led by RSP Architects, to help design a new 15-story tower in Duluth, Minnesota. The $80 million dollar project is a private-public joint venture between its developers, 425 Project Partners, and the City of Duluth. Maurices will be the main tenant of the 300,000 square foot office building, which is expected to be complete by August 2015. Construction of a 600-vehicle parking structure, owned by the City, could begin in December 2013. Read more here.

Thanks to Charity Donors

April 18, 2013 – During the last week of March, Meyer Borgman Johnson staff participated in a week long campaign to raise funds for Minnesota FoodShare and Sharing and Caring Hands. We are especially grateful to those who so generously donated items for our silent auction and helped us exceed our contribution goal this year. Many thanks to the following donors:

Brendan Daly – Coordinated Business Systems
Tom Ditty – Superior Consulting Services
Meghan Elliott – Preservation Design Works
Luke Frederickson – High Point Networks
Stephen Glasper – Brookside Barbers
Ellen Haberman – Brookside Barbers
Michelle Kidder – Pro Staff
Krysta Larson
Jack Montgomery
Dallas Oldre – Associated Financial Group
Irene Peterson
Ray Rogers – Lyon’s Pub
Julie Sager – CES Imaging
Grant Strom – Managed Design
Matt Thomas


Hartnett To Speak at ACI

February 26, 2013 – As part of the American Concrete Institute’s Spring 2013 Convention, April 14-16, Chris Hartnett, PE, structural engineer and leader of Meyer Borgman Johnson’s preservation engineering group, will speak on the history of grain elevators. Two of MBJ’s preservation projects, House of Hope Presbyterian Church Bell Tower, St. Paul, and Washburn Crosby Elevator No. 1, Minneapolis, will also be featured as part of a self-guided tour sponsored by the convention.

House of Hope is a Gothic structure originally designed in 1914 by Ralph Adams Cram. Repair of the church’s bell tower, which had been damaged by water infiltration, involved deconstruction of its decorative structures and
the use of supplementary reinforced concrete walls and columns to provide lateral support for more than 1300 stone pieces. Harnett was the structural engineer on the project.

The Washburn Crosby Elevator No. 1 project consisted of extensive stabilization of the elevator and replacement of the bin roof with precast concrete panels. The original structure was built in 1906-1908 by Haglin-Stahr
Company of Minneapolis, using a patented slip-form method to construct its 15 reinforced elevator bins. The No. 1 Elevator is now part of the Mill City Museum and owned by the Minnesota Historical Society.