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MBJ Teaches at UMN

September 8, 2021 – As in years past, MBJ engineers are returning to the University of Minnesota this year to teach classes in structural engineering for both the Architecture and Construction Management Departments. Our engineers are excited to pass on their theoretical and practical knowledge gained through experience in their field. Teaching this year are:

Cullen O’Neill, PE – Instructor for CMgt 4544, Materials and Structures I, Fall 2021
Marah Sobczak, EIT – Teaching Assistant for CMgt 4544, Materials and Structures I, Fall 2021
Meghan Cronin, PE – Instructor for ARCH 4571, Architectural Structures I, Fall 2021
Saura Jost, PE – Instructor for ARCH 5561, Architectural Structures, Spring 2022
Cat Lumintap, EIT – Instructor for ARCH 5564, Building Structural Systems, Fall 2021
J.W. Murphy Curran, PE, SE – Studio Advisor for ARCH 5564, Building Structural Systems, Fall 2021
Lindsey Lyrenmann, PE, SE – Studio Advisor for ARCH 5564, Building Structural Systems, Fall 2021

Staff are shown below in the order mentioned above.

USS AZ Gardens ENR Winner

August 18, 2021 – MBJ is honored to have been the structural engineer of record on the USS Arizona Memorial Gardens, which has won a Best Projects award from Engineering News Record Southwest in the Landscape/Urban Development category. The 5-acre memorial, dedicated to the crew of the USS Arizona, takes its form and dimensions from the original ship and is delineated by lit columns representing each of the crew members. At the center of the gardens is a building that houses a 4800 pound relic of the ship, surrounded by a plaza and reflecting pool.

To learn more about the memorial, click here.

Jost Interviewed on ACE Mentorship

August 12, 2021 – MBJ ACE champion Saura Jost recently participated in a podcast panel discussion about ACE and its benefits to both employers and students. A Twin Cities ACE board member and longtime ACE mentor, Saura talked about how the Twin Cities program has expanded to draw more mentors and include more students as well as how businesses can get involved. Other guest speakers were Monica Worheide, National Director of Affiliates, and Khalil Berryhill, Regional director and former mentor and student.

ACE is a free mentorship program that introduces high school students to the fields of architecture, construction, and engineering. The program also awards $2.5 million in annual scholarships to students pursuing industry related careers.

The podcast, called ilume, is produced by Kraus-Anderson Insurance and can be found on KA’s web site as well as iTunes, Spotify, or Amazon Music.

Protective Design is Here

July 1, 2021 – We are excited to announce the addition of Protective Design to MBJ’s growing repertoire of specialty service offerings. Our expert team has deep experience in strategic planning, site and building protection, ATFP, explosive safety, and progressive collapse, across a broad range of threat and accident scenarios. Whether your project requires stand-alone or supplemental service, we are here to deliver Protective Design solutions that meet your unique needs. Please contact Cullen O’Neill at for more information.

Kuehn Elected MNSEA YMG Chair

May 12, 2021 – At MBJ we are passionate about helping structural engineering students and new engineers grow in their chosen profession, so we are very pleased to announce that MBJ’s Morgan Kuehn, P.E., was recently elected as Chair of the Minnesota Structural Engineers Association (MNSEA) Younger Member Group (YMG). Prior to becoming Chair, Morgan was active as a MNSEA member and served as YMG Student Liaison. In 2020, she participated as part of a presentation panel in a live webinar for “budding engineers” on how to effectively begin their structural engineering career, which can be viewed here: Structural Engineering: First Year of Your Career. MNSEA YMG provides opportunities for professional growth, networking, and continuing education. Find out more here.

Borchers Speaks at AIA Materials Matter

April 14, 2021 – Eric Borchers, PE, will be presenting in the upcoming AIA MN Materials Matter – Session 3: Tools of the Trade: Assessment + Implementation program on April 21, 2021. As part of the morning session on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), with presenters Kate Simonen (CLF), Meghan Lewis (CLF), and Justin Schwarzhoff (LMN), Eric will present case studies of LCA used in practice to influence teams towards lower embodied carbon design choices.

Click here to find out more information about learning objectives, continuing education credits, and other details.

Curran Is BD+C 40 Under 40

January 28, 2021 – We congratulate MBJ principal Murphy Curran, who was recently honored as one of BD+C’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2020. Murphy joined MBJ in 2011 and in 2018 became the firm’s youngest Principal. Since becoming MBJ’s Business Development Director, Murphy has tripled the firm’s annual revenue. He has worked on more than 30 award-winning projects, including Northrop Auditorium at the University of Minnesota, where he has also served as adjunct teaching faculty and structural studio advisor. Read more about Murphy and see a cool picture of him here.

Hopeman at Concrete Conference

December 31, 2020 – Ryan Hopeman, PE, SE, principal and practice director of Meyer Borgman Johnson (MBJ) presented earlier this month at the 70th Annual Concrete Conference sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s College of Continuing and Professional Studies and Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering, College of Science and Engineering.

Ryan presented with Luke Vollmer, PE from Ryan Companies on ELEVEN, the 43-story high-rise currently under construction in Minneapolis and slated to be Minnesota’s tallest residential building. Below is a presentation slide illustrating the structural complexities required to make the crown a reality of the Art Deco high-rise designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects and Ryan A+E. The Annual Concrete Conference offers educational and networking opportunities for practicing engineers, engineering faculty, consultants, contractors, and state and county agency employees.

Ryan has worked in structural engineering consulting for over 16 years and has specialized expertise with tall building design and buildings with complex programs. As Practice Director, Ryan’s experience with large projects and 3D digital software allows him to work collaboratively with the entire design team. His passion for engineering has led him to work with Engineers Without Borders in Honduras and as an adjunct instructor at the University of Minnesota.

MBJ AZ Office Moving!

November 2, 2020 – We’ve outgrown our office space in Arizona, so we’re moving to a new one! Please update your contact information, and as of November 2, you can post mail to us at 116 East University Drive, Suite 500, Tempe, AZ 85281. Please note that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, all of our staff are currently working from home. We hope to occupy our new office space in January of 2021. Our phone numbers remain the same.