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May 2024, Volume 78, Number 5
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8 Building Big for The Wooster Brush Company
Building Systems completes 600,000 SF facility for paint
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Highlighting notable industry events

1 Kristen Fantin (Schluter Systems), Aaron Huer (Pella/Gunton), Todd Westover (ORepSolutions) and Theresa DeVries (Diversified Spec Sales)

2 Cameron Carris (Ketchum Walton), Chris Bader (GPD Group), Josh Lyons (CESO Inc.) and Karen Bialosky (Pella/Gunton)

3 Chris Bader, Christian Luciano, Joel Lewis and Steve Heckman (GPD Group)

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The Akron chapter of American Institute of Architects (AIA Akron) and Akron-Canton chapter of Construction Specifications Institute (Akron-Canton CSI) recently joined forces for an evening of networking at Spins Bowl in Akron, sponsored by GPD Group. Attendees had a strikingly good time, forging new connections, reconnecting with old friends and enjoying some friendly competition on the bowling lanes.

BOMA Annual Topgolf Tournament

BOMA Greater Cleveland recently hosted its Topgolf Tournament for the second year in a row. More than 90 members and guests came to Topgolf Independence for a great evening full of friendly competition and camaraderie.

1 Dan Pfeiler (BELFOR), Austin Foote (Progressive), Laban Zurowski (Progressive) and Zack Jenkins (BELFOR)

2 Brad Butler (Keybank), Douglas Angel (Kimberly Clark), Tom DeMarco (M. Conley), David Tucker (Kimberly Clark), Tom Smith (200 Public Square) and Sarah O’Leary (200 Public Square)

3 Todd Fabian Jr., Dominic Rich, Nick Dominic, Chris White, Alexis Cox and Robin Bishop (Boak & Sons)

4 Taylor Strohmeyer and Craig Liebal (Diamond Roofing)

5 Wanda Brown and Jim Brown (Suntrol)

6 Alexis Cox (Boak & Sons) and Jordan DeJacimo (Diamond Roofing)

7 Tom Zverina and Kelly Zverina (Jones Lang LaSalle)

More than 100 members gathered for the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Summit & Portage County’s 80th annual awards event at the University of Akron. The BRAaD Awards were judged on their merit in building, remodeling, architecture and design. After the presentation, attendees enjoyed networking with builders, associates and special guests.

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Building Big for The Wooster Brush Company

Freeman Building Systems completes 600,000 SF facility for paint products manufacturer

The Wooster Brush Company, founded in Wooster in 1851, recently completed its largest expansion project to date, adding a 608,400-square-foot manufacturing, warehousing and distribution facility named “Wooster North” on a 44-acre site at 2550 Daisy Way, within Innovation Park. Groundbreaking occurred in October 2021, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony taking place August 24, 2023.

A seller and manufacturer of paint applicators and tools, the company found itself landlocked in downtown Wooster following a series of additions and expansions over the decades, according to Tim Swift, purchasing manager of capital projects and administration.

“Management agreed it was time to expand,” recalls Swift. “The last expansion we did downtown was in 2003, which was an office building. Before that, we had done one in 2000 for manufacturing, and in 1995, it was for shipping and receiving. We needed to expand and grow.”

Wooster Brush chose Freeman Building Systems, a partner of pre-engineered building manufacturing company Butler Manufacturing, to complete the designbuild project.


The new facility is the single largest building ever built at one time in Wooster. It measures 676 feet wide by 900 feet long, covering 14 acres under one roof. The central roof line is 44-1/2 feet high at its peak and 37 feet high at the eaves. The six-inch-thick fiber-reinforced

concrete building pad consists of more than 17,000 cubic yards of concrete.

Exteriors include a 10-foot-high CMU abuse wall and a Butler Shadowall exterior wall system with a Cool Igloo White and custom Wooster Brush Red color palette. A two-tiered office area and main entry vestibule, featuring a storefront system, are situated along the southeast corner of the building.

A concrete parking lot provides 90 spaces. A total of 38 truck docks are located along the east and west faces of the building. A five-acre stormwater retention pond runs alongside the concrete truck drive and trailer parking areas along the east side of the building. Nearly 200 trees and shrubs were strategically placed around the building and parking areas.


A painted steel column, signed by employees, stands just inside the main entrance lobby to the office area, which contains a conference room, restrooms, open office area, private offices and a lunch/training room. Flooring consists of carpet squares and ceramic tile.

Additional office, restroom and break areas are located throughout the facility.

The vast, open interior, with polished concrete floors, is divided into three distinct zones: warehousing, manufacturing and distribution. The pallet racking area contains 7,600 bays and 23,000 pallet locations. A 200,000-square-foot portion of the building, separated by a dedicated wall and interior overhead doors, is currently being leased by Welch Packaging. Space is available along the north end of the building to construct an additional 200,000-square-foot section if needed.

Approximately 65 workers, aided by a set of 13 robotic palletizers, are currently employed by Wooster Brush onsite.

Building systems

A Butler MR-24 standing-seam roofing system, containing nine inches of insulation, acts as a monolithic steel surface covering the entire structure. Walls contain WMP-50 faced wall insulation. Acrylic-coated, galvanized wall girts and truss purlins support the walls and ceiling. Six 1.5 million BTU wall-mounted Cambridge units, which work in

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MAKING SPACE At 608,400 square feet, with 14 acres under roof, the new Wooster North facility is the single largest building ever built at one time in Wooster.

tandem with 24 exhaust fans with louvres, provide heating needs for the entire building.

A central fire pump room connects to a full-building ESFR sprinkler system with 6,310 heads.

Building components

Having a single integrated Butler Building system provided for efficiencies during the construction process, according to Michael Burns, vice president of Freeman Building Systems.

“It’s an engineered system, like a big puzzle,” says Burns. “You have a top-of-the-line product, along with the engineering and service all encapsulated within Butler. We don’t go out and just pick which subcontractor has the lowest price. We stay with the best group of subs who follow us and have the knowledge of putting these systems up.”

“The competitive advantage with Butler is that they’re light years ahead on design, product, style and testing in comparison with a lot of other brands,” he adds.

Specific innovations used in the MR-24 roofing system includes moveable roof clips, which allow the roof to expand and contract with weather conditions, and the Pittsburgh DoubleLocking Seam system.

The building is Factory Mutual (FM) Approved.

“All of Butler’s engineered products meet or exceed FM Global specifications, including the roof clips that each have a Factory Mutual stamp on them,” says Burns. “So, we don’t ever have to worry about engineering or performance issues. They have the strictest standards for what you do from a construction perspective.”

“It changes the design of the building – there’s extra bracing, extra roof clips and the fire suppression system is more robust,” adds Dave Christman, project superintendent for Freeman.

Planning ahead

Locking in prices early and implementing innovative methods helped 9

ensure that the project would stay on budget and on time.

“At the time, we thought it was probably the worst possible time to be building a building, but we were committed,” Swift says with a smile. “But with all of the preplanning, I credit Freeman and our team for having all of that locked in from the beginning. We didn’t run out of one single thing or fall short on this job site.”

Cement stabilization of the building footprint allowed work to continue during inclement weather, explains Christman. “We were basically driving on concrete through the entire job; no mud or trucks getting stuck,” he says. “We cement-stabilized and then stoned the entire pad, which gave everyone room to store their materials. It just made the project go so much faster, especially working through the winter in Northern Ohio.”

Utilizing an innovative, non-traditional approach in ordering half of the roof as right-to-left and half as left-to-right, as opposed to a standard single right-to-left system to span all the way across at once, allowed for concrete work and interior work in certain sections to proceed under varying weather conditions.

“Had we not done that, it would have added months onto the project,” says Christman. “We had to have the roof up enough so that we could start pouring concrete while everyone else could start on their finishes for the breakrooms and offices. That was very critical to the timeline.”


As with most projects initiated during the COVID-19 pandemic, material pricing spikes presented challenges.

“The toughest component was the volatility of the steel market,” says Burns. “We were watching that daily, and we had to act quickly. That was one component that we were able to address upfront so we could continue to accelerate as fast as possible on the project.”

“Steel costs were crazy, and labor was high and hard to come by,” adds Swift. “So, the idea was to have fiber mixed in at the time we poured the concrete versus having rebar and all of the costs and labor associated with that. It gave us an advantage using an industry-preferred method.”

Team effort

In April, Freeman Building Systems was recognized by Butler Manufacturing

as 2023 Builder of the Year – East Region, an award that places them among the top echelon of 1,400 Butler Builders nationally. The success of the Wooster Brush Company project was a key contributor to the award recognition, Burns affirms.

“This was a fantastic project, paired with the leadership of great people, who also are amazing human beings, and I know for a fact they are all smiling knowing they were an integral part of this major achievement,” Burns says. “We’re both honored and blessed. This is the most prestigious award given to a company within the Butler Manufacturing circle.”

“I’m very proud to have been part of this project. It is the biggest project I’ve ever worked on,” says Christman. “It was a lot of fun, mainly because of the relationship I have with Tim [Swift] and [VP of Finance/Controller] Dave [Spar] from Wooster Brush.”

“You pick a team that you think is going to do a good job, do your due diligence and hope they are the right team,” says Swift. “The beauty of it was a few days later when they started proving it and continued proving it for the next two years. They were absolutely the right team for this project.”

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LARGE SCALE The building’s vast, open interior is divided into three distinct zones: warehousing, manufacturing and distribution. Approximately 65 workers, aided by a set of 13 robotic palletizers, are currently employed by The Wooster Brush Company onsite.

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Investing in Innovation

LG Chem Customer Solutions Center & ABS Compounding Plant rise in Ravenna

Story & photos by Doug Bardwell

Not far from downtown Ravenna, on a 24-acre parcel at 310 Rayann Parkway, LG Chem has built a 100,000-square-foot, three-story Customer Solutions Center and a 148,000-square-foot ABS Compounding Plant. The ABS Compounding building is a one-story, pre-engineered steel building with a mezzanine and external six-story storage silos and tanks.

ABS stands for Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, a copolymer plastic known for its high strength and stability. Yeonkyu (Chris) Hwang, process engineer with LG Chem, says, “A good example of a product made from ABS that everyone is familiar with is Lego bricks. Additionally, ABS is used as the body of many home appliances and parts for automotive interiors.”

So, while LG Chem does not produce consumer products, it will sell the raw materials that other manufacturers need to create their products.

First ABS plant in the country for LG

“LG Chem has more than 20 manufacturing subsidiaries all over the world,” explains Hwang, “but this is the first ABS plant in the United States.”

After extensive site considerations, LG Chem shortlisted its choices down to Michigan and Ohio, as both sites placed them close to their intended customer base. Hwang explains that the other fac-

tors that influenced their Ravenna site selection were the availability of utilities, a railroad spur, an abundant workforce and ease of permitting.

LG Chem expects to employ approximately 100 high-tech workers to develop

“LG Chem has decided to invest heavily here, so we are expanding our growth opportunity by localizing our manufacturing site in this country. It will give our customers sustainable supplies and close technical support.”

Yeonkyu (Chris) Hwang

LG Chem

the polymers used to create ABS plastics. They are looking for those with master’s or doctoral degrees in chemical or polymer engineering. They plan to work three shifts, five days per week.

“We are expanding our business all over the world, especially in the States,” mentions Hwang. “LG Chem has decided to invest heavily here, so we are expanding our growth opportunity by localizing our manufacturing site in this country. It will give our customers sustainable supplies and close technical support.”

The Customer Solutions building will use testing equipment to evaluate the weatherability of various ABS formulations with water spray tests and sunshine simulations.

With a large Pilot Lab, Hwang expects LG Chem to test and evaluate multiple solutions to customers’ particular issues. “We’ll be able to provide technical support, laboratory testing and pilot-scale simulations.”

“Although these are two separate projects, serving two different divisions of LG Chem,” says Hwang, “there’s great synergy having both buildings on the same campus.” The Customer Solutions 13


building will have research and development engineers and lab equipment that can assist the production facility, and the production personnel can likewise help the engineers with their practical experience producing the products.

Why design/build works

“Unlike a lot of other large projects I’ve been involved with,” says Vince LiBassi, project executive for Geis Companies, “LG Chem sent us an

extensive preliminary design package from South Korea – from their structural engineers, mechanical engineers and architects, in fall of 2021. They had a start at everything, but then our design team took it and adjusted as needed to meet our building codes and Midwestern climate considerations.”

“Looking at the site, this greenfield site was probably the best I’ve ever seen,

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and I’ve done lots of site work over the years,” LiBassi says. “It was incredible. Sitting up higher than the surrounding areas, the dirt was nice and dry.”

“The first challenge was the grading,” says Jim Hrubik, architect for GDOT Design. “The grading was set to provide access to the ABS Compounding building. It had to be very specific about where you could and could not enter because that section of the property sat up so high.”

It’s approximately a 40-foot differential from the front to the back of the property. The ABS building was also intentionally placed far to the north-

east corner of the property to allow for a third building to be added later if needed.

“For the ABS building, we were given a detailed list of equipment and some general layouts, but they weren’t complete,” explains Hrubik. “The configuration was still somewhat in flux, so the challenge was that our guys had to first put a price on what was on the drawings, and then we had to figure out how to put it together. So, a big part of this was taking that initial layout, and then, through LG Chem, they set up coordinating meetings for us with their process engineers and equipment vendors from Korea. We

then had some 3D modeling sessions live with South Korea – early in the morning here or late at night there – to go through and coordinate positions, piping routing, and guarantee clearances for all the other systems.

“It was pretty fast, considering the size of the project,” recalls LiBassi. “We met in the fall of 2021 with all the LG Chem folks for the first time. They came here from South Korea and spent a couple of days here. And then, by February of 2022, we had a letter of intent. LG was adamant that we wouldn’t let the contract negotiations drag out for more than 30 days. So, we basically locked ourselves 15
STRIKING WELCOME The two-story-tall reception area has a training room off to the right, a large lounge and gallery to the left, and three private reception rooms. A large glass wall opens the view to the skylight-lit atrium beyond.

in a room with all the lawyers, and instead of having the back and forth, we just did it the old-fashioned way and got the contract signed in person, sitting around the table.”

With the designs finalized, LG Chem purchased and shipped all the production equipment needed for the ABS building and the testing equipment for the Customer Solutions building.

“There were about 70 containers that came over from South Korea, where LG Chem had loaded these big 40-foot Conex boxes,” states Matt Rosso, project manager for Geis. “We were responsible for receiving, inventorying and installing all the equipment and piping that was provided by LG Chem.”

every two days. So, getting that unloaded and stored somewhere on site was definitely a challenge, while allowing other work to continue around the site.”

“This LG Chem project had many challenges, and it was by no means an

knowledge, common sense and skills to overcome the challenges and successfully complete this project for such a great ownership team at LG Chem. It was truly teamwork at its best.”

First contracts – next concrete

“There were about 70 containers that came over from South Korea, where LG Chem had loaded these big 40-foot Conex boxes. We were responsible for receiving, inventorying and installing all the equipment and piping that was provided by LG Chem.”

Mitch Godding, assistant project manager for Geis, was on-site from day one. “My original responsibility was procuring all the equipment they sent over. We were getting two or three containers

easy task to build this facility,” says Mark Rossman, senior superintendent for Geis. “I am very proud to be part of this team that came together, using all their

“We started with the ABS building,” says LiBassi, “focusing on getting the warehouse portion of that building under roof and the slab poured as a critical path activity to store those 70 or 80 Conex boxes full of stuff. That really represented a completely full warehouse when you broke them all down. It was an incredible amount of equipment, down to the piping and the wire. They procured wire from South Korea, which was a very unique way to approach it. We had to procure some things locally here, but, all in all, it worked out.”

The ABS structure is actually a combination of five pre-engineered metal

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OPEN + AIRY LG Chem’s initial design concept incorporated an open-air courtyard. Upon Geis Companies’ recommendation, the space was reimagined as a sizeable, enclosed atrium that can be enjoyed year-round.
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buildings with corrugated metal siding and standing seam metal roofs. The mezzanine is a conventional structural steel platform attached directly and supported by the pre-engineered metal building.

Geis had an electrical contractor selected early on, but they put out a bid package to local companies when it came to the mechanical and rigging work.

Rosso explains that LG Chem made the bidding process a bit easier because

they provided documentation of everything that was coming: equipment, piping, wiring, and what would be in each container, along with the sizes of everything. So, the contractors bidding on the erection and the process piping knew exactly what to expect.

Frank Lucco was the successful bidder and brought out all his heavy equipment. His crew took the materials from the Conex containers and

placed everything in the warehouse. Then, as construction sequencing allowed, his crew installed each piece where it was designated.

“LG Chem had a small team of engineers here the entire time we were building, so the cooperation we received from them while hooking up the equipment was invaluable,” states Godding.

Outside the ABS building are two truck scales that were installed near

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Burton Station Fixture Company Middlefield, OH 440.834.1300 Proud supplier of casework and architectural millwork for LG Chemical Technical Center and ABS Plant Burton Station Fixture Company Middlefield, OH 440.834.1300 Proud supplier of casework and architectural millwork for LG Chemical Technical Proud supplier of casework and architectural millwork for LG Chem Customer Solutions Center and ABS Compounding Plant SIZING UP The atrium is a spacious, 6,500-square-foot area with 48-inch square white marble tile flooring, sizeable free-form marble collaboration tables and various other seating and table options.

ACCOMMODATING STAFF LG Chem’s Customer Solutions Center incorporates a first-floor cafeteria (top), an onsite fitness area (middle) and a variety of meeting rooms (bottom).

the railroad siding. One scale measures the empty trucks arriving, while the other weighs them after being loaded.

A bit more conventional – but certainly above average

The Customer Solutions Center looks and functions more like a traditional commercial building.

Elizabeth Chlebus, architect with GDOT Design, led the team working on this building.

“This was an exciting project,” says Chlebus. “I worked on this building primarily, and we stayed very true to the exterior look of it, but it was a very cool conceptual project. Our suggested changes had more to do with the building systems, adapting them to U.S. standards. So, much of our design work for design development happened more on the interior.

“They let us have some fun with lighting, finishes and furniture – things that sometimes are an afterthought – and they allowed us to really incorporate them into the design.”
Elizabeth Chlebus GDOT Design

As far as major differences are concerned, the atrium was conceptually a courtyard, which isn’t so practical in Northeast Ohio.”

With a smile, Hwang adds, “Being able to use that area all year long was one of the greatest decisions that we made.”

With a knowing nod, LiBassi chimes in, “That’s the first thing Elizabeth and I do on every job. We cancel all courtyards. You’re in Cleveland – you don’t need that.”

Keeping close to the original layouts requested by LG, the GDOT team spent time efficiently locating stair 19

towers, bathrooms and various abundant amenity spaces.

Shannon Lutterbie, an interior designer with GDOT, worked on both buildings. She had the pleasure of working with Office Revolution to specify a stunning selection of furnishings throughout the building. With a wide variety of seating options, the furniture makes a bold design statement but is also functional, comfortable and high-quality.

“We were very excited that LG Chem liked the package we proposed,” says Chlebus. “They let us have some fun with lighting, finishes and furniture – things that sometimes are an after-

thought – and they allowed us to really incorporate them into the design.”

When asked about the color palette, she mentions that they made sure there were instances of the LG red, as found on the building signage.

“The rest of it came from their branding package,” she says. “So, the signage on the doors and everywhere is really their branding design from their marketing side. We just took that and incorporated it with some little pops of red. The rest of it has a timeless look with neutrals and brings in some wood to give it some warmth. Our goal was to provide some longevity to the design.”

“The building’s exterior was a combination of 24-inch wide, two-anda-half-inch thick vertical and 36-inch wide, two-and-a-half-inch thick horizontal Metl-Span insulated white panels,” says Chris Rightnour, Geis superintendent. “Backing up the panels are six-inch metal studs with insulation.”

The southwest corner of the building is primarily glass curtainwall and storefront glass. Six long triangular skylights allow sunlight to flow into the atrium. Roofing for the balance of the structure is an all-white TPO rubber roof over metal decking. The steel framing is strong enough that LG Chem can expand the partial third floor onto the existing roof area if needed.

Tour of Customer Solutions Center

After passing a freestanding security booth in the parking lot, visitors will drive right up to the front door of the Customer Solutions building. The twostory-tall reception area has a training room off to the right, a large lounge and gallery to the left, and three private reception rooms. A large glass wall opens the view to the skylight-lit atrium beyond. Large angular pieces of White Fantasy porcelain stoneware flooring take their cues from floating triangular

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ceiling clouds of drywall and wood-look metal tiles above.

The atrium is a spacious, 6,500-squarefoot area with 48-inch square white marble tile flooring, sizeable free-form marble collaboration tables and various other seating and table options.

At the south end of the first floor is a bright, light-filled fitness room with wraparound floor-to-ceiling glass on two walls. The third long wall is covered with a full-height photomural of a mountain lake.

Across the hall is the entry to the employee cafeteria, with multiple types of seating options. Employees can choose from a catering kitchen, a brown bag kitchen and a vending area. Deeply textured wallcovering, wood-look ceilings and Arktura contoured ceilings all add interest to the spacious dining area.

Along the east portion of the building are a dozen labs for testing, inspection and weighing.

The northern end of the first floor is primarily the two-story Pilot Lab, where engineers can test new ideas or improve ments to existing processes.

An acoustically rated (STC52) parti tion separates the Pilot Lab from the reception and atrium areas, so noise from the Pilot Lab won’t be noticeable on the other side of the wall.

“I like to think of the Pilot Lab as a mini ABS building,” says Rosso, “where the engineers can test all their new product lines in this building before they

produce them on a mass scale in the ABS building.”

While a good part of the first floor is dedicated to impressing and assisting customers, the second floor is where the day-to-day business gets done. More

“I like to think of the Pilot Lab as a mini ABS building, where the engineers can test all their new product lines in this building before they produce them on a mass scale in the ABS building.”

conference rooms and offices line the east wall overlooking the building entrance. The south area is reserved for open office low-wall cubicles, with fun

hexagonal sound-absorbing 3D graphics on the north wall.

Another set of labs is on the second floor, directly over the first-floor labs along the east wall. Past the labs are rooms for IT, networking, electrical and storage.

“The contractors and our engineers spent a lot of time achieving the requirements of these two floors of labs and the Pilot Lab on the first floor,” mentions Chlebus. “With all the different types of piping, gases and connection points, they did a wonderful job coordinating it all.”

The third floor is almost entirely for employee amenities. There are three private phone rooms, a mother’s room, a small collaboration room, a large conference room and an unusually large breakroom. The breakroom features a full wall of glass, looking out above the roof, along with

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MANAGING MATERIAL Situated just east of the Customer Solutions Center is LG Chem’s ABS Compounding building. The facility is composed of a raw material warehouse, a final goods warehouse, a manufacturing site and an ancillary equipment courtyard.

abundant suspended linear and pendant lighting. More floating triangular clouds of acoustic panels and wood slats are suspended in an efficient but chaotic layout above the multiple seating areas.

Two walls are done entirely in the LG red color, and two overstuffed sofas in matching red help define the perimeter of the space. Another large kitchen with builtin Parsons table occupies the far corner of the space, with plenty of countertop for serving.

The conference room will accommodate 26 people around a U-shaped conference table facing a large projection screen, which is flanked by two flat-screen monitors.

The ABS Compounding Plant

Hwang explains that the ABS Compounding Plant is composed of a raw material warehouse, a final goods warehouse, a manufacturing site and an ancillary equipment courtyard. Miscellaneous office areas for the employees are located on the main floor and on the mezzanine level.

“This project was unique for me,” recalls Hrubik, “and it was the first one where I did this much in-depth 3D modeling. Working with LG Chem and the sub-trades, we generated a 3D model of the building that included all of the equipment and synchronized with the process equipment model. We were then able to take that and put it into two-dimensional plans. The installers followed the plans really pretty faithfully, placing things where they showed and where they needed to go. And right away, you could tell when something wasn’t going to fit. It was a cool process. This is the first time I’ve gotten to do that at any kind of scale.”

As a final challenge to the project, the engineers early on determined that there was not sufficient power available

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A grand finale

“I recall being out here at the start of the project on May 16 and wondering how this was all going to come together,” says Rightnour, “but it went so smoothly. It was a million times better than I thought it would be.”

“Props to Chris, Mitch and Mark,” adds Rosso. “At our peak, we were up to 170 workers on-site at once. So, managing 170 workers and coordinating them in a way that everyone was productive and efficient, well, Mitch and Chris really did a great job managing that process.”

“I was involved in this project as a process designer,” concludes Hwang, “so we appreciate seeing the building and processes operational now without any problems. We installed one automated system that we have never used in any other facility, so we expect that this new change can drive LG Chem to achieve better efficiency and productivity.... This has been a great collaboration between a Korean company and a U.S. company for the first chemical project plant and R&D center in the States. With two projects managed simultaneously and concurrently, it was good luck for us to meet these brilliant and competent partners. On behalf of LG Chem, we’d like to express our great thanks to you guys.”

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Navigating Commercial Property Trends

Commercial property owners face a dynamic landscape, influenced by various factors including economic conditions, technological advancements and shifting consumer preferences, such as amenities or shared workstations. In addition, GDP growth, employment rates and interest rates can significantly impact the demand for commercial properties and rental rates.

Staying informed about the latest trends can help property owners make strategic decisions regarding lease agreements, property upgrades and investment opportunities. Here are five key insights to help property owners navigate the evolving property landscape.

1. Technology integration

The rapid advancement of technology has revolutionized the commercial property sector. Implementing smart building systems, such as automated energy management and security systems, may reduce costs and attract tech-savvy tenants. Additionally, leveraging data analytics can provide valuable insights into tenant preferences, enabling property owners to

tailor their offerings and improve tenant satisfaction.

2. Sustainability + green initiatives

There is a growing demand for environmentally friendly buildings from tenants, which also has potential cost savings associated with energy-efficient practices. Property owners can explore initiatives such as LEED certification, solar energy integration and waste reduction strategies to attract environmentally conscious tenants and reduce long-term operating costs.

3. Flexibility + adaptability

The rise of remote work and changing consumer behaviors have led to a shift in space requirements. Property owners

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should consider incorporating flexible spaces that can be easily adapted to meet evolving tenant needs. This could include shared workspaces, multipurpose areas and modular designs that allow for easy reconfiguration.

4. Tenant experience + amenities

Creating a positive tenant experience is crucial for attracting and retaining tenants. Property owners can consider amenities, such as fitness centers, communal spaces and on-site services like cafés or childcare facilities. Additionally, providing excellent property management services and fostering a sense of community can contribute to tenant satisfaction and long-term tenant relationships.

5. Market research + analysis

To stay ahead in the competitive commercial property market, owners should conduct thorough market

The rise of remote work and changing consumer behaviors have led to a shift in space requirements. Property owners should consider incorporating flexible spaces that can be easily adapted to meet evolving tenant needs. This could include shared workspaces, multipurpose areas and modular designs that allow for easy reconfiguration.

research and competitive analysis. Property owners should understand local market dynamics, including vacancy rates, rental trends and upcoming development. By staying informed about the competition, property owners can identify unique selling points and make informed decisions regarding pricing, marketing strategies and property improvements.

In addition to the above insights, it is important for commercial property owners to prioritize risk management practices. This includes accurate risk assessment, loss control, certificate

tracking, claims management and data utilization. By incorporating a holistic risk management approach, property owners can strategically position themselves to navigate challenges and capitalize on opportunities. Furthermore, accurate risk assessment and data utilization can guide property owners in effectively managing losses and securing the best insurance premiums.

Commercial property owners face a challenging landscape, but by staying informed on the latest trends, they can navigate these challenges and maxi-

mize the potential of their investments. Leveraging these insights can create thriving commercial properties that meet the needs of tenants and investors alike.

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AI Risks: From Science Fiction to Science Fact

Like it or not, artificial intelligence, or AI, is here to stay. From logistics to the arts, AI is impacting every segment of our society and the construction industry is no exception.

Simply put, AI is technology that allows computers to mimic human intelligence and problem-solving capabilities. In the movies, AI is typically cast as a faceless supercomputer (think HAL 9000, Skynet or the Cylons), initially serving human interests, but then rebelling and causing havoc, if not the near destruction of all mankind. In reality, we are nowhere near this level.

To understand AI and its capabilities, it is helpful to look at its subfields. These subfields include computer vision, robotics, natural language processing, machine learning and optimization, as well as automated planning and scheduling. These subfields work together to enable machines to see and detect the world, learn from data, make decisions based on this data, take actions in the physical world with robotics, optimize activities, as well as plan and sequence actions based on desired outcomes. Practically speaking, current AI functionality utilizes only one or two of these subfields at a time, not all of them. Nevertheless, the potential of AI is immense and as the technology gets better, the benefits (and maybe the dangers) will only grow exponentially.

Specific to the construction industry, AI can be used to optimize project schedules, enhance supply chain efficiency, and assess risk factors in a project. Our industry, however, is one of the least digitized in the world. Some believe this lack of digitization contributes to labor inefficiencies, project delays, job site accidents and poor quality control. Despite this lack of digitization, however, AI is already being utilized. For instance, robotics has been applied to enhance and improve onsite monitoring and offsite assembly. Knowledge-based systems have been used to boost sustainability and risk metrics, and to optimize waste management. Although the destruction of humanity is not yet on the table, these AI benefits come with some new risks.

Data breaches

AI machines rely on the lightningfast review and analysis of incredible amounts of electronically stored data. As it works, AI also generates tremendous amounts of data to perform its work. This means that enormous amounts of data must be stored electronically for the AI to function. While the risk of a cyberattack and data breaches is not new,

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Bias + inaccurate information

AI pulls from data sets which, many times, are produced and compiled by humans. Human error and human bias are, therefore, always a risk when utiliz ing this data. Moreover, the data upon which the AI machine relies may not be complete. Reliance on incorrect or incomplete data naturally leads to flawed and inaccurate conclusions, no matter how advanced the AI technology. As the saying goes: “Garbage in, garbage out.” As such, it is important for AI users to ensure they have processes and safeguards in place to ensure that the data the AI receives is accurate and complete. This includes systemic protection against con scious or unconscious human bias.

Compliance with laws + regulations

The construction industry is a highly regulated field to say the least. From regulatory standards and prevail ing wage laws to safety regulations and prompt payment statutes, the construction industry has rules and regulations governing every aspect of our work. When integrating AI, it is critical to make sure its application is consistent with these myriad legal and other requirements. Further, because AI technology is new and rapidly advancing, the laws and regulations around its use are still evolving. For this reason, companies that utilize AI technology need to stay vigilant regarding any changes in the rules governing AI technology.

AI and its subfields provide useful tools to the construction industry. If your company chooses to take advantage of AI machines, it should make sure to implement policies and procedures to ensure its significant power is properly and lawfully utilized.

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Site Readiness Fund Purchases Historic Building

Working with the Cuyahoga County Land Bank, the Site Readiness for Good Jobs Fund recently closed its acquisition of a 183,000-square-foot building in Cleveland’s Central Neighborhood and is now planning its salvage and repurposing. Burten Bell Carr Development Corp, using a prior grant from the Fund for our Economic Future, is also an investor in the project.

Built in 1901 by the Wellman-Seaver Engineering Company, the massive structure at 7000 Central Ave. has largely been vacant since 1993 and has attracted vandals and illegal dumping over the past few decades. With housing nearby, the neglected 10-acre site has long been a concern of neighborhood residents and city officials. Project planners believe the building has potential because of its size and stature, with several distinctive features including floor-to-ceiling windows facing Central Avenue, two rail spurs on the second level and multi-story vaulted ceilings.

The Site Readiness for Good Jobs Fund is an independent nonprofit established in August 2023 with a $50 million allocation from the American Rescue Plan Act, granted by Mayor Justin Bibb and Cleveland City Council. The initiative aims to revitalize urban brownfield sites and has currently identified 210 acres to turn into market-ready sites.

AIA Cleveland Announces Design Cruise Line Details

AIA Cleveland recently announced that its 2024 Design Cruise Line is set to take place on the Goodtime III cruise ship, offering an evening of informal networking, collegiality and fun for hundreds of members in the design, planning, construction and building management professions. The event is open

to family, friends and guests and scheduled for Friday, May 31, 2024 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Boarding begins at 5:30 p.m.)

Tickets are available for purchase at $25 per person. The ticket price includes a boarding pass and pizza on board.

The theme of this year’s cruise is “Black, White & Red Party,” with attendees requested to come casually dressed in black, white, red

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Hahn Loeser & Parks Welcomes Partner

Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP recently announced the addition of Molly Z. Brown, who has joined the Cleveland office as a partner in the firm’s business practice area. Brown brings an expansive blend of in-house and law firm experience. Her practice focuses on public and private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and compliance matters. She has completed over $11 billion in securities offerings and nearly $7 billion in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. Brown brings experience with publicly underwritten debt, equity and hybrid securities offerings, Regulation A offerings, crowdfunding, Regulation D and Section 4(a)(2) exempt offerings, private fund offerings, and Rule 144/144A transactions.

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Youngstown-based BSHM Architects, Inc. recently

announced three promotions within its offices in Youngstown and Columbus. Michael J. Ruscitti, AIA, NCARB, LEED BD+C and Mary O. Dennis, AIA, are now partners and will be responsible for co-operation of the Youngstown office, while Mike Vala, AIA, NCARB is now partner and will oversee operations of the firm’s Columbus location.

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the board for the Mahoning Valley Historical Society. Vala has been with BSHM Architects for more than 16 years continuously. He has been involved with the AIA at the local and state levels, having served as the Columbus chapter president in 2020 and

currently serving as a delegate for Columbus on the AIA Ohio board. He also serves as Treasurer for the Columbus Center for Architecture and Design (CFAD).

Jordan Heylock Prosser Joins Rudolph Libbe Group

Rudolph Libbe Group’s Northeast Ohio office recently announced that Jordan Heylock Prosser has joined its office as a business development manager. Prosser will be responsible for identifying and developing new business opportunities to support continued growth of the Northeast Ohio region for the Toledo-based construction and facility services

contractor. Growing relationships with industrial customers will be her primary focus. Prosser earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Jacksonville University. The Akron native has extensive experience in industrial sales and marketing.

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As many of you know, one of my “hobbies” is teaching. Whether it’s presenting to a local real estate organization or teaching a CCIM class or holding an impromptu discussion with a couple agents in the office, these types of activities not only allow me to help others grow, but I get to see different parts of the country, meet different people and help keep my skills sharp. And a fringe benefit is having access to the latest delivery techniques and instructional design of content.

There are many different theories related to how we learn and one that has gained a lot of traction recently, especially with the dramatic rise in online learning and presentations, was developed by Howard Gardner. The central part of Gardner’s theory expands the definition of intelligence by identifying eight distinct types of learners. Gardner believes that everyone has elements of all eight of these types in some combination but one or more will be dominant and shape the way each of us process thoughts, relate to one another and, most important, learn. As a result, interacting and explaining something to others can be more effec-

tive if a variety of approaches are used based on the characteristics of these eight types of intelligence.

Musical intelligence

This type of learner thinks in terms of music by using rhythms and patterns to provide a basis of understanding. Examples of this style of learning are the common cadence when spelling the word “Mississippi” or the familiar song we use to remember how many days are in each month. Professions that are strong in this sector tend to be composers, musicians and conductors. Incorporating things impactful to this style of learner can be as simple as using introductory music to set a

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Bodily kinesthetic intelligence

Learners that are strong in this type prefer to use body actions to solve a problem, understand or learn. Often referred to as “hands-on” learners, they enjoy using physical props, like the childhood game of Operation. Athletes, surgeons and physical therapists are examples of professions that are strong in this sector. A great way to include this type of learner is to use match cards to emphasize relationships or, if online, using “drag-and-drop” exercises.

Logical-mathematical intelligence

This type of learner uses logic and/ or a number sequence to understand information. They think in terms of a flow or diagram to process and learn. The childhood game of Connect Four is a great example. Professions that are strong in this sector will be CPAs, researchers and electricians. Flow charts, Venn diagrams or tables are appealing to this type of learner.

Verbal-linguistic intelligence

This learner uses language, either verbal or in written form, to understand. If you are a relentless note-taker and always read the directions first, then you are strong in this sector. Writers, public speakers and translators are examples of professions in this sector. Including crossword puzzles and online discussion boards or chats are great ways to appeal to this type of learner.

Visual-spatial intelligence

Learners that are strong in this area have a well-developed sense of space and navigational ability. They can visualize a flat drawing in three dimensions; a great example is the age-old game of Battleship. Professions that are strong in this sector will be architects, pilots and designers. This type of learner may respond well to things such as fishbone diagrams and visuals with embedded text as well as those that use interesting shapes and colors.

Interpersonal intelligence

This learner prefers interaction with others. They will use this interaction to be able to “read” people and form thoughts on what others may be think-

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ing or feeling. The game of Charades is a classic example of how this person prefers to learn. Salespeople, politicians and teachers/trainers tend to be strong in this sector. Developing group activities, using role play exercises and fostering

Interacting and explaining something to others can be more effective if a variety of approaches are used based on the characteristics of... eight types of intelligence.

structured online discussion breakouts are all ways to appeal to this type of learner.

Intrapersonal intelligence

Learners that are very introspective and have a good grasp of what will work or not work for them are strong in this sector. These learners will prefer assessment-style questions and enjoy games like 20 Questions. Professions that are examples in this sector will be univer-

sity professors, philosophers and clergy/ religious ministers. This type of learner will appreciate discussion questions that encourage reflection on the concepts, allowing the learner to select areas of instruction to explore and providing supplemental learning materials to allow the learner to explore concepts further.

Naturalist intelligence

These learners are closely connected with nature and the outdoors and will enjoy gardening, collecting, hiking and camping. Scavenger hunts would be a preferred game. Biologist, botanist and oceanographer are examples of professions strong in this sector. Having an outdoor classroom/presentation would greatly appeal to this type of learner but if that’s not possible, including activities that involve collecting, organizing and/or categorizing is also effective.

We all have a unique combination of intelligence and prefer to learn in slightly different ways. Creating different learning activities and varying approaches will appeal to a wider variety of learners and ultimately result in a more effective result. Just don’t sink my battleship!

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County Men’s Shelter

adds newly renovated space, amenities in Cleveland

Already recognized as the largest men’s homeless shelter in the state, the Cuyahoga County Men’s Shelter (2100 Lakeside Ave., Cleveland) recently opened its newly renovated addition with 114 beds in an adjacent 14,000-square-foot building at 2020 Lakeside Ave. A connector walkway adjoins the existing building to the new section, which will serve as the new main entrance to the facility.

The former industrial building was purchased in 2021 through $550,000 in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) funds via Cuyahoga County. Renovations were made possible through the use of $4.5 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding through the county in 2022.

Plans call for a Phase 2 renovation project of the original 2100 building, which provides 365 beds, to be funded by an additional $3.7 million in county ARPA funds. Grant-based renovations in the building completed in 2017 included improvements to its laundry area and cafeteria, building systems and a new roof. Many of the interior design features of the new addition are expected to be mirrored in the original building.

The Cuyahoga County Office of Homeless Services, a division of Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services, oversees the shelter and contracts with the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry (LMM) to operate it. The

county and LMM held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new wing on March 5.


Matthew Rymer, facilities, design and maintenance administrator for Cuyahoga County Public Works, describes the initial impetus for the project.

“In the midst of COVID, we were trying to figure out how to handle congregate living with the shelter operator, LMM,” Rymer explains. “When this property became available, we purchased it and then embarked on the design and construction effort. Our designer of record was Robert P. Madison International, and then we competitively bid the project. It was a design-bid-build project, and that effort resulted in RL Hill Management becoming our contractor.”

Schematic design began in late 2021, with construction drawings completed in March 2022. A building permit was issued in September 2022, with the construction contract awarded the following month. Preconstruction work began in

fall 2022, followed by groundbreaking in January 2023.

Added space + comfort

The new addition, which increases overall space at the shelter by 50%, features 114 beds with bunk beds contained within semi-private pods. Each pod features a pair of lockers, phone charging stations and LED reading lights. Three ADA-accessible pods were included in the design.

“We saw an opportunity to acquire the property and expand, not from a capacity standpoint, but from a standpoint of quality of living and separation of spaces,” Rymer continues. “What we sought to do was maximize the number of beds in this semi-pod concept, rather than an open-bay emergency shelter like we currently had.”

Sandra Madison, CEO/chairperson of Robert P. Madison International, notes that the design aims to improve living conditions for residents. “The design is meant to provide dignity by provid- 41
Photo courtesy of County of Cuyahoga

PROVIDING SHELTER Upon entry (top), residents check in and are assigned to a bed for the night (middle). Semi-private sleeping enclosures are arranged in rows within the new addition (bottom).

ing some privacy and a place to store your things, along with a new HVAC system to provide better air movement and better turnover incorporated into the design, as well as a vibrant color scheme,” she says.

Residents, who are generally required to leave the facility during daytime hours, are connected with programming and outside resources through the shelter to employment opportunities, counseling and medical needs. Three meals are provided each day. Average daily intake is approximately 300 men.


The new entrance to the facility, located along the west face of the new addition, features a fully accessible vestibule. Residents must first pass through a

“We saw an opportunity to acquire the property and expand, not from a capacity standpoint, but from a standpoint of quality of living and separation of spaces. What we sought to do was maximize the number of beds in this semi-pod concept than an open-bay emergency shelter like we currently had.”

Matthew Rymer Cuyahoga County Public Works

metal detector and place all bags in an X-ray scanner before checking in at the front desk. A biometrics finger scanner at the reception desk is utilized to track resident comings and goings.

A restroom/shower stall area with ADA-equipped design considerations is central in the new addition. Several offices along a corridor on two floors line the front of the building along Lakeside Avenue.

Rows of sleeping enclosures, with walls painted in a different color by row, fill out the bulk of the space. Common areas at both ends of the sleeping area

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feature a large TV and stackable chairs.

A number of emergency exits were strategically located throughout the new addition, which features a 10-foot-high acoustical drop ceiling.

Restroom/shower facilities and cafeteria services are available for day use for those who seek to access facility amenities but do not require overnight accommodations.

Clean slate to build on

A complete interior demolition of the former garage/machine shop space required careful planning.

“It was a complete gutting of an open space – clearing out everything that was in here,” explains Wendy Harris, senior project manager for RL Hill. “We had to perform special remediation due to all the contaminants in the wood block floor and soil. Then we installed a sub vent system to ensure we didn’t have any seepage of anything that was left in the ground coming up into the

shelter. That was an add to the project that was installed with vents out to the roof in order to have all clean air.”

Demolition of the existing floor and soil replacement was followed by pouring of a new concrete slab on grade. The existing exterior metal panel system with steel girts had to be re-supported, adds Harris.

“Then, we started to build our layers on top of that,” she says. “Once we got the

framing up and got everything secured, then we moved on to the interior.”

Reimagining the space

A number of design iterations were discussed before settling on a final plan. “The biggest challenge during our design phase was how to lay out this space logically,” explains Hao Gong, project designer for Robert P. Madison International. “It was not an easy task, 43
CLEANING UP A restroom/shower stall area with ADA-guided design considerations is central in the new addition. Celebrating 70 years in 2024
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because we had to fit in the expected number of beds, toilets, sinks and showers, and the circulation had to work in terms of code compliance and a check-in/check-out process. We came up with a number of different schemes, so it took us a while to finalize our floor plan.”

The design team researched shelter concepts implemented in facilities in Los Angeles and San Antonio to draw inspiration for the design, adds Rymer.

Vibrant colors were chosen for the interior wall palette, along with LVT that emulates natural outdoor colors and also resembles wood, carpeting and other materials imbuing a residential motif.

Materials were also chosen for durability and ease of cleaning, says David Blunt, director of facilities for LMM. “One of the things we frequently talked about during the planning stages was not only that we needed vibrant colors, but we also had to include a high-traffic resistant material,” he says. “We’re talking upwards of 400 men a night traveling through here. So, being able to find

materials that are eye-pleasing and can also hold up to the heavy foot traffic was a challenge.”

It was agreed early on to make the new addition primarily a residential/ overnight space rather than duplicate

services already contained in the existing shelter space, including laundry and cafeteria services, according to Rymer.

“We wanted to maximize the living space and the amenities that serve the population that needed shelter versus taking up space with repeated services already existing in the 2100 main shelter building,” he says.

Building system

New roofing and decking were installed as needed, with repairs made to other areas, adds Harris.

“We worked with what we had here,” she says. “If it was structurally sound, we left it and just repaired the bad areas.”

A new EPDM roof, repairs to the exterior brick face and new windows were necessary for the narrow two-story, street-facing office section. A new Trane HVAC system consisting of four rooftop units, including one specialty RTU, was installed to ensure adequate air circulation. “In RP Madison’s design, they were responding to all the emerging new

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requirements that were coming post-pandemic for ventilation, specifically in a congregate space,” says Rymer. “That played a lot into the design and the sizing of the units.”

Flooring throughout consists of LVT in main areas/ sleeping quarters and a poured epoxy-resin surface in the restroom/shower area.

The building is fully sprinklered and equipped with wireless internet access.

Addressing a need

The county not only provided all funding for the project, but also addressed a vital social need in downtown Cleveland.

“Cuyahoga County Administration recognizes how challenging homelessness is and how big of an issue it is for our region,” says Jennifer Ciaccia, press secretary for the Office of the County Executive. “It’s something we see as very important, which is why we have resources dedicated directly to homelessness.”

“Our Office of Homeless Services works very closely with LMM to make sure that we’re providing residents not only with spaces to come and be sheltered, but in a dignified way,” she adds. “And that’s why it was designed with a lot of intention to provide residents with a dignified experience when they are experiencing homelessness and are in need of shelter.”

The expansion project also allows the shelter to operate all under one roof, adds Blunt. “At one point, at the height of the pandemic, we were operating six facilities,” he explains.

Mobility issues were also addressed in the new design, as the new entrance in the addition is at ground level, whereas the existing facility includes stairs and a lift at its entry.

“The county, through a formal advisory committee on persons with disabilities, adopted a universal design standard in 2020 that exceeds the minimum federal ADA requirements as well as the minimum state building codes for accessibility requirements,” explains Rymer. “We

incorporated all of those more stringent requirements as well as feedback from the advisory committee into this project.”

Bringing the goods

“This project brings improved conditions for the most vulnerable population in the city,” says Rymer. “In a post-pandemic era, making sure from an indoor air quality and health perspective that we’ve met those needs and have been

“[The facility was] designed with a lot of intention to provide residents with a dignified experience when they are experiencing homelessness and are in need of shelter.”
Jennifer Ciaccia Office of the County Executive, Cuyahoga County

responsive to those changes in standards was an important element.”

“Everyone seemed dedicated to the mission, understood the goals, and really wanted to provide services for the homeless community,” adds Ciaccia. “This is a beautiful space, but it’s also something that really addresses the needs of the unhoused and homeless of this community.”

“Our biggest mission is helping the hurting, the marginalized, those who feel invisible,” adds Blunt. “We do that across the agency in all of our programs. Essentially, across the program line, it is our mission to assist the forgotten and the homeless.”

Team effort

A shared passion for the project fueled coordination between all parties involved. “For any issues that came up, the team was very responsive,” says Harris. “They were quick to respond and quick to give direction so that we were able to keep moving forward. [The project] was enjoyable because of the purpose of this space, with everyone on the team being very passionate about it.”

“We all come from different spectrums, but we did not allow agendas or perspectives to stop the macro,” Blunt says.

“It’s part of our mission to design for the community and to serve,” adds Madison. “We’re all supposed to help others, and so this project really speaks to that for us. Thinking back on it, it brings warm feelings for me, and working with this team and having a common passion to better the lives of others in our community is truly rewarding.” 45
GATHERING AREAS The new addition, which increases overall space at the shelter by 50%, features 114 beds overall. Common areas at both ends of the sleeping area include a large TV and stackable chairs. Photo courtesy of County of Cuyahoga
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Tom Martin to Lead SMACNA

The president of T.H. Martin, Inc. is an ambassador for the sheet metal industry

This October, Tom Martin will travel to Palm Springs, California to be inaugurated as president of the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) at the organization’s national convention, after serving as president of SMACNA’s Cleveland chapter for nine years. When he takes the stage, he will become the first person from any of SMACNA’s Ohio local chapters to receive the honor.

The ascent to national president is a significant achievement for Martin and a reflection of his service to the industry – as well as his expertise in the field as president of T.H. Martin, Inc., a Northeast Ohio-based, full-service HVAC contractor.

Established in 1985, T.H. Martin, Inc. has grown from a local sheet metal contractor to a well-respected full service mechanical contractor. Offering in-house sheet metal, piping, plumbing and HVAC service, T.H. Martin uses modern prefab-

rication techniques, modularization and lean construction principles to create a more efficient jobsite.

Martin is a second-generation leader of the company. His brother, Mike, serves as the vice president and partner of the company.


“Tom Martin is a strong leader who is a passionate advocate for sheet metal contractors. His involvement with mega projects and strong relationship

with labor will help SMACNA deliver for the industry,” says Aaron Hilger, the CEO of SMACNA.

Martin currently travels about once a month for SMACNA, and that number will double beginning in October. A lot of his travels will consist of visiting local SMACNA chapters across the country to provide national updates and for networking events. His term as national president will last for one year.

“SMACNA is strong in standards. Some countries in Europe and the 47
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Middle East adhere to our standards from a design perspective,” Martin explains.

Martin’s father was involved in SMACNA-Cleveland in the 1990s, which prompted his own involvement once he graduated from college and started working at T.H. Martin full-time.

“As we grew our company, I wanted to get involved with the JATC apprenticeship hall and the curriculum to understand what we are teaching, what are we lacking. My father and John Sickle at Duct Fabricators asked me to get involved in the benefits and health and welfare and some other things. For over 25 years now, I’ve been involved in every SMACNA committee locally,” Martin explains.

Around 2012, Martin was identified at SMACNA national as someone who should become more active and was later targeted as a perfect candidate to interview for the board of directors and later for the executive board.

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Martin has garnered a lot of trust over the years in the political realm.

Martin has loved every aspect of his involvement in SMACNA.

“The networking and peer-to-peer aspect is what I really enjoyed. We are sharing industry best practices. It really helped me and the business,” he says.

An industry ambassador

A major component of SMACNA’s work is lobbying local, state and federal legislators on policy and issues impacting the sheet metal industry. Martin is not a policy wonk and is indifferent to the political party of the office holder he meets with.

“I do enjoy meeting with legislators and officials and I’m always thinking of what’s best for our industry. How do I make the best of whoever is in office? We fundraise for both sides,” says Martin. “A lot of times we’re just educating officials on our industry. We pay our people very good union labor and great benefits. We can offer that middle class opportunity. They all understand that and want that for their constituents.”

“Tom has been a leading advocate for the construction and HVAC-related industry,” says U.S. Rep. David Joyce (OH-14). “During his leadership, he has boosted the energy efficiency of many buildings and facilities across Cleveland. I am grateful for his hard work and dedication to the Cleveland community.”

“Congratulations to Tom in his new role,” says U.S. Rep. Shontel Brown (OH-11). “Over many years, Tom has

been a leading advocate for the construction and HVAC-related industry in Northeast Ohio. Tom is an impact player for construction and a trusted voice in our community on industry, construction and business issues.”

T.H. Martin overview

Martin joined T.H. Martin in 1992 after graduating from Ohio University. His day-to-day duties have him serving as the project executive for many of the jobs that T.H. Martin takes on. He is 49
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LEADING THE WAY As company president, Tom Martin, Jr. is primarily responsible for overseeing material procurement, shop fabrication and manufacturing activities at T.H Martin’s 67,000-square-foot plant in Cleveland. The company employs around 200 people at any given time.

primarily responsible for overseeing material procurement, shop fabrication and manufacturing activities at the company’s 67,000-square-foot plant in Cleveland. Building and establishing relationships with customers and vendors is also a vital part of his role.

T.H. Martin has been in the Brooklyn location since 2000. Previously, its offices and shop were located on East 45th Street downtown.

Under Martin’s leadership, the company has become an expert at using state-of-the-art software, including Revit and AutoCAD. This allows for drawings to be more clear and complete for prefabrication and coordination. In turn, this gives them the ability to flag potential interference issues between the trades on any given project.

“We’ve always reinvested in our business,” explains Martin. “That has allowed us to expand into piping, plumbing and HVAC services. When I started, we were sheet metal contractor only. We did it the right way, as we were expanding. We put more money into the business to get more machinery, to get more trucks and more tools.”

T.H. Martin employs around 200 people at any given time between its Brooklyn and Akron offices. The breakdown consists of approximately 120 sheet metal workers and 75 pipefitters/plumbers. A large chunk of those employees are long-time employees of T.H. Martin, while some tradesman might come from the union hall to assist where necessary. Additionally, T.H. Martin has six full-time BIM (building operation modeling) operators and a support staff of about 30 employees.

They have a specialized HVAC service department, consisting of a service manager, a team of technicians and

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a full-time dispatch and service coordinator. Having a large capacity has allowed T.H. Martin to complete high-

“With Tom’s leadership at T.H. Martin, the company has not only been very successful, but it has developed a great work environment for the employees.”
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profile jobs over the years, for Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Progressive Field, MetroHealth Hospital, Akron Children’s Hospital and many others.

Roughly 80% of T.H. Martin’s work occurs in the Greater Cleveland area, with the rest being generally confined to Northern Ohio. Of its total business, about 60% is with returning clients. Healthcare accounts for the biggest single sector of work for the company. Around 40% of its business is in the healthcare arena.

“With Tom’s leadership at T.H. Martin, the company has not only been very successful, but it has developed a great work environment for the employees. The employees’ opinions are valued and that creates a great collaboration environment,” says Michael Coleman, the general president of the SMART Union (Sheet Metal Air Rail 51


Transportation). “I can’t begin to tell you what he has meant to our members and their families over the years.”

Coleman has worked with Martin in several different capacities over the past 30 years, including working directly for him in the past. They are now industry partners.


T.H. Martin has an established history of performing work in plan-and-spec, design-build, design-assist and integrated project delivery (IPD). All fabrication is downloaded directly from coordinated drawings to shop computers.

“We try to implement as much prefabrication within our shop to maximize metal and commodities, and be efficient and make it easier for our men and women in the field. When you’re building something in your shop, you’re in a controlled environment,” says Martin.

For jobs in the past, T.H. Martin employees have even prefabricated 50-foot long duct work with taps, dampers and accessories, which was then loaded onto semi-trucks.

In 2022, T.H. Martin fabricated over 2 million pounds of sheet metal in its shops. The company has an EMR

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A changing industry

Martin points to other changes that have had a major impact within the industry.

“The biggest industry changes over the past few decades have been the prevalence of lean principles, prefabrication, modularization, technology and A.I. [artificial intelligence] – also, BIM and coordination with other trades for a more collaborative approach to construction. Partnerships are on the fast track, particularly on large mechanical projects with other MEP [mechanical, electrical, plumbing] and sheet metal contractors,” he says.

Working together

a lot of work. We have the resources and manpower and support staff in here to do it,” says Martin.

Martin is also readily willing to partner with area companies that may can get done on time. Labor shortages can sometime pop up, especially on larger projects, and partnerships can mitigate manpower and project management issues, for instance.

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“You can’t stockpile the jobsites any longer. Customers want on-time delivery and quick installation,” says Martin. On a project for The MetroHealth System, T.H. Martin had over 60 sheet metal workers during the major rough-in phase for about six months during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. That was only possible through partnerships with a few

“We do a good job of supporting our team while allowing autonomy. If they need support, we have put the mechanisms in place to do so,” says Martin.

In 2023, T.H. Martin achieved an annual volume of $55 million. “I have never thought ‘volume is king.’ We are looking for good jobs with good customers. Financially, what we’ve been able to do is keep a lot of retained earnings in the business which allows us to take on

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“Tom is a great partner and advocate for our industry,” says Coleman. “He has always looked at any issue we face with a ‘what is good for the industry’ mindset. He is willing to listen to all sides of the issue and always makes an industry decision. You can always count on him to be respectful and honest. He is truly a champion for the industry that we should all emulate.”

Looking ahead

When asked about the biggest challenges facing the sheet metal and HVAC industries right now, Martin quickly identifies workforce development, recruitment and retainment, and identifying future young leaders. He also points to adding diversity and inclusion as a potential way to overcome some of those challenges. Martin has identified several of those areas as

what he plans to focus on during his SMACNA presidency.

“I plan on focusing on workforce development, recruiting and retaining, and engaging in the industry locally and nationally. The value SMACNA provides to you and your company creates opportunities, networking and new relationships that create positive results for business,” he says.

Martin says he’s positively upbeat about his forthcoming year as the leader of SMACNA and gives the association a lot of credit for both his company’s and his own success.

“I’m honored and privileged. Being fully engaged in SMACNA and our industry the past 25-plus years has created tremendous value to me and our business, including new opportunities, growth and expansion,” he says.

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2024 Ohio Building Code: What it Means for Building Owners Unpacking recent OBC changes + their impact on HVAC system design/operation

In March, the state of Ohio made significant changes to its building codes and standards. These updates reflect a commitment to energy efficiency, sustainability and safety in building design and construction.

But what are the changes and how will they affect building owners? Here’s a quick guide to understanding the updates and what they mean to buildings in Ohio moving forward.

2024 Ohio Building & Ohio Mechanical Code

On March 1, the 2024 versions of the Ohio Building Code (OBC) and the Ohio Mechanical Code (OMC) took effect. The updated codes incorporate new provisions related to building systems, aligning with national standards and best practices. They aim to improve building performance and reliability while ensuring compliance with government regulations.

Along with general building requirements, these codes dictate what version of key ASHRAE standards must be followed regarding mechanical systems. The 2024 OBC references ASHRAE 90.1-2019, and the 2024 OMC references ASHRAE 62.1-2019. Previously, Ohio followed the 2010 version of both standards. With the nine-year jump forward comes an array of increased requirements for HVAC design, installation, energy recovery and ventilation.

ASHRAE 90.1-2019

Energy Standard for Buildings Except LowRise Residential Buildings

ASHRAE 90.1 specifies minimum energy criteria for new commercial buildings and significant renovations. The 2019 edition introduces redefined and expanded requirements for component efficiencies, building construction, controls and commissioning.

Ohio’s adoption of this edition places it among a handful of states leading the charge to implement these beneficial efficiency standards.

Efficiency tables for equipment were updated to align with Department of Energy standards, and new heat pump and heat recovery equipment standards are defined. Energy recovery guidelines are also enhanced with updated requirements that continue to promote the use

of innovative energy recovery technology in the industry. New, simplified HVAC and lighting approaches are provided to give alternate requirements for buildings under 25,000 square feet to allow smaller commercial buildings to increase their efficiency too.

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SOLUTIONS With Ohio’s updated codes and standards, system controls sequencing and scheduling requirements have been expanded to promote intelligent mechanical control systems. This allows for more efficient operation, monitoring and maintenance of building systems, resulting in improved performance and reduced operating costs.

for more efficient operation, monitoring and maintenance of building systems, resulting in improved performance and reduced operating costs. Several guidelines from ASHRAE Guideline 36 (High-Performance Sequence of Operations for HVAC Systems) must now be implemented per code.

Other key changes include stricter construction standards, such as whole building air leakage testing and increased duct sealing requirements. Commissioning scope was also expanded, now mandatory for buildings over 10,000 square feet, with exceptions noted. An in-depth commissioning

process is detailed and incorporated to ensure operational alignment.

ASHRAE 62.1-2019

Ventilation & Acceptable Indoor Air Quality

In addition to energy efficiency, the updated building codes place emphasis on indoor air quality (IAQ). ASHRAE 62.1 details ventilation air requirements and identifies requirements to maintain acceptable IAQ for commercial applications, excluding critical healthcare facilities. This includes guidelines for proper ventilation, filtration and pollutant control to protect occupant health and comfort.

There are two methods outlined to determine adequate outside airflow –the Ventilation Rate Procedure (VRP) and the Indoor Air Quality Procedure (IAQP). The latest edition of the standard provides a more detailed framework for the IAQP, allowing it to be more readily implemented. This is noteworthy because the IAQP often results in a lower required ventilation rate when compared to the VRP. A decreased ventilation requirement can lead to substantial reductions in mechanical system size, resulting in cost and space savings. A variety of other categories are also expanded upon for the first time in this

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edition. A comprehensive list of design components and compounds (formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, ozone, etc.) is included with their associated space limits and exposure periods. Overall code verification and evaluation are also further defined. With increased IAQ regulations, innovative approaches to provide clean air, like sorbent ventilation technology layered with ionization, will continue to increase in popularity.

Key takeaways

The recent OBC updates represent a milestone in the state’s efforts to enhance building safety, energy efficiency and sustainability. By embracing modern standards, Ohio is paving the way for

The recent OBC updates represent a milestone in the state’s efforts to enhance building safety, energy efficiency and sustainability. By embracing modern standards, Ohio is paving the way for safer, more resilient and environmentally responsible buildings across the state.

safer, more resilient and environmentally responsible buildings across the state.

Moving forward, all projects going out for permit in the state of Ohio must comply with the 2024 Ohio Building and Ohio Mechanical Codes. As they have in the past, Ohio industry professionals now must become familiar with the current standards. As building professionals and stakeholders adapt to these changes, collaboration and education will be key to ensuring successful implementation and compliance. Through continued dialogue and engagement, Ohio can advance its goals of creating healthier, more efficient and sustainable built environments for its residents.

Marin Musser is an HVAC system sales engineer at Gardiner and holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University. For more information, visit

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Keys to Optimizing Your Chillers Seasonal maintenance saves money + energy

Facility professionals know the critical role of a chiller in your overall operation. Maintenance to keep chillers running smoothly is essential to facilities that rely on environmental cooling demand for manufacturing processes or human comfort and care. What may not be as evident is the significant annual energy cost savings when chillers operate at peak performance.

Chiller systems account for the vast majority of total energy use in many commercial and industrial buildings, and even a small improvement in efficiency can have a significant impact on your utility spend.

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Complete twice-yearly (winter and spring) chiller maintenance to prevent small problems from becoming bigger, expensive service and repair costs. Make sure your maintenance program is provided by an experienced, reliable and responsive company who not only has deep knowledge of chiller operation, but can be onsite immediately if needed, to provide both scheduled and emergency service.

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temperatures, setpoints and other system functions.

What should maintenance include?

With regular winter and spring seasonal chiller system service, preventive maintenance keeps small problems from becoming major system repairs, while maximizing efficiency to save energy costs, and maintaining interior environment cooling demand.

Seasonal chiller service should include the following procedures critical to your equipment’s long-term service life:

• Replace oil filter and purge dryer

• Clean condenser tubes

• Inspect/clean starter contacts

• Perform meg/ohm test on motor

• Perform startup and operational log to verify system operation and efficiency

• Yearly oil sample analysis to check for excessive wear and potential failure in the impeller, bearings and other internal components

• Refrigerant samples should be completed every three to five years. Testing measures water found in refrigerant in parts per million, total acidity in parts per million, and non-volatile residue oil percent.

Many building owners don’t realize the significant savings that can be gained by performing effective chiller system service. Conversely, lack of cooling tower maintenance can reduce chiller efficiency by up to 35%, and a dirty coil condenser in an air-cooled chiller by up to 15%.

However, basic service and cleaning of these key components can improve efficiency and increases the life of your chiller system.

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Issues in the real estate industry

Considering Heat Pumps for Residential Use

As heat pumps continue to go mainstream in the residential market, it is increasingly important for real estate professionals to understand why these systems represent a major selling point and what buyers need to know. There are numerous benefits that systems like heat pumps can deliver to builders, developers and homebuyers – and the environment as well.

Heat pumps pull heat from either the air or underground and use it to distribute heat to a building. They flow in reverse and use a refrigerant to also provide cooling. Heat pumps require electricity to run but deliver more energy than they use by concentrating and moving heat rather than generating it directly.

Three types of heat pumps

Cold-climate air-source heat pumps

Cold-climate air-source heat pumps extract heat from the outside air and distribute it throughout a home. During warmer months, this process is reversed to provide cooling by pulling heat out

of an interior space. Cold-climate airsource heat pumps are generally best suited for single-family homes (central and ductless options), apartments, additions or those rooms that always seem too hot or too cold no matter what you do to the thermostat.

Geothermal heat pumps

Geothermal heat pumps, also known as ground-source heat pumps, distribute heat throughout a building by extracting heat from the ground using an underground pipe system. During warmer months, the process is reversed to provide cooling. Geothermal systems are

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the most efficient type of heat pump and can provide year-round comfort. Since temperatures remain consistent underground regardless of the temperature above ground, these heat pumps are extremely effective in colder climates.

Heat-pump water heaters

Heat-pump water heaters, also known as hybrid water heaters, use electricity to pull heat from the surrounding air and transfer it to water enclosed in a tank. Because they use electricity to move heat from one place to another, rather than generating heat directly, these water heaters are up to three times more efficient than conventional elec

Geothermal systems are the most efficient type of heat pump and can provide year-round comfort. Since temperatures remain consistent underground regardless of the temperature above ground, these heat pumps are extremely effective in colder climates.

tric-resistance water heaters. In addition to warm air, heat-pump water heaters draw moisture from their surroundings and can reduce the need to run a dehumidifier in muggy locations.

There are whole-home and partialhome options when it comes to heat pumps. Whole-home heat pumps take care of all the heating and cooling in a home – no additional systems are necessary. Homeowners often find immediate cost savings if they were previously heating with oil, propane or electric baseboards.

Partial-home or single-room heat pumps are used to supplement an existing system, often in rooms that struggle with temperature control like a secondfloor bedroom or an addition.

What property owners need to know

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pumps are all-in-one heating and cooling systems that are environmentally friendly, extremely efficient and affordable to operate. The primary benefit to all property owners is that heat pumps are designed to work efficiently in cold climates while doubling as a cooling system in the summer, eliminating the need for different systems depending on the time of year.

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tenance is key to efficient operation. Energy consumption can vary greatly between a well-maintained heat pump and a neglected heat pump. Dirty filters, coils and fans can reduce airflow, decrease system performance and


are unfortunate myths about the reliability of heat pumps to perform in cold climates that stem from outdated information. Newer, more advanced technology has resulted in modern, highefficiency heat pumps that reliably heat and cool without the need for a backup system.

Typically, property owners can expect their electric bill to increase when switching to a heat pump, but fuel costs are likely to decrease or disappear. Depending on what type of heat source they are switching from, the decrease in fuel bills could offset the increase in electric bills. It is difficult to identify global cost savings for heat pump installation without taking factors into consideration like each homeowner’s specific location, current heat source, square footage and choice of system, but homeowners may be able to save thousands of dollars with upfront installation incentives, federal tax credits and low-interest financing options.

Maintenance considerations

Heat pumps require minimal upkeep, but like all home systems, proper main-

even damage a system’s compressor. Property owners should have a professional technician service their heat pump annually.

Heat pumps in cold climates

There are unfortunate myths about the reliability of heat pumps to perform in cold climates that stem from outdated information. Newer, more advanced technology has resulted in modern, high-efficiency heat pumps that reliably heat and cool without the need for a backup system.

It is important to be aware that some air source heat pump models are not suited to extremely low temperatures. Geothermal heat pumps and cold-climate air-source heat pumps are specifically rated to perform in cold climates and are perfectly capable of heating homes in even the coldest of temperatures. Homeowners will experience maximum efficiency and comfort by fully weatherizing their homes to improve insulation and air sealing.

When it comes to heating or cooling during a power outage, heat pumps are no different than any other furnace, boiler or air conditioner. A generator or supplemental heating that does not require electricity like a fireplace or woodstove could be beneficial for any homeowner concerned about power outages.

Mark Vittardi (Century 21 DiPiero and Associates Inc.) is 2024 president of Akron Cleveland Association of Realtors (ACAR). For additional information, contact Kelli Moss, ACAR’s communications director, at 216-5254847 or This article was written by Donovan Gordon, director of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and reprinted with permission from NAR’s REALTOR Magazine. 71


Updated info on important projects in the region, provided courtesy of ConstructionWire (

Project: #3209571


PROJECT TYPE/SIZE: Retail/Restaurants (9,000 sq-ft), Office (25,000 sq-ft), Medical CONSTRUCTION TYPE: New ESTIMATED VALUE: $10 million

SECTOR: Private

LOCATION: 4774 E. Royalton Rd. Broadview Heights, OH 44147

DETAILS: Plans call for a three-building commercial development. The existing building on the property will be demolished. There will be a two-story 25,000-squarefoot Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center, a 4,800-square-foot Starbucks and a 4,200- square-foot Panera Bread. The clinic will include hold rooms for physical and occupational therapies. Estimated Schedule (as of 3/15/2024)

STAGE: Planning




Contact: Robert Abramovich, VP of Development

1585 Frederick Blvd. Akron, OH 44320-4053

P: 330-253-6958

F: 330-253-5242

ARCHITECT, GC: Dellagnese Construction

Contact: Jarod Dickey, Chief Architect 4000 Embassy Parkway, Ste. 400 Akron, OH 44333

P: 330-668-4000

TENANT: Starbucks 2401 Utah Ave. S

Seattle, WA 98134

P: 206-318-1575

TENANT: Panera Bread Co.

3630 S. Geyer Rd., Ste. 100 Saint Louis, MO 63127

P: 855-372-6372

TENANT: Crystal Clinic

1 Eagle Valley Ct.

Broadview Heights, OH 44147

P: 330-670-1003

OWNER: Flicore

30100 Chagrin Blvd., Ste. 301 Pepper Pike, OH 44124

P: 888-678-2354

Project: #3237010


PROJECT TYPE/SIZE: Multifamily (101-150 units), Athletic Facilities (< 10,000 sq-ft), Social (< 10,000 sq ft)


ESTIMATED VALUE: $20.4 million

SECTOR: Private

LOCATION: 223 Progress Pl. Ashtabula, OH 44004

DETAILS: Plans call for the redevelopment of four buildings to establish over 100 affordable senior apartments, a fitness center, a community room and storage space for tenants. The existing buildings comprised part of the Carlisle-Allen Co. department store as well as the Masonic Temple, and the majority of the space has been vacant for over 20 years. The historical masonry and storefronts of the Carlisle building will be reused, with existing stairwells

retained, cleaned and repainted. The terrazzo floors and wood floors will also be repaired and retained.

Estimated Schedule (as of 4/8/2024)

STAGE: Starts in 1-3 months





5000 Euclid Ave., Ste. #104 Cleveland, OH 44103

P: 216-932-1890

CM/GC: JCI Contractors

Contact: Chuck Borsukoff, President

529 W. Prospect Rd. Ashtabula, OH 44004

P: 440-998-0609

DEVELOPER: Renew Partners LLC

Contact: Shawn Neece, Partner

9755 Plank Rd., Box 229 Montville, OH 44064

P: 440-901-2030


Project: #3337240

PROJECT TYPE/SIZE: Multifamily (71 units), Athletic Facilities (< 10,000 sq-ft), Medical


ESTIMATED VALUE: $5-$25 million

SECTOR: Private

LOCATION: 10502 Superior Ave. Cleveland, OH 44106

DETAILS: Plans call for a four-story, mixed-use, 71-unit multifamily apartment build-

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ing. The residential component will also include a community room and a fitness room, as well as offices for building manager. There will be a medical clinic space at ground level.

Estimated Schedule (as of 3/22/2024)

STAGE: Starts in 4-12 months




ARCHITECT: RDL Architects, Inc.

Contact: Alexander Hosack, Project Designer

16102 Chagrin Blvd., 200 Shaker Heights, OH 44120

P: 216-752-4300

OWNER: Famicos Foundation

Contact: John Anoliefo, Executive Director

1325 Ansel Rd. Cleveland, OH 44106

P: 216-791-6476

Project: #3405264





ESTIMATED VALUE: $7.6 million

SECTOR: Private

LOCATION: 18101 Lorain Ave. Cleveland, OH 44111

DETAILS: Plans call for conversion of the shelled, old Emergency Department space (approxi mately 18,320-square-feet in area) into a multi-specialty outpatient clinic with exam and procedure rooms, one general radiology room, and all necessary sup port and ancillary spaces to support the incoming departments. The project also includes enabling work for various office relocations, blood draw lab relocation and registration relocation.

Estimated Schedule (as of 2/8/2024)

STAGE: Starts in 1-3 months




OWNER: The Cleveland Clinic

Project: Chris Zidek, Project Manager 18101 Lorain Ave. Cleveland, OH 44111

Fairview Hospital

P: 216-644-8758

ARCHITECT: Perspectus Architecture

Contact: Bradley Fink, Sr. Project Director

1300 E. 9th St., Ste. 910 Cleveland, OH 44114

P: 216-255-0152


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5475 Engle Rd. Brook Park, OH 44142

P: 216-529-1188

Project: #3536363


PROJECT TYPE/SIZE: Retail/Social (10,000-24,999 sq-ft)


ESTIMATED VALUE: $10 million

SECTOR: Public

LOCATION: 319 Black River Ln. Lorain, OH 44052

DETAILS: Plans call for the renovation of the Black River Landing stage area. Scope of work includes construction of a new stage, green room and amphitheater seating.

Estimated Schedule (as of 4/10/2024)

STAGE: Starts in 4-12 months




OWNER: Lorain Port Authority

Contact: Tom Brown, Executive Director

319 Black River Ln. Lorain, OH 44052

P: 440-204-2269

Cincinnati, OH 45202

P: 513-412-6188

DEVELOPER: Structures Unlimited

10480 Little Patuxent Parkway, Ste. 400 Columbia, MD 21044

P: 410-740-3005


5000 Euclid Ave., Ste. #104 Cleveland, OH 44103

P: 2169321890


Project: #3396589


3679 E. 131st St. Cleveland, OH 44120

Project: #3621974


PROJECT: Retail (< 10,000 sq-ft), Retail/ Restaurants (< 10,000 sq-ft), Retail/ Athletic Facilities (< 10,000 sq-ft), Office (< 10,000 sq-ft), Hotels (< 10,000 sqType/Size: ft), Medical

CONSTRUCTION TYPE: Renovation, Backfill

ESTIMATED VALUE: $25-$100 million




Estimated Schedule (as of 4/29/2024)




Project: #3300453


PROJECT TYPE/SIZE: Multifamily (310 units), Retail/Office/Restaurants (22,789 sq-ft)


ESTIMATED VALUE: $5-$25 million

SECTOR: Public

LOCATION: 1651 E. 71st St. Cleveland, OH 44103

DETAILS: Plans call for converting Martin Luther King Jr. High School into 213 apartments with 22,789 square feet of commercial space. There will also be 97 townhomes with 24 set aside for senior homes.

Estimated Schedule (as of 1/22/2024)

STAGE: Planning



OWNER: Cleveland Metropolitan School District 1111 Superior Ave. Cleveland, OH 44114

P: 216-838-0000

DEVELOPER: Burten Bell Carr Development 7201 Kinsman Rd., Ste. 104 Cleveland, OH 44104

P: 216-341-1455

DEVELOPER: The Community Builders Inc. 811 Race St., 4th Floor 75
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DEVELOPER, OWNER: Spinoso Real Estate Group

112 Northern Concourse Syracuse, NY 13212

P: 315-425-1000


Project: #3277602

PROJECT TYPE/SIZE: Multifamily (50-100 units), Retail/Restaurants (< 10,000 sq-ft), Office (52,000 sq ft)


ESTIMATED VALUE: $30 million

SECTOR: Private

LOCATION: 1 Victoria Square Painesville, OH 44077

DETAILS: Plans call for the renovation of the existing 191,000-square-foot Victoria Place building for office and residential uses. The project will convert the first floor into commercial and restaurant space while upper floors will be converted into 75-80 market rate apartments.

Estimated Schedule (as of 4/17/2024)

STAGE: Starts in 1-3 months




TENANT: Burgess & Niple 5085 Reed Rd. Columbus, OH 43220

P: 614-459-2050

DEVELOPER: Renew Partners LLC 9755 Plank Rd., Box 229 Montville, OH 44064

P: 440-901-2030

Project: #3535884


PROJECT TYPE/SIZE: Multifamily (141 units), Retail (< 10,000 sq-ft), Office (< 10,000 sq-ft)


ESTIMATED VALUE: $15 million

SECTOR: Private

LOCATION: 3393 Warrensville Center Rd. Shaker Heights, OH 44122

DETAILS: Plans call for the construction of 141 apartments, two retail spaces, a secondfloor office space and amenities in a five-story building.

Estimated Schedule (as of 4/9/2024)

STAGE: Planning



DEVELOPER: Metropolitan Holdings 1429 King Ave. Columbus, OH 43212

P: 614-488-1900

ARCHITECT: RDL Architects, Contact: Vince Sassano, Project Manager 16102 Chagrin Blvd. 200 Shaker Heights, OH 44120 P: 216-752-4300

Project: #3233283


PROJECT TYPE/SIZE: Restaurants (25,000-49,999 sq-ft), Retail (25,000-49,999 sq-ft), Office (25,000-49,999 sq-ft), Retail/ Grocery (25,000-49,999 sq-ft)


ESTIMATED VALUE: $28.872 million

SECTOR: Private

LOCATION: Between Ohio Route 43 and Depot Rd. Aurora, OH 44202

DETAILS: Plans call for the development of a mixed-use area, including 331 apartment units, restaurant, retail, and office space on 377 acres of land. Tenants for this project include Meijer’s grocery store and a Menards home improvement store.

Estimated Schedule (as of 3/22/2024)

STAGE: Construction




DEVELOPER: Industrial Commercial Properties LLC

Contact: Chris Salata, COO

6110 Parkland Blvd. Cleveland, OH 44124

P: 216-225-3019

DEVELOPER: Vision Development, Inc.

Contact: Brent Wrightsel, President

3300 Riverside Dr., Ste. 100 Columbus, OH 43202

P: 614-487-1804

TENANT: Meijer Stores

2929 Walker Ave. N Grand Rapids, MI 49544 P: 616-453-6711

TENANT: Menards Inc. 5120 Menard Dr. Eau Claire, WI 54703

Corporate Headquarters P: 715-876-2600

ARCHITECT: RDL Architects, Inc.

Contact: Greg Soltis, Project Architect 21111 Chagrin Blvd. 110 Beachwood, OH 44122 P: 216-218-2948

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