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Spring 2012



a bi-monthly digital magazine for client and friends of R.E. Warner & Associates, Inc.








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President’s Message by Ted Beltavski, PE The Evolution of R.E. Warner’s Vision and Mission Statements Developing a mission and vision is not as easy as it sounds! Brainstorming leads to many ideas but pulling them all together into a useful and purposeful solution takes a lot of work. As our strategic planning team began to evolve through our vision and mission statements, it became clear that our clients perspective was close at hand. The “vision” (our foresight) to be the preferred consultant for all our clients came into focus as the “mission” (our task and responsibility) statement to provide those same clients technical solutions with a passion for service was developing. When the two came together, it was a natural progession and immediately made sense to all those in the room. As our company moves forward into the future, the strategic thinking involved in making decisions around our mission and vision will keep us focused and results-oriented. By planning our growth and measuring our successes around this strategy, our new opportunities will stay consistently within a range leading us to optimal prosperity.


Purpose of the Strategic Plan – Bring an additional element to our business “that of strategic thinking” – Not to predict the future, but to shape the future – Define our Vision and Mission – Focus our resources Goals of the Strategic Plan – Build on our strengths – Mitigate our weaknesses – Seize opportunities – Prepare for threats Key Elements of the Strategic Plan – Marketing and Business Development – Design and Production – Human Resources – Finance and Administration – Technology – Leadership and Ownership Transition Action Plan – Build on our Strengths – Mitigate our Weaknesses – Prepare for Threats – Seize Opportunities – Develop Communication Channels – Design Production – Project Communications – External Communications – Talent Management – Technology Management – Financial Management – Business Development – Internal Sales and Marketing

Strategic Planning

“Downboarding in Business” Over the past couple of years, our nation’s economy has required R.E.Warner, like many other companies, to focus on tactical issues to produce short-term results and position our firm for the future. This required us to bring an additional dimension to our business, that of strategic thinking and planning. Strategic thinking is similar to “down board” thinking in which a chess player must not only consider their immediate move, but must look “down board” and consider a number of moves ahead. As we look ahead, our markets must be more clearly identified. Our project delivery system and personnel needs, both present


and future, must be accurately defined and documented to reflect our ever changing environment. Leadership and ownership transition must be addressed as several of our key managers approach retirement. Financial plans and objectives must be established to meet these challenges. Beginning in the summer of 2011, R.E.Warner selected Dennis Schrag, of the Longview Group, to work with us with the research, development and implementation of our strategic plan. This process lasted nearly six months and included client perception surveys, employee surveys and interviews, analysis of our current policies and procedures, a mission/ vision and planning retreats, and development of action plans for implementation over the next three years. Our purpose was not to predict our future, but to shape it. Our strategic plan provides a framework for action that is embedded in the mind-set of

our organization. It provides a framework for our staff to assess strategic situations similarly, discuss alternatives in a common language, and base decisions on a shared mission. Our strategic plan will also allow us to unleash the energy of our organization behind a shared vision and the belief that that vision can be fulfilled. The process of developing our strategic plan was as important as the plan itself. By first conducting internal and external perception surveys, we were able to gain a better understanding of the arena in which R.E.Warner operates our customers, current, past and future - and our own capabilities and limitations. With this hard data in place, we are able to clearly identify and build on our strengths, address our weaknesses, seize opportunities and prepare for threats. We developed specific action steps to grow our business, recruit and retain leaders in our profession, and expand our technology.


New President Reception More than 50 clients, civic officials, and business associates of R.E. Warner & Associates enjoyed a reception for the new president Ted Beltavski on March 7. The catered event provided an opportunity for networking and socializing with many of R.E. Warner’s employees and offer congratulations to Ted.


A Commitment to Northeast Ohio When the physics teacher at Independence High School was looking for guest speakers on STEM careers this year, she did not have to look far. For the past several years, engineers from R.E. Warner & Associates have taken time out of their day to speak to the students about careers in science and engineering. This past winter, R.E. Warner’s architect Pat Thornton and civil engineer Justin Haselton spoke to the physics class about their roles as professionals in projects throughout Ohio, and how specific high school courses they took played a role in their current positions. Students

were provided examples of how different forces influence the design and materials of a building, for example their own high school library media center where the forum was held. Additionally, students were able to take part in a question and answer session, in which they explored different career paths for each of the majors, the importance of continuing education, and how the economy has influence architects and engineers. “Sometimes we don’t realize what a difference we can make by the simple things we do, both for young students as well as

for a company as a whole,” said Ted Beltavski, president of R.E. Warner & Associates. “When we take time from our day to share our expertise with the future of tomorrow, we hopefully ignite a spark in those young minds to think about STEM careers.” Mrs. Haren, the teacher, commented on how many students came up to her after class with an excitement for a possible career in engineering. In March, Pat Thornton was asked back to Independence HIgh School to judge the students’ career presentations.


New Teammates. . .


Steven E. Jaremko, Senior Structural Designer has more than 30 years experience in structural design of complex steel, automotive and chemical production facilities. He prepares layout, design and detail drawings for foundations, structural steel and concrete buildings, equipment foundations and framework, equipment enclosures and supports; preliminary and final cost estimates; material and construction specifications. He is experienced in the design of new facilities and the rehabilitation of existing ones. Mr. Jaremko performs field surveys and measurements prior to design and follows projects through design

Florin Constantinescu, P.E., Senior Structural Engineer, holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio, Florida and North Carolina. He has more than 15 years of experience in the areas of planning, design, and construction of civil and structural projects as well as project management, construction cost estimating and construction services. His experience ranges from residential to large commercial and institutional projects, both in the private and public sector.

Pacifico “Penny� Dannug, Mechanical Design Engineer holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Colegio de San Jose University and has more than 30 years of diverse experience. His experience includes equipment arrangement, design of process and utilities piping, plumbing, drain and fire protection systems for industrial and process plants, as well as material handling, product design, and reviewing vendor drawings, specifications, and code review. He is proficient with AutoCAD, Bently MicroStation, and Intergraph SmartPlant 3D.

John A. Christopher, Mechanical/Piping Engineer holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Cleveland State University and has more than 35 years experience in design and construction administration experience on projects involving complex mechanical systems for chemical process plants and manufacturing facilities.

New R.E. Warner Projects . . . Surveying, architectural and engineering services for re-platting, demolition of one single family house and design and construction administration of four new single family houses in Sheffield Township and two new houses in Oberlin, Ohio for the Lorain County Neighborhood Development Corporation. Structural study, analysis and design to reinforce existing roof trusses and “green steel” to accommodate a new product line at an Ohio automobile manufacturing facility. Preliminary and conceptual engineering for installation of a 16-inch steam line and pipe bridge to connect steel making facilities in Indiana. Project and construction management for Phase 2 laboratory improvements at a leading coatings company in Cleveland, Ohio. Preparation of plans and specifications for construction of a maintenance vehicle wash bay addition at the Columbus Regional Airport.

Construction engineering for a new in-line forge press and soaking pit for a leading global manufacturer of highly engineered bearings, alloy steels, and related components and assemblies.

Preliminary and detailed engineering to replace existing salt flaking system with two new flaking mills and related process conveying, and dust collection systems at an Ohio salt producer’s facility.

Layout and control for erection of structural steel to support the new glass curtain wall at the Anthony J. Celebreze Federal Building in downtown Cleveland.

Structural observation and assessment for a steel producer’s buildings and preparation of report of findings.

Architectural and engineering services to renovate the VQD office, weld layout table office, MRO office and sampling area at an automobile manufacturing plant. Detailed piping design for material handling improvements at a Cleveland coatings facility. Design, engineering and PTI to upgrade a power plant’s coal pile runoff treatment system to a capacity of 300 gpm and modify the system to process air heater wash liquid.

Blast analysis and recommendation for improvements to guard house at a leading petrochemical facility in Ohio. Boundary survey and lot split for U.S. Steel’s Lorain, Ohio property. Study and design for replacement of Royalview Drive Bridge over Countryman’s Creek with a new concrete box beam bridge in the City of Parma, Ohio.

Structural, mechanical and electrical engineering for demolition of a stamping press line and construction of a die storage area at an Ohio automobile manufacturing facility. Surveying and mapping, site design and engineering for design and construction of a new, $7 million clubhouse including grading, drainage, paving, underground utilities and stormwater management for Lakewood Country Club in Westlake, Ohio.

Royalview Drive Bridge in Parma, Ohio


WARNER WELLNESS R.E. Warner & Associates cares about the health and well-being of its team and is an advocate for a healthy lifestyle. With the addition of new vending machines which provide freshly made sandwiches and fruit in the kitchen, planning outdoor physical volunteer opportunities such as assisting at the Clague House Museum, and the scheduled Wellness Fair in May, R.E. Warner has started an internal program which hopes to help our employees and their families live an active and balanced way of life.

Design Concepts for Tomorrow’s Service Center On May 9, a luncheon meeting presented by The Northern Ohio Service Directors Association at the Embassy Suites in Independence will feature Patrick E. Thornton, RA, LEED AP, Project Manager and Senior Architect of R.E. Warner & Associates, Inc.

Patrick E. Thornton, RA, LEED AP Project Manager & Senior Architect

During this educational event, Patrick E. Thornton, RA, LEED AP, will share his knowledge, expertise and approach to turning facility design challenges into opportunities to provide safe, efficient, sustainable, and operable facilities. Participants will be provided with insights to help them identify their needs regarding:


• Project Pre-Planning • Site Selection / Planning • Building Planning • Systems Planning

Our mission is to provide technical solutions through teamwork and a passion for service. Since our founding in 1951, R.E. Warner & Associates, Inc. has experienced steady and continuous growth. Building on our traditional strengths and values, we have entered into new fields only when it is consistent with the basic mission of our company. Today, R.E. Warner is a full service, multi-discipline consulting firm serving both public and private clients. We call ourselves multi-discipline because we offer professional services in civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and process engineering; architecture and planning; surveying; and environmental science and engineering. Our impressive list of clients includes many of our nation’s largest steel, automotive and chemical producers, electric power companies, health and educational facilities, and various agencies of the federal, state and local governments.

R.E. Warner’s mission is to provide technical solutions through teamwork and a passion for service. Our areas of practice include buildings and facilities, industrial operations and process engineering, infrastructure, transportation, energy management, surveying, environmental and construction services. In order to fulfill our mission to our clients, R.E. Warner consistently recruits, hires and retains the leaders in our profession. In recognition of our great workplace, R.E. Warner has been named a multi-year winner of the NorthCoast 99 Award, presented annually by the Employers Resource Council to the top 99 companies to work for in Northeast, Ohio. We invite you to contact many of your peers to discover how working with R.E. Warner can be economical, efficient, professional and down right pleasant!

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Excellence By Design: Spring 2012  

A Digital Magazine for Clients and Friends of R.E. Warner & Associates, Inc.

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