2021 in Review: Our Biggest Stories from Last Year

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January 6, 2022

2021 was another eventful year, but our teams remained steadfast as we dealt with competing deadlines, hybrid work schedules, and global events that affected our life outside of work. 

Looking ahead, there is some uncertainty. Our world is becoming more complex, with diverse markets and technology interconnecting. We will continue to focus on providing secure, resilient spaces where our communities live, work, and relax. 

As we settle into the new year, let’s explore our top stories from 2021:

Securing Strong Rankings on the 2021 BD+C Giants 400 Annual Survey

Building Design+Construction (BD+C) listed Ross & Baruzzini as one of the Top 40 Engineering/Architecture Firms for 2021. We also ranked across their Healthcare, Data Center, Higher Education, and Commercial listings. 

We want to thank BD+C magazine for the recognition as well as our employees, clients, and partners who empower us to design tech-forward projects across the world.

Supporting the Women in Commerical Real Estate: CREW Network

Ross & Baruzzini proudly supports the advancement of women in our industry, which is why we invest in organizations like CREW Network. The CREW-St. Louis chapter recognized women in AEC for their contributions to the city’s economy and built environments. 

Ross & Baruzzini was honored to be a part of this impactful evening in September as a member of CREW’s awards committee. 

Forbes Features Ross & Baruzzini Leading Technology in Latest Article

Megan Huff, Vice President & Managing Principal - Mobility Systems, shares her expertise with Forbes on what the reemergence of AR and VR technology means for businesses.

IES Illumination Awards Recognize Ross & Baruzzini Project for Sustainable Design

Our 4340 Duncan Renovation project team received the Illuminating Engineering Society Illumination Award of Merit for Energy and Environmental Design.

Ross & Baruzzini provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering services for the gut renovation of the historic Crescent Building (4340 Duncan Avenue) located in the Cortex Innovation Community (CIC).

Acoustics in Healthcare: Achieving LEED Silver Certification for MUSC Jenkins Children’s Hospital and Women’s Pavilion

This project is the first comprehensive inpatient hospital project in South Carolina with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification at any level. In addition, our firm’s recommendations as Acoustical Consultant earned two LEED points for Healthcare Acoustics, without which, this project would not have reached the point total required for overall LEED Silver Certification.

A Fun & Healthy Night on the Town: St. Louis Biz Dash 5K

The Ross & Baruzzini team had a great night at the St. Louis Biz Dash 5K. We’re proud to promote employee health and team building while supporting our local communities. Proceeds from Biz Dash 5K go to the St. Louis Sports Commission which promotes sportsmanship in the community and fosters a culture of kindness, respect, and selflessness.

Making the 2021 Zweig Group​ Hot Firm List

“The 2021 Hot Firms are a confirmation of the vigor and resilience of the AEC industry,” said Zweig Group CEO Chad Clinehens.  

Ross & Baruzzini was listed on the 2021 Hot Firm Award by the Zweig Group, which recognizes the fastest-growing firms in the architecture, engineering, planning, environmental, and construction (AEC) industry. Firms are ranked based on three-year growth in revenue, by both percentage and dollar growth.

Ross & Baruzzini Engineering Wins ENR Midwest Best Project Cultural Award

Photo via St. Louis Zoo

Recently featured on the Engineering News-Record Midwest Best Project Award List, Ross & Baruzzini provided engineering services for the St. Louis Zoo Primate Canopy Trails Expansion. 

Winning the “Best Project Cultural'' category, this project adds 35,000 sq ft of new outdoor habitats for chimpanzees, lemurs, and colobus monkeys. The Primate Canopy Trails also provides visitors unique opportunities to experience life with the animals from vantage points such as a 200-ft-long, winding steel boardwalk at tall treetop levels.

The Future of Aviation: The Pandemic’s Lasting Impact on Air Travel Innovations

In his latest perspective, Chris Runde, Director of Corporate Strategy and Innovation, explores 

how the pandemic has spurred the adoption of digital tools such as touchless technology, self-service, and autonomous in the Aviation industry.

Ross & Baruzzini Security Project Wins Vanguard Award Top Project for Manhattan West Development

We are so proud of our Manhattan West team for winning the 2021 Security Vanguard Top Project Award. With construction beginning nearly a decade ago, our Security team was tasked to build a future-proof security technology strategy while collaborating with Brookfield Properties and architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

The new mixed-use development includes five buildings, a 1.5-acre public park, a high-end retail mall, train station extension, and more. 

InfoSys Education Center in Indianapolis

In June, we celebrated the completion of design work for the Infosys Education center in Indianapolis. This global technology company is building a 160,000 sf state-of-the-art training campus and residential center to prepare employees for cutting-edge tech jobs.

Great work by our Indy team!

2021 Rainbow Run | Walk | Bike: Supporting the LGBTQIA+ Community

“Over twenty employees joined the 2021 R&B Rainbow Run | Walk | Bike for Pride Month in June showing off their athletic achievements, earning Vitality points, and supporting the #LGBTQIA+ community.” - Mike Maselli, DE&I Committee Co-Chair and Technology Principal. 

Although Pride month is over, we’re excited to continue our support for LGBTQIA+ and other global communities.

UMKC School of Computing and Engineering’s Grand Opening of the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise and Research Center.

Designed for students, staff, and the greater Kansas City community, this hub features $3 million worth of fabrication and prototyping equipment, industrial and research-grade 3D printing equipment, along with augmented, virtual, and mixed reality equipment.

Ross & Baruzzini provided Engineering services including Mechanical, Plumbing, and Fire Protection systems for this addition to the Flarsheim Science and Technology Hall on the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus. 

Multiple Ross & Baruzzini Projects Recognized in Building St. Louis Awards 2021

Two Ross & Baruzzini projects received recognition in the Building St. Louis Awards 2021. Our engineering teams supported the winning Washington University East End Transformation as well as the St. Charles Community College agriculture and food science building.

Aviation Team’s Expertise Featured in Rolling Stone

Published by Rolling Stone, our Aviation Security Consulting Team worked with the Port of Seattle to provide an After Action Report (AAR) on the incident of ‘The Sky Thief: Beebo Russell's Last Flight’. Ross & Baruzzini encourages a deeper look into the article to view the whole incident and the importance of providing mental health awareness to help make airports safer and more secure.

Multiple Ross & Baruzzini Healthcare Clients Make CHIME 2021 List of ‘Most Wired’ Hospitals.

Congratulations to our Healthcare clients who made the CHIME (College of Healthcare Information Management Executives) 2021 list of 'Most Wired' hospitals.

CHIME's Most Wired list recognizes healthcare organizations that have adopted and deployed Information Technology to improve patient safety and health outcomes across the industry.

Ross & Baruzzini Named One of St. Louis’ 2021 Best Places to Work

Ross & Baruzzini is proud to be a finalist in the St. Louis Business Journal's 2021 Best Places to Work. A four-time nominee for this distinction, our company is proud of our vibrant culture guided by integrity, hard work, and collaboration across a diverse range of teams. 

Last year was another one-of-a-kind ride, but our dedication to our communities remains the same. Thank you for being a part of our 2021 journey, and stay tuned for some major news updates later this year.