After 5 Years in Kansas City, Ross & Baruzzini Celebrates Wins and Looks to the Future

As our Kansas City office celebrates five years, we’re excited to see this team’s continued success across healthcare, science and technology, and public sectors. 

Rendering from UMKC School of Computing and Engineering

Since opening, they have completed over 75 projects totaling $300+ million in combined construction costs with notable projects including the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise and Research Center at the University of Missouri–Kansas City, completed science laboratory renovations for Johnson County Community College, and handled renovations at the United States Disciplinary Barracks in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

“Based on the success we’ve seen in Kansas City in a short time, we’re excited to see what the future holds,” says Dan Phelan, Office Director for Ross & Baruzzini’s Kansas City office. “These projects helped demonstrate our ability to provide our clients with innovative solutions and exceptional service, particularly on challenging, multi-phase renovation projects. As our office continues to grow, we look forward to providing our clients with the full spectrum of our firm’s engineering and consulting services to deliver leading-edge solutions to their most complex problems — all while providing top-notch customer service.”

The Kansas City team plans to move to a larger office space in Overland Park, Kansas, to better serve its Missouri and Kansas clients while providing ample space for the growing team. The team is currently located in Prairie Village, Kansas.

“We have several exciting projects on the horizon, so I don’t see our momentum in the Kansas City region slowing down,” says Elizabeth Graff, Business Development Director for Ross & Baruzzini’s Midwest region. “With several upcoming projects at the University of Kansas Medical Center, University of Missouri–Kansas City, and Johnson County Community College — in addition to several significant opportunities in the healthcare, science and technology, and public sectors — I’m confident we’ll continue to build on our successes for many years to come.”

Read the full press release from Cision PR Newswire.

SAME’s 2022 Joint Engineer Training Conference & Expo (JETC)

Connect with Senior Vice President – Managing Principal Mike Shea and Business Development Director Jay Shastri from our Government Services team at SAME’s Joint Engineer Training Conference & Expo 2022 in Aurora, CO on May 10-12. Visit our team at Booth #811 for three days of education, training, and networking.

Please visit the SAME JETC 2022 website to register.

What To Expect At JETC

The SAME JETC 2022 in Colorado promises to be a must-attend reunion for members of the military engineering community and the A/E/C industry. After two years of virtual events, SAME JETC is ready to bring together professionals from across the public and private sectors to learn and network in a collaborative setting.

Connect with Our Experts on Mission Critical Solutions

We understand local and federal agencies must be agile. Our full suite of advanced solutions create safe, sustainable, and resilient facilities:

• Architecture and Interior Design
• Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing & Fire Protection Engineering (MEP/FP)
• Technology Consulting
• IT & Communications
• Physical Security
• Commissioning
• Systems Integration
• Energy Consulting

If you’re attending, contact us here to set up your one-on-one during this event so we can talk about your next project.

Connect with Mobility Systems’ Megan Huff and Maroun Ghanem During the APTA Mobility Conference 2022

Join Megan Huff, Mobility Systems Vice President – Managing Principal, as she joins the “Is Your Cyber Secure?” session during the APTA Mobility Conference on Tuesday, May 3 at 2 PM ET to discuss how transit agencies and businesses can defend against digital threats by creating a dynamic cybersecurity program.

Megan Huff will be joined by:

→ Ron Talwalkar, Vice President, Product Specialists/Cyber Intelligence & Solutions, Mastercard

→ Scott Belcher, Research Associate, Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI)

→ Chelsey Waterman, Chief Operating Officer, Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District (MetroLink)

Please visit the American Public Transporation Association (APTA) website to register for this conference.

What to Expect at This Year’s APTA Mobility Conference

The Mobility Conference continues to address the critical priorities and challenges facing bus and paratransit systems and explores the changing environment in which systems operate in today’s mobility landscape. Participate in specialty workshops, APTA’s Bus Display, the Products and Services Showcase and technical tours.

If you’re attending APTA Mobility, contact us here to set up your one-on-one during this event so we can talk about your next project.

Committed to Sustainability: Earth Day 2022

Since our inception in 1953, energy conservation and sustainability have been core components of our design philosophy. As we prioritize these important features in our built environments, learn about some of our top eco-friendly projects:

Emory Musculoskeletal Institute – Brookhaven, Georgia

This specialty medical office building includes a Surgery Center, office space, and a research facility with six operating rooms, four procedure rooms, pre-op/post-op, two MRIs, radiology, physical therapy, 72 exam rooms, a 15,000sf advanced research lab, teaching operative suite, administrative offices for Orthopedics, and a 10,000sf conference center. The project also included a notable dedicated physiatry room within the design.

The new LEED-certified building is a comprehensive, patient and family-centered facility and was created to serve as this service line’s central location and house multiple centers of excellence and programs. Services provided include orthopedic and spine care, physical therapy, and imaging services.

Indiana University, Assembly Hall – Bloomington, Indiana

Ross & Baruzzini designed the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems for a major renovation and addition to the iconic Assembly Hall, home to the Hoosier basketball program and other athletics. The most visible renovations focus on the main lobby entrance, which was completely replaced. The new lobby provides a grand entrance to the facility along with amenities such as a Hall of Champions display area for memorabilia. Suites were added within the arena seating along with meeting and event spaces.

Washington University – St. Louis

Photography via Washington University McKelvey School of Engineering

Ross & Baruzzini provided mechanical, electrical, fire protection, and audio-visual systems engineering services for a new four-level, 75,000sf Computer Science building on the east end of Washington University’s Danforth campus. The facility incorporates large expanses of glass on the north and west sides of the building facing an interior courtyard.  The building houses several large open lab areas, tiered and flat pooled classrooms, conference rooms, offices, and collaboration zones.

MUSC Jenkins Children’s Hospital and Women’s Pavilion – Charleston, South Carolina

Photography via Perkins & Will. 

This project is the first comprehensive inpatient hospital project in South Carolina with LEED 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.

Engineering Holistic Design

Ross & Baruzzini collaborates with designers, builders, architects, and owners to successfully meet and exceed building requirements. Our related services include:

• Energy Master Planning
• Energy Auditing
• Advanced Energy Modeling and Analysis
• Commissioning/Retro-Commissioning
• Facility Condition Assessments
• Energy Programs (LEED, Green Globes, Energy Star, WELL Building)
• Measurement and Verification
• Energy Conservation Funding and Incentives
• Renewable Energy Design and Consulting
• Life Cycle Cost Analysis
• Water Conservation

Our extensive project experience includes MEP Engineering, Energy Consulting, Commissioning, and Consulting. Visit our full portfolio for additional projects.

Megan Huff, Vice President and Managing Principal – Mobility Systems, Featured in CEOWORLD Magazine

We are excited to share Megan Huff, PfMP, Vice President and Managing Principal – Mobility Systems, was featured in a recent CEOWORLD magazine article by Rhett Power on breaking down barriers between people and technology:

“By breaking down silos and encouraging technology integration, agencies can better understand the customer journey and improve the design of the transit experience,” says Megan Huff, Vice President and Managing Principal – Mobility Systems at Ross & Baruzzini. “But technology itself won’t solve the problem; it’s only an enabler. Agencies need to thoroughly invest in change management. Even if an agency pledges $100 million to collect and analyze more transportation data analytics, nothing will change if it doesn’t use the data to drive behavioral changes across the entire organization. That’s a people problem that must be addressed through strategic thinking and cooperation.”

Her quote originally appears in her article “There’s a Problem With Technology Integration When It Comes to Public Transit in the U.S., and It’s Not the Tech” where she dives into the importance of removing organizational silos that keep technology, people, and processes stuck in the status quo.

Visit our Mobility Systems page for more information.

Spring into New Hires: Welcoming New Hires This Week

As we leap into spring, we’re excited to share two new hires this week. Please help us welcome Associate Principal Hollis Heron and Medical Equipment Planner Eusra Amin:

Hollis Heron, PE LEED AP, GROL

Hollis is experienced in engineering operations with a demonstrated history of working in the wireless industry. Her diverse skills across AutoCAD, electrical wiring, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP), electrical engineering, and construction management will help our Technology team continue to expand into additional projects across the country. Hollis will initiate relationships with clients, and serve as the executive point of contact, assisting the assigned project manager.

Eusra Amin, PMP

Eusra will help manage planning and design for various healthcare projects in the U.S and around the world. As an experienced Medical Equipment Planner, she will use her advanced analytical skills to collaborate with hospital operators, engineers, and architects as she works to ensure all planning activities adhere to client requirements. Eusra will also assist in revising medical equipment lists and estimated costs as projects move from schematic design through procurement and installation.

To learn about our current openings, please visit our Careers page.

April 2022 Conferences: Join Our Aviation and Baggage Handling Teams

Our Aviation and Baggage Handling teams are ready for the SEC-AAAE Annual Conference and the Airports@Work Conference this month.

Let’s connect during these events and discuss how we can help you build an integrated strategy tailored to your specific needs, ensuring your next project is safe and secure as passenger demand continues to grow:

2022 Airports@Work Conference

ACI-NA’s Airports@Work Conference brings together the most complex facets of airport operations for a collaborative discussion about today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities. This event will be held at the Loews Kansas City Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri on April 25 – 28.

The agenda will highlight the latest in technology, sustainability, operations, and security with plenary sessions on the state of aviation and post-pandemic environments.

Visit the 2022 Airports@Work Conference Website for Registration Details.

From airport technology to baggage handling systems, our teams have deep insight into the future of airports. We can improve your airport operations and customer experiences by developing integrated applications that enable airport processes and procedures to operate more intelligently.

Ross & Baruzzini provides a wide range of aviation services, including operations strategic planning, system design, engineering, installation, testing, commissioning, and program management support services providing staff augmentation to support all aspects of airport operations. Contact us today to see how we can help your next project, big or small.

2022 SEC-AAAE Annual Conference

The Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (SEC-AAAE) was created in 1983 during the course of an annual conference of the Southeastern Airport Managers Association.  This year’s event will be held at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenneneese on April 10 – 12.

Key sessions include how the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will affect future airport projects along with other important topics covering post-COVID recovery, unmanned aircraft systems, technology, and cybersecurity.

Visit the SEC-AAAE Website for Registration Details.