2021 in Review: Our Biggest Stories from Last Year

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.

Ross & Baruzzini Secures Strong Rankings on the 2021 BD+C Giants 400 Annual Survey

Leading Industry Magazine Recognizes Ross & Baruzzini Across Multiple Markets:

Building Design + Construction (BD+C), a notable architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry magazine, recently recognized Ross & Baruzzini across several markets including their Top 40 Engineering/Architecture Firms for 2021 list. These lists are based on revenue earned during the previous calendar year. 

“We are pleased to see that our organization is again listed as one of the foremost engineering and design firms across multiple disciplines,” said Craig Toder, President and Chairman. “Through transformational technology and engineering solutions, we transform buildings into living systems for our clients to enhance users’ experiences.”

BD+C is currently publishing their full rankings, with initial listings released in August 2021. As the publication announces additional results, we look forward to ranking in other key verticals such as educationgovernment, and technology. This consistent performance demonstrates our commitment to sustainable and equitable designs.

“We design innovative technology enabling buildings that support and contribute to a more environmentally neutral sustainable future,” said John Desch, Chief Commercial Officer. “Our designs prioritize comfort, safety, control, and confidence.”

Other Ross & Baruzzini rankings include: 

#6 – Top 50 Outpatient Facility Engineering and EA Firms
#12 – Top 95 Healthcare Sector Engineering and EA Firms
#13 – Top 40 Transit Facility Engineering and EA Firms for 2021
#15 – Top 85 Hospital Facility Engineering and EA Firms
#23 – Top 70 Airport Facility Engineering and EA Firms
#24 – Top 40 Engineering/Architecture Firms
#26 – Top 85 University Sector Engineering and EA Firms 
#29 – Top 55 Data Center Sector Engineering and EA Firms 
#34 – Top 85 Office Building/Core+Shell Engineering and EA
#45 – Top 95 Office Sector Engineering and EA Firms 

For a full list of rankings and more information, visit the Building Design + Construction Giants Report

Ross & Baruzzini Named on 2021 Zweig Group Hot Firms List

Ross & Baruzzini was recently listed on the 2021 Hot Firm Award by the Zweig Group. The list 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.

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

The list was assembled based on a survey of industry firms conducted by the Zweig Group, the publisher of The Zweig Letter, and a leader in enhancing business performance for architecture, engineering, planning and environmental consulting firms.

Our ranking on this year’s list reflects our employee’s dedication to our mission and long-term strategy. In the past year, Ross & Baruzzini has been committed to strengthening the company’s growth by investing in thought-leadership, new technologies, and tactical business planning.

Winners will be celebrated at both the virtual and in-person versions of the Elevate AEC Conference. Read the full list of the 2021 Hot Firm winners here.

Business Resilience & Airport Innovation: Join Ross & Baruzzini at the 2021 SMART Airports Conference & Exhibition

Ross & Baruzzini is a proud silver sponsor for the 2021 SMART Airports Conference & Exhibition. This premier event covers how SMART airports and their adjacent regions are leveraging connectivity to stimulate innovation and opportunity.

2021 SMART Airports Conference & Exhibition leads the way with its innovative, interactive agenda:

  • The most comprehensive community of SMART airports and the regions they serve, focusing on the opportunities and innovations that technology is bringing to environments, communities and cities
  • Up to 500 senior level attendees and decision makers
  • Opportunity to learn from visionary speakers and thinkers
  • Extensive and intimate opportunities to network with this progressive audience across 3 days.

Don’t Miss the Essential Session on Smart Connected Airports

Join the Smart Connected Airports Session on Wednesday, August 18 at 12:00pm CDT with Vice President & Managing Principal Michael Zoia as he discusses technology-driven innovations and airport resiliency. 

Attend Smart Airports 2021 in San Antonio, TX

Register for the 2021 SMART Airports Conference & Exhibition

Ross & Baruzzini Expands with Addition of Three Security Experts

Our Security team has expanded with the hiring of Robert Warmack, as Lead Security Consultant; Vince Aragon, PSP, CPP, as Lead Security Consultant, and Charles Messenger as Associate Engineer.

Robert Warmack | Lead Security Consultant 

As a Lead Security Consultant, Robert will analyze security systems, assess potential breach areas, and recommend appropriate solutions for our clients.

With over a decade of industry experience, Robert received his Bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies from the University of Mississippi and has worked as Corporate Security Manager for the Georgia Power Company.

Vince Aragon | Lead Security Consultant 

Vince Aragon, PSP, CPP will also work as a Lead Security Consultant, managing security project designs and ensuring projects are compliant with standard implementation.

Vince is an U.S. Navy veteran with previous experience at Stanley Security Solutions and Burns & McDonnell. He holds two Bachelor degrees from Missouri State University. 

Charles Messenger | Associate Engineer 

As an Associate Engineer, Charles Messenger will implement and monitor security measures for the protection of systems, networks, and information.

With a Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management from Purdue University Global, Charles is an experienced project engineer with a strong background in physical security.

To learn more about current security job openings with Ross & Baruzzini, visit our careers page.

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

This June, Ross & Baruzzini honored Pride Month! This important milestone recognizes the lasting impact of LGBTQIA+ individuals and allies in U.S history and across the world. 

To show support and raise awareness for the LGBTQIA+ community, our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) committee invited our employees to take part in the R&B Rainbow Run | Walk | Bike for Pride event.  

Employees were encouraged to wear colors from the Pride flag and share their workout photos:

Participants also earned points for our company health and wellness program, Vitality.

“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,” said Mike Maselli, DE&I Committee Co-Chair and Technology Principal. “No world records were broken this year but with a little training, anything is possible. Thanks to all who participated and took one small step, or several thousand, to improve our company culture and inclusion.” 

Although Pride month is over, we’re excited to continue our support for LGBTQIA+ and other global communities. Follow Ross & Baruzzini on LinkedIn to join the ongoing dialogue.

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

Ross & Baruzzini was named a finalist on the St. Louis Business Journal’s 2021 Best Places to Work list in the “Large – 100 to 249 Employees” category. 

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. 

All participating companies and their employees completed surveys administered by Quantum Workplace, which used its own algorithm to measure communication, management structure, benefits, teamwork and several other factors at each local firm. 

The companies were grouped by size, then were ranked by Quantum to determine St. Louis’ most employee-friendly workplaces.

“We are thrilled to be a St. Louis Business Journal’s Best Places to Work finalist,” said Craig Toder, President and Chairman of the Board. “I am grateful for our strong, people-driven philosophy, innovative projects, and creative team that build the foundation of our firm’s success.”

Our mission is to bring the industry’s best to our teams. For more information about careers at Ross & Baruzzini, click here

Leading Perspectives: Q&A With Ross & Baruzzini Indianapolis Office Director

Since taking the helm of our Indianapolis office in 2019, Brian Grimes, P.E, has continued to drive a client-centric philosophy, strengthen business operations, and manage multi-million dollar deals. 

Brian’s engineering background spans 20 years, with responsibilities including design, project management, construction, commissioning, and technical oversight.

When you started at Ross & Baruzzini Indianapolis, what were your goals? 

My goals were centered on two main points – expanding our project portfolio, specifically high performance buildings, and developing new relationships across different market sectors throughout Indiana. 

What kinds of projects is the Indy team working on?

Our primary focus right now is Higher Education with a mix of K-12, healthcare, government, and industrial projects. 

How does the Ross & Baruzzini approach facilitate success across this range of project types?  

The key is teamwork. By collaborating and sharing technical expertise across all our offices across the country, we can execute projects that would normally be out of reach for most engineering companies. 

In your time with Ross & Baruzzini what has been your favorite project so far and why?

The INFOSYS LEED Platinum project is one of my favorite projects so far. It is a large, multi-building project with the potential for design and construction of several more buildings over the next decade.

Another top choice is the Indiana University School of Medicine project. This is a large project in downtown Indianapolis with the potential to be a spotlight project for many years to come.

Looking ahead, where would you like to see the Indy office in the next five years?

I am working towards growing and diversifying our client list while continuing to provide excellent engineering solutions to current partners. 

Describe Ross & Baruzzini in five words.

Diligent. Flexible. Intelligent. Committed. Resourceful.

Celebrating the Women of Ross & Baruzzini: Government & Accounting

The women of our Government and Accounting teams are skilled pros at leading teams, managing deadlines, and keeping projects on track for success. Read what motivates these teams in series finale of the Women of R&B:

Cassie Thiele    

Role: Senior Project Coordinator

Location: St. Louis Office

Cassie Thiele is a Senior Project Coordinator in our Government Market. She has been with the firm for over 9 years and is a great team player!


Alicia Smith, MBA

Role: Senior Project Accountant

Location: Houston office

Alicia Smith is a Senior Accountant in our Accounting department supporting our Medical Equipment Planning team. Alicia recently earned her MBA!

Tonya Gammon

Role: Senior Project Accountant

Location: St. Louis Office

Tonya Gammon is a Senior Project Accountant with an impeccable attention to detail.

Brandi Frierdich 

Role: Senior Project Accountant

Location: St. Louis

Brandi Frierdich as a Senior Project Accountant with our Accounting team. Brandi is detail orientated and a pleasure to work with.

Samantha Caselton    

Role: Project Accountant

Location: St. Louis

Samantha Caselton is a Project Accountant in our Project Accounting team. She enjoys the high level of detail her role requires, as well as working with project managers and clients to ensure each part of the project financials are correct. 

Her favorite hobbies include spending time with friends and family, boating, concerts, traveling to new places, and reading. Her top bucket list goal is to visit Greece. 

Mary Grib  

Role: Senior Electrical Engineer

Location: St. Louis

Mary Grib is a Senior Electrical Engineer with our Government Market. She enjoys working with a team to achieve a successful project. Mary says, “that team includes my amazing co-workers who I have been so lucky to work with for all of these years and talented teaming partners and clients. It sounds cliché, but it truly is the people who make the difference.” Her work is inspired by her mentors: Jim, Harry, Maurice, Carl, Bill, Mike, Scott, and Gary.

Outside of work, she is most proud of her teenage daughter and says “being her Mom is the most incredible gift of my life.” Mary loves watching her daughter play beach volleyball across the country. Her bucket list goals are to travel to each state in the U.S to see the sights and try new foods. In one word, she would describe herself as “well-meaning.”
 

Diane Reim, NCIDQ, LEED AP

Role: Senior Registered Interior Designer

Location: St. Louis

Diane Reim is a Senior Interior Designer in our Government market. She enjoys working in a collaborative, yet flexible team environment. She is a registered Interior Designer with the state of Missouri, and she is also NCIDQ and LEED-AP certified. 

She is most proud of working on amazing and diverse projects across the country. As her family has grown and changed, she is proud that she has maintained a healthy balance between work, family, faith, and friends that has led to a fulfilling life. Her work is inspired by analyzing the needs vs wants of a project; then providing a project that practically combines both. Her hobbies include spending time with family, traveling, and enjoying new experiences. Her top goals are to raise her children to become competent and confident adults. Also, she wants to travel across Europe! In one word, she describes herself as “pragmatic”.

Cindy Cates

Role: Director of Operations

Location: Atlanta Office

Cindy Cates is our Director of Operations with our Accounting Team. Cindy knows Deltek Vision inside and out!

Monica Lewis    

Role: Project Accounting Manager

Location: St. Louis

Monica Lewis leads our Project Accounting Team. Monica started her career with Ross & Baruzzini as a Project Coordinator over 16 years ago. She has grown with the organization and is a trusted partner to her internal clients.

Theresa Martin 

Role: Accounting Specialist

Location: St. Louis

Theresa Martin is a Project Accountant with our Accounting Team. She has over 20 years of experience in accounting. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and hiking.

Michelle Clemons    

Role: Senior Construction Administrator     

Location: St. Louis

Michelle Clemons is a Construction Administrator and Project Manager in our Government Market. Michelle has over 20 years of experience in the AEC industry. She is doing great work, and we are proud to have her on our team!

Celebrating the Women of Ross & Baruzzini: Business Development and Marketing

The women of our Business Development and Marketing teams continue to make their mark across a diverse range of industries. Learn what drives their passion and success:

Sherry Ingram

Role: Business Development Operations Manager

Location: St. Louis Office

Sherry Ingram is our Business Development Operations Manager. She is passionate about doing whatever it takes to help our employees and clients! Sherry came to Ross & Baruzzini as a retired grandmother who wanted to stay busy. As a lifelong learner, she enjoys working and growing with “some of the best folks around!” 

Outside of work, she is dedicated to her family. Sherry also loves the outdoors, crafting, party planning, cooking, reading, and laughing whenever possible. 
 

Octavia Johnson

Role: Proposal Specialist

Location: Houston Office

Octavia Johnson is a Proposal Specialist primarily supporting our Government Market. Octavia is a positive team player who always has warm words of encouragement.

Sarah Miner

Role: Marketing Coordinator

Location: St. Louis Office

Sarah Miner is a Marketing Coordinator with our Marketing Team. Sarah is great to work with, and you can count on her to get the job done!

Rochelle Moore

Role: Creative Manager

Location: Houston Office

Rochelle Moore is a Creative Manager with our Marketing Team supporting our creative and design initiatives. Rochelle is positive, upbeat, and a great team player.

Elizabeth Graff, LEED GA

Role: Business Development Director

Location: St. Louis Office

Elizabeth is our Business Development Director for the Midwest for Higher Education, Healthcare, and Utilities. She enjoys connecting with people and promoting our team. She is LEED GA certified, a board member for SMPS St. Louis, a member of CREW St. Louis, and SLC3. Outside of work, she is proud of her daughter, Dylan. 

Her work is inspired by her teammates, and she feels excited to represent our company. Her favorite hobbies are reading, gardening, and traveling. Her top bucket list goal is to buy an Airstream and hit the open road. In one word, she would describe herself as “energetic”. 

Angela Brown

Role: Proposal Specialist

Location: St. Louis Office

Angela Brown is a Proposal Specialist with our Marketing Team. She is passionate about proposal writing and is a great team player! She enjoys being outdoors and hiking.

Jen Wanick

Role: Proposal Specialist

Location: St. Louis Office

Jen Wanick is a Proposal Specialist supporting our Healthcare, Security, and Utilities Infrastructure teams. She enjoys collaborating with different experts, building winning proposals, and working on projects for some of the world’s most notable buildings. Her work is inspired by each day’s new challenges. Each proposal brings a different set of solutions, and she loves finding ways to make our proposal process more efficient. She is proud to be part of the Ross & Baruzzini proposal team for over 20 years. 

Outside of work, she is most proud of her son, and she enjoys puzzles with her family, movies, and hanging out with friends. Her top bucket list goal is to visit Buckingham Palace. In one word, she would describe herself as “dependable”.
 


Terri Mortvedt 

Role: Marketing Specialist

Location: Dallas Office

Terri Mortvedt is a Marketing Specialist with our Marketing team. Terri is passionate about employee engagement, civic involvement, and has spearheaded several CAGE Cares initiatives.


Shanna Evans

Role: Content Marketing Specialist

Location: St. Louis Office

Shanna Evans is our Content Marketing Specialist. She loves being creative, writing content, and learning about marketing and business trends. Outside of work, she is proud of her family and she is looking forward to getting married next year.

Her hobbies include writing, reading, photography, music, and traveling. Her top bucket list goal is to to live in another country for at least a year. In one word, she would describe herself as “reliable”.