SDG News

2ND ANNUAL CHILI COOKOFF

Celebrating “finally Fall” with SDG’s Second Annual Chili Cookoff. Congratulations to Rob for repeating in first place with his fiery chili. Jennifer’s cheesy chili was a close runner-up. And surprising the competition in third place “Smorgasbord Chili” by the team of Jacob, Walker, and Blake.    ...

BGA’S GROUNDBREAKING ON CENTER FOR ARTS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP IS A ‘GAME-CHANGER’ FOR SCHOOL

“BGA broke ground Thursday on a 37,000-square-foot building that will house the school’s theater program and serve as the home for BGA’s growing Entrepreneurial Leadership curriculum.” SDG is providing structural design. We’re proud to be on the team with @ESa_Architects. The centerpiece of the facility is a 550-seat theater and auditorium to be used by the school’s drama departments. It will house school productions, as well as outside programs. The Entrepreneurial Leadership Center will occupy......

GROUND BROKEN ON MCMINN EDUCATION CENTER

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said the $17.75 million McMinn Higher Education Center will be “a model” for higher education nationwide at the ground breaking ceremony Friday. We’re proud to provide structural engineering on the team with Goodwyn Mills Cawood. The project will relocate current Cleveland State Community College classroom spaces, UT Extension, and Adult Education classes, and TCAT Vocational lab space and provide space for local industry workforce training to upgrade the existing workforce. Construction......

“DESIGNING FOR FUTURE EXPANSION” IN STRUCTURE MAGAZINE

“Structural engineers play an essential role in designing and detailing structures to accommodate future expansion, as well as helping the owner and design team plan ahead for the intended use and functionality of the additional floors.” SDG’s Jeremy Salmon, P.E., S.E. and Jennifer Acton, P.E. discuss “Designing for Future Expansion” featured in the October issue of STRUCTURE magazine. https://www.structuremag.org/?p=15030 http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/d86df6ee#/d86df6ee/12          ...

JIM STEPHENSON PRESENTS STRUCTURAL TALK AT HCA’S 2019 PARTNERING MEETING

SDG was honored recently by being asked to present at HCA’s annual Partnering Meeting for Capital Deployment. Jim’s session focused on performance-based design, which originated in the Nuclear industry, and how it can contribute to the continuous operation of hospitals during and after intense wind and seismic events. SDG is grateful for our longstanding relationship with HCA Healthcare and thankful for their commitment to provide the best possible facilities for patients and their families.  ...

SDG’s 2ND ANNUAL CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT

SDG held our 2nd Annual Cornhole tournament Friday. Congratulations to Tom and Paul for winning , coming back from a tough draw in the bracket with no first round bye and one loss and toppling the favorites, Sean and Caleb. We enjoyed a short break in Nashville’s September heat wave on a breezy day full of serious competition, trash talk, and fellowship.  ...

2019 NASHVILLE HEART WALK

SDG team members, babies, and dogs supporting the American Heart Association at the Heart Walk! It was a hot September day on the Vanderbilt campus, but we had fun supporting a great cause.    ...

5TH ANNUAL GULCH CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT

We had a great time participating in the 5th Annual Gulch Cornhole Tournament presented by ESa, MarketStreet Enterprises, and JE Dunn, supporting the American Heart and Stroke Association. SDG was a proud Gold Level Sponsor for the event that raised more than $15,000 for the organization. SDG’s Kris Bomar and Jared Ganstine were the first place winners. Yeah, they’re pretty good at cornhole…and it was a great afternoon socializing with others in Nashville’s design and......

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 6TH AND BROADWAY ADDITION UNDER CONSTRUCTION

The Tennessean’s  “Nashville’s construction cranes” features the addition to First Baptist Church at 6th and Broadway. The addition is a 3-story structure with a footprint of approximately 32,700 square feet. The addition will house a new Fellowship hall, worship center, choir room, education spaces, and kitchen. Several floors will have exterior balconies or terraces. The newly constructed building is a post-tensioned concrete structure. SDG is excited to be working with Earl Swensson Associates on the......

GRADUATE HOTEL RISING ON NASHVILLE’S WEST END

The Tennessean’s  “Nashville’s construction cranes” features the Graduate Nashville Hotel under construction.  SDG is excited to be working with Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture on the new 12-story, 203-room boutique hotel. Tennessean 9.4.19 “Nashville’s construction cranes        ...

NEW LICENSED STRUCTURAL ENGINEER

Anthony Hendren has received his Structural Engineer (S.E.) license. The S.E. license is granted to professionals who have previously passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam; have earned a minimum of 4 years of structural engineering experience with 2 years in Responsible Charge directing projects, with responsibility for the successful accomplishment of the project; and have passed the strenuous 16-hour NCEES – SE exam. Anthony received his Professional Engineer (P.E.) license in 2018. Anthony began......

2019 HEALTHCARE DESIGN SHOWCASE AWARD FOR ANNA SHAW CHILDREN’S INSTITUTE AT HAMILTON MEDICAL CENTER

The Anna Shaw Children’s Institute, Hamilton Health Care System, received the highest Award of Merit in the 2019 Healthcare Design Showcase. The project was submitted and designed by Earl Swensson Associates. The prestigious Healthcare Design Showcase awards program is now in its 19th year of honoring the very best design and architecture in the healthcare industry. Seventeen jurors, appointed by our partner organizations (The Center for Health Design, IIDA, and ASID), reviewed this year’s project......

PRECAST CONCRETE INSTITUTE’S (PCI) 2019/2020 DANIEL P. JENNY RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

SDG is serving as a consultant to Clemson University on a research project sponsored by the Precast Concrete Institute’s (PCI) 2019/2020 Daniel P. Jenny Research Fellowship program. SDG will be providing support to Hannah Dillingham, a student at Clemson and one of only four students across the country who were awarded the Fellowship. The Daniel P. Jenny Research Fellowship program connects professors and students with industry experts to advance research in precast concrete. It is......

TWO NEW MIDDLE SCHOOLS FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY, TENNESSEE

We’re excited to be on the team with Binkley Garcia Architecture for two new middle schools in Cowan and Winchester in Franklin County. The county is investing $48 million to build the two new middle schools and have them in use by August 2020. Each school will consist of about 80,000 square feet. They are being built on existing school campuses. Existing classroom buildings will be demolished though the gymnasiums are to remain and are......

LUXURY MARRIOTT EDITION BRAND IN NASHVILLE’S GULCH

We’re excited to be on the team with ESa for the new hotel project at 1101 Grundy Street. The 16-story hotel will contain 281 rooms along with a restaurant, concert venue and 8,900-square-foot market hall. Nashville Business Journal 7.12.19  “Gulch hotel to boast high-end Marriott brand” Tennessean 7.12.19 “Luxury Marriott Edition hotel coming north of the Gulch”      ...

STRUCTURAL DESIGN GROUP CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY

SDG is celebrating our 20th anniversary this June, and we can’t wait for 20 more! Thank you to all of our amazing clients! In June of 1999, a group of like-minded structural engineers and friends started SDG. They successfully guided the firm as it has grown to a leadership group now comprised of 7 principals and 4 associates and almost 50 employees. The years have brought changes, challenges, successes and lots of great memories and......

CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY FOR NEW TOWER AT SUNRISE HOSPITAL IN LAS VEGAS

SDG is providing structural design for the new 253,000-square-foot, 5-story tower. The tower will have 72 new beds (all private rooms) that include 36 ICU beds and 36 Medical-Surgical beds. The project also expands the Sunrise Hospital emergency department from 50 to 77 beds and expands the Sunrise Children’s Hospital emergency department from 20 to 30 beds. The state-of-the-art facility also incorporates a spacious new lobby and new public and emergency department entrances. The facility......

NORTH ALABAMA MEDICAL CENTER CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING OF NEW FACILITY

SDG provided structural design for the new North Alabama Medical Center that opened the doors of its brand new 485,000-square-foot, 263-bed facility in Dec. 2018. http://www.lifepointhealth.net/news/2018/12/13/north-alabama-medical-center-celebrates-grand-opening-of-new-facility http://www.laytonconstruction.com/news/north-alabama-medical-center-crossroads.htm        ...

CARILION ROANOKE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL 400,000 SF EXPANSION ANNOUNCED

Carilion Clinic announces plans for a 400,000-square-foot expansion of Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. SDG is providing structural engineering for the project that will provide specialized space for cardiac, behavioral health and emergency services for patients in Virginia. The project will include the addition of a new 8-story hospital tower, replacement of the neighboring Behavioral Health building, and the expansion of an existing parking garage to add 550 spaces. Construction will begin later this year and......

SDG INVOLVED IN DEVELOPMENT OF MASONRY BUILDING CODE

SDG is actively involved in development of TMS Masonry building code to make the Code more user friendly.  Charles Haynes discusses the changes in User-Friendly Tables in an article published in STRUCTURE magazine. TMS 402/602-16: Changes to the Masonry Code STRUCTURE MAGAZINE    ...

SDG AT 2019 NASCC STEEL CONFERENCE

SDG sent four engineers to attend NASCC: The Steel Conference in St. Louis this April.  This AISC conference is the premier educational and networking event for the structural steel industry, bringing together structural engineers, structural steel fabricators, erectors, detailers, and architects. The Steel Conference offered practical seminars on the latest design concepts, construction techniques and cutting-edge research with topics including seismic design, design for constructability, and the future of the steel industry. Attending were Jacob......

SDG AT THE JE DUNN HAMMER DOWN RACE FOR OUR KIDS CENTER

Jennifer and Josie Acton, Jacob Montgomery, Walker Trent, and Adam Oestman representing SDG at the @JEDunn Hammer Down Race benefiting Our Kids Center (@OurKidsTN ). Our Kids is a Nashville nonprofit that provides expert medical evaluations and crisis counseling in response to concerns of child sexual abuse. Our Kids is dedicated to increasing community awareness of child sexual abuse, conducting research and offering education and training about the issue. Our Kids: Has evaluated more than......

HEALTHCARE DESIGN ARTICLE BY JEREMY SALMON

Jeremy Salmon’s article “A STEP AHEAD – Well-coordinated structural drawings are critical to project success today and in the future” published in the April 2019 issue of Healthcare Design magazine. Healthcare Design “A Step Ahead” April 2019        ...

TWO NEW STATE PARK INNS

We’re providing the structural design for two new hospitality complexes in the Tennessee State Park system, Paris Landing State Park Inn and the Inn at Fall Creek Falls. Each features hotel-type rooms, restaurants, and conference space. Paris Landing’s Inn is scheduled to open summer 2020. (pictured at top) Doster Construction.com “TDEC releases renderings” The 95,700-square foot Inn at Fall Creek Falls celebrated a ground breaking on January 15, 2019. (pictured at bottom) TimesFreePress.com 1.15.19  “Officials break......

LAKE NONA GROUNDBREAKING

SDG is working with ESa on the UCF Lake Nona Medical Center. The new $175 million, 64-bed teaching hospital on the campus of UCF College of Medicine recently held a ground breaking ceremony with the hospital scheduled to open by late 2020. HCA Healthcare is developing the hospital in partnership with UCF. Orlando Sentinel 10.25.18  “UCF, HCA break ground on teaching hospital in Lake Nona”      ...

NEW 20-STORY HOTEL IN NASHVILLE’S GULCH

We’re excited to be on the team with ESa for a new hotel project at 1101 Grundy Street. This striking 20-story hotel is leading the way for redevelopment in this area of downtown Nashville. Tennessean.com 1.22.19  “20-story hotel coming to dilapidated lot in Nashville’s Gulch neighborhood”      ...

SDG NAMED TO NBJ 2019 LARGEST NASHVILLE-AREA ENGINEERING FIRMS

In January 2019, SDG was ranked as 13th largest Nashville-area engineering firm on the Top 25 list published by the Nashville Business Journal. Rankings are based on the number of local licensed engineers and SDG has 18 licensed PE’s / SE’s. SDG is the largest purely structural engineering firm in the Nashville area. SDG first appeared on the list in 2001 ranked 20th. Nashville Business Journal “Top of the List: Nashville’s Biggest Engineering Firms”  ...

CRSI Case Study: Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center for Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences

SDG project featured in CRSI Case Study. The CRSI Case Study of the VUBWC highlights the advantages to the use of a cast-in-place reinforced concrete structural system. “Combining strong aesthetic goals with sophisticated programmatic needs can create challenges that require careful consideration of every aspect of a healthcare project. That combination led designers to use a cast-in-place reinforced concrete structural system when they built a new eight-story building on top of an occupied four-level parking......

Crosstown Concourse – Memphis’ Vertical Urban Village

SDG provided structural engineering services for Crosstown Concourse, a $200 million, 10-story “Vertical Urban Village” that opened in 2017. The historic preservation of a former Sears distribution center and store now home to 265 apartment units, a 450-seat black box theater serving the “XQ Super School”, and outdoor swimming pool for the YMCA is featured in Building Design + Construction highlighting the role of Looney Ricks Kiss in the growth of Memphis. Memphis rising: Can......

NEW ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL NAMED

In January of 2018, Jared Ganstine was promoted to Associate Principal in the firm. Previously, he was a Design Engineer and Project Manager at SDG. Jared has been with SDG since 2004. He has 14 years of experience in the design of a variety of structural systems for healthcare, industrial, educational, and commercial facilities. He is a member of ASCE, AISC, and Structural Engineers Association of Tennessee.    ...

PCI Journal Features Article “Novel Use of Buckling-Restrained Braces in Precast Concrete Frames”

Jeff Viano and Tom Schaeffer publish feature article in PCI Journal, “Novel Use of Buckling-Restrained Braces in Precast Concrete Frames,” September-October 2017. Discussing the use of buckling-restrained braced frames as an innovative and relatively new solution for lateral-load resistance in steel-framed buildings in high seismic zones at a food-processing facility in Northeast Arkansas, less than 100 miles from the New Madrid seismic zone.        ...

SDG TEAM WINS “STRUCTURAL INGENUITY” AWARD IN 2017 CANstruction EVENT

Several volunteers from SDG teamed up again with Turner Construction and STG Design to compete in the annual fundraiser held at the Downtown Nashville Library benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank. CANstruction is part of a national campaign where design industry professionals compete building structures made out of cans of food which are later donated to feed the hungry. Our submission was an ode to the classic Herman Melville novel, Moby Dick and “Can-mael“. Rather than......

America’s Largest On-Campus Housing Revitalization and Expansion at University of Kentucky

SDG provided structural engineering services for the University of Kentucky’s campus-wide housing project. The public-private partnership between the University and Education Realty Trust is America’s largest on-campus housing revitalization and expansion. Begun in 2012, it consists of 6,850 beds in 14 state-of-the-art buildings. There are 206 classrooms contained in the Living-Learning spaces. The total project cost is $459 million. This video by EdRtrust showcases the on-campus housing and development activity at the University of Kentucky.......

Pearland Medical Center opens in Texas

We are proud to have provided structural engineering services for this HCA-affiliated facility near Houston. Pearland Medical Center Opens In Texas      ...

The SoBro, Nashville’s New 32-Story Apartment Building Opens

Nashville’s tallest apartment tower, opened this fall, is featured in Crain’s Nashville. We are proud to have provided structural engineering services for the 32-story tower with 313 units at 205 Demonbreun. Nashville’s tallest apartment tower reshapes Music City skyline, luxury The SoBro’s Photo Gallery    ...

SDG’s 17th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY

Such fun!  We’re thankful to have shared a wonderful dinner and Jim’s annual competition – this year’s version was SDG Bingo!...

GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi OPENING MARCH 2016

We are proud to have provided the structural design of the new GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi – the world’s most technologically advanced music museum, on the campus of Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. The project was recently featured in the Mississippi Business Journal in an article entitled “Against all odds, Grammy museum rising in Mississippi”. http://msbusiness.com/2015/06/against-all-odds-grammy-museum-rising-in-mississippi/...

SDG NAMED TO NBJ 2016 LARGEST NASHVILLE-AREA ENGINEERING FIRMS

In January 2016, SDG was ranked as 11th largest Nashville-area engineering firm on the Top 25 list published by the Nashville Business Journal. Rankings are based on the number of local licensed engineers and SDG has 15 licensed PE’s / SE’s. In January 2015, SDG was ranked as 12th largest Nashville-area engineering firm. SDG first appeared on the list in 2001 ranked 20th....

SDG PARTICIPATES IN 2015 CANstruction EVENT

SDG had another successful CANstruction build. Several volunteers from SDG and our partner firm, Turner Construction, started the build at 8:00am and finished with a little time to spare (6:00pm is the end of construction, whether you are finished or not!). CANstruction supports Second Harvest Food Bank. Our structure, titled “Take a Bite Out of Hunger” featuring the Hungry Caterpillar, won Juror’s Favorite, an award claimed two years in a row by SDG. Our team......

CHARLES HAYNES PROMOTED TO PRINCIPAL

In December of 2015, Charles Haynes was named to the Principal group of shareholders in the firm. Charles joined SDG in 2002. He has been an Associate Principal in SDG since 2007. He now shares in day-to-day operational responsibilities, along with providing structural engineering services and all phases of project design and management. He has over 20 years of structural design experience, including structural steel, reinforced concrete, concrete masonry, cold- formed steel and wood-framed projects.......

NEW ASSOCIATE PRINCIPALS NAMED

In December of 2015, Brian Champlin and Will Grigg were promoted to Associate Principals in the firm. Previously, both were Design Engineers and Project Managers at SDG. Brian has been at SDG since 2000. He has significant experience in conventional and post-tensioned concrete structures, as well as steel and masonry structures. He has worked on a wide range of projects including healthcare, educational, commercial and high-rise buildings. He is a member of AISC and Structural......

JOE CONNOR PROMOTED

Joe Connor has been promoted to Director of Construction Administration Services for Structural Design Group. He will be overseeing the structural aspects of construction for projects across the U.S., including healthcare, office, multi-family, commercial and educational projects. Joe has over 20 years of experience as a construction administrator, field engineer, and design engineer. He joined SDG in 2000, shortly after the firm’s founding, and was named an Associate Principal in 2005. He became a full......

ROBERT BOVINE RETIRES

Robert Bovine, one of SDG’s founding partners, retired in 2015. Robert spent over 40 years as a structural engineer. He oversaw the construction of thousands of projects across the United States. He has shared his knowledge and experience with many young engineers over the years and his influence at Structural Design Group will continue for many years to come. Joe Connor took over as SDG’s Director of Construction Administration. Joe has over 20 years of......

GULCH CROSSING OPENS

We are proud to be involved in the design of Gulch Crossing – one of Nashville’s newest premier office buildings. Scenes from the project site include the monumental stairs from 11th Avenue to Demonbreun Street and amazing views of downtown Nashville  …...

CHARLES HAYNES IS PART OF DELEGATION SENT TO NEPAL

Charles Haynes is one of a group of 10 engineers who specialize in masonry construction recently sent to Nepal at governmental request.  The group was sent to perform rapid structural assessments of masonry buildings in the area of the recent devastating earthquakes to determine if they were sound for occupancy, could have limited access pending further evaluation, or if they were recommended for demolition. During the assessments, local authorities assisted the team while receiving on......

SDG CELEBRATES WITH OUR FAMILIES AT ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY

SDG employees enjoyed a wonderful evening of food and socializing with each other and with our families at our annual Christmas Party. The evening was capped by a friendly, annual Trivia Competition hosted by Jim Stephenson.  ...

SDG DESIGNING 4 OF THE 2014 TOP 25 NASHVILLE-AREA CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS NASHVILLE BUSINESS JOURNAL

#5 Vanderbilt University – Engineering and Science Building. The 230,000 sq. ft., 7-story engineering and science building has an estimated construction cost of $109 million. #9 SoBro. 32-Story luxury apartment high-rise has an estimated construction cost of $90 million. #12 Gulch Crossing Office Building. 8-story Class A office space totaling 205,000 rentable sq. ft.; a 750-space, 6-level parking garage; 16,000 sq. ft. ground floor retail space has an estimated construction cost of $78 million.. #15......

SDG PARTICIPATES IN GINGERTOWN NASHVILLE 2014

Several SDG employees and their families participated for the third consecutive year in Gingertown Nashville 2014, a fun competition to build gingerbread houses benefitting Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Hospital Hospitality House, Ronald McDonald House, The Cumberland at Green Hills, The Next Door, and Adventure Science Center. We built the Runtz & Boltz Hardware Store and the Smarties Schoolhouse....

MURRAYS HONORED AT HOLIDAY LUNCHEON

Paul and Lezlie Murray with Structural Design Group were honored at the 17th annual Love Helps, Inc. Holiday Luncheon. Paul and Lezlie were presented with the Edwin C. Rodgers, Jr. Heart of Distinction Award for their exemplary character and heart for helping others. This event supports the work of Love Helps, Inc., a nonprofit organization supported by the Murrays, Structural Design Group, and many others throughout the Nashville design and construction community, that has been......

SDG’S PRESIDENT, JIM STEPHENSON, SELECTED AS ONE OF NBJ’S NASHVILLE 2013 POWER LEADERS IN ARCHITECTURE/CONSTRUCTION/ENGINEERING:

To be selected as a Power Leader, the Nashville Business Journal started with a pool of the leaders of Nashville’s largest architecture, construction and engineering firms. Those executives then voted amongst themselves. Highlights from Jim’s conversation include: Of what project are you most proud? The Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital is a favorite because it provided children in the Nashville area their own hospital and it provides the physical resources for the doctors, nurses and families who......

SDG PARTICIPATES IN 2014 CANstruction EVENT TO SUPPORT SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK

SDG was well represented at the CANstruction event to support Second Harvest Food Bank. Our structure, titled “Give Hunger the Boot” won two awards – Structural Ingenuity and Juror’s Favorite. Our team donated 2,300 cans to Second Harvest (the boot is 7 feet tall). The structures were on display at Cool Springs Galleria. Additional winners were the “sandwich” for Best Use of Labels and “Yum” won the award for Best Meal.  ...

PRINCIPALS NAMED

In January of 2014, Jeremy Salmon and Joe Connor were named to the Principal group of shareholders in the firm. Jeremy and Joe both joined SDG shortly after the firm’s formation in April and December of 2000, respectively. The two have been Associate Principals in SDG since 2005....

SDG NAMED TO NBJ 2013 LARGEST NASHVILLE-AREA ENGINEERING FIRMS

With 16 licensed engineers, SDG was ranked 10th largest Nashville-area engineering firm on the 2013 Top 25 list published by the Nashville Business Journal, which is based on the number of local licensed engineers. SDG first appeared on the list in 2001 ranked 20th....

SDG PARTICIPATES IN GINGERTOWN NASHVILLE 2012

SDG Staff built two structures, the Snowflake Café and the Performing Arts Center (featuring Sugarland), in the recent Gingertown Competition to build gingerbread houses benefitting Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Hospital Hospitality House, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and Brookdale Senior Living. There were 56 buildings in all sitting on cocoa crispy-lined streets....