What sets the Paul J. Ford engineers apart?

Our philosophy for design never includes “that won’t work” but rather focuses on “there must be another way.” Our buildings team believes functional demands should not restrict creativity and, as a result, continually provides results that our customers did not think were possible.

Our collaborative approach combined with our vast knowledge of a wide range of structural systems, eye for detail and inspired problem-solving guarantees that each project is completed as efficiently and cost effectively as possible and exceeds client expectations.

Our expertise spans new buildings, renovations and additions for a wide array of markets including industrial, education, hospitality, multi-family housing, mixed-use facilities and healthcare.


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Library Expansion to Accommodate New Dining Hall

Cedarville University
Cedarville, OH

This project was completed for Cedarville University, a private Christian-centered institution in Southwestern Ohio. The project involved a new two-story, 15,000 square foot addition to the existing library building to accommodate a new dining facility. 

The new dining hall is anchored by a large national restaurant chain, Chick-fil-A. The new facility also houses a Tossed restaurant which serves salads and wraps and dining space for seating. Since the site of the new structure is adjacent to a sizable lake in the center of campus, the design of the building incorporates a broad expanse of windows to take advantage of the views of the lake. 

The structural system for the hall is comprised of structural steel and a composite elevated slab with braced steel framing on shallow foundations. The new facility opened in August 2020 and will serve both the university population and the community of Cedarville. The total construction cost for this project was $6.3 million.

New Affordable Housing Project

Gates Junction Housing Project
Columbus, Ohio

This project is being completed for National Church Residences, one of the nation’s largest non-profit providers of senior housing in the country. This project is being completed through the FHAct50 pilot program that provides over $3 million in low income housing credits to major city’s in Ohio including Columbus. This new facility is being constructed in the Franklinton area of the city, which is going through a substantial revitalization. This project will provide an affordable housing option for senior citizens (55 years and older) earning below the median income level.

The new three-story, 85,000 square foot facility will include a 94-unit housing complex featuring both one- and two-bedroom residences. The location, which is situated on a 3.8 acre site, was selected due to its proximity to public transportation, health services and other amenities.

The project is expected to be completed in 2022 and has an estimated construction cost of $11.5 million.

New Student Housing and Dining Facility

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
St. Mary’s, IN

This project is being completed for Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, a Roman Catholic liberal arts college in Indiana. The college was original exclusively for women but is now coeducational. As a result, the college has grown significantly including on campus living needs.

This project involves the design of a new 49,000 square foot residence hall and dining facility. Once completed, this will be the second residence hall on the college’s campus. The three-story 38,000 square foot residence hall will house approximately 100 students in an apartment-style setting featuring suites which will include mini-kitchen and living room.

The adjacent 11,000 square foot dining hall, a single-story structure, will have a capacity of 500 and feature a bookstore/convenience store that is being relocated from another hall. The new dining hall will also have a “grab-n-go” food option for after hours.

The new facility, which is expected to be complete in the Fall of 2021 has an estimated construction cost of $15 million.

New Technology Center and Parking Garage

CenturyLink Technology Center of Excellence
Monroe, LA

This project involved the design of a new technology center and parking garage for CenturyLink, a company that provides communication and data services throughout the U.S. The new facilities were constructed on the campus of the firm's headquarters. This project involved a new four-story technical center, a 30,000 square foot, three-story mechanical building and a five-story precast parking garage.

The structural system for the technical center and mechanical building is composite slabs over steel frame supported by a deep foundation system. The structural design also incorporated a combination of concrete shear walls and steel moment and braced frames.

The parking garage utilized pre-cast construction, which involves the concrete sections to be formed off-site then delivered, due to the project's fast track construction schedule. The garage is equipped with 1,000 spaces.

This unique facility posed many structural challenges. The large atrium space was extremely challenging due to the additional loads posed by a vegetative roof and sloping columns. In addition, the atrium features a monumental staircase with spiral curves. The total construction cost of this project was $100 million.

New Administration Building

Blendon Township Administration Building
Westerville, OH

Blendon Township is a township in Franklin County populated by just over 9,000 residents. The township is in the process of planning and designing a new 31,820 square foot facility which will house a variety of community services.

This new facility will include a community center featuring large gathering spaces, commercial kitchen, multi-purpose rooms, storage and administrative offices. It will also accommodate the township’s police department. Programming for this area includes an inmate booking area, holding cells, gym, men’s and women’s locker rooms, property storage area, evidence room, interrogation room, armory, large roll call room, offices for law enforcement staff and a sally port for inmate transfer. In addition, the new facility will incorporate space for a township hall that features administrative office space, records storage, large meeting rooms and reception/information area.

Paul J. Ford & Company is providing structural engineering design for this facility including schematic design, design development, construction document preparation, drawing review and construction administration services.

New Maintenance Facility

Ohio Department of Transportation Union County Maintenance Facility
Marysville, OH

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for overseeing the maintenance, construction and safe operations of the highway system statewide. Local operations of this organization are carried out through twelve individual districts that are comprised of several counties. Each county has local facilities that support maintenance functions.

This project involved the design and construction of multiple buildings that support the roadway maintenance for the communities of Marysville, Magnetic Springs, Milford Center, Plain City, Richwood, Unionville Center and Dublin.

This project includes a new 33,000 square foot truck storage, maintenance area, wash bay and administrative offices; a 15,000 square foot salt and material storage and a 3,500 square foot cold storage. These buildings were constructed using either pre-engineered metal buildings or fabric structures supported on shallow foundations. As part of the design criteria, ODOT has strict guidelines that our team utilized to meet the expected lifespan for the building components which are continually exposed to a highly corrosive environment.

Paul J. Ford & Company provided structural engineering design for this facility including schematic design, design development, construction document preparation, drawing review and construction administration services.

Emergency Department Expansion and Addition

Winter Haven Hospital Emergency Department Expansion/Bostick Heart Center Addition
Winter Haven, FL

This project involves a multi-phase expansion of the hospital’s Emergency Department. A new two-story, 90,000 square foot space was created to accommodate the growing department as well as to provide future space for an intensive-care-unit and a new cardiac catheterization laboratory.

The new space increased the department’s exam and treatment room total from 33 to 51 and doubled the amount of space for emergency care. The project also challenged our engineers to develop a complex design for supporting new mechanical equipment and piping in the existing Central Energy Plant.

Once the new two-story building was complete, our team began design of a 45,000 square foot expansion of the facility adding a third story to the building. The second and third levels house the Bostick Heart Center. The structural system for the expansion and addition consist of a composite floor slab with an ordinary structural steel moment frame lateral system on shallow foundations.

This project was completed in 2020 and had a construction cost of $90 million.

New Health and Wellness Center

Winter Park Center for Health and Wellness
Winter Park, FL

This project involved the construction of a new two-story, 78,000 square foot center designed to provide a holistic approach to medical care. The facility brings together fitness, medical care and wellness under one roof.

The facility has multipurpose spaces, classrooms, fitness areas, swimming pool, meeting rooms, medical offices and a culinary space to teach nutrition and healthy cooking options. Individual areas are linked together by a large common area that features a spectacular 44-foot atrium.

The structural system consists of a composite floor slab with an ordinary structural steel moment frame lateral system on shallow foundations. The atrium roof is supported by a tree-like structure that is composed of a combination of glulam and structural steel members.

The structural design of this facility involved several challenges including the design of an elevated floor to minimize vibrations from running and other aerobic activities taking place on the upper level as well as the design and creation of a twenty foot tapered cantilever of the atrium roof.

This project was completed in 2018 and had a construction cost of $25 million.

New Office, Wellness and Medical Facility

Delaware General Health District Building
Delaware, OH

This project involves the design and construction of a new facility for the Delaware General Health District Board of Health.

When complete, the new one-story, 30,000 square foot building will provide administrative office space for the Board of Health, training areas, wellness rooms, private examination rooms, a large patient waiting area, patient intake area, consultation rooms and a laboratory.

The design of this facility also incorporates a plan for a future 10,000 square foot addition.

This project is expected to open in 2022 and have a total construction cost of $7.7 million.

New Retail Stores and Renovations of Existing Stores

AutoZone Stores
Various Locations Throughout the U.S.

AutoZone is the leading auto parts retailer operating over 6,200 stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Mexico and Brazil. Since 2007, our team has provided structural design services for new stores and renovations to existing stores. These stores typically range from 6,500 square feet to 8,000 square feet but can be as large as 41,000 square feet and must accommodate between 25 and 40 parking spaces.

Renovations range from simple structural stability reviews for new load calculations to designing major additions. The structural systems for these stores include a variety of materials such as concrete, wood, structural steel and masonry bearing walls.

Typical requirements for a renovation include infilling, completing structural assessments of current building, designing new openings and adding new rooftop units (RTUs) and reinforcements. Construction costs range from $500,000 to $3 million. To date, our team has completed over 600 projects for AutoZone.

New Residence Hall

Cedarville University
Cedarville, OH

Cedarville University, located in the Dayton area of Ohio, is expanding it's on campus housing options with the construction of a new 63,000 square foot residence hall. The university's growing student population has increased the need for student housing.

The new three-story residence hall called Bates-Dunn-Parker Hall, houses an additional 280 students. The new hall features a men's and women's wing. The two wings are connected by a three-story coed lounge area on each level. Each level of the residence hall also includes game rooms, laundry facilities and study rooms. This hall is located near other student housing and is currently the largest residence hall on campus.

This new residence hall opened in August of 2020 and had a total construction cost of $13.3 million.

New Health Sciences Building

Cedarville University
Cedarville, Ohio

This state-of-the-art facility is home for the nursing and pharmacy services programs as well as the Center for Bioethics. The 86,000 square foot facility is equipped with faculty offices, two 120-seat auditoriums, classrooms, research and clinical laboratories, simulation laboratories and student rooms and lounges for collaboration. The facility features several simulation laboratories designed to better prepare students for careers. These simulation laboratories are equipped with hospital beds with mannequins that mimic patient needs including a birth simulation suite.

In addition, the three-story facility includes a pharmaceutical research laboratory. The building is situated in the heart of campus overlooking a wetlands area and Cedar Lake.

The building utilizes a cast-in-place concrete module joist system with moment frames supported on spread footings. This type of structural system allowed the facility to have a uniform flush soffit throughout the structure. The design also incorporated a 15,000 square foot future clinic expansion and a one-story masonry building to house an ambulance to serve the campus.

Fraternity Chapter House Renovation

Alpha Chapter, Beta Theta Pi House Renovation
Miami University
Oxford, OH

This project involved the renovation of two historic structures to create one large residential facility for the fraternity. The completed facility can accommodate up to 51 members with one building having 11,520 square feet and the other with 3,790 square feet. Both structures received complete interior renovations and some exterior improvements.

Improvements on the first floor included expanding the dining hall, a new living room with large fireplace, refurbishing the grand staircase and creating a library/study area. A new recreation room with theater seating and multiple televisions was added in the basement as well as classroom and gathering spaces. New bedrooms and restrooms were added on the second floor. In addition, a new elevator was installed to serve all levels of the building. A walkway between the two buildings was enclosed to connect the adjoining structures.

One key to this project was to ensure that the historical character of the two existing buildings was maintained and that the new addition matched the character. The total construction cost of the project was $4 million.

Parking Garage Expansion

Lake Nona Town Center Parking Garage
Lake Nona, FL

Lake Nona Town Center is an open-air lifestyle and entertainment center that features office buildings, hotels, retail, restaurants, entertainment, a fitness center and parking.

This project involved the expansion of an existing parking garage located in the center of this massive development. The cast-in-place, post-tensioned parking garage expansion features six-levels and is equipped with 1,084 spaces. The original garage, which is separated from the expansion by a speed ramp, houses 588 spaces.

This unique structure features a facade wall of aluminum panels that wrap the main structure. Called the "Code Wall," the panels have cutouts of zeros and ones in binary code. The garage also has a six story "beacon" designed to provide a visual experience by displaying video, music and interactive elements.

Our services included structural planning and design, preparing construction documents and construction administration.

This project was completed in 2018 for a total construction cost of $15.6 million.

New Pedestrian Skybridge

Greater Columbus Convention Center Pedestrian Skybridge
Columbus, OH

In 2015, the Greater Columbus Convention Center began an extensive expansion to the north of the facility. This project involved an addition that includes a new two-story glass atrium and 100,000 square feet of new space for conventions. As part of the expansion, a new glass skybridge was also going to be installed to connect the convention center to the Goodale Street Parking Garage.

The skybridge connects to the parking garage on the third level. The glass structure spans over Goodale Street. Since available work space at this downtown construction site was at a premium, the skybridge was constructed off-site. The bridge was then delivered to site for installation.

Once the bridge arrived at site, it needed to be lifted into place and connected. Our team determined the lifting points for the bridge. The bridge also needed to be rotated in the air to connect to both structures.

Our team performed a structural analysis and created drawings indicating the appropriate lifting points to safely hoist the bridge. In addition, our team determined the needed rotation and setting of the bridge in its final position.

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