Garmann/Miller & Associates sees continuous growth

For the Sidney Daily News

MINSTER — Garmann/Miller & Associates, Inc., in Minster, has been in operation since 1993, and has seen continuous growth year after year. All remains well for the full-service architectural and engineering firm that employs 43 people including registered architects, landscape architects, designers, professional engineers, construction administrators and administrative personnel. A feature article about Garmann/Miller was recently published in the Winter 2016 edition of national magazine, US Builders Review.

Co-founders Bruce Miller and Brad Garmann have submitted the following report:

Designing new projects and monitoring construction continued on several jobs this year. Significant projects include Apollo Career Center and Greenville City Schools. The large phased renovation and addition project at Apollo Career Center in Lima is slated for completion at the end of the summer. The renovated area of the facility will consist of 117,583 square feet, while the new addition to the building will include 45,823 square feet. Greenville K-8 School began construction on their new 231,368 square foot school building in March 2015 and construction rapidly continues as a late 2016 finish is anticipated. The high school cafeteria addition and interior building renovation was complete in September.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources awarded Garmann/Miller a contract for as needed capital improvement projects for the 2015-16 fiscal years. Six projects have been completed so far and a few others are anticipated. A large contract was received from the Ohio Department of Transportation for Garmann/Miller to design new maintenance facilities and outposts at locations in Hicksville, Greenville, and Paulding. Construction on those begins in March. Project design for facilities in Tuscarawas County and Coshocton are expected shortly.

Garmann/Miller continues to specialize in educational projects and has expanded its presence into the Columbus area by working in the Dublin City School District and the Southwest Licking School District. A good amount of time has also been spent working with several school districts on pre-bond issues for potential projects and work will continue as there are several schools that have bond issues on the election ballots this year. Large school projects in northwestern Ohio districts will be of focus this year. Ayersville Local Schools has begun design on a new K-12, North Central Local Schools has started construction on a new Middle/High School and Liberty Center Local Schools is seeking bids for a new PK-12 school.

The effort is not limited to the educational market for Garmann/Miller as it recently has found a niche in municipal work and renovating county courthouses. Projects so far have been in Auglaize, Hardin, Miami, Van Wert, Williams and Wyandot counties.

Garmann/Miller has been a maintained its membership to the U.S. Green Building Council since 2007. The USGBC is the nation’s foremost coalition of leaders working to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built, and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life. Through the LEED green building certification program, Garmann/Miller is pleased to have achieved four LEED Gold Certified projects and seven LEED Silver projects. Several other school projects are LEED-registered under the program and upon completion will apply to become certified projects. Garmann/Miller also has six staff members that have achieved LEED Professional credentials by passing a professional exam.

Among all the major projects, numerous other smaller and private projects and studies were complete this past year and several others opportunities are in design or set to begin soon.

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For the Sidney Daily News