BSHM Architects Widen Reach for New Decade

By Byron Manchester, President
YOUNGSTOWN – The coming year looks to be one of adjustments and investments for BSHM Architects as our projects reach beyond Mahoning County, from western Pennsylvania to Dayton and Cleveland to Cincinnati.

Recent furniture and equipment investments at our Youngstown and Columbus offices encourage and reflect a philosophy of openness, collaboration and inventiveness. We have replaced and added to our company fleet of vehicles to serve our broadened market. Upgrades to computer hardware, continuing education and implementation of Building Information Modeling Revit software ensure that BSHM will be firmly rooted by the power of responsible creativity.

We added seven new team members in 2019, bringing our staff to 28, who includes three Kent State University interns and a University of Cincinnati co-op student. 

Our firm provides full architectural services for civic, housing and commercial facilities with a major concentration in K-12 and collegiate educational facility design. We have ample experience in publicly funded projects, and a passion for adaptive reuse and historic renovation.

Last year, BSHM completed Revere Local’s Bath Elementary School, while the high school will open in the fall. We are under contract with Licking Heights Local School District in addition to Berkshire Local Schools for its new pre-K-12 campus, which will be built on the Kent State Geauga campus, promoting a pre-K-16 education platform. 

Also last year, our Cleveland Heights High School project won the 2019 Community Impact Award given by Cleveland Restoration Society + AIA Cleveland. 

Since 1997, we have completed 76 school projects calculated to be a combined 5 million square feet of construction valued at nearly $1.2 trillion. Additionally, we are proud to be ranked 14th worldwide for our dedication to sustainable design.

In these and our other civic and institutional projects, we not only take responsibility for the health, safety and welfare of the buildings’ occupants, but seek to provide environments that are accessible to all, encourage social equality, provide economic opportunity and are adaptive to climate change. 

BSHM supports the contributions of our diverse staff in 15 nonprofit agencies. Jay Crafton served as president of the Eastern Ohio Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and is the secretary of the Youngstown Symphony Society. John Orsini is the treasurer of the Ohio Chapter of AIA and a member of the Canfield Rotary. Both serve on multiple planning, zoning and design review boards within their communities.

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