The following article was written for The Evening Leader & The Sidney Daily News Progress Editions.
Garmann/Miller & Associates, Inc., has been in operation since 1993, and started 2018 by celebrating 25 years in business! What began as a two-man operation at the corner of Fourth and Lincoln Streets in Minster has grown to over 50 employees at its current location, 38 S. Lincoln Drive.
The company has seen continuous growth year after year and expects to see the same again this year. The full-service architectural and engineering firm employs more than 50 people including registered architects, landscape architects, designers, professional engineers, marketing, graphic design, construction administrators and administrative personnel.
In December 2016, Garmann/Miller made a leadership transition,naming Eric Baltzell, Chief Executive Officer, and Chris Monnin, Chief Operating Officer. This change allows company founders, Brad Garmann and Bruce Miller, to remain as corporate officers while concentrating on client needs in their role as project principals.
Garmann/Miller continues to specialize in educational projects and this year looks forward to designing a new elementary school for New Bremen Local Schools as well as renovations to Minster Junior/Senior High School and numerous projects for the Southwest Licking School District east of Columbus. The company is also working with several school districts on pre-bond issues for potential projects and planning for their future. Recent project requests havebeen for athletic buildings and facility upgrades.
In January, students and staff at Liberty Center Local Schools started the new year in a brand new 158,000+ square foot PK-12 building. Fostoria City Schools will soon begin construction on a new junior/senior high school as well as renovations to their PK-6 facility. The new PK-12 school for Ayersville Local Schools is well under construction and will open in the fall.
The market is not limited to the educational sector for Garmann/Miller as it continues to build a solid reputation with municipalities and renovating county courthouses across northwest Ohio. Recent municipal projects include the new Village of New Bremen Police and EMS facility and the truck garage for Cynthian Township.
The Ohio Department of Transportation facilities in Greenville, Paulding and Hicksville opened in the last year, and have been heavily used this winter. Facilities in Tuscarawas County and Coshocton are under construction. For the last several years, Garmann/Miller has also been working with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources on capital improvement projects throughout the state.
Garmann/Miller has maintained its membership to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) since 2007. The USGBC works 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 has achieved eight LEED Gold Certified projects and nine LEED Silver projects. Several other school projects are LEED-registered under the program and upon completion will apply to become certified projects. Garmann/Miller has seven staff members that have achieved LEED Professional credentials by passing a professional exam.
Along with all the major projects, numerous other smaller and private projects and studies were also complete this past year and several other opportunities are in design or set to begin soon.