Founding Principal, Gordon Baker, Inducted into the Cleveland Engineering Society's Hall of Fame
Gordon is one of the founders of Thorson Baker & Associates, Inc. (TBA), a nationally known multi-disciplined engineering firm. Gordon received his Master of Science in Civil Engineering (Structural) from The Ohio State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University. He is a registered engineer in 49 states, and a registered Structural Engineer in Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, Vermont and Washington. He has designed a project in every state in the United States, including prominent projects such as Victoria Gardens retail complex designed for a high seismic zone in Rancho Cucamonga, California, Pier Park Lifestyle Center in Panama City Beach, Florida with hurricane wind requirements, and Icon in the Gulch, a 1 million square foot 22-story residential complex. The 13-story condominium tower is supported by 9-stories of parking/plaza and retail space. Icon has more concrete than any other building in Nashville, Tennessee. Currently Gordon is designing The East Bank Flats which is a 20-story mixed-use complex supported by 3-stories of parking podium. The office tower consists of 5-stories of hotel over 3-stories of retail, restaurant and fitness space. Gordon has designed and overseen hundreds of projects including retail, corporate, industrial, libraries, medical, recreational and edcuational structures. A structural engineer with over 29 years of experience in the building industry, his success demonstrates his ability to detail and create structural systems that are economical, buildable and perform well.
State of Ohio, State Architect's Office eNews
Spotlight on Ohio University
TBA provided civil and structural engineering and landscape architecture services for the 4-story Adams Residence Hall mentioned and pictured in the article. Adams Hall houses more than 350 students.
Renovation enhances Recreation & Wellness Center's versatility, enhances community outreach
TBA provided structural and civil engineering and landscape architecture services for renovations to the Cuyahoga Community College Recreation & Wellness Center on the Metropolitan campus in Cleveland. Renovation of 26,000 SF included infill of the existing racquetball courts to create two stories of 10,000 SF for exercise and fitness program areas. The infill resulted in an additional 4,900 SF of usable space. The $5,100,000 project included a new entry vestibule, connection to a below-grade pedestrian tunnel, and a new entry plaza as well as site work around the new vestibule addition. Drawings for this project were created using Revit for Building Information Modeling (BIM).
Sustainability inspires design as Tri-C branches out with new Westshore Campus
TBA provided structural engineering for the $24,300,000 two-story 65,000 SF Health Careers and Sciences building. This is the first building on the new Cuyahoga Community College Westlake campus and provides classrooms, conference rooms, life science labs, health career labs, and a library and technology learning center. Drawings for this project were created using Revit for Building Information Modeling (BIM). This project is pursuing LEED Silver Certification.
AIA Akron Design/Excellence Awards Honor Top Projects
THORSON BAKER & Associates, Inc. provided consulting engineering services on two of the three projects given an Award of Excellence by AIA Akron: Cleveland State University Student Center and the National Inventors Hall of Fame School Center for Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Learning. TBA also provided consulting engineering services for the Weathervane Playhouse Addition & Renovation project which was one of five projects to be recognized with an Award of Merit.
Builders Exchange Magazine
One of a kind
This building offers a unique look to attract visitors looking for a unique pet
TBA provided structural engineering for the $2,500,000 pet rescue, adoption and retail center in Akron, Ohio. A design feature of the 8,750 SF facility includes a dramatic double-helix staircase that provides a unique area for cats to roam freely and allows visitors to watch the cats at play.
Builders Exchange Magazine
Re-creating a recreation building
This building was updated and made fit for a fit community
TBA provided structural, mechanical, electrical and civil engineering and landscape architecture for the $15,000,000 renovation and expansion of the Mandel Jewish Community Center in Beachwood, Ohio. The 8,500 SF addition to the existing fitness area doubled the size of fitness space and improved traffic flow and functionality throughout the facility. The facility remained open throughout construction.
Euclid Commons brings new student housing options to Cleveland State
TBA provided structural & civil engineering and landscape architecture services for the $40,000,000 Euclid Commons student housing project. Phase I (332 beds) opened in Fall 2010. Phase II (268 beds) is scheduled for completion in August 2011. This project is pursuing LEED Silver Certification.
TBA LEED Accredited Professional Staff Numbers 22
LEED Accredited Professional status has been awarded to 22 TBA staff members representing all disciplines (structural, mechanical, electrical and civil engineering, and landscape architecture).
Tri-C cooks up a winner with new Hospitality Management Center
The 25,000 SF state-of-the-art hospitality management facility on Public Square holds grand opening. TBA provided structural engineering for this unique project that brings new life and a new purpose to the Cleveland landmark May Company Building.
Renovated Leutner Commons enhances dining options at CWRU
A $7,000,000 renovation and addition project transforms the Leutner Commons dining hall. TBA provided structural & civil engineering and landscape architecture.
Builders Exchange Magazine
In the country
An engineering firm expands on a parkside site by taking advantage of rural opportunities while staying affordable
24,000 SF expansion of TBA offices in Richfield on-track to receive LEED Gold Certification. TBA provided all consulting engineering services: structural, mechanical, electrical, technology and civil engineering and landscape architecture.
July 29, 2010
Akron Zoo's Conservation Carousel opens for rides Saturday
The Conservation Carousel consists of 33 hand-carved wooden animals - a jaguar, penguin, tiger and giraffe to name a few. TBA provided civil engineering and landscape architecture services to Hasenstab Architects for this interesting, educational and fun project. Imaginative re-use of Zoo plants and stone in the surrounding landscape design was just one of many "green" components incorporated into this environmentally sensitive project.
July 26 - August 1, 2010
Crain's Cleveland Business - Higher Education
"Centers of Attention"
Universities incorporate more amenities into student unions that enhance quality of life
The new student center at Cleveland State University is featured in this article. TBA provided structural and civil engineering and landscape architecture for this $24,000,000 three-story 138,000 SF facility that is pursuing LEED Silver Certification. Architects for this project were Gwathmey, Siegel & Associates and Braun & Steidl Architects.
Builders Exchange Magazine
"Five ways to enlist new A/E/Cs"
One way local architects, constructors and engineers are facing the challenge of replacing today's A/E/C workforce is through participation in the ACE (Architecture, Construction and Engineering) Mentor Program of Cleveland. Under the direction of Gilbane Building Company, participating firms donate staff and supplies to provide a 15-week hands-on mentoring program that guides selected students from John Hay and James Ford Rhodes high schools through the requirements of a mock project. TBA engineers and landscape architects are active participants in the ACE program.
"Here to Stay"
Doubletree Hotel Akron/Fairlawn moves into renovated, upgraded facility
TBA provided structural engineering for the rebranding and renovation of the 91-room Doubletree Hotel.
Billboard - ACE Mentor Program Holds Student Scholarship Awards
Seven Cleveland students received a total of $10,000 in scholarships at the annual ACE banquet, the culmination of a 15-week mentoring program to encourage careers in architecture, construction and engineering. TBA engineers and landscape architects are active participants in the ACE Mentor Program. Under the direction of Gilbane Building Company, the Cleveland program is part of a nationwide mentoring program.
"Akron Zoo carousel project's 'green' tint unveiled for Earth Day"
TBA is providing civil engineering and landscape architecture for the $1.2 million Conservation Carousel at the Akron Zoo. "Summit County Executive Russ Pry said the Akron Zoo is the No. 1 tourist attraction in the county" according to Beacon Journal staff writer Kathy Antoniotti. TBA has providing consulting engineering services on numerous projects at the Akron Zoo.
"Building a place for families to call home"
TBA is providing structural, mechanical and electrical engineering services for the Kinship Village project on the Fairhill Partners campus. The circa 1920s buildings will be renovated to provide 22 apartments for "grand families" in which grandparents are raising their grandchildren.
West Shore Sun Community News
"Bay Schools revamp plans outlined"
TBA provided structural, mechanical, electrical and civil engineering services for an assessment of the Bay Village school district's buildings to assist the district in planning and prioritizing recommended improvements.