About Us

Our Firm

Barber & Hoffman, Inc. (B&H) is a premier structural engineering firm serving the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states. Since 1934, the firm has built a solid legacy founded on an unwavering philosophy of building enduring relationships via creative design solutions and personal service. Our broad portfolio of projects across the building industry and the loyalty of our clients is a testament to the quality of our service, responsiveness, and creativity.

At B&H, we take pride in developing high-quality structural engineering design solutions for the AEC industry. We focus less on telling clients what they want to hear and more on providing design solutions that are efficient, cost-effective, complete, and constructable. We are problem solvers, big thinkers, and creative innovators.

B&H has extensive experience in various market sectors, with services in a wide variety of project sizes. Our clients know they can rely on us to complete all sorts of structural engineering projects — the good, the bad and the ugly — even through challenging circumstances.

B&H remains grounded and focused on our commitment to provide top-quality engineering work. B&H recognizes this reputation comes with great responsibility and remains committed to maintain this long-standing legacy established by our predecessors.

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Our Team
Mike Miller, PE
President, Principal
Niru Dabholkar, PE LEED AP BD+C
Jon Leuthaeuser, PE SE
Jim Pospisil, PE
Brad Boomer, PE
Senior Associate
James Colella, PE
Senior Associate
Tyler McGrady, PE
Senior Associate
Mike Mazzocco, PE
Alex Abramczyk
Dannielle Alexander
Marketing & Communications Director
Matthew Dacek, PE
David Deaton, Jr, PE
Senior Engineer
Madeline Dunlap
Menna Elgharib
Eyal Greenhouse, PE
Caleb Hare
Mark Heinzen, PE
Senior Engineer
Leah Hoffer
Bob Jones
Senior Technician
Mitchell Kuryla
Andrew Lesak, PE
Abigail Olivieri
Leslie Phillips
Senior Technician
Brandon Potkul, PE
Anthony Santoro
Walter Wasilewski
Our History - 90 Years Strong
Merrill Barber Engineering founded

C. Merrill Barber originates a structural engineering firm in his name, Merrill Barber Engineering.

Nate Hoffman joins the firm

Nate Hoffman joins Merrill Barber Engineering.

OSU St. John Arena opens in Columbus

Our firm designed the St. John Arena facility, named for Lynn St. John, who served as Ohio State’s men’s basketball coach and athletic director until 1947. The multi-purpose arena hosted many NCAA games until 1998.

Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Building opens

The Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Building is the first skyscraper completed by the firm. The 31-story building (419 feet tall) is located in Cleveland, Ohio and has 575,000 square feet.

Barber & Hoffman, Incorporated formed

Barber & Hoffman, Incorporated is formed. Nate Hoffman is named as the firm President.

CSU Rhodes Tower opens

Rhodes Tower (originally University Tower), a 21-story building located in the center of Cleveland State University. B&H is the Engineer of Record for the design of this iconic building. As of 2021, Rhodes Tower is the tallest educational facility in Ohio, and the fourth tallest in the United States.

C. Lal Lalwani is named as the firm President

Mr. Lalwani served as the firm President for 24 years before retiring in 2004, after a distinguished long career of 43 years with the firm. With an aptitude for design of high rise buildings, space frames, post-tensioned concrete structures, vibration analysis, soils analysis and design of special foundations, Mr. Lalwani led major projects in the role of principal-in-charge.

Harry G. Anderson becomes the firm's first CEO.

Mr. Anderson spent his entire professional career with B&H since joining the firm in 1962 after earning his B.S. degree in civil engineering from Fenn College (now Cleveland State University). He was actively involved with reputable industry organizations such as the American Consulting Engineers Association, the Ohio Association of Consulting Engineers, the Cleveland Engineering Society and the State of Ohio Board of Building Standards. He served as the firm’s chief operating and financial officer before retiring in 2004.

W. O. Walker Center opens

B&H is the Engineer of Record for the W. O. Walker Center – built to house and treat injured workers. Today, this Cleveland Clinic building (Building C) houses the physical therapy department. The building was named for William O. Walker, the longtime editor of Cleveland’s black weekly newspaper the Call and Post.

Great Lakes Science Center

B&H served as the structural engineer of record on the iconic Great Lakes Science Center – one of America’s largest interactive science museums. More than 400 exciting “hands-on” exhibits, OMNIMAX® films, daily demonstrations, and educational programs show visitors the interdependency of science, environment, and technology.

Firm opens a branch office opens in western Pennsylvania

The firm opens an office in Pennsylvania led by Michael Miller. The office originally located in Butler, PA moves to its current location in Cranberry Township, Butler County, PA in 2000.

Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute

B&H designed the 480,000 SF state-of-the-art research and education facility on the Cleveland Clinic campus. The facility consists of three buildings, six stories high forming a U-shape. The facility is comprised of: a research wing, a biomedical engineering wing, and an education wing (which includes a library, offices, and lecture rooms).

Robert Jordan is named as the firm President.

Robert (Bob) Jordan joined the firm in 1975 after graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Architectural Engineering. Mr. Jordan was associated with the firm for 36 years during which he progressed from  an engineer-in-training to Principal-in-charge and eventually became the firm President and Treasurer.

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology Academic Center opens.

This 17-story, 384,000 SF building provides a wide variety of academic learning spaces and labs as well as public meeting areas, a restaurant, and hotel – all of which connect the institution to Harrisburg, PA.

Firm opens an office in Central Ohio

To expand on its presence in central and southern Ohio, the firm opens an office in Columbus, led by Niru Dabholkar.

Terminal Tower facade restoration completed

A five-year phased façade restoration program is successfully completed by the firm on this iconic building in downtown Cleveland. The masonry restoration of the 52-story building (originally constructed in 1929) includes repairs to terra cotta, stone and brick exterior materials.

Halim Saab is named as the firm President.

With an innate talent for problem solving and out- of-the-box thinking, Mr. Saab rose through the ranks of the company to become the firm president. During his association of 29 years with the firm, he successfully led structural design on several iconic projects, while mentoring young engineers along the way. He served the A/E/C community with extraordinary honor, distinction, and poise.

Michael Miller is named as the firm President.

The firm remains committed to the principles of its founders, while continuing to grow and modernize to meet the demands of the future.

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