Highlights of LJB’s 2018

One of LJB’s secrets to longevity is our ability to evolve. As we stride into 2019, our 53rd year, our evolution continues.

In 2018, we opened new offices and expanded existing ones, we celebrated collective and individual accomplishments, we networked and educated at events around the globe, and we had some fun. Most of all, we proudly and joyfully worked hard to fulfill our mission: improving the quality of life.

Read on to learn about—or relive—some of the year’s highlights.

Proud Moments

From huge team wins to challenging individual ones, proud moments were plentiful in 2018. Some of ours included:

  • At the 2018 Tilt-Up Concrete Association’s Convention & Expo in Dallas, LJB-designed projects took home four Tilt-Up Achievement Awards—two of which were Excellence in Achievement awards. These honors solidify our position as most-awarded design firm.

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  • LJB was honored with the 2018 ACEC Ohio Outstanding Small Project Award for our Greenroads sustainable intersection improvements at the State Road 4 and S. Gilmore Road / Holden Blvd intersection in Fairfield, Ohio—the first project certified by Greenroads in Ohio.
  • After serving on the ACEC Ohio Board as an at-large director and secretary-treasurer, LJB CEO Rod Sommer accepted the nomination to serve as vice chair and began his tenure in July.
  • LJB NC market leader Roberto Canales, P.E., accepted NCDOT’s invitation to serve on the Office of Civil Rights Advisory Council’s Sub-Committee on Professional Services.Thom-ANSI committee chair-crop
  • LJB principal and fall protection expert Thomas Kramer, P.E., C.S.P., earned the 2017-2018 President’s Award from the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), and he was named chair of the ANSI/ASSP Z359 fall protection standards committee.
  • LJB GIS applications specialist Kelly Wright achieved Geographic Information Systems Professional certification, becoming LJB’s first-ever GISP.
  • Along with earning his master’s degree in sustainable transportation, LJB civil engineer Joe Wright was named 2018 Student of the Year for the Master of Sustainable Transportation program at the University of Washington, and he became a certified Greenroads Sustainable Transportation Professional (STP).

Learning & Teaching

From Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington, D.C., to faraway places like Myanmar and Finland, LJB team members participated in nearly 50 industry events this year, sharing knowledge and learning from peers in each of our areas of expertise, including fall protection, structural engineering, transportation and site design.

LJB HS&E team members shared their expertise with nearly 2,000 webinar attendees, covering topics such as identifying and controlling risk, creating and improving fall protection programs, and ensuring that anchorages are OSHA-compliant.

Through LJB University, we hosted some amazing groups of professionals in our Dayton headquarters Learning Center for various levels of fall protection training. We also took our training to locations around the country, providing customized classes to organizations such as the U.S. Navy.

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People Power

In 2018, LJB welcomed 38 new faces: 26 full-time employees, eight special projects employees, and four co-ops, including one who became a full-time employee by year’s end.

That’s not to say that the majority of LJBers are newbies.

For a whopping 53 employees, 2018 marked 10 years or more with LJB. Seventeen of those have logged 20 or more years, and 10 employees have 30 or more years under their belts. In October, Dayton-based civil engineer Harry Herbst celebrated his 44th anniversary with the firm!

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Hello, Kentucky and D.C.!

In 2018, we opened three new LJB offices:

  • Ashland, KY
  • Louisville, KY
  • Washington, D.C.

Our Houston-based team outgrew its original space and moved to a new suite to accommodate even more growth. Our Cleveland team also moved from Highland Heights to Fairview Park to accommodate its growth. Our North Carolina team grew as well, and continues to, adding two more LJBers in January 2019.

Together for Good

Whether for the good of our health, our neighborhood or our planet—and sometimes simply for camaraderie—LJB employees never fail to rise to a challenge.

  • During LJB Wellness Committee’s Maintain Don’t Gain Challenge, just over 80 percent of participants maintained their weight—or lost some—during the holiday season.
  • Back in the spring, participants in the 10-week-long LJB Step Challenge racked up nearly 51 million steps.
  • To celebrate Earth Week, employees participated in a two-week-long Sustainability Challenge, competing in teams to see who could reduce their ecological footprints the most. The teams reduced 16,000 pounds of carbon dioxide, diverted 1,100 pounds of waste, and saved 11,000 gallons of water.


  • LJB employees donated toys and funds to several organizations, including Toys for Tots, Choices Inc., and WakeMed Children’s Hospital.

That’s a Wrap!

What a year! We’re grateful for the opportunity and privilege to do the work we love, and we’re excited about what’s ahead in 2019 and beyond. Happy New Year!

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