Granny Gets Her Groove Back: Inniswood Village Senior Living Facility

Granny Gets Her Groove Back: Inniswood Village Senior Living Facility

Inniswood Village, a new $35 million senior living facility in Westerville, Ohio, is taking senior comfort and leisure to a whole new level. When complete, the 192-apartment campus will feature a memory care unit, movie theater, library, and bistro. J3 Engineering Group has been there since the ground floor, literally.

J3 Engineering Group provided full engineering and design of precast building components for the general contractor, including the first floor system and varying building support connections. Due to the varying size of precast hollowcore on the project, coordination of a third party precaster was a necessary step in this process. Our client was very pleased with the level of professional coordination, and quick, concise response, J3 took towards coordinating engineering, drafting, production, and installation of these precast elements.

Precast construction was completed on schedule and within budget, and Inniswood Village is now reserving apartments.

Further Reading:

http://www.efamagazine.com/news-item/national-church-residences-begins-construction-inniswood-village

https://bdmag.com/national-church-residences-break-ground-next-week-35-million-ohio-project/

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Welcome to the J3 Family! J3’s Newest Team Members

Welcome to the J3 Family! J3’s Newest Team Members

We are happy to welcome two new team members to join the J3 family – Junshan Liu and Matthew Walton.

Junshan (John) Liu is joining us as a senior project engineer in our Northbrook office. He has numerous degrees including a PhD in Geotechnical and Structural Engineering from Marquette University, two Master’s degrees in computer science, structural engineering and applied mechanics, and a bachelor’s degree in civil structural engineering. In addition, he is a licensed Professional Engineer in Michigan State.

Prior to joining J3, John has worked as a senior structural engineer, focusing on design and analysis of steel and reinforced concrete. In addition, he is skilled in structural software development using a variety of programming languages and engineering software.

Matthew, based in our Mequon office, will take the role of Business Development Manager. He has a bachelor of science in Mathematics from Pfeiffer University North Carolina with a minor in Computer Information Systems and Fine Arts.

He is a LEED Accredited Professional with the U.S. Green Building Council and has over 20 years of experience in the building industry. Prior to J3, Matt worked for nationwide contractors and fabricators with a primary focus on commercial millwork, hospitals, performance theaters, casinos, and government buildings. His proudest work-related accomplishment has been a seven-building Veterans Affairs (VA) complex in Colorado to help many deserving veterans. His younger brother is a wounded veteran that served in Afghanistan and Matt is proud of his contribution towards serving those who have risked so much to protect our nation.

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Physics & Light Graffiti: STEAM Camp 2017

Physics & Light Graffiti: STEAM Camp 2017

How would you like to learn how a vacuum can be created using fire, water, and a glass?  What about what happens when you place an Alka-Seltzer tab in water and a bottle? Would you like to discover how to spell full words using only light? These are some of the many activities J3 Engineering Group shared with 2017 STEAM campers.

Last week, students in grades 4-6 participated in the STEAM program sponsored by Gathering on the Green, a local non-profit festival that focuses on educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) for kids in urban and suburban areas. J3 Engineering Group was thrilled to volunteer their time at locations throughout the Milwaukee area again this year and teach classes on working with optics and physics.

Class One: It’s Not Magic, It’s Physics

The physics of our world is truly fascinating, just ask any of this years youth participants. Our students were amazed at how one can poke a pencil through a bag of water and it won’t leak, or how a vacuum is created using the basic elements of fire and water. Using everyday items one might find at home, J3 instructors demonstrated the difference between magnetic forces, the explosiveness of some chemical reactions, and the physics of centrifugal force. These many experiments make “It’s Not Magic, It’s Physics” not only a fun class to take, but a fun class to teach as well!

Class Two: Exploring Optics and Optical Illusions

When you tell a class of 9-12 year olds that they get to graffiti the classroom, they may not believe you at first. But that’s exactly what students of our second class learned how to do, with light. The kids learned about the different types of light and how we see light and colors. They then got to experiment with light by creating words using different colored lights and a camera, known as “light graffiti”.

J3 Engineering Group is proud to support this program and others that encourage learning and innovation for both urban and suburban children. STEAM education in our communities and in our classrooms is a vital element of empowering our nation’s youth to become leaders in science and technology-related industries. The US Department of Education reports that the number of STEAM jobs in the U.S. will grow by 14% by 2020, much faster than the national job growth average, but the number of graduates in STEAM related fields is only growing by .08% annually.  Keeping kids involved, and in love, with science, technology and the arts is a crucial part of closing that gap and ensuring a successful next-generation of American ingenuity.

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J3 Has a New Look – Updated Website

J3 Has a New Look – Updated Website

Check out our updated website, which has a fresh new look. There is a new services page with expanded services offered and more projects have been added. Don’t forget to check out our blog and careers pages as well!

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Summerfest 2017!

Summerfest 2017!

Look for the American Family Insurance Experience at Summerfest this year. The temporary structure (comprised of 5 separate modules) was engineered by J3 Engineering Group and will feature the ability to design your own photo that reflects your personal dream, relaxing on the rooftop lounge, and a variety of festival necessities.

J3 analyzed the steel components of the promotional structure, which needed to be easy to transport, yet stable. It was engineered without the use of traditional base connections since it was temporary and could not be anchored to the ground. To ensure stability in high winds, J3 engineered a way to tie the individual modules together to act as a whole structure thus making it heavy enough to resist the applied wind loads.

Be sure to stop by and check out our work at the American Family Insurance Experience!

 

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind – Wastewater Tank Optimization

Out of Sight, Out of Mind – Wastewater Tank Optimization

A wastewater treatment company and long-term client, recently contracted J3 Engineering Group to optimize their large wastewater filtration tanks.

J3 was tasked with design optimization that involved two key components. The first involved using a client-provided model to perform a complete structural analysis of the tank. The bearing condition was modeled to realistically represent the permanent conditions that would be expected in the actual anchored and grouted base condition. The second involved optimizing the supporting legs of the tank for effective cost management. This analysis condition was created to properly envelope the stresses in the legs of the tank.

J3 not only met the client’s needs, but also developed new ways to improve the FEA process. The project is complete and will better serve the community by providing cleaner water for years to come.

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New Team Members

New Team Members

J3 has two new additions to our team – Mariano Bustos and Don Werdeo.

Don Werdeo is our Estimator and Expeditor, tasked with coordinating  incoming projects and proposals. This is a newly created position within our company, designed to improve project workflow. He is a recent graduate of UW-Stout with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management, and also holds an associate degree in mechanical design from Lakeshore Technical College. Previously, he performed  estimating for a mechanical contractor, and project management for a custom seating and decor company. In addition, Don has experience as a detail draftsman and engineering technician.

Mariano Bustos has joined us as a precast drafter.  A recent graduate of UW-Milwaukee (BS Civil Engineering), he has experience using AutoCAD and Revit. He is a student member of ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers), SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers), and PCI (Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute). When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. He also loves biking in the summer and playing paintball. Mariano is looking forward to advancing his skills using AutoCAD and Revit as well as working on new and challenging projects.

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Fight for Air Climb 2017

Fight for Air Climb 2017

The American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb was held this past Saturday, March 18th in Milwaukee, WI. This fundraising event encourages participants to race to the top of some of the country’s tallest skyscrapers to support research, education, and patient programs to help the millions of Americans impacted by asthma, COPD, lung cancer, and lung disease.

Team members from J3 Engineering Group and their families participated in the climb again this year, making this our third consecutive climb. Each member of the group climbed a total of 47 floors, 1,034 steps, raising over $900 for lung research in the process. Our congratulations go out to everyone on their successful climb!

For more information on the Fight for Air Climb, Milwaukee visit: http://action.lung.org/site/TR?fr_id=14964&pg=entry

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Cool as a Cucumber – Curb Manufacturing

Cool as a Cucumber – Curb Manufacturing

A curb manufacturer, and repeat client, requested engineering services from J3 Engineering Group to review a new bracket design for air conditioning units. This design would tie down mechanical systems for a major grocery store retailer in the south.

Using spreadsheets and specialty software, engineering calculations were provided to verify the bracket and curb designs. Designs needed to be able to withstand both high wind and seismic events and use on multiple units. Special tie downs were engineered to secure each unit.

The design is currently being duplicated for repeated use. Each air conditioning unit held by J3 reviewed brackets can now be installed safely and securely.

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Central Avenue Parking Deck

Central Avenue Parking Deck

Ready to live a life of luxury in Charlotte, North Carolina? Apartments at modern, urban oasis One305 Central boast amenities such as a saltwater pool, hammock garden, yoga studio, pet spa, and coffee bar, to name just a few. Add an on-site parking deck and you’ve got it all, thanks to J3 Engineering Group.

J3 provided engineering and drafting services to build the centrally positioned parking deck, a location that is not only convenient, but allows residential units unobstructed views of the surrounding skyline. The parking deck consists of precast concrete wall panels, including architectural reveals, a central wall, and a shear wall. The massive, crash resistant panels were divided into multiple pieces and utilized special connectors to join the apportioned sections. Beams and pre-topped precast double tees were also engineered to create a stronger and thicker material for easier installation.

Additional considerations included integration of electrical and plumbing elements, along with designing to allow rainwater to drain properly. As always, accessibility is a must in modern developments. Engineering and drafting of the lower level of the parking deck took special consideration to ensure easy maneuverability of accessible vehicles, their operators, and passengers.

The residences at One305 Central are complete and ready for occupancy.

Resources:

http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/blog/real_estate/2015/02/construction-starts-on-246-unit-apartment.html

http://www.one305central.com/one-305-central-charlotte-nc

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