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SBM Participates in the 2014 Akron Marathon

This year, SBM will have 3 teams competing in the Akron Marathon in September. This will be their ninth year in a row of sponsoring corporate teams. This years’ teams are the Blue Jays, Orange Finches, and the Red Cardinals. Stay tune for updates as they cross the finish line.

Another Addition to the SBM Family

Congratulations are in order to John and Carole Varga and they welcomed a new aby boy into their family. John Andrew was born on July 20th, weighing in at 4 ounce and 21” long.

SBM Family Additions

Sam Pavlik – Mechanical Engineer – Baby girl Oct. 18, 19” long, 8 lbs. Audrey Kay.

Ryan Carlson – Mechanical Engineer – Baby boy Feb. 13, 22” long, 7 lbs. 6 oz. Luke Gabriel.

Akron Rubber Ducks

“SBM is looking forward to attending a summer ballgame with the Akron Rubber Ducks in June. Family and friends will enjoy an evening of fun and fireworks.”

SBM Participates in the 2013 Akron Marathon

On a picture perfect Saturday morning in September, SBM sent 17 of their employees along with 7 family members to the 2013 Akron Marathon. These individuals made up 4 relays teams and 3 individual half marathoners. All runners finished and special congratulations goes to Denise Darrow of our administrative staff for completing her first but not last half-marathon. This company sponsored activity is one of several ways that SBM promotes a healthy lifestyle!

New Certifications

Chris Schoonover and Chad Montgomery have received their Commissioning Process Management Professional (CPMP).

It's a Baby Boy!

On February 26, 2013, Joe and Amber Ross welcomed Ashton Riley Ross into the world. Ashton’s birth weight was 8 pounds 4 ounces. Congratulations!

Two Employees Promoted to Engineer 3 Level!

On January 1, 2013, mechanical engineer Joe Bilinski and plumbing engineer John Varga were promoted to an Engineer 3 position. Joe has been with SBM since his graduation from Ohio University in 2002 and specializes in healthcare and higher education designs. John is a 1997 graduate of the University of Akron and joined the SBM team in 1999. John recently passed in PE exam and is the current Vice President of the Cleveland Chapter of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers.

3 Teams in the Akron Marathon

For the fourth straight year, SBM fielded three relay teams in the Akron Marathon and this year, for the first time, had two other employees run the individual half marathon. On a beautiful sunny and cool day, the three co-ed teams battle each other throughout the race and were rewarded the medal as the finished. Both Mike Wesner and Amy Harmon competed in the half marathon race. Congratulations to all! SBM encourages a healthy lifestyle and hopes to see three teams again in 2013.

It's a Baby Girl!

On August 6, 2012, Joanne Belfiglio and her husband Sam became the proud parents of a baby girl. Juliana was born weighing 6 pounds 11 ounces and was 20 inches tall. Both baby and mom are doing find and the dad is securely his last peacefully night sleep for some time.

John Varga obtained his P.E.

In late 2011, John Varga passed in professional engineering exam in Ohio and became a licensed engineer with the State. John specializes in plumbing and fire protection system design.

SBM Celebrates 50 years of service - March 2009

Celebrates 50 years of service! Scheeser Buckley Mayfield LLC is celebrating 50 years of service in 2009. We are proud to say we have been serving the Akron area for so long. Our business has expanded over the years to include West Virginia and Kentucky. In January of this year we opened a branch office in Columbus to allow us to better serve our clients in this region.

More Alphabet Soup? - January 2009

A.I.A., P.E., LEED AP, R.C.D.D, H.F.D.P., A.S.I.D, NiCET, H.E.L.P.!!!!

Wow! The available list of appellations continues to grow now doesn't it. It's certainly difficult to keep up with all of them and determine which ones are important. Of course, our industry will always have it's mainstays. We need the A.I.A. (American Institute of Architects) and the P.E. (Professional Engineer) but we are seeing others becoming more and more prominent. One of these that continues to increase in importance is L.C.. This article is intended to provide a little detail on what a L.C. means to your business.

What is L.C.?
L.C. is an appellation that stands for "Lighting Certification". It is an accreditation that is earned through the "National Council of Qualifications for Lighting Professionals" ("NCQLP" for short) and was established in 1991 to provide a basis for the design community regarding the capabilities of a person to perform lighting design. This basis is established through initial testing to obtain certification and then mandatory continuing education requirements. The continuing education requirement includes obtaining 36 LEU (Lighting Educational Units) over a three year period. This continuing education helps ensure that the L.C. remains current with new lighting technologies. An alternate method of certification exists through a minimum of 25 years of service in the lighting industry. Those certified with this alternate method is required to fulfill the continuing educational requirements.

Why do I need an L.C.?
The answer to this is actually pretty simple. The L.C. adds value to the project. There are many designers who can adequately provide lighting design services. In fact, most electrical consulting engineering firms provide lighting design as part of their basic services. A L.C. is someone who has demonstrated, through testing and continuing education, that they have the technical knowledge and experience required to provide a design which meets the project needs and requirements. Does the L.C. really mean anything? Absolutely! Even the U.S. government is recognizing the need for certified lighting professionals. The U.S. General Services Administration "GSA" requires that the lighting design performed on projects be performed by a certified L.C. in their Facilities Standards for Public Building Service's standard. This attests to the level of seriousness that the U.S. government is putting to credential. Some other state and local levels agree and are requiring a L.C. perform the lighting design on the project. For example, effective January 1, 2009, the city of Bloomington, Minnesota is now requiring all exterior lighting plans be signed by an L.C. Their requirements and enforcement includes the holding of the building certificate of occupancy until the site has confirmed that the final design and actual installation meets the city requirements.

Does a P.E. stamp take precedence over the L.C. credential?
The L.C. is an accreditation, not a license. The L.C. is a certification which indicates specialization in lighting. Currently, the P.E. stamp is not a substitute for the L.C. certification.

Who governs the NCQLP?
The NCQLP is governed by a board of directors that includes the major players in our industry. These include the likes of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA), International Interior Design Association (IIDA), National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and the U.S. Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). What is the future of the L.C.?

As previously indicated, many more Federal, State, and Local agencies are requiring the use of L.C.'s on lighting projects and the trend is unlikely to change. This may require the work to be subcontracted to design firms with an L.C. The number of L.C.'s taking the exam and renewing their certification has continued to increase in an effort to keep up with the need. As of the end of 2007, there were 1753 L.C. certificate holders in the United States. Universities that offer lighting design as part of their curriculum are now becoming eligible to offer the Intern L.C. exam. These universities include the University of Nebraska, Penn State University, and Parsons School of Design.

Here at SBM.
SBM has three L.C.'s on staff to meet both current and future needs. These include James Eckman, Ron Radabaugh, and Dave Holbrook.

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