amazing individuals, great company, incredible work
University of Cincinnati
Master of Business Administration
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering
Founded Schaefer in 1976 as Steven Schaefer and Associates
Honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award from University of Cincinnati’s College of Engineering
what has been your most suprising/exciting experience at Schaefer?
While I never had a goal for employee growth, I have always hated turning away good clients. As more projects rolled in, I hired more engineers, modelers and administrative staff to meet the demand. I didn’t start this company planning to have over sixty-five employees in three offices; the success of the company has been a great surprise. I was especially satisfied with what we had accomplished when we were ranked the second best structural engineering firm to work for in the country.
what has been your favorite project?
Early in my career I designed a tied-back wall system to underpin the foundation of an adjacent building for the excavation of the 580 Building in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. As I recall, the excavation went 22 ft below the footings of the adjacent 10 story building. This was the first time this method was used to underpin a major building in the United States. I shared my experience by presenting on the project at an American Society of Civil Engineers regional conference.