Barber & Hoffman, Inc. is a premier structural engineering consulting firm serving the Midwest and mid-Atlantic states. We have been providing structural engineering expertise since C. Merrill Barber founded the firm in 1934 in Cleveland, OH. In 1998, the firm opened a second office in the Pittsburgh, PA area. In 2009, the firm opened its third office in the Columbus, OH area .

During Mr. Barber's distinguished career as a design professional, together with his partners and successors, many impressive landmarks in the public and private sectors have been created. Most notable are: Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Botanical Gardens, Severance Hall (designed by Mr. Barber early in his career), the Great Lakes Science Center, the Cleveland Federal Office Building, Cleveland State University Library Tower, the Cleveland Convention Center, and Cuyahoga Community College Metro Campus just to name a few. Mr. Barber's dedication to innovative yet cost-effective design philosophy is still the company's hallmark today.

Today, our Cleveland office continues to work at some of the aforementioned project locations, also adding major health care clients such as the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, University Hospitals Health System, Summa Health Care System, along with other institutions such as Case Western Reserve University, John Carroll University, and Cleveland State University. Our Pittsburgh office has provided services for major institutions in the western Pennsylvania area such as: the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Duquesne University, the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and Pennsylvania State University and other institutions in Pennsylvania. Our Columbus office is providing services to institutions, architects, and building owners such as The Ohio State University, Mount Carmel Health, Kenyon College, Ohio University, Wright State University and Tri-Way School District.  Our client retention at all three office locations speaks volumes to the services we provide.


We serve design and construction professionals, medical and educational institutions, building owners and managers, government agencies, contractors, fabricators, developers, and others. Our firm is rich with a versatile staff of registered Professional Engineers, EI's, and technicians. We possess decades of experience coupled with the knowledge of the latest design techniques, structural engineering modeling, materials technology, and cost-effective planning to produce a wide range of interesting and efficient buildings and structures.

Each project is managed by a Principal who brings together knowledge, coordination, and integration of special skills needed for completion. The daily interplay among the staff encourages creative solutions while eliminating costly research in design challenges. This approach has retained many of our valued clients.

We utilize integrated computer modeling with associated tools for analysis and design. We are proficient in utilizing 2-D and 3-D (BIM) computer graphics for design and drafting.


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