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 its founding by C. Merrill Barber in 1934 in Cleveland, Ohio. The firm opened an office in the Pittsburgh area in 1998, and in 2009, an office in Columbus, Ohio.

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 the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Botanical Garden, 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. 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. Our Columbus office is providing services to institutions, architects, and building owners such as The Ohio State University, Mount Carmel Health System, OSU Wexner Medical Center, Wright State University, Ohio University, Belmont College, and Mt. Vernon Nazerene University. Our client retention speaks volumes to the service 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.

A Principal manages each project bringing together knowledge, coordination, and integration of specialized 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 AutoCAD and Building Information Modeling (BIM) for design and drafting.


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