A Quick Look:

Richard A. Christ, P.E., Vice President
Registration: Professional Engineer
– State of Ohio 1982
– Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 1996
– Indiana 2008
– Arizona 2009
Master of Science in Civil Engineering — Case Western Reserve University, 1980
Bachelor of Architecture — University of Notre Dame, 1977


Professional Affiliations:

  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Concrete Institute, Cleveland and International
  • Structural Engineers Association of Ohio
  • Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute
  • National Society of Professional Engineers
  • American Institute of Steel Construction
  • Ohio Society of Professional Engineers
  • Northeast Ohio Society of Professional Engineers, Treasurer
  • Rocky River Board of Zoning and Building Appeals


Mr. Christ is a principal with the firm. His experience includes: structural analysis and design of new buildings; investigation, restoration, renovation, remodeling, and reuse of existing buildings; major civil engineering projects; and, failure investigations, preparation of feasibility studies, contract documents and specifications, review of construction compliance with design, including shop drawing and testing procedures. Projects include institutional, commercial, stadium facilities, public works, residential, and industrial. In addition, Mr. Christ has a major background in architecturally exposed structural systems, including: architecturally exposed structural steel, cast-in-place and post-tensioned concrete, and timber structures.


Mr. Christ has been associated with Barber & Hoffman, Inc. since 1979. He became an Associate with the firm in 2002 and a principal in 2005.

Key Projects:

cleveland medical martCleveland Medical Mart and Convention Center - Cleveland, OH
A $465 million medical mart and convention center complex. The five-story, 235,000-square-foot medical mart will provide permanent showrooms for medical manufacturers. The underground convention center features 230,000 square feet of exhibit space with 30'-high ceilings and 90' column spacing. Above the convention center at grade level will be 12.5 acres of public green space. Foundation systems included 150' drilled piers (caissons) and high-capacity micro piles; as well as a two-level split concrete mat for the medical mart.

Department of Veterans Affairs, Wade Park - Original Ambulatory Care Addition
Cleveland, OH

A three-story (future third) concrete frame and flat slab medical building addition. The project included an open four-story atrium with a public canopied entrance, an employee canopied entrance, an enclosed emergency drop-off, and a pedestrian bridge to the across the street parking garage.

veterens affairs building additionDepartment of Veterans Affairs, Wade Park - Ambulatory Care 3rd and 4th Floors Addition - Cleveland, OH
Original two-story concrete hospital structure was designed for one-story concrete expansion. This project comprised analysis of the existing structure to allow greater vertical expansion of a two-story, steel-framed expansion.

Department of Veterans Affairs, Wade Park - Emergency Department and Specialty Care Addition (Surgical Care Clinics) - Cleveland, OH
The project includes the design of a two-story, 18,000-sq.-ft. addition comprised of a full basement and two stories above grade. The addition will house an ED, home-based primary care, and outpatient primary and specialty care functions. Additionally, 10,000 sq. ft. adjacent to and within the existing medical center will be renovated to accommodate the expansion project. Exterior improvements include an ambulance drop-off canopy and revisions to the parking area and traffic patterns.

ritter libraryRitter Public Library Addition - Vermilion, OH
The addition increased the library by 65%. It is set back from the current main entrance to maintain the current classic entrance and provides a new updated entrance to the east and the expanded parking. The project is Ohio's first library to be LEED-Certified Gold. A rooftop landscaped green roof is adjacent to the second floor addition providing for "green" educational programs. A basement level houses a new community room that is available during non-library hours. The addition adds space for expanded books, movies, computer access, library services, youth area, and quiet spaces for adults.

Cleveland Municipal School District - School of the Arts - Agora Conversion - Cleveland, OH
The Cleveland School of the Arts is located on the John Hay Campus and is to be one of the flagship specialty schools of the Cleveland Municipal School District. The school will form the eastern edge of the campus as a prominent beacon along Stearns Road at its intersection with Carnegie Avenue, one of the gateway corners of University Circle. The project includes sustainability as part of its contemporary design. The contemporary architectural expression serves as a counterpart to the adjacent Neoclassical John Hay structure. There will be extensive glass and metallic screening including a sweeping curved wall defining the school.

Additional Project Experience:


  • University Hospitals Health System — Case Medical Center Service Building, Cleveland, OH
  • Veterans' Affairs Medical Center/Wade Park — Ambulatory Care Addition, and Phase 2 Expansion, Cleveland, OH
  • University Hospitals Health System — (2) New Medical Office Buildings: Twinsburg, OH and Concord, OH
  • Lakewood Hospital — Mechanical/Electrical/Architectural upgrades for Surgery, Hospital Chiller, and Pharmacy, Lakewood, OH
  • Veterans' Affairs Medical Center/Wade Park — Emergency Department and Specialty Care Center Addition and Renovation, Cleveland, OH
  • Veterans' Affairs Medical Center — Bed Tower Addition, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Ohio State Medical Center East — Lab Renovation and Upgrade, Columbus, OH


  • Cuyahoga Community College East Campus — Student Services Renovation and Addition, Highland Hills, OH
  • Garfield City Schools — Maple Leaf School Addition and Renovation; Elmwood School Addition and Renovation — Garfield Heights, OH
  • Cleveland Municipal School District — School of the Arts, University Circle, Cleveland, OH
  • Case Western Reserve University — Law School Renovation and Addition Study, Cleveland, OH
  • Case Western Reserve University — Bingham Structures Lab, Cleveland, OH
  • Case Western Reserve University — Dental School Expansion Study, Cleveland, OH
  • Cleveland State University — Main Classroom Addition and Renovation, Cleveland, OH
  • Cleveland State University — Law Building Renovation, Cleveland, OH
  • Cleveland State University — Rhodes Tower Plaza Renovation, Cleveland, OH
  • Canton City Schools — 14 new grade, middle, and high schools; and various additions and renovations, Canton, OH


  • Cuyahoga County + MMPI — Cleveland Medical Mart and Convention Center, Cleveland, OH
  • Ritter Public Library Addition, Vermilion, OH
  • Fawcett Stadium New Press Box, Canton, OH
  • Lakewood Public Library, Lakewood, OH
  • Metzenbaum Federal Courthouse Renovation — 2006 Preservation Award, Cleveland, OH
  • Gateway Economic Development Corporation — Gateway project, Cleveland, OH
  • Louis Stokes Rapid Station — Greater Cleveland RTA, Cleveland, OH


  • The Village — New Strip Shopping Mall and Phase II Expansion, Brimfield, OH
  • The Cascades — Open Shopping Area Addition, Brimfield, OH
  • Landerwood Crossing — New Office Building, Pepper Pike, OH
  • Mahoning County Children's Services, Youngstown, OH
  • City of Canton Sewer District — Sewer Department Service Building and Vehicle Maintenance Facility, Canton, OH
  • KeyBank — Additions and Renovations to 24 branch offices
  • KeyBank — 16 new branch bank facilities
  • Westlake Storage Facility, Westlake, OH


  • Cleveland State University — East Parking Garage,
    Cleveland, OH
  • Lakewood Hospital Parking Garage Renovation,
    Lakewood, OH
  • Enterprise Place Parking Garage, Beachwood, OH