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Arial view of Community Hospitals of Indianapolis, North Campus

JBE Structural Solutions:
Firm History

JBE Structural Solutions’ history is short but rich in opportunities to expand knowledge and experience. The firm's history is based on and intertwined with Daniel B. Johnson’s professional experience.

Dan's employment history began in 1978 after his graduation from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. His first engagement focused on small engineering projects and surveying. This was followed by a shift to work in 1981 as a graduate engineer performing structural design for healthcare facilities while working for Boyd/Sobieray Associates, an A/E design firm based in Indianapolis.

This work afforded a wealth of opportunities for growth: Concrete, steel, wood and masonry structures all within the context of challenging healthcare Projects.

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Vertical Expansion to WakeMed Health and Hospitals, Cary, NC

In 1997, BSA Design (the evolved Boyd/Sobieray Associates) convinced Dan to return to head the Civil and Structural Departments at BSA Design. Dan was involved as a Senior Vice President in numerous initiatives and in various capacities. His duties have always kept him involved with the structural world, and he continued to provide his problem solving abilities to Projects on an as needed basis.

In February 2010, Dan formed JBE Structural Solutions as a structural engineering consulting firm.

Over the years Dan has been involved in over 7.5 million square feet of new construction representing over $1.75 billion in 2009 construction dollars. His focus has always been twofold; servicing the client and a love of problem solving.  Dan has stated that he could not have possibly ended up in a better career and location to address this focus.

C North Arial Radial sloping bridge at Community Hospital, North Campus

Some projects had tight budgets with an efficient structural design as a focus while others subjugated the structure cost to facilitate other systems. This forced opportunities to design and investigate systems, details, and materials which were atypical, but which added to the available structural “bag of solutions”.

Dan received his PE license in 1982, while continuing to work and grow as an Engineer at Boyd/Sobieray Associates. Dan left as an associate principal in 1989 to travel for 1 ½ years. While this exercise was not the most financially rewarding endeavor, Dan suggests that it has provided a wealth of perspective to his life and professional career.

In 1990 Dan formed Johnson Barnett Enterprises as a small consulting structural firm. Projects included medical buildings in Tennessee, West Virginia, Illinois and Indiana. It also included various new buildings at Lafayette Home Hospital and the vertical expansion of Riley Hospital to House the Children’s Cancer Center.



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