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Meet Beth Benzenberg

Beth first worked with SHYFT while at a different architecture firm. SHYFT (previously Bluestone Project Solutions) was the owner’s rep/project manager for a large new building. Over the next few years and positions, she kept in touch with the team and after learning their plans for growth and someday adding design services, she joined the design team!

Q: How is SHYFT different from other real estate/design firms that you have seen or worked for?

A: SHYFT is different because of the suite of services that we offer for a firm of our size. This allows us to give each client personalized services with a huge range of space needs. SHYFT also has a really great team culture that is hard to find.

Q: What are some projects you are currently working on?

A: I’m working on finishing up some of our single-family historic home renovations, a couple of renovations at the OBWC, the Thoracic exam suite and a pathology lab renovation at the OSU Wexner Medical Center, a new client services space for a financial services firm, and hopefully a new multi-family development in Franklinton. Plus several others.

Q: What is the one thing you are most proud of since joining SHYFT?

A: I’m really proud of the growth of our design team. It’s exciting to see where we were from when I started a handful of years ago to today, the huge range of projects that we work on, and the desire to always be better (on projects, with team communications, and with the work we win).

Q: What is the most challenging aspect of the conceptual design process? What is the most rewarding?

A: These go hand in hand. The most challenging is ensuring that you will come up with a concept that is not only beautiful but also exactly what the client needs and is envisioning for their space. It is extremely rewarding to see that concept come to life in the eyes of the client, helping them solve their space struggles.

Q: What are a few of your career highlights?

A: Early in my career, I was lucky to be able to work on some large healthcare projects that will be in use for a very long time. These include Golisano Children’s Hospital at SUNY Syracuse and, closer to home, the Dublin Methodist Hospital, among many others. I also was an integral part of the fit-out team at OSU’s Wexner Medical Center, opening the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (which at 1.2 million square feet is the biggest project I’ve ever worked on). I have my MFA in Design Research and Development, which helps me in gathering and analyzing information in the early stages of the design process. More recently, some highlights include projects at Nocterra Brewing Co., Lincoln Tower, and many of the development and residential renovations that are ongoing.

Q: Tell us something unique about you.

A: I grew up in the country in a family with six children. I have 4 kids, including twins. I love to cook, grow things (veggies in my garden, flowers and plants in my yard, and indoor plants), and make maple syrup from my backyard trees.

Thank you, Beth for all you do for the SHYFT Team!


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