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Resource International, Inc. Celebrates 40 Years in Business! Top 40 Countdown (Part I)

May 30

Written by: riiadmin
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Resource International’s Top 40 Countdown

As Resource International, Inc. (Rii) kicks off the celebration of four decades of business, there are countless achievements to summarize. When I was asked to write this blog, I loved going back and compiling the firm’s history, events and successes. With a staggering amount of information, six pages to be concise, I realized that it was going to be impossible to give justice to 40 years of business in a short blog. As a compromise, I compiled “Resource International’s Top 40” to count down and reflect our firm’s history.

1970s – Resource International is Founded
40. Incorporated on August 21, 1973, Farah B. Majidzadeh, CEO and Chairperson, founded Rii in the basement of her home in Columbus, Ohio. Rii has been operating as a female owned and family run business since that time. The Dynaflect, a first generation of non-destructive testing (NDT) equipment used for pavement evaluation, was the firm’s first primary service.

39. The Delaware County and the City of Worthington Engineer’s Offices were Rii’s first two clients. Rii was under contract for evaluating pavement conditions.

38. Rii established itself in the local market with the use of NDT technologies, Dynaflect and Delametec, which evaluated pavements, bridge deck conditions and parking structures. Rii was awarded a contract with the Ohio Turnpike Commission (Turnpike) to evaluate bridge conditions with Delametec, an automated acoustic sounding device.

37. Rii discovered international opportunities in the rapidly growing market in Kuwait which turned into a major contract and continued into the 1980s.

36. Recognizing the need for computer database design and software development capabilities, Rii’s Information Technology division was formed.

35. Rii developed specifications to use geotextile fabric in pavement design and construction for clients including Owens Corning, Monsanto Corporation, International Paper, and Philips Petroleum. Rii also embarked on projects in waste utilization, such as polymers, sulfur, fibers and bottom ash in paving mixtures, and was involved actively in promoting pavement recycling internationally.

34. A growing project portfolio in the R&D and transportation market allowed Rii to procure new contracts in the federal, state and local markets including FHWA, FAA, ODOT, City of Columbus and other public agencies. Many of these significant projects were associated with mechanistic pavement design and pavement management systems (PMS). In addition, Rii developed and implemented PMS programs for ODOT in the late 1970s and continued through the 1980s and 1990s.

1980s – Notable Projects
33. A multi-year contract with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia resulted in the development and implementation of a Highway Maintenance Management System for the entire country. This project showcased the firm’s expertise and use of technology in engineering, research and development.

32. A significant Ohio project was an investigation of the structural integrity of The Ohio State University’s Woody Hayes Stadium. Results of the investigation helped determine rehabilitation versus replacement options. The firm also participated in the State Architect’s Office building program for correctional facilities.

31. In 1981, Jim Norden, SET, began his Rii career in construction services. Through a series of promotions over the years, Jim is currently Vice President of Construction Services and the firm’s longest standing employee.

30. In 1984, the firm’s first branch office opened in Cleveland, Ohio, providing additional growth opportunities. Shortly after, Rii began offering new services including geotechnical engineering, surveying, transportation and municipal design, construction inspection and materials testing.

29. Notable projects included the geotechnical study of I-670 from downtown Columbus to Port Columbus International Airport (PCIA), construction inspection services for ODOT Districts 6, 8 and 10, and pavement management studies at PCIA and Rickenbacker Inland Port.

28. Downtown Columbus’ new towering skyline and statewide development signified the City’s growth. Rii served a major role on notable projects including the design and construction of the Vern Riffe Center II State Office Tower, Bureau of Workers Compensation and Industrial Commission Building, Franklin County Courthouse and Juvenile Detention Center and Parking Garage, Madison Correctional Institution, Central Safety Building and Project “88” Columbus Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade.

27. By the end of the decade, three of the four next generation Majidzadeh’s joined the firm’s management team. The fourth joined in the early 1990s. 

1990s – Exciting Growth
26. Rii participated in the $95 million 1992 AmeriFlora International Horticulture Exposition hosted by the City of Columbus. This was the crown jewel of the City’s 500th anniversary celebration of Columbus’ “Voyage to the New World.” Held at the 100-year-old Franklin Park Conservatory, the opening ceremony featured President George H.W. Bush, comedian Bob Hope, and Governor George V. Voinovich.

25. The 1990s brought additional services and geographic expansion including the 1995 opening of Rii’s Cincinnati, Ohio branch office and laboratory.

24. Rii’s Transportation Division was highlighted by major multi-million dollar projects. Rii prepared the life-cycle cost analysis and was the geotechnical and pavement engineering lead for the Turnpike’s 3rd Lane Widening project. Rii coordinated with more than 50 engineering consultants on this fast-track project. Other notable projects included the Fort Washington Way Reconfiguration, SR 16 Highway (MUS-16-17.16) and the Butler Regional Highway (SR 129).

23. The Cleveland office provided construction administration and geotechnical studies as part of The University Hospitals of Cleveland billion dollar expansion, Cleveland Public Library, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum.

22. The Pittsburgh office was involved in the high profile PNC Park development with the Sports and Exhibition Authority and Allegheny County.

21. The creation of the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission in 1997 gave the IT Division a cornerstone opportunity to develop an interactive project management website for the State’s 12 year, $10.2 billion dollar program. Rii still maintains this award-winning website today.

20. The sports and entertainment and commercial building markets were booming and Rii participated in several large projects. These included the Cleveland Gateway Complex, Greater Columbus Convention Center, Polaris Banc One Corporate Center, ODOT/ODPS Hilltop Project, OSU Value City Arena at The Jerome Schottenstein Center, Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, University Hospitals of Cleveland and COSI, which opened in 1999.

Stay tuned for the second half of Rii’s Top 40. We don’t want you to miss reading about the firm’s journey through the recession, bouncing back with astonishing growth, and most recently achieving the ISO 9001:2008 certification.

If you have worked with us and would like to contribute a memory or fact as we celebrate our 40th year in business, please leave us a comment!


Steve E. Johnson, PE
Vice President of Engineering Services

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