Thank you for opening this newsletter, we hope you enjoy the update! 

Preparing our newsletter for you and looking back over the past few months is always fun for us. In this issue we’re sharing some project information on Chase Bank at the LeBron James Family Foundation House 330, a renovation project at First Congregational Church, and the Fire Maintenance Building Kitchen and common area renovation, all in Akron. We’re also sharing the completion of Dollar General in New Philadelphia, OH, the ribbon cutting of Oakmont Education’s Marshall addition in Middletown, OH, as well as an in-house design project for Dunkin’ in Kent. We also can’t help but share some of the fun times with our team and helping others…which you know we LOVE!

First quarter reports are in, and we continue to face the same challenges often on a broader scale and across our industry as more and more supply and material segments are becoming affected by cost increases and supply chain issues. We look forward to the day we can stop talking about it, but that day is not here, and experts predict it may be a while. We have appreciated the patience of our clients during this time. While there isn’t a guarantee on when these challenges will ease, we want to assure you we will continue to communicate them with you as they arise so we can all be on the same page. I’ve included industry update articles that I hope you find helpful.

If you are considering a project of any size, please contact us by email to or direct at 330.858.6672. 

All the best to you and your team! 

Julie Brandle, President
Metis Construction Services

Congratulations to the Saran Family!

Join us in congratulating the Saran Family! Mom (Bethany) and Dad (Jordan) welcomed their first child, Violet Rose Saran, January 14. Congratulations from the Metis team!

Metis Makes a Difference

Metis Wears Red for National Heart Month

During the month of February, Metis went red in support of women’s heart health. Metis team members wore their limited edition red shirts to raise awareness for National Heart Month and the tireless work of the American Heart Association. 

American Heart Association Women of Impact

Our very own Julie Brandle has been nominated for the Greater Akron/Canton Women of Impact Award. Each year a select group of individuals are nominated to be a part of this initiative because of their passion and drive to make a difference. All nominees brought together their own network to form an impact team, set a goal, raise funds, and raise awareness in our community.

This Women of Impact Team raised over $156k for the American Heart Association. Visit to see how you can still support their mission.

Kent Jaycees Reverse Raffle

This year’s proceeds will go towards the restoration of the historic train car in downtown Kent.

What’s Been Happening at Metis

National Fun at Work Day

January 28th was National Fun at Work Day. The Metis team sported their favorite sports gear for some office fun! 

Girl Scout Mentorship

Paul Romanic, Architect, and Julie Brandle, had a blast sharing the vision of the future of Low Lodge at Camp Ledgewood. Metis is excited to guide the transformation of this space that holds so many wonderful memories for the Girl Scouts.

American Camp Association Ohio Conference

Metis Construction Services was represented at the American Camp Association Ohio Conference in Columbus, OH, by Julie Brandle, President. Not only did Julie staff the booth, but she also presented at the conference alongside Dan Reynolds from the Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs. Dan and Julie spoke with camp leaders from around the region on capital improvement and facility maintenance plans, as well as master planning construction projects.

Women in Construction Week

Metis celebrated Women in Construction Week March 6-12. In partnership with the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Akron Chapter, Metis took part in the Summa Behavioral Health Pavilion jobsite tour and networking event with other women in the industry at HiHo Brewing Co. in Cuyahoga Falls. In addition, Julie Brandle was the Keynote Speaker for the Leaders in the Industry kickoff event for WIC WEEK presented by the Kent State Construction Management Student Organization.

Metis Project Highlights

Oakmont Education – Middletown, OH

Metis Construction Services completed a ground-up addition at Marshall High School in Middletown, Ohio, for Oakmont Education. The career-technical based school features an innovative, career-driven learning environment. The 6,820 SF space includes classrooms that offer hands-on experience in healthcare, construction, business/IT, and manufacturing. In addition, the Metis Design team is designing a new student dining area, a student-operated café/bistro, a community food pantry, and a culinary arts program. This next phase of the project will be a design-build venture between Metis and Oakmont Education. 

Akron Civic Theater Deck – Akron, OH 

Metis Construction Services is excited to partner with the Akron Civic Theatre and PNC Bank to bring the new PNC Plaza to life. The outdoor deck will be located along the south-facing wall of the Civic off of South Main Street. Beginning this summer, the PNC Plaza will be the site of many outdoor events designed for all ages!

First Congregational Church of Akron – Akron, OH 

The First Congregational Church of Akron needed new restrooms and an access point to their garden. Metis Design team collaborated with the church to design four new restrooms by re-configuring the three existing restrooms, an office area and a hallway. In addition, the design team has been working with a landscape architect to create an access point to the church garden for the congregation. Our construction team has completed the restroom renovation and will begin the garden access as the weather warms up. 

Chase Community Center – Akron, OH 

Metis Construction Services worked with the Lebron James Family Foundation and Chase Bank to complete the Chase Community Center in Akron, inspired by the I Promise School students. The center provides a space for students to learn about financial health while promoting a sense of community building and learning. 

Akron Fire Department Maintenance Building – Akron, OH

Metis Construction Services worked with the Akron Fire Department to breathe new life into their outdated kitchen and common area at the Akron Fire Maintenance Building on Triplett Blvd., Ceiling tiles, light fixtures, countertops, and cabinets (original to the 1967 fire station that since 1980 has served as their maintenance hub) were removed and replaced with new. New LVT flooring was also installed. The crew can now enjoy meetings, meals, and downtime together in their refreshed space! 

Dollar General – New Philadelphia, OH

Metis continues to help bring DOLLAR GENERAL locations to communities near and far, with a number of them currently under construction. Metis recently completed this store in New Philadelphia, OH. Located on Route 39, this 10,650-sf store will provide convenience to residents of New Philadelphia.  When you are in the area stop in and shop at this new location! 

100 Projects in 2021!

Thank you for looking back with us as we review some of our 2021 projects. Metis was awarded 100 projects from door replacements to ground-up retail sites. Please contact us so we can help you with your space needs in 2022!

Metis Design in Motion

Dunkin’ – Kent, OH 

Metis Design completed the design of Kent’s newest Dunkin’ located on South Water Street. The new location sits near a high-traffic intersection and is complete with a drive-thru to accommodate their customers. The exterior has been designed to fit in with the surrounding neighborhood. Stop by and check out this beautiful new Dunkin’!

Metis Moment

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio

“I have had the pleasure of working with this company for the past five years on a variety of projects big and small, at various challenging locations.  In total, these projects represent about $12 million in expenditures for Girl Scouts of North East Ohio. This was a monumental master planning project for us, driven by our members and carried their high expectations of the transformation they envisioned for our camps, a mix of infrastructure and system improvements. Metis delivered on this challenge, from water systems and fire suppression to modern cabins and a program center that has been called the most beautiful and innovative in the country by the national CEO of Girl Scouts.  

It is not enough though, to work with an organization of skilled staff, I think it is even more important to work with a company with exemplary customer service. There will always be issues with construction, that’s inevitable. What is important is how issues get resolved and the care, communication and cheer imbedded in the resolution process. That is where Metis, I think, stands out among the rest. I once approached our site supervisor with a minor issue that I noticed but thought needed immediate attention as our grand opening was fast approaching. I started to say, “this is minor but” … and was immediately interrupted with this response: “If it is important to you, it is important to me.”

And in the end isn’t that what we want?  A company that can bring skill and knowledge to the table, backed up by a deep empathy for the goals, dreams and priorities of the client? Couple that with competitive pricing and vigilant follow through and you have the Metis experience.”

Jane Christyson  
Girl Scouts of North East Ohio

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