Garmann Miller team member Tim Tarvin

GM hires Tim Tarvin as K-12 educational planner


Garmann Miller recently welcomed Tim Tarvin to its team of K-12 educational planners. A former teacher and superintendent, Tarvin brings a unique perspective to the multi-service design firm with his extensive background in curriculum delivery and building projects. He comes to GM after a 39-year career in public education, during which he served as a high school social studies teacher …

Garmann Miller team members standing with superintendent of Fairbanks at OSBA 2023

Putting Community First in Planning Your Future


Building a community-driven master facility planning process that instills trust, creates buy-in and welcomes all voices was the focus of Garmann Miller’s educational session at the 2023 Ohio School Boards Association Capital Conference, Nov. 13. With a spotlight on Fairbanks Local School District in Milford Center, Ohio—a small, agricultural town with around 5,000 residents and 1,120 students—the discussion revolved around …

GM team members Becky and Hannah posing

Transforming Learning Environments: Insights from LearningSCAPES


Two of Garmann Miller’s educational visioning and design leaders—Becky Baumer and Hannah Holtzapple—recently attended the Association for Learning Environments LearningSCAPES conference, Oct. 12–15, in Chicago. The global event provided an opportunity for collaboration among attendees, all of whom are committed to improving the planning, design and construction of K-12 learning environments. Baumer, a professional interior designer who recently earned her …


Garmann Miller Awarded PSMJ Circle of Excellence Honors


PSMJ’s Circle of Excellence is reserved for professional design firms that have demonstrated outstanding performance in areas such as client satisfaction, staff growth and profitability. Garmann Miller recently earned this coveted honor for 2023, and according to CEO Eric Baltzell, it is an accolade we will continue to aim for in future. “Being honored in PSMJ’s Circle of Excellence validates …

Garmann Miller presents at BASA Conference and 3 individuals pose for photo

GM Leads Session on SEB Development at BASA


Garmann Miller addressed a critical aspect of K-12 education—social, emotional and behavioral (SEB) development—in a breakout session at the 2023 Buckeye Association of School Administrators Fall Conference held at the Hilton Polaris in Columbus, Oct. 3. The program was led by Dr. Aaron Kuhn, a licensed therapist who specializes in SEB issues; Becky Baumer, an Accredited Learning Environment Planner; and …

Garmann Miller team member Kristi Shaner accepting Zweig Client Experience Award Close Up

Excellence in Client Experience Award


Garmann Miller is one of four firms nationally to earn Platinum in the Excellence in Client Experience Awards. Presented by Zweig Group and Client Savvy, this highest level of client experience recognizes professional design firms that consistently excel at delivering customer service that is highly valued and recommended to others. “We understand that the key to achieving the highest level …

Garmann Miller team members accept M award from SMPS

GM Wins National Marketing Award


Garmann Miller was the recipient of the M Award presented by the Society of Marketing Professional Services at its national Amplify AEC conference. Director Doug Rentz, Creative Leader Jamee Thobe and Marketing Coordinator Kristi Shaner accepted the award for Trade Show Marketing at the society’s MCA awards ceremony in Austin, Texas, Aug. 10. Now in its 46th year, the annual …

Kevin Rinderle Mission Trip

Electrifying Change


GM team member Kevin Rinderle recently had the privilege of participating in a life-changing mission trip to Laurel Mission, where his group engaged in various projects to uplift the community. Laurel Mission, located near Big Laura, Kentucky, on Pine Mountain, is a community that has faced tremendous challenges, particularly after the closure of coal mines in 2012. However, amidst the …

Garmann Miller Interns

Embracing Internships


Today is National Intern Day, which gives us the opportunity to celebrate the passion, dedication and potential of the young designers who contribute to so many of our successful projects. We acknowledge the profound impact internships have on shaping careers and the future of the design industry. While reflecting on her experience at Garmann Miller, Myah Husted noted how her …

Garmann Miller team members



During its recent strategic planning process, Garmann Miller placed an emphasis on the professional development of team members. The firm identified culture as one of its three key priority issues to complement efficiency and strategic growth. This investment in people has led to learning new skills, earning certifications, gaining experience and other career aspirations. “We have a lot of room …