Columbus Steel Erectors (CSE) is one of 17 small and emerging businesses that are part of the construction project to build the new Franklin County Crisis Care Center at 465 Harmon Ave. A union steel erector, the company was established in 2001 by CEO Lisa Runyon and President Shawn Runyon.
CSE is a Women Owned Business, a Minority Owned Business and also a Certified Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity Business.
The company, located at 1700 Walcutt Road, specializes in the erection of structural steel, precast, metal joists and deck for commercial and institutional projects. CSE employs a workforce of around 100 that has worked on notable Columbus construction projects such as the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, Lower.com Field and Ohio State University's new 26-story main tower for the Wexner Medical Center.
Shawn said CSE does a lot of work with Elford, Inc. – construction manager of the crisis care center and part of the joint venture of CK Construction – and knew this project was a good one for CSE to be part of. When it opens in 2025, the more than 70 thousand-square-foot facility will offer an array of critical adult mental health and addiction intervention services through both walk-in and inpatient units.
“This project actually started out as a design assist for us,” Shawn said. “Elford gave us a set of drawings that showed their structural intent and how they recommended doing it, and we would suggest different details that would be cost saving in labor and equipment.”
In addition to assisting with design plans of the crisis care center, CSE constructed the structural steel framing of the facility, which they completed in December.
“It’s nice to be part of the community and help bring facilities like this into Columbus,” Lisa said. “If we can help with the cost of keeping it affordable and making the project more productive, we’re glad to be part of it.”