The Choice One Story

1994: A year of Beanie Babies, Forrest Gump, and Al Gore’s Internet. But the most significant event (well, in our minds)? The founding of Choice One Engineering. Back in those days there were a few Average Joes (or perhaps Average Jeffs and Brians if you know the typical names that make up our roster) who thought there could be more to engineering than providing quality plans. They wanted to create a different experience for their clients. So these young engineers met in then president Tony Schroeder’s basement (lovingly dubbed “The Bat Cave’) and concocted a plan to take over the world. Well, at least the world of civil engineering and surveying in west-central Ohio. Their goal? To create a consulting engineering company that had fun, was uber-responsive, provided stability, and did great work. And Choice One Engineering was born.

Choice One Engineering now has two offices (disappointingly neither of them as… subterranean… as The Bat Cave), over 50 employees, and is just as (if not more!) fun, responsive, stable, and hard-working as it was in those early days. Over the years, our engineering and surveying services have grown and transformed via modern-day technology and business practices, but our core purpose has remained the same. We want to enjoy our work, be responsive to each other, and develop relationships with coworkers and clients who enjoy working with us because we share common goals and mindsets.

Culture is a Choice

We want to redefine what you expect from a civil engineering firm. Here’s a glimpse of what teaming up with Choice One means:


    • Responsiveness
    • An enjoyable, comfortable relationship
    • Transparency and regular communication from your entire Choice One team throughout the project lifecycle
    • Personable, process–oriented project management
    • Value added through excellent work, attention to detail, and up front pricing

Meet Our People:

Behind the Green: Our Choice Mindsets

  • Mitch Thobe:
    “I wonder how many pins and screws are inside Choice One employee bodies?”

    Recently, surveyor Dan Perreira broke his arm and needed several permanent screws surgically installed. Lucky for him, he has quite a few Choice One friends


  • Brian Schmidt:
    “I was told I am a superhero for donating blood and I even got the socks to prove it!”

    Imagine our delight to find Brian “Schmidty” Schmidt sitting at his desk, diligently designing a bridge or sewer system,


  • Eric Kuck:
    “At least their company gets them a helicopter…”

    Sometimes, these Mindsets just write themselves, no enhancements needed:

    Mitch Thobe: Our surveyors should be glad they only have to fight through densely wooded properties or wade into rivers to