Blueline Drafting, LLC was founded in August of 2008 by the current owners, Kevin Nolan and Benjamin Millman. Kevin began his career in architectural drafting and design after graduating from Cincinnati State in 1995. His first professional position was as an architectural drafter for Lockwood Greene, a world-wide architectural and engineering firm in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he worked on drafting several large scale commercial and industrial facilities. Kevin accepted a position as an architectural intern in 2000 at AM Kinney, Inc., an architectural and engineering firm in downtown Cincinnati, where he drafted and assisted with the design of several commercial, education and industrial projects. A couple of those projects include the BBSRB building at the University of Kentucky and Creation Museum in Northern Kentucky. Kevin then accepted a position at Architectural Group International (AGI), where he was employed from 2003 to 2010. As survey team lead, he headed up a team of surveyors to complete numerous site verification surveys on many large scale retail rollout and full store remodel projects. As lead architectural drafter/designer, he completed the drafting for the construction documents and permit drawing sets for those retail projects, as well as the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame, the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, the Underground Railroad Museum in Cincinnati, and spent several months in the United Arab Emirates, near Dubai, as architectural designer and project coordinator for the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi project.
Benjamin Millman graduated from Cincinnati State in 2005 and started his career as a steel fabrication drafting intern at CHC Steel Fabricating in Cincinnati. There his tasks included creating shop and field drawings for miscellaneous steel projects all around the country. CHC was one of the few firms that were still using pencil and paper drafting as their main source of design. Although this was very rewarding at the end of a project, it did not embrace the knowledge that Ben had acquired in his schooling and he felt that he needed a change. Another intern opportunity allowed Ben to find his first professional position as an architectural drafter/survey specialist at Architectural Group International (AGI). Alas, Kevin and Ben finally meet for the first time. While employed at AGI Ben was engulfed in many different facets of the industry. He was introduced to permit drawings, construction document sets, CAD customization and most importantly site verification. Ben took a very strong liking to creating as-built drawings at AGI and quickly became the go-to person for any and all as-built projects. Between the love of travel and the ability to translate field conditions to the design world with ease, Ben found his calling and has been pushing the importance of As-Built Surveys ever since.
Kevin and Ben’s discovery and passion of the importance of quality as-built documentation led to the inception of Blueline Drafting, LLC in 2008. Blueline started as a moonlighting operation on nights and weekends and grew over the years. During those years, Kevin left AGI in 2010 and switched gears to an engineering firm in Fort Thomas, Kentucky. At KLH Engineers, PSC., Kevin drafted and designed plumbing, fire protection and mechanical systems for large scale grocery, big box and specialty retail projects. Ben followed Kevin to KLH Engineers in 2014 where he designed and drafted plumbing systems for large scale grocery projects. At that point, the Blueline client and project list was growing rapidly, so Kevin and Ben decided it was time to make the transition from moonlighting to full-time. Kevin switched to full-time to pursue Blueline Drafting, LLC in June of 2015, Ben followed in February of 2016.