In 1962, Richard G. Shell founded the structural consulting firm that would later become Shell + Meyer Associates, Inc. Prior to establishing his own firm in 1962 Mr. Shell worked as a structural engineer for the U.S. government at Wright Patterson Air Force Base and later at the Dayton architectural firm of Yount, Sullivan, and Lecklider. During his fifty year career as a structural engineer Mr. Shell designed many of the more well known structures in the Dayton area including those at Kettering Medical Center, Miami Valley Hospital, Sinclair Community College, and the terminal buildings at Dayton International Airport.
Richard A. Meyer joined the firm part-time in 1969 while earning his Civil Engineering degree at the University of Dayton and was hired full time in 1972 after graduating from U.D. In 1987 Richard Meyer became a partner in the firm and the consulting firm was renamed Shell + Meyer Associates, Inc. Mr. Shell remained President of the firm until 1992 when ownership of the growing firm was transferred to Mr. Meyer.