Savannah, GA – Nearly two years after construction began, the new Pooler municipal complex today is substantially complete. City officials and other west Chatham dignitaries broke ground on the new facility in July 2015. That same month, the city signed an agreement with contractor Elkins Construction to lock in the cost for the municipal complex at $18.1 million.
Planning for the facility began taking shape well before the city broke out the gold shovels. In early 2014, the city hired Hussey Gay Bell to design the complex.
One early proposal called for maintaining Pooler’s old city hall on-site to house the Pooler Police Department. But the special purpose local option sales tax project city officials ultimately decided upon required the demolition of the old city hall and then development of two municipal buildings on the 5.65-acre site — the three-story city hall and police department, and a 6,800-square-foot municipal courtroom, formerly a city fire station.
When final plans for the complex were announced in April 2015, Eric Johnson, Principal for the architectural division of Hussey Gay Bell, said he expected the site to become the centerpiece for this area of the city, known by locals as Old Pooler.
Now, nearly two years later, Johnson said it’s been special for him to watch the new complex rise from the ground up and begin to operate as anticipated. The project represents the City’s first step towards the revitalization of historic Pooler.
Full story by Savannah Morning News: http://savannahnow.com/news/2017-03-31/pooler-new-city-hall-symbol-vision-growth
Richmond Hill, GA – Local engineering and architectural firm Hussey Gay Bell was recently awarded a statewide American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia (ACEC Georgia) award in the “Waste and Storm Water” category for their design of Richmond Hill’s new Sterling Creek Water Reclamation Facility project.
Hussey Gay Bell leaders, along with representatives from Richmond Hill, accepted the award at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta in front of more than 400 engineering, business and elected/appointed leaders.
“While this award was presented to Hussey Gay Bell, the city of Richmond Hill deserves a great deal of credit for being so forward-thinking about wastewater treatment needs and its direct ties to supporting the long-term growth of the city ,” said Hussey Gay Bell CEO G. Holmes Bell IV. “As the largest single expenditure in the city’s history, this project confronted highly complex challenges and embraced state-of-the-art technologies to provide the community with a renewable reuse of reclaimed water.”
The plant is able to treat up to 3 million gallons per day – double its previous capacity of 1.5 million gallons per day – and utilizes several steps in treating sewage, including biological treatment and solids separation via the membrane bioreactors.
“Having a statewide organization recognize this project is third-party confirmation that Richmond Hill is on the right path,” said Mayor Harold Fowler. “This state-of-the-art system will not only meet today’s needs but all our needs in the near future – and ensure our natural resources are being conserved and protected.”
Full story at: http://www.bryancountynews.com/section/101/article/48350/
Statesboro, GA – Hussey Gay Bell is pleased to announce the upcoming opening of its Statesboro office to better serve the growing Southeast Georgia region. Hussey Gay Bell has supported the growth of Statesboro and Bulloch County for over 50 years through major infrastructure, commercial, industrial and private projects.
Mr. Evan Bennett, PE, a recent addition to Hussey Gay Bell’s civil/site development group, will spearhead the firm’s Statesboro operations while also servicing the firm’s clients throughout Southeast Georgia. As a Senior Civil Engineer, Mr. Bennett’s primary responsibilities will include the design and permitting of projects notably in the firm’s commercial/residential, government, education and industrial markets. Mr. Bennett has 12 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, specializing in civil/site development and transportation systems design. He holds a Master’s degree and Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech and is a licensed PE in the State of Georgia. He is also a GSWCC Level II Design professional.
Mr. Nathan Brown, RLS, has been with the firm for over 17 years and currently serves as the Director of Surveying and GIS for all Hussey Gay Bell Georgia operations. While primarily based in Savannah, Mr. Brown will expand the firm’s surveying services in the Statesboro office as well. Mr. Brown is a Registered Land Surveyor in the State of Georgia. He is an active member of The Surveying and Mapping Society of Georgia (SAMSOG) and recipient of numerous surveying-related awards.
Macon, GA – Last Thursday marked the halfway construction completion point for Mercer University’s new Spearman C. Godsey Science Center. Designed by Savannah-based, Hussey Gay Bell and constructed by Macon-based Chris R. Sheridan Construction Company, the new, 142,000-square-foot facility will include 60 teaching and research labs, classrooms, lecture halls and offices for Mercer’s biology and chemistry departments. The building was designed to embrace and implement Association of American Colleges and Universities’ Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) concepts, which incorporate a wide range of sustainability and STEM-oriented learning environment principles. The design of the building features a fusion of the historic architecture, typical to the campus, and cutting-edge 21st century teaching and research science center. Mercer envisions this new building as the anchor for its STEM quad on campus. It is being constructed between the School of Medicine and Willet Science Center, and at $44 million will constitute the largest single construction project in the University’s history. It is projected to be completed by December 2017.
Savannah, GA – The Savannah Economic Development Authority on Tuesday awarded the engineering contract for its new, 685-acre manufacturing park on Old River Road in west Chatham County to the Thomas & Hutton/Hussey Gay Bell Team comprised of both local legacy firms, approving an initial expenditure of $35,000 for Phase I of the project. Phase I will consist of conceptual work, confirmation of system demands and preliminary design. The property, which encompasses the Newton Tract and 50 percent of the Durrence Tract adjacent to Interstate 16, is master-planned for between 3.25 million and 3.5 million square feet of industrial building space. Authority president and CEO Trip Tollison said development of the new park will give SEDA the much-needed industrial property and greater flexibility to entice manufacturing to Savannah.
The purchase of the property was made possible through the county’s one-cent special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VI, approved by voters in November 2013.
Full story at Savannah Morning News: http://savannahnow.com/news/2017-02-28/seda-awards-engineering-contract-new-manufacturing-park
Savannah, GA and Columbia, SC − Hussey Gay Bell announces Mr. Tony Uhrich, CPA, and Mr. Kevin Strickland, PE, as Principals and Vice Presidents of the firm.
An employee of Hussey Gay Bell since 2010, Mr. Uhrich has more than 17 years of experience specializing in accounting for private companies in metro Atlanta and coastal Georgia. A Georgia State Certified Public Accountant since 2003, Mr. Uhrich holds two degrees from The University of Georgia – a Bachelor of Business Administration as well as a Master of Accountancy degree with emphasis in Taxation. Mr. Uhrich is a graduate of Leadership Savannah. Past and present community and industry commitments include: Metropolitan Savannah Rotary, Greater Savannah Sports Hall of Fame Board, Benedictine Military School Alumni Board Treasurer, Progressive Abilities Support Services Board, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church special events volunteer and various coaching engagements for his children’s sports teams. Affiliations include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Georgia Society of Public Accountants.
An employee of Hussey Gay Bell since 2015, Mr. Strickland is an engineering and site development veteran with nearly 30 years of experience including the design, planning, permitting and project management of water/wastewater treatment plants, wastewater collection systems, water distribution systems, transportation systems and site development for clients throughout the Carolinas. A native of Scranton, South Carolina, Mr. Strickland is a licensed professional engineer holding registration in South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering degree from Clemson University. Past and present industry and community commitments include: SouthernCarolina Alliance Board, My River Starts Here Storm Drain Marking Team Volunteer Team Lead, Trinity Baptist Church Royal Ambassador leader, Columbia Midlands United Way internal team leader and Lexington School District Two volunteer speaker for STEM-oriented programs.
Savannah, GA – Hussey Gay Bell announces two honors: G. Holmes Bell, IV, PE, CEO has been named a 2017 Notable Georgian by Georgia Trend for the second year in a row. Bell is one of 50 named Notables in the State of Georgia; the honor is reserved for Georgians who are making an impact on the state. Principal & Vice President, Jennifer Oetgen, PE, has been named to the Leadership Georgia Class of 2017. Oetgen is one of 63 selected participants. Leadership Georgia is a prestigious 45-year-old organization of community and state leaders. Affiliated with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Georgia trains and builds a network of emerging young leaders from across the state.
Atlanta, GA – Mr. Richard W. Mielke, PE, has joined Hussey Gay Bell’s Atlanta team. As a Senior Transportation Engineer, Mr. Mielke will be responsible for the design and management of transportation projects for state and local governments. Mr. Mielke has 20 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, specializing in road improvement projects, traffic signal designs, traffic impact studies, signal warrant studies and traffic calming projects. As a traffic and roadway design engineer, he has been responsible for projection and analysis of traffic volumes using ITE, MUTCD and AASHTO guidelines, as well as conceptual design, geometric design, preliminary and final design, signing and marking plans, erosion control, staging, quantities and right-of-way plans. He holds a Master’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech and is a licensed PE in the State of Georgia. He is also a member of ITE and ASHE.
Savannah, GA – Mr. Haydon Rollins has joined Hussey Gay Bell’s Savannah team. As Project Engineer, Mr. Rollins’ primary responsibilities will include the design and permitting of projects notably in the firm’s commercial/residential, government, education and industrial markets. A native of Statesboro, Mr. Rollins is a graduate of Georgia Southern University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree. Prior to his graduation, Mr. Rollins completed three internships with local civil engineering firms. His technical skills include AutoCAD, Civil 3D, XP Stormwater & Wastewater Management Model (XPSWMM), Interconnected Channel and Pond Routing Model (ICPR), Bluebeam, Adobe and Microsoft Office.
Hussey Gay Bell Named ACEC-GA State Award Recipient for Richmond Hill’s New Wastewater Treatment Plant
Savannah, GA – Hussey Gay Bell has been selected as the State Award winner for the 2017 ACEC Georgia Engineering Excellence Awards in the “Waste and Storm Water” category for their design of the City of Richmond Hill’s new Sterling Creek 4.0 MGD Water Reclamation Facility project.
The project consisted of the planning, design and construction of a new 4.0 MGD five stage biological nutrient removal and MBR plant as a result of a consent order issued to the City for noncompliance of the existing 1.5 MGD overland flow constructed wetlands treatment plant. And there was the City’s growth to consider. Richmond Hill’s population in 2014, according to the U.S. Census, was 11,229, compared to 6,959 in 2000. “This system will not only meet today’s need; it will meet all of our needs in the near future,” Mayor Harold Fowler commented previously.
Hussey Gay Bell was the original engineer of record for the City of Richmond Hill’s existing wastewater treatment plant with overland flow fields and constructed wetlands, built in the 1990s. The wetland speciation changed over time and the plant began to have problems with ammonia reduction. The aerated lagoons had significant sludge accumulation which reduced the hydraulic retention time, oxygen transfer efficiency and resulted in violations of BOD from the plant effluent. The City ultimately entered into a consent order with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division that required design and construction of a new treatment facility and in response, selected Hussey Gay Bell to design, permit and oversee construction of the new facility.
The new plant, an Ovivo Kubota flat plate membrane bioreactor (MBR) system, is able to treat up to 3 million gallons per day – double its previous capacity of 1.5 million gallons per day. By installing additional membrane cassette equipment, the plant is readily expandable to 4.0 MGD, which the City is already permitted for. The plant will utilize several steps in treating sewage including biological treatment and solids separation via the membrane bioreactors. Treated effluent from the new facility will be pumped to the City’s current outfall location at Elbow Swamp, as well as reused to sustain the isolated constructed wetlands system.
As the largest single expenditure in the City’s history, this project confronted highly complex challenges – designing a new plant permitted to discharge to a sensitive coastal watershed and constructing on very poor soils within a restricted timeframe to meet the requirements of an EPD consent order agreement. By embracing state-of-the-art technologies and founding new applications for tried and true technologies, this design team was able to deliver a final product to a Yellow Zone community that, by innovative design, provides the community with a renewable reuse of reclaimed water.
The Sterling Creek WRF uses the most advanced techniques to treat wastewater through biological nutrient removal, flat plate membrane technology and disinfection with ultraviolet light. This treatment process produces reuse quality effluent as a renewable resource for non-potable irrigation of public parks, recreation areas and golf courses. In addition, this facility produces the highest quality effluent for protection of the Ogeechee River Watershed, a critical natural resource for the community of Richmond Hill.
This project was designed, permitted and constructed in accordance with the schedule agreed upon and set forth in the City’s consent order with the Georgia EPD.
“Over six years ago when I was sworn in there were some plans to build a wastewater treatment plant; it wasn’t really state-of-the-art like this one is,” said Mayor Harold Fowler previously. “This system will not only meet today’s needs but all of our needs in the near future,” Fowler added.
“We are proud of this project and the successful partnership between the City and Hussey Gay Bell which led to the delivery of this state-of-the-art facility to the governing body and taxpayers,” said G. Holmes Bell, IV, PE, CEO of all Hussey Gay Bell companies.
“It’s because of City Council’s decision to invest in the right technology – to not only handle growth, but also to do it in an environmentally sound way – that this facility will produce the highest quality effluent possible to put back into the Ogeechee River,” added Jennifer Oetgen, PE, Hussey Gay Bell’s Principal and Lead Project Engineer for the project.
The City of Richmond Hill received $23.5 million in loans to build the state-mandated wastewater treatment facility from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA), which provides communities throughout Georgia with low-interest loans to fund wastewater infrastructure and water pollution-reduction projects. The project is the largest the City has ever undertaken from a financial aspect. Constructed by Bainbridge, Georgia-based Bates Engineers/Contractors, Inc., the facility became fully operational by April 2016.
Hussey Gay Bell representatives, Mayor Harold Fowler and City Manager, Chris Lovell will formally accept this award during the inaugural Georgia Engineering Awards gala on February 25, 2017 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia.