Latest News

Jul 2017

Hussey Gay Bell Announces Promotion of Smart

Savannah, GA – Hussey Gay Bell announces the promotion of Mrs. Kelly Smart to Senior Financial Analyst.  Mrs. Smart joined the firm in 2015 and has more than 10 years of experience working closely with C-suite leadership and financial management staff.  She is a graduate of University of Maryland University College and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.

Jul 2017

Hussey Gay Bell CEO Named Director of ACEC-GA Board

Savannah, GA – G. Holmes Bell IV, PE, CEO and Chairman of Hussey Gay Bell, was elected to serve as a Director on the Board of Directors for ACEC Georgia, the trade association representing the business of engineering in Georgia. Bell will serve this term from July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2019.

May 2017

Hussey Gay Bell Recognized Among Nation’s Top 500 Design Firms

Savannah, Georgia – For the 13th year in a row, Hussey Gay Bell is named to Engineering News Record’s (ENR) Top 500 Design Firms.  Hussey Gay Bell was 1 of 16 Georgia-based firms to be recognized. Hussey Gay Bell’s ranking was derived from the combination of domestic and international Engineering/Architecture revenues in core market segments including:  water/wastewater, transportation, industrial and manufacturing, healthcare, higher education and commercial. Core rankings are based on revenue for design and design-related services, excluding revenue for construction management, program management, procurement and other non-design services.

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Apr 2017

Pooler’s New City Hall, a Symbol of Vision & Growth

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.

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Mar 2017

Hussey Gay Bell Accepts State Award for Richmond Hill’s Wastewater Treatment Plant

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.”

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Mar 2017

Hussey Gay Bell Expands Presence In Southeast With Addition of Statesboro Office

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.

Mar 2017

Mercer University’s New Science Facility Reaches Fifty-Percent Completion

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.

Mar 2017

Thomas & Hutton/Hussey Gay Bell Team Selected to Deliver Designs on SEDA’s New Manufacturing Park

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.

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Jan 2017

Hussey Gay Bell Announces Two New Principals

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.

Jan 2017

Hussey Gay Bell Announces Two Honors

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.