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Dec 2016

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.

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Dec 2016

Groundbreaking Held for New Liberty Utilities Office Building


liberty-utilities-office-building-exterior-currentGainesville, GA – Yesterday marked the official groundbreaking for utilities company, Liberty Utilities’ new main office/warehouse facility at Limestone Parkway and Cleveland Highway in Gainesville, Georgia.  The event was attended by numerous dignitaries including Congressman Doug Collins and Georgia Public Service Commissioner, Bubba McDonald, Jr. among others.

Hussey Gay Bell served as the Architect for the new 17,280 square foot facility which will feature offices, a 1,500 square foot training room and support spaces.  The project also includes a 7,000 square foot out building and 3,000 square foot maintenance shop with a 4,000 square foot covered vehicle storage area.

The project is anticipated to reach completion in the summer of 2017 and is being constructed by Gainesville, Georgia-based Carroll Daniel Construction Co.

Liberty Utilities is a subsidiary of Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. headquartered in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

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Nov 2016

Hussey Gay Bell Expands Team in Charleston and Columbia


Charleston & Columbia, SC – Hussey Gay Bell is pleased to announce the hire of two new employees to support its Charleston and Columbia operations.

i-fcqjhqv-x2Mr. Matthew T. Prosser, EIT, has joined the Charleston design team as Civil Engineering Designer. His responsibilities will include development of preliminary design reports, engineering calculations, technical reports, permitting, construction drawings and project specifications for the firm’s public and private site/civil design projects in the firm’s commercial, industrial and municipal market sectors. Mr. Prosser is a graduate of The Citadel and holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering. Mr. Prosser is a registered Engineer-in-Training in the State of South Carolina.

 

 

i-mtd6mhh-x2Mr. Alden Livingston, EIT, has joined the Columbia team as Civil Engineering Designer. His responsibilities will include development of preliminary design reports, engineering calculations, technical reports, permitting, construction drawings and project specifications for the firm’s public and private site/civil design projects in the firm’s commercial, industrial and municipal market sectors. Mr. Livingston is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree. Mr. Livingston is a registered Engineer-in-Training in the State of South Carolina.

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Sep 2016

STC’s Building 2 Academic Building Rededicated


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Swainsboro, GA – Last Thursday, Southeastern Technical College celebrated the rededication of the newly renovated Building 2.  Hussey Gay Bell served as the Architect of Record and design partner for the project. Led by Macon-based builder, Chris R. Sheridan & Co., the $3.56 million design-build project featured the renovation of approximately 38,375 SF of administrative offices, academic classrooms, vocational labs, library and bookstore. Originally constructed in 1963, the building’s renovation project goals included simplification of circulation, maximization of space utilization, and creation of centralized student services to turn it into a modernized teaching facility.

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Sep 2016

New Coleman Middle School Dedicated


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Duluth, GA – On Sunday, Governor Deal and other dignitaries celebrated the dedication of Gwinnett County Public Schools’ new Coleman Middle School.  Gwinnett County Public Schools began educating students on the site of Coleman Middle School in Duluth, GA in 1954.  The original eight classroom school building remains in use today, and is part of Hussey Gay Bell’s comprehensive renovation of the now 123,200 square foot facility to serve as GCPS’s flagship (S)cience (T)echnology (E)ngineering (A)rts and (M)athematics (STEAM) academy.

After serving a variety of various District functions over the years, Coleman Middle School is now fitted with the latest technology and infrastructure that will accommodate an ever-expanding and modernizing curriculum.  The entire facility was renovated to address life safety code concerns, ADA access, mechanical and electrical energy code requirements, and a new welcoming front door with secure access control was constructed.  Existing middle school science classrooms were renovated to high school level chemistry and biology science labs and new collaborative spaces were filled with technology to help prepare students for the Gwinnett (High) School of Math, Science and Technology, ranked nationally as the fourth best High School in the country, first in Georgia, and also designed by Hussey Gay Bell.

Roofing, painting, ceilings, lighting, casework and finishes were all part of the scope of work.  The District also partnered with the City of Duluth for major area infrastructure improvements including new streetscapes, sidewalks and improved circulation.  Coleman Middle School was completed on time and under budget and welcomed students again in August 2016, prepared to educate Gwinnett County’s children for the next 70 years.

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Aug 2016

Ribbon Cut on SCCPSS’ new Otis J. Brock, III Elementary School In Savannah


IMG_6167Savannah, GA – On Friday, Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) celebrated the completion of the new Otis J. Brock, III Elementary School, named in honor of the late Otis J. Brock, III – a Savannah native who served as the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System’s Chief Operating Officer.  Designed by Hussey Gay Bell, the new $18 million school features 96,000 square feet of new high-tech classrooms, gymnasium, kitchen and cafeteria with a stage, media center with computer lab, art room, music room, teacher workrooms and resource rooms; funded under ESPLOST II.

“When the students walk in, they can walk into something they are very, very proud of,” said Principal Maggie Walker.

The design approach included the use of a new prototype design for 650 students by Hussey Gay Bell with a core capacity to accommodate 900 students.  It was constructed by Elkins Construction, LLC on the site with the existing school which was later demolished.

 

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Aug 2016

Gus H. Bell, III, PE, Celebrates 50 Years With Hussey Gay Bell


gus bellSavannah, GA – This August marks an important milestone in the firm history of Hussey Gay Bell – the celebration of Gus H. Bell, III, PE’s 50th year with the firm.

A native of Dillon, South Carolina, Mr. Gus H. Bell, III, PE, serves as Chairman of the Board, Emeritus, of Hussey Gay Bell. Mr. Bell earned a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at The Citadel in 1959 and attended graduate school at the University of Kentucky. Mr. Bell joined the firm in 1966 and from 1986-2012 served as the firm’s Chairman until son, G. Holmes Bell, IV, PE, assumed the Chairman role in 2013.

Gus H. Bell, III, PE, is long credited with a history of philanthropy and commitment to the community.

Current and past commitments include:  Mercer University School of Medicine, Savannah – Chairman of Board; Memorial Health Medical Center Board; Mercer University Board; Past Board – Savannah Electric and Power Company; Past Board – Georgia Power; Past Board – Savannah Country Day School; Past Board – Dillon Key Club; Past Board – Cotillion Club, Savannah; Past Board Member – Savannah Telfair of Arts; Past Board & Founder – St. Andrew’s School; Past Board – Independent Presbyterian Church School; Past Board – Georgia State Chamber of Commerce; Past Board – The Citadel Advisory Board; Elder – First Presbyterian Church, Savannah, Georgia; SunTrust Bank of Savannah Business Development Board, plus Executive Committee; Past President – Saint Andrews Society of Savannah; Past Trustee, Deacon & Elder – Independent Presbyterian Church; Past Deacon, Elder and Founder – Wilmington Island Presbyterian Church; Past Board/President – Savannah Golf Club; Past Board – Savannah Yacht Club; Past Board/President – The Oglethorpe Club; Past Board/President – Civitan Club; Past Board – U.S. Military Engineers, Savannah; Past Board – Wade Hampton Golf Club.

Other appointments, awards and volunteerism include:  Georgia Water Council; Georgia Savannah River Committee; MMC Provident Foundation Board; The Citadel Bond Volunteers; Olympic Arts Ashore Board (Savannah 1996 Olympic Venue); State Senate Committee for Indigent Care (Chatham County & MMC); President’s Resource Council – The Citadel; American-Saudi Business Roundtable; Savannah Economic Development Authority Advisory Board; Telfair Museum Board; The Citadel Summerall Guards; Telfair Museum Building Committee, Chairman Junior Achievement; 2010 Junior Achievement Savannah Business Hall of Fame; and 2014 The Citadel School of Engineering Academy of Engineers Honoree.

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Jul 2016

Jenkins School of Engineering Focuses on New Campus Design


Savannah, Georgia – Last week, Hussey Gay Bell and other industry professionals engaged with the Jenkins High School students during their annual School of Engineering summer program. Steve Wohlfeil, PE, Greg Skinner, AIA, LEED AP, Gary Shuman and Lauren Prefer of Hussey Gay Bell served as coaches during the program which focused on the immersion of students into the architecture/engineering design charrette process – a collaborative process among stakeholders and design professionals to stimulate constructive dialogue and creative ideas to build consensus. Students spent the day exploring site plan options for the proposed new Jenkins High School project on the existing school’s site.  Since 2009, Hussey Gay Bell’s leadership has been involved in the Jenkins High School Business Education Advisory Council (BEAC) whose purpose is to advise the Jenkins School of Engineering faculty and students on career paths and to provide programming and opportunities for students in the School of Engineering to engage and experience engineering as a career.

11
Jul 2016

Johnson Reappointed by Deal to State Board of Economic Development


i-VQCf7HL-X2Atlanta, Georgia – On Friday, Governor Deal’s office announced the reappointment of Eric Johnson to the State Board of Economic Development.  Johnson is the president of Hussey Gay Bell’s architectural division.  He presently serves on the board of directors of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, World Trade Center Savannah, the Georgia Independent Colleges Association and Union Mission. In addition, he serves on the Armstrong State University Foundation and the Georgia Tourism Foundation. He served 17 years in the Georgia General Assembly in both the House of Representatives and Senate. He was the Senate Republican Leader for four years and President pro tempore of the state Senate for six years. Johnson received a Masters in Architecture from Tulane University. He and his wife, Kathryn, have two children and two grandchildren. They reside in Guyton, GA.

 

27
Jun 2016

Savannah State Breaks Ground On Two New Science Facilities


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Savannah, Georgia – Friday marked an important day for Savannah State as two projects formally broke ground – the Marine Sciences facility located at the former Italian Club property adjacent to deep water access and the Science and Technology facility located on the main campus.  The university received $20.5 million to design and construct both facilities.

Hussey Gay Bell, in collaboration with Lord Aeck Sargent, provided designs for both facilities. Once complete, this project will consist of approximately 47,000 SF total of research facilities that will house laboratories for six existing degree programs in the College of Science and Technology including:  Marine Science, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Forensic Science, Electrical Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering Technology, and Computer Science Technology.  Specifically, the project involves the design and construction of a new, 17,000 square foot Marine Sciences, Deep Water Site facility on an off-campus, acquired 3.43-acre commercial waterfront property formerly known as the Italian Club at Livingston Avenue.  Spaces will include teaching, research and support lab spaces as well as offices, conference rooms and classrooms which will be used for teaching and researching dolphins, fish ecology, environmental toxicology and coastal biophysics. Scope of work on the main campus consists of the design and construction of a 30,000 square foot Science and Technology building beside the Kennedy Fine Arts Building near North Tompkins Road which will include teaching, research and support lab spaces as well as offices, conference rooms and classrooms.

The event was attended by numerous dignitaries including Dr. Cheryl Dozier, Senator Ben Watson, Representative Mickey Stephens, Regent Don Waters, Dr. Steve Wrigley and Mayor Eddie DeLoach.

Both projects are being constructed by the local office of CPPI and are anticipated to reach completion in the summer of 2017.

Full story:  http://savannahnow.com/news/2016-06-24/savannah-state-breaks-new-ground-while-honoring-slave-past