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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.

Full story at Savannah Morning News:

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.

Jan 2017

Hussey Gay Bell Announces New Atlanta Hire

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.

Jan 2017

Hussey Gay Bell Announces New Savannah Hire

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sep 2016

STC’s Building 2 Academic Building Rededicated


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.

Sep 2016

New Coleman Middle School Dedicated


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.