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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.


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.

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.

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.


Jun 2016

Savannah State Breaks Ground On Two New Science Facilities


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.

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Jun 2016

Exclusive With Oetgen, The Sailboat Racer, In “Engineers Beyond Their Careers” Feature


May-June_2016 w Oetgen-58Savannah, Georgia – Jennifer Oetgen, PE, and Principal of the firm, was recently featured in Engineering Georgia’s feature “Engineers Beyond Their Careers” – the sailboat racer from Minneapolis who made her way to the South.{“page”:58,”issue_id”:307185}

A licensed professional engineer holding registrations in Georgia and South Carolina, Ms. Oetgen holds two degrees – a Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering degree from Purdue University and a Master of Science, Environmental Engineering degree from the University of Iowa.  Ms. Oetgen is a graduate of Leadership Savanah and volunteer for Urban Hope, The Next Generation for the Children’s Hospital at Memorial and Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire. Affiliations include American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Water Environment Federation (WEF) and American Water Works Association (AWWA).  She is a regular attendee and speaker at WEFTEC, ASHE, South Carolina Environmental Conference (SCEC) and the GAWP Annual Conference & Expo.  She has been with the firm for 16 years.

Jun 2016

Code Orange For Derrick: An Honor to Support

13407073_723520087751369_8243648500753520350_nSavannah, Georgia – Sunday marked the 3rd Annual Code Orange for Derrick Benefit Concert.  As a Platinum sponsor, Hussey Gay Bell was honored to support the event, benefiting CURE Childhood Cancer, a nonprofit cancer research foundation in Atlanta dedicated to finding cures for childhood cancer.  The mission of the Code Orange for Derrick Foundation, Inc. is to provide support and resources to childhood cancer patients and survivors through monetary donations and through philanthropic activities in Savannah, Georgia and surrounding areas.

Jun 2016

Straughan Featured In Gwinnett’s Executive Magazine: Innovative Design Starts With Knowing the Client, Knowing the Community

IMG_5323Gwinnett County, Georgia – Doug Straughan, Hussey Gay Bell’s Principal-In-Charge in north Georgia, was recently featured in Gwinnett County’s exclusive magazine, The Executive.  The article features three insights core to Hussey Gay Bell’s nearly 60-year tradition:

KNOW THE CLIENT:  In the design and construction industry, relationships matter.  A good designer is a good listener and personalization is at the core of what we do. We want to understand HOW they do business before we propose design solutions for our clients.  From our origins as a one-phone office back in 1958 to an ENR Top 500 Design Firm with over 110 professionals throughout Georgia and South Carolina, we wouldn’t be here today without those relationships.

KNOW THE COMMUNITY.  In addition to knowing our clients, Hussey Gay Bell is passionate about being involved in the communities they operate in. From Hall County Schools’ STEM book fair to Gwinnett County’s American Values Dinner – we believe in giving back.  Hussey Gay Bell’s employees are involved in over 100 community-centered organizations ranging from Urban Hope, United Way, Kiwanis Club and Second Harvest to Engineers Without Borders. Each year our firm commits thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of volunteer support to the communities in which we live, work and play.

DELIVER INNOVATIVE DESIGN.  We are constantly thinking about what keeps our clients up a night and how we can better their bottom line or enhance their mission through innovative design. Our energetic and forward-thinking team blends the wisdom of experience with young creative minds which allows us to deliver solutions that solve real problems for our clients.  A prime example is the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology which blended two out-of-date old schools into a state-of-the-art STEM high school that is recognized as one of the best schools in America.

We are continuing to grow our team here in Gwinnett County with the addition of talented architects and engineers. Whether it’s clean wastewater treatment, better transportation, improved public safety or education, we are here for our clients.

Jun 2016

Hussey Gay Bell Educates Students on Flood Management at Annual Savannah Engineering Academy

collage_seaSavannah, Georgia – The week of June 6th marks the annual Savannah Engineering Academy, a five day summer program for high school juniors and seniors from the local area who are considering careers in engineering. Hosted by Armstrong State University, each day of the program, students learn about different engineering disciplines, participate in hands-on engineering challenges, go on field trips, and meet local engineers who represent an array of different engineering career options available to them.  To participate, a student must be a rising junior or senior in high school, provide a teacher recommendation and have grades of 80% (3.0/4.0) or better in all mathematics and engineering/technology/science classes.

On Monday, Hussey Gay Bell engaged students on flood management.  Presented by Steve Wohlfeil, PE, and Gary Shuman of Hussey Gay Bell with assistance from the City of Savannah’s Permitting/Floodplain Administrator, Tom McDonald, the exercise focused on simulating flooding during various storm events and considered factors such as rainfall intensity, drainage system conditions, soil perviousness and runoff storage.

Founded in 2004 and run entirely by volunteers, the Savannah Engineering Academy features local professional engineers from a variety of disciplines.  Hussey Gay Bell has been a professional sponsor of the program since its inception in 2004.   Mike Zaitz, PE, Manager of the Structural Department at Hussey Gay Bell, has served as Treasurer for the Savannah Engineering Academy since 2014.

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May 2016

$73 Million Jimmy DeLoach Connector Dedicated

IMG_5103Savannah, Georgia –  Gov. Nathan Deal today joined Georgia Ports Authority Board Chairman-elect James L. Allgood, Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell R. McMurry and local leaders to celebrate the opening of the Jimmy DeLoach Connector. The highway extension provides the final connection between I-95, one of the country’s busiest interstates, and the Port of Savannah, the nation’s fourth-largest and fastest growing container port.

The new Connector is a 3.1-mile, four-lane highway between State Route 307 and the terminus of the Jimmy DeLoach Parkway. The route largely runs parallel to State Route 21 and allows direct access to I-95 and I-16 for the more than 8,000 trucks that enter and leave the Port of Savannah each day.

In 2011, the General Assembly authorized the sale of up to $100 million in bonds to fund the project, which included right of way costs of $20 million, construction costs of $72.7 million and an additional $5 million in utility relocation costs.  Hussey Gay Bell performed topographic field surveys, property surveys and hydraulic design as a subconsultant on the design/build team led by Archer Western Contractors, LTD/The LPA Group, a unit of Michael Baker Corporation.