Straughan Featured In Gwinnett’s Executive Magazine: Innovative Design Starts With Knowing the Client, Knowing the Community
Gwinnett 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 A prime example is the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology which blended two out-of-date old schools into a state-of-the-art STEM high school that is recognized as one of the best schools in America.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.
Savannah, 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.
For more information on the Academy: Savannahengineeringacademy.net
Savannah, 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.
Charleston, South Carolina – After spending six months deep underground, a tunnel boring machine finished drilling a new 1.6-mile tunnel that will soon carry millions of gallons of commercial and residential wastewater daily from West Ashley to the Plum Island Wastewater Treatment Plant on James Island. Completion of the tunnel drilling marks an important milestone in the West Ashley Sewer Tunnel Replacement Project, which is the fifth and final phase of the $196 million Sewer Tunnel Replacement Project. Since the 1990s, Hussey Gay Bell, in association with Black and Veatch, has been involved in Phases II-V. Scope of work per phase has included the following:
Phase II: Design and construction of the Ashley Tunnel, completed in 2006. ~$38.9M
Phase III: Design and construction of the Cooper Tunnel, completed in 2007. ~$48.6M
Phase IV: Design and construction of the Daniel Island Tunnel Extension, completed 2008. ~$29.4M
Phase V: Design and construction of the new West Ashley Tunnel; project also includes a new 60-million-gallon/day (mgd) pump station and associated piping at the treatment plant. ~$50.8M
The multi-phased project is one of the largest and most costly infrastructure projects in Charleston Water System’s 99-year history. It is funded by bond issues and sewer rates.
Full story here: http://counton2.com/2016/05/19/milestone-reached-in-west-ashley-sewer-tunnel-replacement-project/
Columbia, South Carolina – Just over a week ago, Hussey Gay Bell’s Columbia office employees teamed up with Richland County and the City of Columbia to volunteer as part of the My River Starts Here campaign. The effort primarily focused on marking storm drains in April – Storm Drain Marking Month – as a part of the My River Starts Here campaign. Local waterways – creeks, streams, lakes, and rivers – are all affected by pollutants that flow into the storm drains. To alert the public that rainwater is the only thing that should go down storm drains, volunteers adhered round medallions to drains. While the medallions for each local government differ slightly, each includes the image of a fish and water with “No Dumping/Drains to River” stamped in big letters.
“Water that goes down a storm drain is not treated or cleaned before it flows into a stream or river,” said Richland County Stormwater Manager Synithia Williams. “That means pollutants on the ground or anything dumped directly into a storm drain ends up in our waterways and that affects aquatic plants, fish and, ultimately, humans.”
Hussey Gay Bell’s team of nine was led by Kevin Strickland, Hussey Gay Bell’s Managing Director for Columbia, and Office Manager, Dana McGill.
Savannah, Georgia – For the 12th 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 19 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. This year’s ranking is representative of Hussey Gay Bell’s major offices including Savannah and Atlanta, GA; Columbia and Charleston, SC; and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Full list here: http://www.enr.com/toplists/2016_Top_500_Design_Firms1
Savannah, Georgia – It’s been a big year for Jenkins High School. Three years of effort was recognized and rewarded last week, when the Georgia Department of Education announced that the Jenkins High School Engineering Program is now STEM accredited. The designation made Jenkins the first Georgia high school outside the Metro Atlanta area to become STEM certified.
A sponsor of the program since 2008, Hussey Gay Bell’s Exploring program is led by Steve Wohlfeil, PE, and C.J. Chance, Jr., PE – both Principals of the firm. Explorers are required to attend monthly meetings throughout the school year at Hussey Gay Bell and other venues to gain first-hand information about their career path, make valuable career contacts, and learn skills and information related to their chosen career field – all the while maintaining a GPA of 80+ for engineering.
Students in engineering design classes research and engineer product prototypes based on a theme. This year’s was sustainability. Freshmen worked with the Army Corps of Engineers and Hussey Gay Bell to determine what U.S. cities could support an NFL expansion team and then they designed a sustainable stadium for the team to play in. Brogan Wright, Bilaal Syidi, Austin Ang and Izzy Smith found San Antonio, Texas, to be the most viable prospect. Because the major south-central Texas city averages constant winds of about 15 mph, they engineered a wind turbine-powered stadium.
It also gives students in the engineering program, as well as residential students taking engineering courses at Jenkins, an advantage breaking into the field; an advantage they didn’t have just a week ago while doing the same quality work.
“The upcoming seniors, they’re going to be able to put that on their records,’’ said Hazzard. “And us being the only high school outside of Atlanta is going to be great for them getting into places like Georgia Tech and MIT and Harvard.’’
“It shows people in the community that we mean business,’’ added Jenkins Sophomore, Jessie Barre. “It’s going to show that not only have I put in the time, but my school put in the time behind me to push to get their name out there, so it gives me an even greater advantage.’’
Jenkins Principal Heather Handy said energy, enthusiasm and academic excellence spills over to students enrolled in the Jenkins High comprehensive high school program. She hopes the STEM certification will spark growth and facilities expansion for the program.
Hussey Gay Bell also served as the Architect and Engineer of Record for the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST) – the first high school to be certified in 2013.
Full story: http://savannahnow.com/education-news-news-latest-news/2016-04-29/stem-certification-takes-jenkins-high-engineering-new
Savannah, Georgia – A groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday to celebrate the start of construction for the new Juliette Low Elementary School, on Blue Ridge Avenue. Hussey Gay Bell provided architectural and engineering designs for this new, $24M, 950-student elementary school of approximately 127,855 SF. Core spaces to accommodate 1,000 FTE. The school will be relocated into on-site portables during the school year while the existing school is being removed and the replacement school is built in its place. Once completed, students from Thunderbolt Elementary will also attend the multi-million dollar facility.
“I am looking forward to our students having an opportunity to receive an education in this state of art, because in conducive environments, students learn best. We are just excited about having the opportunity to get a new school to service students in this area,” said Pamela West, Principal, Juliette Low Elementary School.
The project, funded by ESPLOST, is targeted for completion in August of 2017. It is being constructed by Savannah-based, JE Dunn Construction Company.
Full story: http://www.wtoc.com/story/31852794/groundbreaking-ceremony-held-for-new-juliette-low-elementary-school
Savannah, Georgia – Friday marked an incredible day for Mercer University; with nearly all of the University’s Board of Trustees in attendance, the Mercer School of Medicine facility was formally dedicated. The event commenced with an address from Mercer University President, Bill Underwood, and was attended by numerous dignitaries as well as Mercer’s own Betty Cantrell, Miss America 2016.
The $8.9 million project broke ground in October 2014 and consisted of the overall renovation of 26,500 SF of the 60,000 SF William and Iffath Hoskins Center for Biomedical Research, as well as construction of a 30,000 SF addition to the Hoskins Center to serve as a medical education and research facility for the University. Scope of work included the renovation and addition of classroom space on the first floor into a medical library, multipurpose room and administration suite; expansion of the existing research lab on the second floor to include tissue culture, cell sorting and microscopy labs, as well as a post-doctorate suite and a 30,000 SF addition to the southwest including mock exam/simulation rooms on the first floor and student tutorial rooms on the second floor. This expansion will allow for a 50-percent increase in M.D. student enrollment – from 160 to 240 students – in Savannah, equaling the number of M.D. students on the School’s Macon campus.
In attendance, G. Holmes Bell, IV, PE – CEO & Chairman of Hussey Gay Bell, the project’s Architect and Engineer of Record, and Mercer University alumnus, remarked on the occasion as one of celebration and achievement. “Mercer is unsurpassed in the quality of its graduate and undergraduate education, and I strongly support the University’s goal to make that extraordinary experience available to more students than ever before with this expansion of programs in Savannah,” said Bell.
It was constructed by local CM-at-Risk, JE Dunn Construction Company.
Full story at Savannah Morning News: Mercer, Memorial dedicate $18M building
Savannah, Georgia – Hussey Gay Bell is pleased to announce the hire of Danny “Chuck” Cates. As Survey Project Manager, Mr. Cates will be responsible for overseeing and coordinating survey projects from field to finish. Mr. Cates has 15 years of experience and attended Middle Georgia College.