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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.


May 2016

Milestone Reached On West Ashley Sewer Tunnel Replacement Project


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.

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May 2016

Hussey Gay Bell’s Columbia Office Teams Up On My River Starts Here Campaign


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.

May 2016

Recognized Among Nation’s Top 500 Design Firms

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.

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