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May 2016

Jenkins Engineering Program STEM Accredited

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.

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May 2016

Ground Broken on Juliette Low Elementary


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.

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Apr 2016

Mercer School of Medicine Dedicated

mercer_collageSavannah, 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

Apr 2016

Surveying Division Expands with Hire of Cates


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.

Apr 2016

Savannah Operations Construction Management Division Expands with Snare

Snare.MSavannah, Georgia Hussey Gay Bell is pleased to announce the hire of Mr. Michael Snare.  As Senior Project Representative, Mr. Snare will be responsible for overall construction inspection of Water and Sewer Piping, Pump Stations, Water/Wastewater Treatment Plants, Grading Streets & Sites, Paving, Storm Drainage and Concrete projects for the firm’s industrial, commercial, institutional and municipal-type projects.  Mr. Snare has 4 years of experience including large-scale projects completed for GDOT and FDOT.  Of note, Mr. Snare served as Field Engineer for the King George/SR 204 Flyover, Harry S. Truman Phase V project, as well as the SR 404 Spur-US 17 Back River Bridge.  Mr. Snare holds two degrees – an Associate of Arts degree from Florida State College of Jacksonville and a Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering degree from the University of North Florida.  He holds various certifications from OSHA, National Safety Council (NSC) and Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission (GSWCC).

Apr 2016

Hussey Gay Bell Celebrates 58th

Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia – April 2nd marks an important day in the history of Hussey Gay Bell, one of the region’s largest privately held companies. Incorporated in the State of Georgia on April 2, 1958, Hussey Gay Bell has grown considerably from its origins as a one-phone office to an ENR Top 500 Design Firm with over 110 professionals throughout Georgia and South Carolina.  From internationally-acclaimed Rousakis Plaza along the Savannah Riverfront, the redevelopment of historic Pooler, Palmetto Dunes Resort on Hilton Head Island, the Boeing 787 Expansion in North Charleston, SCDOT’s Camden Truck By-Pass and SC-7 Bridge Replacement to the massive JCB operations on I-95 to providing engineering and architectural design services in 36 states and 19 countries across the globe, evidence of the design and engineering expertise of Hussey Gay Bell is demonstrated domestically and internationally.

“We are so fortunate to have the most talented and dedicated professionals working here at Hussey Gay Bell,” says CEO, G. Holmes Bell, IV, PE. “With talents ranging from engineering and architecture to surveying and program management, coupled with our incredibly energetic and forward-thinking team, I have no doubt we can keep the firm growing and performing to the highest level of standards. As we do so, we will also continue our long and established history of professional and civic involvement working with various civic and charitable organizations and serving on numerous boards to improve the quality of life for the people in the communities we serve.”



Mar 2016

Hussey Gay Bell Expands Savannah Architecture Team


Savannah, Georgia – Hussey Gay Bell is pleased to announce the expansion of its Savannah-based architecture team with the hire of Mr. Antonio Serrano. Mr. Serrano has more than 15 years of industry-related experience specializing in residential, commercial and military projects. Mr. Serrano will be responsible for all phases of design from design development, construction documents and specifications to construction administration. Mr. Serrano holds a Master of Architecture from the Savannah College of Art and Design and an MBA from Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM). Mr. Serrano is an Associate AIA member and a registered architect in Ecuador.

Feb 2016

Hussey Gay Bell Expands Columbia Civil Department


Columbia, South Carolina – Mr. Todd Carwell, 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. Carwell is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and holds two degrees – a Bachelor of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering and a Master of Engineering with emphasis in water resources. Mr. Carwell is a registered Engineer-in-Training in the State of South Carolina.


Feb 2016

Ground Broken for Fire Station No. 8 in Forsyth County

Forsyth County Fire Station 8 Groundbreaking 2.19.16

Forsyth County, Georgia – Last Friday marked the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Forsyth County Fire Station 8, which will replace the current station located at 6015 Keith Bridge Road in the northeast portion of the county. Designed by Hussey Gay Bell, the replacement station will be constructed adjacent to the existing structure, requiring demolition of the current station prior to commencement of construction. To ensure that the territory served by Fire Station 8 continues to have coverage during this time, personnel and equipment from Forsyth County Fire Station 8 will temporarily relocate to and respond from Dawson County Fire Station 2, located at 145 Liberty Drive just off of Highway 53 East.

“The most important thing for Forsyth County residents to know is that their safety and protection is at all times our highest priority,” said Fire Chief Danny Bowman. “Extensive research was done to determine the best location possible from which our personnel could respond during construction of the new station.”

The temporary relocation is expected to occur by mid-February and will continue until construction of new Fire Station 8 is completed, which is anticipated to be approximately 12 to 14 months.

A memorandum of understanding between Forsyth County and Dawson County was approved by both governments, making the temporary relocation possible. There is no cost to Forsyth County for the temporary use of the Dawson County station. The current mutual aid agreement between the two counties, which provides for assisting one another with responses as needed, will remain in effect.

“We are extremely appreciative of Dawson County’s willingness to assist us by housing the firefighters and fire engine from Fire Station 8 throughout construction of our replacement station,” said Division Chief Kevin Wallace.

Current Fire Station 8 was constructed by volunteers in 1984 and has far exceeded its life expectancy. The new Fire Station 8 will be designed for 24-hour occupancy, which the current station was not. It will be a four-stall facility, better suited to house the fire apparatus stationed there and to allow for growth and future apparatus placement.

Construction of new Fire Station 8 is being funded by a combination of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) VI program and Impact Fees.

Feb 2016

Ground Broken for Fire Station No. 6 in Southern Forsyth County

Ground is broken for new Forsyth County Fire Station 6, 2.12.16

Forsyth County, Georgia – The southern portion of Forsyth County will be home to a new station for the Forsyth County Fire Department, designed to improve service and reduce response times in a densely populated area of the county.  Designed by Hussey Gay Bell, ground was broken on Friday, February 12th for the department’s newest facility, which will be referred to as Forsyth County Fire Station 6. The new station will be located just off of Peachtree Parkway (Highway 141) on Brookwood Road, south of the intersection with Caney Road.

“Based on the history of incidents along the south corridor of Peachtree Parkway, Station 6 will be uniquely located for more timely emergency responses in the area,” said Fire Chief Danny D. Bowman. “This territory is currently served by Fire Station 10, which is located a number of miles away. It is fully expected that once new Fire Station 6 is open, our response times in this area will be trimmed considerably.”

Construction of the new station is funded by the voter-approved Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) VI program and by Impact Fees.

District 2 Commissioner Brian R. Tam, in whose district the new facility will be located, expressed his appreciation to everyone involved in the project.

“Construction of this new station has been a long time coming,” said Tam. “We knew there was a need to add an additional fire station in this part of south Forsyth County and, over the years, have worked diligently to make it a reality. Projects such as this are rarely quick or simple, but they are absolutely worth the effort. Thank you to each and every person who has played a role in making this new fire station a reality.”

New Fire Station 6 will be a four-stall station, designed to accommodate the personnel and equipment that will operate out of the facility and to allow for future growth. Construction is expected to take approximately 12 to 14 months.

Since 2005, Forsyth County has constructed a number of replacement fire stations as aging structures outlived their life expectancy, addressing the needs of a growing community and fire department. Fire Station 6, however, will be the first ‘new’ station built since 1999. The department has 12 fire stations, and naming the new facility Station 6 fills a gap in the facilities’ numbering.

Construction of new Fire Station 6 will occur simultaneous to construction of a replacement facility for Fire Station 8 along Keith Bridge Road in northeast Forsyth County. The county is scheduled to break ground for new Fire Station 8 on February 19. Construction of both new facilities was awarded to D.A. Edwards & Company, Inc. in the amount of $5,633,554.