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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.

Feb 2016

Hussey Gay Bell Presents City’s Vision for Dean Forest Road Landfill Project

​Savannah, Georgia – Tuesday night marked an important step in the City of Savannah’s Dean Forest Road Landfill project. The City held a public hearing, with a presentation given by Hussey Gay Bell’s Senior Environmental Engineer, John Eden, PE, LEED AP, to inform the public of the upcoming Phase 1D Western Cells Expansion and the beginning of Site Suitability Studies for the future Phase 1E Southern Cells.  The hearing focused on providing information about the project, the site selection process, and the measures taken to protect the environment.  Opportunities were also provided for the public to offer input and ask questions about the project. Construction of Phase 1D is anticipated to begin later this year, pending final approval of the permit application by The Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

For more than 20 years, Hussey Gay Bell has provided a wide range of services for this 950+ acre site including Site Suitability Studies, Design and Operations Plans, Permit Applications, Construction Administration, and Construction Quality Assurance.

Feb 2016

Pooler City Hall Reaches Topping Out Milestone

DJI_0041Pooler, Georgia – Today marks an important milestone on Pooler’s new City Hall Complex – celebration of the completion of steel erection on the $18.1 million project slated for completion in late 2016.  As is custom, the occasion was marked by a “topping out” ceremony and meal to commend the construction workers on this significant achievement.

Designed by Hussey Gay Bell and being constructed by Elkins Construction, LLC, the 51,500 SF city hall building will be three stories tall and consolidate the city’s departments.  The Pooler Police Department will be on the first floor with administrative offices on the second, and the City Council chambers, City Manager’s office and other executive functions on the third. The current city hall will be demolished and the existing fire station will be converted into a municipal court building.

“It’s not just a new city hall and police department, this is a revitalization of historic Pooler where people grew up. The City was incorporated over 100 years ago and it was a small town at that time,” says Pooler Mayor Mike Lamb.  “I’ve been in office over 11 years and the Council has been talking about what we need to do for historic Pooler.  We started making plans for a future police station, which grew into a police department, municipal court and city hall complex. When it’s done, we’ll have a centerpiece that we could build off of in all directions.”

“This new complex was planned to allow the communities on either side to be able to walk to city hall or the post office and  embody the new urban mentality of a pedestrian-friendly town center,” adds G. Holmes Bell, IV, PE, Hussey Gay Bell’s CEO.  “We wanted to design and build a 100-year building with game-changing technology for City Council and the taxpayers in the community.”