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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.”

Feb 2016

First Round of Completion Photos on Mercer’s School of Medicine Finished

Savannah, Georgia – Hussey Gay Bell provided full-service architectural and engineering design services for this project which consisted of the overall renovation of the 60,000-square-foot William and Iffath Hoskins Center for Biomedical Research as well as construction of a 30,000-square-foot 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. Led by Rives E. Worrell Company, a JE Dunn Construction Company, the project is anticipated to reach 100% completion in early 2016. Construction activities were phased and coordinated with building users to minimize disruption impact during construction.

Feb 2016

Pooler Wastewater Treatment Plant Gets Upgrade

Pooler, Georgia – The first phase of this project consisted of a new 2.5 MGD hollow fiber (GE ZeeWeed) membrane bioreactor (MBR) plant constructed on a very small tract of land next to an existing 0.98 MGD aerated lagoon facility.  The second phase of this project consists of an expansion from 2.5 to 3.3 MGD of the Pooler membrane bioreactor (MBR) plant.  This project is being designed to increase the hydraulic capacity of the membranes to 3.3 MGD using portions of the GE LEAP technology and other critical elements to the operation of the facility.  The Pooler MBR Plant expansion includes replacement of the existing membranes with the new generation of ZeeWeed membranes, installation of baffle walls in MBR tanks, modifications of aeration basin configuration for biological nutrient removal, chemical addition for phosphorous removal, and replacement of fine band screens with rotary drum screens, equalization pumping modifications and wet weather storage pond pump station.

The nearly $5 million project is covered by state funds and includes new pumps, an updated filtration system, and – believe it or not – something called a “sludge digester.”

“We sit here and we have to plan for growth, and Pooler is seeing a lot of it. So that’s the whole reason why we’re having quite a bit more waste water come to the plant,” said Hussey Gay Bell CEO Holmes Bell. “If we did not have this high technology that we have right now, we would be directly discharging into the canal. Pooler would get zero benefit from it,” said Bell.

The plant’s upgrade will allow it to handle an additional one million gallons of waste water per day. The city’s growing so fast, they’ve already started planning for a second expansion.

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Jan 2016

Hussey Gay Bell Celebrates Ribbon Cutting of Richmond Hill’s New Wastewater Treatment Plant


Richmond Hill, Georgia – Earlier this week, the City of Richmond Hill held a ribbon cutting and grand opening for its new $25 million wastewater treatment plant facility at Sterling Creek. Savannah-based Hussey Gay Bell is the Engineer and Architect of Record for the plant which replaces the city’s original facility which went into operation in 1997. The new plant, a membrane bioreactor (MBR) system, will be able to treat up to 3 million gallons per-day – double its previous capacity of 1.5 million gallons per day. By installing additional membrane cassette equipment, the plant can readily be expanded to 4 million gallons per day, which the City is already permitted for. The plant will utilize several steps in treating sewage including biological treatment and solids separation via the membrane bioreactors. Treated effluent from the new facility will be pumped to the city’s current outfall location at Elbow Swamp.

“Six years ago when I was sworn in there were some plans to build a wastewater treatment plant; it wasn’t really state-of-the-art like this one is,” said Mayor Harold Fowler. “This system will not only meet today’s needs but all of our needs in the near future,” Fowler added.

“We are proud of this project and the successful partnership between the City and Hussey Gay Bell which led to the delivery of this state-of-the-art facility to the governing body and taxpayers,” said G. Holmes Bell, IV, PE, CEO of all Hussey Gay Bell companies. “It’s because of City Council’s decision to invest in the right technology – to not only handle growth, but also to do it in an environmentally sound way – that this facility will produce the highest quality effluent possible to put back into the Ogeechee River,” added Jennifer Oetgen, PE, Hussey Gay Bell’s Principal and Lead Project Engineer for the project.

In addition to Mayor Harold Fowler and city and county officials, the ceremony was attended by U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter and state Rep. Ron Stephens.

The City of Richmond Hill received $23.5 million in loans to build the state-mandated Sterling Creek wastewater treatment facility – $10.5 million of which is from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA), which provides communities throughout Georgia with low-interest loans to fund wastewater infrastructure and water pollution-reduction projects. The project is the largest the city has ever undertaken from a financial aspect. Constructed by Bainbridge, Georgia-based Bates Engineers/Contractors, Inc., the facility is expected to be fully operational by February 2016.

Jan 2016

Bell Named to Georgia Trend’s “Notables” List

BellSavannah, Georgia – Each year, in January, Georgia Trend magazine releases its list of who its editors and writers consider to be the 100 most influential people in Georgia, including 50 Notables. This year’s list includes G. Holmes Bell, IV, PE – CEO and Chairman for all Hussey Gay Bell companies. Born and raised in Savannah, Mr. Bell is a graduate of Savannah Country Day School with degrees from Hampden-Sydney College and Mercer University’s School of Engineering.  Mr. Bell is a graduate of Leadership Savanah and Leadership Georgia; member of the Savannah Area Chamber Board of Directors, Mercer University’s School of Engineering National Engineering Advisory Board (NEAB), Georgia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, SAGIS Savannah Board, Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), as well as other local organizations; and former Board member of the Memorial Health Foundation Board and Savannah Music Festival Board.  Affiliations include American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia (ACEC-GA) and American Council of Engineering Companies of South Carolina (ACEC-SC).  He has been with the firm since 1994.

Dec 2015

Armstrong Dedicates New Liberty Center In Hinesville




Hinesville, Georgia – Last Thursday Armstrong State University and the City of Hinesville hosted a ribbon cutting for the new Armstrong Liberty Center at 175 West Memorial Drive.  Hussey Gay Bell is the Architect and Engineer of Record for the 21,000-square-foot facility, which will open to students in January.  It is more than double the size of the previous Liberty Center.

The new building includes classrooms, state-of-the-art science laboratories, faculty and staff offices, common areas, student services and support areas for Liberty County’s growing student population. The facility offers special services for military affiliates and dual-enrollment options for local high school students.

Dignitaries and key individuals included:  Armstrong State University President Linda M. Bleicken, University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank M. Huckaby, John Lavender of Lavender and Associates, Hinesville Mayor James Thomas, Rep. Al Williams, Armstrong Liberty Center student Naiyill Morales, University System of Georgia Regent Don Waters, Sen. Jack Hill, Armstrong Liberty Center interim director Dot Kempson, Liberty County Board of Commissioners Chairman Don Lovett, 9th Engineer Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Michael Biankowski and Eric Johnson of Hussey Gay Bell.