Savannah, Georgia – The Savannah Engineering Academy summer program concluded Friday at Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, giving local high school students hands-on experience with experts in engineering as they look to pursue careers in the demanding field.
Founded in 2004 and run entirely by volunteers, the Savannah Engineering Academy — which took place Monday through Friday — features local professional engineers from a variety of disciplines. Mike Zaitz, PE, Manager of the Structural Department at Hussey Gay Bell, serves as Treasurer for the Savannah Engineering Academy.
“The main purpose of this program is to expose students to a variety of engineering disciplines through activities and tours,” Zaitz said.
Throughout the week, students built LED flashlights, took riverboat tours of the Savannah River and engaged in site visits to various facilities such as Gulfstream Aerospace, Georgia Transformer Corp. and JCB.
Full story at Savannah Morning News: http://businessinsavannah.com/bis/2015-06-12/students-enlightened-engineering-experience
Savannah, Georgia – Hussey Gay Bell is pleased to announce the acceptance of Stephanie Dammen-Morrell, into Leadership Savannah’s Class of 2016 program. Ms. Dammen-Morrell has more than 9 years of experience serving in marketing/business development leadership and management positions in the A/E/C industry. In her current capacity, she is responsible for overall marketing strategy development and execution, business development, public relations and pursuit management for Hussey Gay Bell’s family of companies with locations throughout the Southeast.
A cum laude graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Ms. Dammen-Morrell is the recipient of two prominent SMPS awards – Colorado Business Developer of the Year (2013) and Colorado Marketer of the Year (2010).
An avid supporter of personal and professional growth, Ms. Dammen-Morrell has served in a variety of industry association capacities including: SMPS National MCA Juror, SMPS Colorado Executive Board, SMPS Colorado Secretary, SMPS Colorado Director-at-Large, AIA National Convention Committee, SAME JETS Conference Committee and ASHRAE Annual Conference Sustainability Project Committee. Her current activities include: Leadership Savannah, SAME Savannah Post Young Member Chair & Board Member, SMPS Palmetto, SMPS Atlanta, SMPS SERC Communications Committee and ACEC-GA Engineering Georgia Magazine Editorial Board. In addition, Ms. Dammen-Morrell has and continues to be an active participant in various Economic Development Council/Authority and Chamber activities; she is a regular attendee of LAUNCHSavannah, Savannah Economic Development Authority and Chamber PR Council.
Leadership Savannah was begun in 1961 for the purpose of informing future leaders in the Savannah area of issues confronting the community on a variety of subjects. Government, economic development, education, taxes, urban problems, coastal environment, etc., are examined in an atmosphere of concerned communication among the young leaders. This unique program provides the opportunity for its participants to develop an awareness of community successes and problems as well as the knowledge to help meet the challenge of the future.
Atlanta, Georgia – Hussey Gay Bell is pleased to announce the hire of Mr. Clint V. Parker, PE, PMP. As Senior Transportation Engineer for the Atlanta office, Mr. Parker will be responsible for overall engineering design, cost estimating and permitting for transportation and highway-related pursuits, project management, business development and client relationship management. Mr. Parker has over 19 years of experience designing large-scale transportation projects, notably for GDOT in the Atlanta Metro area. Projects of note that Mr. Parker has worked on include an award-winning GDOT Batch Project – SR 133 in Brooks & Colquitt Counties widening project, SR 400 over I-85 Flyover Ramp and SR 260/Glenwood @ SR 42/Moreland Ave. Intersection Improvements project. Mr. Parker is a licensed professional engineer actively registered in Georgia, Alabama and Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering degree from Prairie View A&M University.
Bamberg, South Carolina – On Wednesday, SouthernCarolina Alliance officially broke ground to make way for a new industrial building to be located in the existing 427-acre CrossRhodes Industrial Park in Bamberg County, South Carolina. The project features an expandable 50,000 square foot industrial building with rail and port access. Designed by Hussey Gay Bell, the project is being constructed by Hampton, SC-based, Brunson Construction.
Pooler, Georgia – Yesterday marked the celebration of the groundbreaking for Pooler’s new City Hall Complex. Hussey Gay Bell is serving as the Architect and Engineer of Record for the project which consists of the design and construction of a new, 3-story, 51,500 square foot City Hall and 6,800 square foot Municipal Court Building located on Hwy 80 in historic Pooler.
“It’s not just a new city hall and police department, this is a kickoff for the revitalization of historic Pooler, this is the historic part of Pooler, this is where people grew up, this is a hundred years ago when it was incorporated and was just a small port,” says Pooler Mayor Mike Lamb.
The project will cost the city approximately $18 million dollars. While it’s underway city manager Robert Byrd and other city leaders will work to promote more construction and commerce to come along Hwy 80; implementation of a visioning plan completed by the City and led by Savannah-based, Sottile & Sottile.
“We’ll give opportunities and incentives to businesses to come in and to build to look maybe similar to this,” says Lamb.
The new complex will consolidate police and city government in one building with the courthouse replacing the old fire station. The project is being constructed by Elkins Construction, LLC.
Pooler, Georgia – Back in April, Pooler announced that it would be undertaking major rebuilding and revitalization projects for the city. The grand new three-story city hall and separate court building will rise at the back door of the old municipal building. Developers who want to bring in new businesses will get support from the city. “We’re kicking it off as a revitalization of the Highway 80 corridor,” says Pooler City Manager Robbie Byrd, as the sounds of demolition work on a nearby building filter in through his office window. “We could have gone to the [Pooler] Parkway, but if we did that we would just have abandoned old Pooler.” Work on the new $17.3-million municipal and justice buildings got underway this summer. It will be home to city departments that have been scattered around the area or crammed into the old city hall. The police department will occupy the first floor with other agencies on the second. The top floor will house the council chambers and mayor’s office.
The new structure will be situated almost on top of the existing facility. In fact, construction of the broad front steps and columned front entrance won’t be completed until after the old building is finally demolished. Until that’s completed, city workers and visitors will have to enter through what will become the rear entrance of the building. “The front steps for the new building are actually going to be where my office is now,” says Byrd. Court will no longer be held in city hall, but will move to the new building just across the parking lot. The goal is to create a main street overlay district that will be able to offer a variety of incentives for people and businesses to move back into the old city center. Byrd and other city officials see old buildings being renovated and given new facades. With permit fees such as those for water hookup eliminated, renovating downtown buildings should be much more attractive.
“It took years for the city to accumulate the whole block,” explains G. Holmes Bell IV, chairman and CEO of Hussey Gay Bell, the firm designing the new complex. “And all the people and all the growth has been out around Pooler Parkway, and to a lot of people it would have made sense to locate the city hall out there. But with a lot of thought and a lot of meetings, it made a lot more sense to revamp all of historic Pooler by centralizing this project right here in the middle of the city.”
The project reflects the growing realization of many cities that they must find ways to rejuvenate their central cores if they want to prosper. “It would encompass a common thread of removing a lot of the blight that’s there now,” says Bell. “It would also rejuvenate the entire area with the new restaurants and retail as well as residential units that it’s really lacking now.”
Read the entire Georgia Trend article: http://mydigimag.rrd.com/publication/?i=263816
Savannah, Georgia – Today, Hussey Gay Bell celebrates the groundbreaking of the new Otis Brock Elementary School. Hussey Gay Bell is serving as the Architect of Record for the project which consists of all services required for the design and construction of a new $17M Elementary School of approximately 94,000 SF under ESPLOST II. The design approach included the use of a new design for 650 students brought forward by Hussey Gay Bell to the District with a core capacity of 900 students. The design provides for future expansion to core capacity. The school was named in honor of the late Otis Brock III, a Savannah native who served as the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System’s Chief Operating Officer. It is being constructed by Elkins Constructors, Inc.
Various Locations, Georgia & South Carolina – Hussey Gay Bell is pleased to announce the hire of seven new employees at all four of its domestic locations – Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia and Charleston and Columbia, South Carolina.
As Managing Director for the Columbia office, Mr. Kevin Strickland, PE, will be responsible for overall management of operations, executive strategy development and execution, contractual negotiations, resource allocation and client management. Mr. Strickland has nearly 30 years of experience including the design, planning, permitting and project management of water/wastewater treatment plants, wastewater collection systems, water distribution systems, transportation systems and site development for clients throughout the Carolinas. Mr. Strickland is a licensed professional engineer actively registered in South Carolina. He holds a Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering degree from Clemson University.
As Senior Site/Civil Engineer for the Columbia office of Hussey Gay Bell, Mr. Keith Utheim, PE, will be responsible for serving as a lead project manager for the firm’s public and private site/civil design projects in the firm’s commercial, industrial and municipal market sectors. Mr. Utheim has more than 10 years of experience and holds a Bachelor of Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering degree from the University of South Carolina. He is a licensed professional engineer with active registrations in South Carolina and North Carolina.
Ms. Kelly Zeigler Stevens has joined the Savannah operations team as Executive & Finance Assistant to Hussey Gay Bell’s CEO & Chairman. Ms. Stevens’ responsibilities extend to include overall management of the CEO’s schedule, close coordination of internal C-suite affairs, contact management, preparation of reports and financial data and client relations. Ms. Stevens has more than 10 years of experience working closely with C-suite leadership and financial management staff. She will receive her Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance degree from the University of Maryland University College in December of 2016.
Mr. Fernando Urbina has joined the Atlanta operations as Architectural CAD Technician. With more than 8 years of industry experience, Mr. Urbina’s responsibilities include AutoCAD drafting, detailing, REVIT 3-D modeling and production of all aspects of construction documents. In addition to his real-world experience, Mr. Urbina has completed nearly 5,000 hours of specialized architecture and Revit production courses at Gwinnett Technical College.
Mr. Justin Robinette has joined the Charleston operations as Project Civil Engineer. With more than 6 years of industry experience, Mr. Robinette’s responsibilities with the firm include designing private development residential, commercial, and industrial projects. Mr. Robinette is a graduate of The Citadel and holds two degrees – a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Master of Science in Project Management in Civil Engineering and Leadership.
Savannah, Georgia – For the 11th 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 17 Georgia 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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Hall County, Georgia – Hussey Gay Bell is pleased to release the formal rendering for Hall County’s new Sheriff’s Office. Hussey Gay Bell is currently serving as the Architect of Record for this scope of work which consists of the design and construction of a new administrative headquarters which will be constructed at the 33-acre Government Center campus on Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville, Georgia. Approximately $5 million has been budgeted out of SPLOST VI monies to fund the proposed 50,000 SF, three-story building which will replace the existing headquarters currently located at 610 Main Street in downtown Gainesville, the site of the old county jail.
Programmed areas include:
Lower Level: Roll Call/Training Room, Crime Lab, Evidence Processing and Storage Area, Exercise Room with Showers, Traffic Offices, Investigator Offices and Administrative Offices.
Main Level: Sheriff’s Administrative Area, Community Service Clerk, Records Storage Room, Investigator Offices, Conference Rooms, Interview Rooms, Polygraph Rooms and various support and administrative offices.
The project duration is expected to be 18-20 months with final completion in early 2016.