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Nov 2015

Hussey Gay Bell Hosts Engineering Explorer Post

Savannah, Georgia – 
On October 22nd, Hussey Gay Bell hosted an Engineering Explorer Post activity for 13 local students – from Beach High School, Jenkins High School, Johnson High School, Savannah High School, New Hampstead High School and Woodville-Tompkins – who are participating in the program throughout the 2015-16 school year. The purpose of the Engineering Explorer Post is to provide students with an overview of the various career options within the Engineering field, as well as post-secondary program information and to assist them in making decisions about their future career pathways.  Explorers 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.  Participants must maintain a GPA of 80+ for engineering.  Hussey Gay Bell’s Exploring program is led by Steve Wohlfeil, PE, and C.J. Chance, Jr., PE – both Principals of the firm.  Hussey Gay Bell has been a sponsor of the program since 2008.

About the Program:  Exploring, a subsidiary organization of the Boy Scouts of America, is a career education program for youth. Exploring is the work-site based portion of the Boy Scout’s Learning for Life program. Learning for Life Executives facilitate school/business partnerships by organizing Career Specialty Explorer Posts to meet both the needs of students to experience the job-site first hand, and the needs of local businesses to recruit and attract future employees to a given career field. The BSA staff and volunteers work with teachers and school system administrators to match student career interests with local businesses who are willing to provide a regular schedule of work-based learning opportunities, including hands-on activities, career seminars, job skills training, departmental tours, campus tours and presentations and job shadowing.


Nov 2015

Hussey Gay Bell Design for New Hutchinson Public Safety Facility Unveiled


Savannah, Georgia – Last Thursday marked the formal unveiling of the design for the City of Savannah’s new Hutchinson Island Public Safety Facility.  The project is being designed by Hussey Gay Bell and will be located on a 1.6-acre parcel of land donated by Savannah Harbor Associates who is developing adjacent properties. The building is a multi-story joint police/fire station facility and is being designed to withstand a Category 2 storm event.  The new building is needed for the protection of the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, the Westin, SEDA and the large public events that occur on Hutchinson Island, as well as future development.  A consultant to Savannah Harbor Associates, Sottile & Sottile is serving as a liaison regarding overall exterior themes to match the adjacent development.





Oct 2015

Hussey Gay Bell Designing Up-Fit for Nupi Americas, Inc.

NupiAmericasColumbia, South Carolina — Nupi Americas, Inc., a North American subsidiary of Nupi Industries Italiane, S.p.A., is establishing warehousing and distribution operations in Hampton County. The $4.9 million investment is expected to create 37 new jobs over the next five years.  The company’s Hampton County operations will focus primarily on its NIRON product line. To house the new facility, Nupi Americas is purchasing an existing 50,000-square-foot spec building, which is located in the Southern Carolina Industrial Campus in Hampton County.  Hussey Gay Bell has been retained to oversee the design and construction process to accommodate for the up-fit of the building to Nupi Amercias’ specifications.  Hussey Gay Bell is the original designer of the facility and its respective site located at 314 Commerce Parkway in Early Branch, S.C. Hussey Gay Bell was selected by HCEDC to design the new speculative industrial building to serve as the anchor for their new Southern Carolina Industrial Campus. The 50,000 SF facility was designed to accommodate growth up to 200,000 SF.  Hussey Gay Bell also assisted the local EDC with surveying and preliminary engineering to secure a rail corridor through adjacent property to ensure Class I rail access is available to the park. Nupi Americas’ facility is expected to be fully operational by the second quarter of 2016.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to the project.  SCANA Corporation supported the project with a $50,000 grant for cul-de-sac improvements.  Established in 2001 and headquartered in Houston, Texas, Nupi Americas is a subsidiary of Nupi Industrie Italiane, S.p.A., which has been manufacturing and marketing the NIRON product line since 1982. NIRON is a complete polypropylene pipe and fitting system for the distribution of hot and cold water in plumbing and air conditioning systems. For more information on Nupi Americas, Inc., visit

Oct 2015

Hussey Gay Bell Featured in Savannah’s Guide to the Good Life

HusseyGayBell_finalpublishedSavannah, Georgia – Hussey Gay Bell is proud to be a Pillar of the community. Featured in a joint publication between Savannah Morning News and Savannah Magazine, Hussey Gay Bell is The Pillar of Enduring Design:  One of Georgia’s most prestigious and privately held design firms since 1958, Hussey Gay Bell was founded on Bay Street in historic downtown Savannah, just above where CEO and Chairman G. Holmes Bell IV stands in this image—and just steps away from Rousakis Plaza, one of the firm’s signature projects.  Headquartered in Savannah, we have grown outwardly to more than 100 professionals in Atlanta, Charleston, Columbia and Saudi Arabia.  With talents ranging from engineering and architecture to surveying and program management, our incredibly energetic and forward-thinking team will continue to provide unparalleled service to our clients and remain a foundation of engineering and architecture excellence for decades to come.

Sep 2015

Hussey Gay Bell Expands Architecture Team

PreferSavannah, Georgia Hussey Gay Bell is pleased to announce the expansion of its Savannah-based architecture team with the hire of Ms. Lauren Prefer as Project Architect.  With more than 3 years of industry-related experience in the design capacity, Ms. Prefer’s responsibilities include AutoCAD drafting, detailing, REVIT 3-D modeling and production of all aspects of construction documents. In addition to her real-world experience, Ms. Prefer has additional experience in hand-rendering, model-making, drawing and painting.  Ms. Prefer is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Architecture.  She is a Member of the American Institute of Architecture Students.

Sep 2015

Chance Named Principal & Vice President

Chance.CSavannah, Georgia – Hussey Gay Bell announces Mr. C.J. Chance, Jr., PE, as a Principal and Officer of the firm, which was founded in 1958 in Savannah.

An employee of Hussey Gay Bell since 2005, Mr. Chance has more than 10 years of experience specializing in municipal, institutional, residential and industrial-related civil/site development and water/wastewater infrastructure design. He has expertise in the design, planning, permitting and project management of projects for clients throughout Georgia and South Carolina including the City of Statesboro, Garden City, Bryan County, City of Richmond Hill, Bulloch and Effingham Counties, Georgia Southern University and the Town of Bluffton.  Additionally, Mr. Chance is responsible for overseeing the majority of industrial and economic-related developments for Hussey Gay Bell in the State of Georgia.

“Since joining Hussey Gay Bell, I’ve been afforded the opportunity to grow as an engineer and as a person,” says Mr. Chance. “It has been especially rewarding to be a part of the projects that are a testament to the region’s overall growth. Most gratifying by far, though, is that the clients I began servicing at the start of my career are many of the same which I continue to work with on a daily basis.”

“Over 10 years ago, Mr. Chance joined us and since that time, it has provided me with great satisfaction to watch him hone his engineering skillset and leadership skills here at Hussey Gay Bell,” adds CEO, Holmes Bell. “It is with pleasure that we welcome him to the leadership team.”

Mr. Chance is currently leading Hussey Gay Bell’s continued civil design efforts for the WaterWays Township development – Fletcher Management’s 2,300-acre residential development in southern Bryan County.  Other career projects of note include:  Pooler’s Savannah Quarters, Georgia Southern University’s Football Operations Center and Paulson Stadium Expansion, Armstrong State University’s Liberty Center, and various infrastructure projects for the City of Richmond Hill, City of Statesboro, City of Savannah, Garden City, Development Authority of Bulloch County, Effingham County Industrial Development Authority and Town of Bluffton.

As Principal and Vice President, Mr. Chance will continue to serve as a Senior Civil Engineer for Hussey Gay Bell with new duties extending to include executive strategy development and execution and overall client management.

A licensed professional engineer holding registrations in Georgia and South Carolina, Mr. Chance holds a Bachelor of Science, Civil & Environmental Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Mr. Chance is a graduate of Leadership Savannah and Past President of American Society of Civil Engineers – Savannah Chapter.  Past and present volunteer and community commitments include:  Jenkins High School Business Education Advisory Council (BEAC), Jenkins High School of Engineering (SoE), Boy Scouts of America Explorer Post Program, Woodville-Tompkins Technical and Career High School and Johnson High School career development speaker and City of Statesboro Little League coaching.  Affiliations include American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia (ACEC-GA) and Society for American Military Engineers (SAME).  He attends Georgia Economic Development Association (GEDA), SAME Savannah Post and GMA-related industry events.

Mr. Chance is a member of First Baptist Church Statesboro where he also serves as a Sunday School teacher and on various committees. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Evan, and their three children – Parker, Hunter, and Mason.

Sep 2015

Hussey Gay Bell Supports Annual Savannah Engineering Academy Program

seaSavannah, 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:

Sep 2015

Dammen-Morrell Accepted to Leadership Savannah’s Class of 2016

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.

Aug 2015

Hussey Gay Bell Expands Atlanta Transportation Division

Parker.C_1Atlanta, 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.

Jul 2015

SouthernCarolina Alliance Breaks Ground Again at CrossRhodes Industrial Park

CrossRhodes GB 1 sm (1)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.