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May 2015

Hussey Gay Bell Releases Hall County Sheriff’s Office Rendering

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.

Apr 2015

Moon River Makes Progress at Effingham Studio Site; Hussey Gay Bell Makes Progress on Infrastructure

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Effingham County, Georgia – Principal Civil Engineer, Steve Wohlfeil, PE, of Hussey Gay Bell, is working closely with both Moon River Studios, Inc. and the Effingham County IDA board to develop a water line and entrance road at the Moon River site — 1,600 acres owned by the IDA at Old River Road and Interstate 95.  Survey work is also being done on the studio site and is anticipated to reach completion in June. Additionally, engineers are working with Georgia Power to find the best way to provide power to the site. The development plan calls for the first stages and warehouses to be operational by the end of this year.

Savannah Morning News has the full story:

Apr 2015

Hussey Gay Bell’s Designs for Historic Pooler Municipal Complex and the City’s Vision Unveiled

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Pooler BirdsEyeView_4-20-2015Pooler, Georgia – Hussey Gay Bell’s designs for the historic municipal complex and the City of Pooler’s long-term vision were formally unveiled to the public on Monday.

Once complete, the 51,500-square-foot facility will stand on three stories with separate entrances for the police department on the first floor and the other offices on the second and third.  The existing fire department on site will be relocated by the public works facility on Rogers Street, and the 6,000-square-foot building will be renovated into the new courthouse.

Savannah Morning News has the full story:


Apr 2015

City of Beaufort Formally Breaks Ground on Fire Station No. 2

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Beaufort, South Carolina – Leading the architecture and engineering design efforts, Hussey Gay Bell celebrates the City of Beaufort formally breaking ground for the new Fire Station No. 2.  The new station will consist of a 10,000 SF, two-story, “neighborhood” model fire station.  Interior spaces on the first floor will be constructed to include the apparatus bay and support spaces, an entrance lobby with reception, and a large community / training room. The second floor will consist of the firefighters’ living quarters which will include a fitness room, kitchen and dayroom, an outdoor covered porch, laundry and shower facilities, and sleeping quarters.  The project is being constructed by Bluffton-based Fraser Construction.

Apr 2015

City of Jesup 2.5 MGD Wastewater Treatment Plant Reaches Completion

IMG_2114Jesup, Georgia – Engineer of Record, Hussey Gay Bell is pleased to announce that on Friday, the City of Jesup’s formally dedicated the City’s new 2.5 MGD extended aeration activated sludge wastewater treatment plant facility. Hussey Gay Bell provided full design and construction phase services for the project which was constructed by Savannah-based, BRW Construction.

Apr 2015

Eric Johnson, FAIA, Named a Savannah Tech Community STAR

14287503Savannah, Georgia – The Savannah Technical College Foundation Community Council honored 21 people Friday at the 2015 Tribute to Community STARS. The event, now in its ninth year, honors individuals nominated for their service and dedication at work or in the community. A Principal of Hussey Gay Bell’s architectural division, Eric Johnson, FAIA, was among the 21 recipients.

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Mar 2015

Jennifer Oetgen Named Principal and Vice President at Hussey Gay Bell

Oetgen.J 1Savannah, Georgia – Hussey Gay Bell announces Ms. Jennifer Oetgen, PE, as a Principal and Officer of the firm, founded in 1958.

Based in Savannah, Ms. Oetgen currently serves as Hussey Gay Bell’s Director of Water & Wastewater – a role Ms. Oetgen accepted in 2012 after twelve years of service to the firm. An employee of Hussey Gay Bell since 2000, Ms.Oetgen has more than 15 years of experience specializing in municipal water and wastewater facilities systems design. Since 2000, Ms. Oetgen has designed more than ten (10) water quality control plants (WQCP) including the first Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) Wastewater Treatment Facility in Coastal Georgia. She has expertise in the design, planning, permitting and project management of water resources and wastewater projects for clients throughout Georgia and South Carolina including the City of Savannah, City of Statesboro, Garden City, Bryan County, City of Richmond Hill, City of Pooler, City of Tybee Island, Fripp Island Public Service District, Broad Creek Public Service District and Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority.

“I feel like I grew up here at Hussey Gay Bell,” says Oetgen. “I have been fortunate to be involved in some amazing projects over the last 15 years.”

“Ms. Oetgen has been instrumental in obtaining some of the firm’s large water/wastewater contracts in addition to managing some of our larger clients,” adds CEO, Holmes Bell. “I have no doubt Ms. Oetgen will serve as an asset to the executive leadership team of Hussey Gay Bell. She is also the first female Principal and Officer since our founding in 1958.”

Ms. Oetgen is currently leading Hussey Gay Bell’s design efforts for the City of Savannah’s President Street Biosolids Facilities Expansion project in addition to the GEFA Deep Aquifer project slated for Tybee Island. Other career projects of note include: Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority’s Secession Effluent Force Main which, in 2007, set a world record as the longest horizontal directional drill (HDD) using fused PVC; City of Savannah’s Crossroads 3.0 MGD WWTP and Bacon Park 1.0 MGD MBR WWTP; City of Pooler’s 2.5 MGD MBR Wastewater Treatment Plant and 3.7-Mile Nordic Reuse Water Force Main; Fripp Island Public Service District’s 0.5 MGD MBR Wastewater Treatment Plant; and the City of Richmond Hill’s 4.0 MGD Sterling Creek MBR Wastewater Reclamation Facility.

As Principal and Vice President, Ms. Oetgen will continue to serve as the Director of Water & Wastewater 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, Ms. Oetgen holds two degrees – a Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering degree from Purdue University and a Master of Science, Environmental Engineering degree from the University of Iowa. Ms. Oetgen is a graduate of Leadership Savanah and volunteer for The Next Generation for the Children’s Hospital at Memorial and Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire. Affiliations include American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Water Environment Federation (WEF) and American Water Works Association (AWWA). She is a regular attendee of WEFTEC, South Carolina Environmental Conference (SCEC) and the GAWP Annual Conference & Expo.

As a direct result of her work with Hussey Gay Bell, Ms. Oetgen actively interfaces with the Governor’s appointed Water Council, which involves continuous interface with Georgia EPD regarding water issues and permitting in Coastal Georgia and provides working knowledge of the original Sound Science Initiative as well as the State’s Plan for Managing Saltwater Intrusion.

Ms. Oetgen is a member Isle of Hope Methodist Church. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Eric – an Olympic Trials-contending sailboat racer – and their three children, Ella, Elizabeth and William.

Mar 2015

Hussey Gay Bell Announces Final Completion for EffCo’s Jail & Sheriff’s Office Project

Effingham County Jail - Exterior Entrance Effingham County, GA − Hussey Gay Bell announces final completion of a $16 million, two-phase design-build project for Effingham County: the renovation and expansion of the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office at the southeast corner of Ga. 21 and Ga. 119 in Springfield and the construction of an adjacent 204-bed jail. The renovated Sheriff’s office project more than doubled the office space. Design-build partners included Rives E. Worrell Co., a JE Dunn Construction Company, and Rosser International.

The new jail, completed two and a half months ahead of schedule, features a renovated and expanded kitchen, an upgraded nurses’ suite and complete security integration system. The Sheriff’s Office also has the integrated security system and three individual towers for monitoring day room activity and recreation yards. Approximately six miles of conduit under the slab of the 204-bed jail feeds the electrical and security integration systems.

Jan 2015

Hussey Gay Bell’s Point South Industrial Building Breaks Ground



IMG_2120Jasper County, South Carolina − Tuesday marks the groundbreaking of Hussey Gay Bell’s newest industrial building for SouthernCarolina Alliance. Located in the Point South Commerce Park in northern Jasper County, the 50,000-square-foot building will have a 30-foot ceiling to accommodate both manufacturing and distribution operations. The building will be expandable to more than 100,000 square feet. It is expected to reach completion later this year and is being constructed by Gordon Construction, Inc.

Savannah Morning News has the full story:

Jan 2015

Memorial’s Heart & Vascular Institute Wing Expansion Open to Patients

Memorial Heart & Vascular Institute Wing Expansion

Memorial H&V-ICU Patient Room

Savannah, Georgia – Local Architect, Hussey Gay Bell is pleased to announce Memorial’s Heart & Vascular Institute wing expansion project is open to patients. The $9 million expansion adds 32 critical-care beds — six ICU-level post-recovery heart rooms and 26 cardiovascular step-down beds.

Savannah Morning News has the full story: