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Jul 2015

Hussey Gay Bell Celebrates Groundbreaking for New Pooler City Hall

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.

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Jul 2015

Pooler Revitalization Featured in Georgia Trend Magazine, Hussey Gay Bell Leading Design Effort

GATrend_July 2015-1Pooler, 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.”

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Jun 2015

Hussey Gay Bell Celebrates Groundbreaking of Otis Brock Elementary

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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.


Jun 2015

Hussey Gay Bell Expands Engineering & Architecture Team at Four Office Locations

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.

Strickland.KAs 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.


Utheim.K_v3As 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.


Stevens_KZMs. 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.


Urbina.FMr. 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.




Robinette.JMr. 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.



May 2015

Hussey Gay Bell Named ENR Top 500 Design Firm

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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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.

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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.

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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.