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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.

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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.

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Dec 2014

Hussey Gay Bell Named Design Partner for Southeastern Tech Project

SE Tech CollegeSavannah, Georgia – Hussey Gay Bell is pleased to announce the firm’s selection as the design partner for TCSG Southeastern Technical College’s Building 2 Renovation project. Led by Macon-based builder, Chris R. Sheridan & Co., the $3.56 million design/build project will feature the renovation of approximately 38,375 square feet of administrative offices, classrooms, vocational labs and library. Originally constructed in 1963, the building’s renovation project goals include simplification of circulation, maximization of space utilization, and creation of centralized student services.

The project is anticipated to reach material completion in November of 2015.

Nov 2014

Team Celebrates Grand Opening of The Reserve at Salkehatchie

FullSizeRender (13)Allendale, South Carolina – Today marks the grand opening of The Reserve at Salkehatchie. The new 13,440 SF, 100-bed facility is the first student-related housing on a site contiguous to the USC Allendale campus.  The three-story facility was built exclusively for USC-Salkehatchie students with the central design focused around four (4) single bedroom suites with support spaces. Community amenities include: controlled, private access for residents; proximity to campus; ample parking; clubhouse-style amenities on each floor with full kitchens and televisions; wireless internet throughout; multiple areas for gathering, lounging and study; and on-site staff security, maintenance and repairs.  Unit amenities include:  unique floor plan designs; on-site laundry facility; access to cable TV in each suite as well as each bedroom; each suite will have its own designated telephone number; fully-equipped kitchenettes with refrigerators, microwaves and stainless sinks; furniture provided (including bed, desk, desk chair in each bedroom and sofa, chairs and tables in each suite); and utilities including water/sewer, electrical, cable and internet, telephone, exterminating and garbage.

Hussey Gay Bell was responsible for full architectural and interior design services in addition to civil and structural engineering.

The project was made possible through a U.S. Department of Agriculture loan of $4,251,760 secured by Reginal Barner, CEO of Community Development & Improvement Corporation (CDIC) of Aiken in association with Danny Black, President and CEO of Southern Carolina Regional Development Alliance.  CDIC secured another $223,780 from other sources to compliment the loan for
a total project budget of $4,475,540.

The project, which has been in development for over seven years, is already nearly 40% occupied.  It was constructed by R.W. Allen, LLC of Augusta, Georgia.

Nov 2014

Hussey Gay Bell Wins $40 Million Worth of Local Projects

Savannah, GeorgiaHussey Gay Bell, a Savannah-based engineering and architectural consulting firm, is pleased to announce the firm’s selection as a design partner on two significant, local projects – a $25 million Phase I Biosolids Handling Upgrade project at the City of Savannah’s President Street Water Reclamation Facility and a $15.62 million Science and Technology Facility for Savannah State University.

For the Biosolids Handling Project, Hussey Gay Bell is teamed with lead firm Brown and Caldwell, a privately-held, 100-percent environmental firm that is a nationally recognized leader in wastewater treatment and biosolids management. Together, the two firms will provide engineering design and construction oversight for the new and upgraded solids handling facilities at the President Street Water Reclamation Facility, which will allow the City to meet air compliance requirements that will take effect in 2016 by providing an alternate means of biosolids removal and abandoning the current incinerators. At full build-out, the project will allow the city to cost-effectively produce a Class A biosolids product and help maintain the facility’s award-winning, reliable performance track record through the year 2030.

“This is a tremendous win for the team of Hussey Gay Bell/Brown and Caldwell,” said G. Holmes Bell, IV, PE, CEO and Chairman of Hussey Gay Bell. “This upgraded biosolids facility will serve the City of Savannah, notably during a time when communities are struggling with major infrastructure funding shortages. This is truly a demonstration of the commitment of City Council to select design teams with qualified local project partners who are committed to providing the highest value for rate payers.”

Jennifer Oetgen, PE, will serve as Hussey Gay Bell’s Deputy Project Manager for the project. As Director of Water and Wastewater for Hussey Gay Bell, Ms. Oetgen has more than 15 years of experience specializing in municipal wastewater facilities systems design. Since the 1990s, Ms. Oetgen has designed more than 10 water quality control plants, including the first membrane bioreactor (MBR) wastewater treatment facility in Coastal Georgia, as well as numerous projects with the City of Savannah.

As for Savannah State University, Hussey Gay Bell will lead the architectural and structural engineering design efforts for the project and provide overall project management.  Eric Johnson, FAIA, President of the architectural division of the firm – stated: “This is a tremendous win not only for Hussey Gay Bell but for Savannah State University.  This project will have a positive impact upon students that major in the STEM degree programs and the faculty and staff within the College of Science and Technology. We are mobilized and excited to begin our work on this tremendous project which will result in a state-of-the-art research facility right here in Savannah.”

Other members of the Biosolids Handling Upgrade project team include: Long Engineering, The Architecture Group, Rohadfox Construction Control Services, and McMillan and Associates. City officials have authorized design to commence and anticipate construction to begin in early 2015.

Other members of the Savannah State University project team include: Lord Aeck Sargent – an award-winning architecture and laboratory planning firm specializing in the programming and design of complex learning and research environments, and Coastline Consulting Services, Inc. – a locally-based MBE firm, headed by a SSU alum.  The Design Professional’s services are underway with construction documents anticipated for completion the Summer of 2015.


Nov 2014

Pooler Council Awards Contract for Construction of New City Hall

city-of-pooler-logoPooler, Georgia –  Pooler officials this week signed off on a contract with Savannah-based Elkins Constructors to build a new city hall next door to the existing structure on U.S. 80.  The new building, being designed by Hussey Gay Bell, will be three stories tall and incorporate many of the city’s departments:  Pooler Police Department on the first, 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 in the current complex will be converted to house a municipal court building. Once the new municipal complex is underway, the city plans to extend its revitalization efforts through the entire historic district.

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