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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.

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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.

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.