Thompson Engineering has announced its schedule of public ADEM Qualified Credentialed Inspector (QCI) Initial Training classes for March-April 2018. Classes will be held in Auburn on March 8, 2018; in Athens on March 28, 2018; in Mobile on April 12, 2018; and in Birmingham on April 17, 2018. The classes cover the regulatory requirements that are included in the ADEM General Permit ALR100000 for construction activities in the State of Alabama, as well as information about stormwater regulations for small mining pits. Also, ask us about our private classes with special rates for large groups of students. Click here or call us at 251-666-2443 for more information about our public and private training sessions.
Posted on 02/21 Permalink
A $1,000 grant from the Thompson Foundation and Mobile’s Biggest Banana Split will highlight the 7th Annual Funky Monkey 5K & Fun Run scheduled for Saturday, March 10, 2018. The event will be held at the University of South Alabama Intramural fields as a fundraiser for the Thompson Foundation.
The Funky Monkey is a family-friendly event that encourages fitness, philanthropy and fun! Participants can choose to take part in a 3.1-mile run, jog or walk through the campus or a ¾-mile fun run. All participants are invited to enjoy the event’s favorite feature, Mobile’s Biggest Banana Split, provided by Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream Shoppe.
During an awards ceremony following the race, the recipient of the Funky Monkey Charity Challenge will be awarded a $1,000 grant from the Thompson Foundation. The Charity Challenge encourages non-profits to recruit supporters to participate in the charity’s name. It is just one way the event raises funds for charitable causes. All funds raised at the 2018 Funky Monkey will be returned to non-profits in the communities where Thompson employees live and work. The money goes to support organizations, programs, and activities that strengthen our social framework, education, and sense of community. The Thompson Foundation recently surpassed the $750,000 mark in giving.
Winners of the 5K and Fun Run will also be recognized during the awards ceremony.
Things To Know
• Funky Monkey 5K start time – 8am; Funky Monkey Fun Run start time – 8:45am
• Funky Monkey Charity Challenge – Any 501(c)3 charity is invited to recruit supporters to register. The charity with the most support receives $1,000 from the Thompson Foundation. (Deadline to register is March 8.)
• Mobile’s Biggest Banana Split by Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream Shoppe. Watch as it’s created and then enjoy a bite of a huge banana split at the Funky Monkey Finish Party! Other finish party perks include hot dogs and door prizes.
Online registration is available through March 8. Click here to register online. Pick up a registration form at McCoy’s Outdoor, Run-N-Tri or Fleet Feet in Mobile or Running Wild in Fairhope. Day of registration begins at 6:30 a.m. at the University of South Alabama Intramural Fields.
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Posted on 02/16 Permalink
Applications for the 2018 Thompson Foundation Scholarship will be accepted through March 22, 2018. The Thompson Foundation began awarding a scholarship in 2005 to encourage and assist talented young people who are interested in the technical specialties that the Thompson companies provide. Scholarship winners are selected based on scholastic achievement, financial need, good character, leadership qualities, community involvement and personal development. The annual $1,000 scholarship is renewable for up to four years.
• High school senior in public, private or home school
• Resident of Mobile or Baldwin County, Alabama; Madison or Rankin County, Mississippi or Moss Point, Mississippi; Hamilton, Bradley or Rhea County, Tennessee
• Accepted at an accredited four-year university
• Declared major in engineering, architecture, science, or other technical field of service employed by Thompson Engineering, Watermark Design Group or Thompson Consulting Services
• Minimum high school grade average of “B” (or 3.0 on 4.0-point scale)
• Minimum ACT score of 21
The Thompson Foundation scholarship is administered by the Community Foundation of South Alabama. Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit application materials at the Community Foundation of South Alabama website. The scholarship recipient will be notified in writing no later than July 2018.
Posted on 02/06 Permalink
Thompson is receiving praise for its work to make Mobile a cleaner community.
Thompson was recognized Nov. 8 at the 2017 Alabama PALS (People Against A Littered State) Governor’s Awards. Thompson was awarded the "Coastal Cleanup Award" for introducing and facilitating a rigid plastic recycling program at the 2017 Alabama Coastal Cleanup. Working with Alabama Coastal Cleanup organizers and the Weeks Bay Foundation, Thompson employees provided program education and visited every cleanup zone of the Alabama Coastal Cleanup on September 16, 2017 to help launch the program. In total, 2,000 pounds of rigid plastics (seen in photo) were collected and will be reused to create shampoo bottles for Proctor and Gamble. Program partner, Yael Girard, executive director of the Weeks Bay Foundation, received the Governor’s "Vulcan Volunteer of the Year Award" for the time and effort she put into the program.
In a Nov. 7 awards presentation by the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation, Thompson Engineering Division Leader Don Bates was awarded the Gulf Coast Marine Environmental Excellence Award. Bates spearheads a volunteer litter clean-up crew made up of Thompson employees. About once a month, the group participates in shoreline and water-based cleanups in and around the Mobile area.
Posted on 11/17 Permalink
Employees of Thompson Engineering are on the ground in Puerto Rico working for the Corps of Engineers in support of its Blue Roof Mission. The program provides homeowners in disaster areas with fiber-reinforced sheeting to cover their damaged roofs until arrangements can be made for permanent repairs.
“The Corps’ Mobile District is assigned to manage this recovery mission, and we are working alongside their field representatives to bring some relief to residents across the island,” said Thompson Engineering Senior Vice-President Mike Manning. “As of November 1, more than 200 locals have been hired to assist in this recovery effort. It's a difficult job made more complex by the lack of power, a depressed economy, and the island's mountainous terrain." Thompson anticipates maintaining a presence in Puerto Rico for the foreseeable future in support of the Corps’ mission.
Thompson Consulting Services, sister company to Thompson Engineering, is also on the island with the primary responsibility of hiring local workers to assist with debris removal and other orders as assigned by the Corps. TCS has recruited more than 800 qualified personnel since arriving on the island in October.
Posted on 11/02 Permalink
Thompson Engineering, Watermark Design Group and Thompson Consulting Services (TCS) have mobilized more than 1,000 people in response to Hurricane Irma in Florida and Hurricane Harvey in Texas. The three companies are wholly or partially owned by parent company Thompson Holdings, and partner to provide services to clients in disaster response situations.
“Our job is to help our clients as soon as possible after a disaster, so teams were on the ground meeting with clients and making plans before Hurricane Irma made landfall,” said John Baker, President and CEO of Thompson Engineering. “As soon as it was safe, we moved to the hardest hit areas in Florida and started recovery operations.” Thompson response teams are managing 38 projects throughout Florida and South Georgia, and four projects in Texas.
In total, 51 Thompson Engineering, Watermark and TCS employees have worked to hire an additional 30 contract employees for project management and field supervision and place more than 900 local debris monitors. This effort includes recruiting, training and oversight in the field, as well as solving logistical challenges like equipment rental, workforce lodging, and communication solutions.
Hurricane Irma recovery work is expected to continue for the next three months in Florida, while work in Texas is expected to last through 2018.
Posted on 10/06 Permalink
Thompson Engineering has announced an expansion of company services with the establishment of an office in Baton Rouge, La. Thompson also announced that Brant Richard, PE will lead operations in Baton Rouge.
“Thompson is excited to bring professional services to Baton Rouge, and we’re thrilled that a Baton Rouge native is taking the lead at managing operations,” said John Baker, President/CEO. Thompson’s Baton Rouge office will offer planning, design, environmental, construction management and inspection services.
Richard has 29 years of consulting experience in a wide array of engineering projects, including roadway design, pavement preservation, aviation, natural resources, hydraulics, sewer, wastewater and subsurface drainage. Richard has a degree in civil engineering from Louisiana State University, and currently serves on the board of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Louisiana section. He is a former President of the ASCE Baton Rouge branch.
Thompson Engineering has operated in Louisiana since 2002, contributing in many aspects to south Louisiana’s disaster recovery program, industrial development and infrastructure, and oil and gas explorations. The Baton Rouge office is Thompson’s second Louisiana location; the company also has an office in the Lake Charles area.
Posted on 07/25 Permalink
Thompson Engineering has named John Baker its new President and CEO. Baker first joined Thompson Engineering in 1991, and has served as the company’s President since 2004 with a long track record of executive and operational management. “When I joined the firm in 1991, it was one of the most creative and innovative design firms around, and still is today,” said Baker. “I’m very proud to have been selected to lead this great organization forward.”
In addition to his executive leadership, Baker has served as the company’s principal-in-charge of a variety of important projects in the Mobile area for clients such as Austal USA, ThyssenKrupp, Airbus, Mobile Aerospace Engineering (MAE), United Technologies Corporation (UTC), Mobile County Public School System, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Alabama State Port Authority. Baker is a certified design-build professional (DBIA) and earned his degree in Civil Engineering from the University of South Alabama.
Baker succeeds Jimmy Shumock, who served Thompson as CEO for seven years. Shumock will continue his 34-year career with the company, and serve as the transportation market leader where he will remain involved in many projects, including Thompson’s work for the Alabama Department of Transportation and the Mobile River Bridge. “Jimmy has had an exemplary career with Thompson Engineering and he remains a valuable part of our leadership team,” said Baker.
Baker holds several community posts, including board positions for Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Alabama, the Associated Building Contractors (ABC) of Alabama, Infirmary Health Systems and Thomas Hospital. He has also been active with the Mobile Chamber, having served on its Board.
Posted on 07/18 Permalink
Thompson Engineering announced today that the Thompson Foundation in March 2017 awarded $55,800 to 26 charitable organizations and institutions of higher learning. This brings the Thompson Foundation’s cumulative giving to more than $682,000 since 2004. The Thompson Foundation is funded through company and employee contributions and two, employee-organized fundraisers. “The majority of the foundation’s funds support the missions of charities that our employees support through volunteer efforts,” said Jimmy Shumock, CEO. “We believe our grants are put to excellent use because they go to organizations and issues that our employees are passionate about.”
Recipients of the first grants awarded in 2017 are:
American Cancer Society
Heritage Junior Women’s Club
American Heart Association
Hospice of Chattanooga Foundation
American Lung Association
Infirmary Health System
Bacot McCarty Foundation
Junior League of Mobile
Bella Voce of Mobile
Bishop State Community College
Ronald McDonald House
Chattanooga Autism Society
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer
Child Advocacy Center
Drug Education Council
Thomas Hospital Foundation
Florida Engineering Society
USA College of Engineering & USA Athletics
Girls on the Run South Alabama
Weeks Bay Foundation
Thompson employees raise an impressive amount of money - more than $35,000 - for the foundation each year through direct donations and two company fundraisers. The most recent fundraiser, the 2017 Funky Monkey 5K, raised $15,500 for the foundation, and awarded a $1,000 grant to Girls on the Run South Alabama, winner of the Funky Monkey Charity Challenge.
Since 2004, the Thompson Foundation has approved grants to more than 200 organizations in the areas of education, environmental and cultural resources preservation, health and social welfare, civic and community development and arts and recreation. In 2016, Thompson received the Beacon Award from the Community Foundation for South Alabama for its philanthropic efforts.
Posted on 03/29 Permalink
Thompson Engineering has announced plans for the 6th Annual Funky Monkey 5K & Fun Run scheduled for Saturday, March 11, 2017. The event will be held at the University of South Alabama Intramural fields as a fundraiser for the Thompson Foundation.
The Funky Monkey is a family-friendly event that encourages fitness, philanthropy and fun. Participants can choose to take part in a 3.1-mile run, jog or walk through the campus or a ¾-mile fun run. All participants are invited to enjoy the event’s favorite feature, Mobile’s Biggest Banana Split by Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream Shoppe.
During an awards ceremony following the race, the recipient of the Funky Monkey Charity Challenge will be awarded a $1,000 grant from the Thompson Foundation. The Charity Challenge encourages non-profits to recruit supporters to participate in the charity’s name. It is just one way the event raises funds for charitable causes. All funds raised at the 2017 Funky Monkey will be returned to non-profits in the communities where Thompson employees live and work to support organizations, programs, and activities that strengthen our social framework, education, and sense of community. The Thompson Foundation recently surpassed the $600,000 mark in giving.
Winners of the 5K and Fun Run will also be recognized during the awards ceremony.
Funky Monkey Highlights
Funky Monkey 5K start time – 8am
Funky Monkey Fun Run start time – 8:45am
Funky Monkey Charity Challenge – Any 501(c)3 charity is invited to recruit supporters to register. The charity with the largest support receives $1,000 from the Thompson Foundation. (Deadline to register is March 9.)
Mobile’s Biggest Banana Split by Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream Shoppe. Watch as it’s created and then enjoy a bite of a huge banana split at the Funky Monkey Finish Party! Other finish party perks include PB&J sandwiches, hot dogs & door prizes.
Online registration is available through March 9 at this link.
Pick up a registration form at McCoy’s Outdoor, Run-N-Tri or Fleet Feet in Mobile or Running Wild in Fairhope. Day of registration begins at 6:30am at the University of South Alabama Intramural Fields.
Posted on 01/24 Permalink