Storm Water Training Classes Set for April/May 2015

Thompson Engineering has announced its schedule of ADEM Qualified Credentialed Inspector (QCI) Initial Training classes for April and May 2015. Classes will be held in Mobile on April 16, 2015; in Birmingham on April 30, 2015; and in Montgomery on May 13, 2015. This training course provides the tools and techniques needed to prevent storm water pollution on construction sites. Our students will learn the most current regulatory requirements, inspection strategies, and best management practices needed for controlling erosion and sedimentation from experienced, knowledgeable instructors in a relaxed, fun environment. This course will cover the requirements for monitoring turbidity on certain construction sites, as specified in ADEM Construction Stormwater General Permit ALR100000. Also, we will teach our students basic techniques for turbidity sampling and testing. Click on the “Storm Water Training” link or call us at 251-666-2443 for more information.

Posted on 03/25 • Permalink

Thompson Scholarship Applications Accepted through April 17

The Thompson Foundation is now accepting applications for the Thompson Foundation Scholarship, a $1,000 award for a high school senior who plans to study a technical specialty 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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • High school senior in public, private or home school
  • Resident of Mobile or Baldwin County, Alabama; Madison or Rankin County, 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

Selection Criteria

  • Financial need
  • Scholastic achievement
  • Evidence of good character, leadership qualities, community involvement, and personal development

To apply for the 2015 Thompson Foundation Scholarship, complete the online application form. The deadline to apply for the 2015 Thompson Foundation Scholarship is April 17, 2015. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Posted on 03/03 • Permalink

Thompson Foundation Reaches $500,000 Milestone in Giving

Thompson Engineering announced that the cumulative giving to community organizations and student scholarships through the Thompson Foundation has surpassed $500,000. The Thompson Foundation, which was founded in 2004, is funded through company and employee contributions. 

“Thompson Engineering is committed to improving the communities where we do business, and our employees make the real difference,” said Jimmy Shumock, CEO. “Thompson employees raise an incredible amount of money for the foundation each year through direct donations and two company fundraisers.” Those fundraisers include a fishing rodeo held each summer on Dauphin Island and the Funky Monkey 5K & Fun Run scheduled for March 14, 2015 at the University of South Alabama. 

Since inception, The Thompson Foundation has made awards to more than 180 organizations in the areas of education, environmental and cultural resources preservation, health and social welfare, civic and community development and arts and recreation. “The majority of grant requests come directly from our employees who are actively engaged in volunteer efforts in their communities,” said Shumock. Thompson Engineering created the foundation to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary and to honor the company’s founder, Vester J. Thompson, Jr.  To learn more about the Thompson Foundation, click here.

Posted on 01/21 • Permalink

Former Dewberry CEO Joins Thompson Board of Directors

The board of directors of Thompson Holdings has announced that former Dewberry CEO Ron Ewing has joined the board as an independent member. “Ron brings a big-company perspective to our board,” said Chairman and CEO Jimmy Shumock. “Under his leadership, one of the nation’s largest engineering firms experienced tremendous growth and success. We’re looking forward to gaining his advice and counsel.”

Ewing has more than 40 years of experience in the engineering professional services. He retired as CEO of Dewberry in 2010 after eight years with the company. He is a Fellow for the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), and also serves on the board of George Mason University Civil Engineering Institute. He currently owns his own consulting practice.

About Thompson Holdings
Thompson Holdings is the parent company of three professional services firms: Thompson Engineering, Watermark Design Group and Thompson Consulting Services. With offices in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana, the Thompson Holdings’ companies provide a broad range of engineering, architectural and disaster consulting services.

Posted on 08/11 • Permalink

Record Fundraising at 12th Annual Thompson Fishing Rodeo

The 2014 Thompson Fishing Rodeo was a fun success, raising a record amount for the Thompson Foundation and bringing together employees from five Thompson offices, clients, friends and family. Each year Thompson hosts a fishing rodeo to celebrate our employees, clients and coastal community.

Rodeo highlights include a charter fishing trip and two nightly events featuring gourmet grub and socializing. Thanks to great weather, this year's rodeo was well-attended and well-fished. Perhaps the most meaningful part of this year’s event is the record total of $15,000 raised for the Thompson Foundation. Money raised comes directly from rodeo sponsorships and funds grants and scholarships awarded by the Thompson Foundation. “The rodeo was born 12 years ago as an employee get together, but now means even more,” said Mike Manning, Thompson’s Senior Vice-President of Business Development and rodeo organizer. “Now clients and vendors are getting in on the fun and supporting our Foundation, which makes for a very worthy event.”  


Thank you to everyone – especially our sponsors and volunteers – for making this rodeo the best yet!

Posted on 06/26 • Permalink

Thompson Selected for Final Airbus Contracts

Thompson Engineering has been selected to provide Quality Assurance material testing services for the final two packages related to the Airbus Assembly Line project at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. The two new contracts bring the total number of Thompson Engineering contracts for Airbus work to seven. “We are appreciative of being awarded another important role in the Airbus project and are honored to continue to be a part of such a significant development in Mobile,” said John Baker, President. “Our selection for multiple roles on this project is a true testament to the quality of our employees and organization.”

In addition to the two contracts mentioned above, Thompson Engineering is providing:

  • Civil, Structural, Geotechnical and Survey services for the Airbus Central Utility Plant
  • Design consultant services for all site development activities to include airfield paving, ramps, lighting and utility infrastructure
  • Construction Material Testing and Quality Assurance Services for the Final Assembly Line
  • Civil and Architectural Design for the Paint Shop
  • and Engineering Design, Survey and Construction Inspection for the Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT) center.

Thompson Engineering’s sister company, Watermark Design Group, served as architect-of record on the AIDT center. Classes began in the aviation training center in May 2014.

Posted on 05/07 • Permalink

Thompson Engineering Project Wins Environmental Stewardship Award

A Thompson Engineering project that manages storm water runoff with an environmentally-progressive approach is the recipient of an Environmental Stewardship Award from the Partners for Environmental Progress, a group that promotes business growth while preserving the environment.

Thompson’s Step Pool Storm Conveyance system manages storm water, solved erosion problems and restored a stream in Spanish Fort, Alabama. The project site, a stream in Joe’s Branch, flows into D’Olive Bay and eventually Mobile Bay. Before the step pool system was designed and implemented, erosion was threatening to impact motorists on adjacent Highway 31 and residential structures of nearby Westminster Village.

Thompson led the design and construction of the system, which is the first-of-its-kind in Alabama. The Step Pool Storm Conveyance system is an aesthetically-pleasing network of riffles and pools that retains and filters storm water during lower flow events, and dissipates energy during higher flow events. The project also included the restoration of wetlands downstream of the eroded area. 

To learn more about Thompson’s environmental services, click here.


Before - Headcut at Joe's Branch                                  After - Step Pool Storm Conveyance system


Before - Wetlands                                                       After - Wetland Restoration

Posted on 05/04 • Permalink

Thompson Engineering Inducted into Engineering Hall of Fame

Thompson Engineering was recently inducted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame recognizes individuals and corporations that have made, and continue to make, significant contributions to the advancement of engineering and technology, and serve as symbols inspiring others to pursue rewarding and challenging careers in all engineering fields. Thompson's impact can be seen across the Southeast, from Tennessee where Thompson helped restore the historic Henley Bridge, to Mobile Bay, where a first-of-a-kind project is solving major erosion problems. Thompson Engineering’s work is on display in projects for Airbus, Austal, Mobile County Public Schools, Alabama State Port Authority, The Nature Conservancy and Departments of Transportation in Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Thompson Engineering was formed in 1953 and quickly became known for its geotechnical expertise. That history still shapes the company today, but Thompson’s legacy now also includes economic development contributions, sustainable design for industrial and commercial development, environmental stewardship and coastal conservation and recovery projects. 

Posted on 04/29 • Permalink

Thompson Engineering Taps New Manager for Tennessee Operations

Thompson Engineering, a firm celebrating 60 years in business in 2013, has selected Harry Hawkins as manager of its Tennessee operations. Hawkins most recently was the manager of Technical Training at Chattanooga State Community College. Thompson Engineering is headquartered in Mobile, Alabama, and has offices in seven states. 

“Harry brings more than 25 years of experience in the civil engineering and construction fields to our company,” said Mike Manning, Senior Vice-President, Business Development. “Harry is also very involved in the community, a value that Thompson Engineering supports in every one of its employees.”
Hawkins, who began his new post mid-September, led several successes at Chattanooga State, including increasing enrollment in engineering and science youth programs and working with local companies to jumpstart the school’s Heavy Equipment Operators program. “As a Tennessee resident, I’m excited to be a part of a strong firm with the integrity of Thompson Engineering,” said Hawkins. “Thompson is well-positioned for growth across the state of Tennessee and I am eager to lead that charge.” Previously, Hawkins was President and CEO of DMS, Inc., a construction management business in Georgia.

Thompson Engineering is involved in several major Tennessee projects including the Volkswagen Academy and Alstom Plant in Chattanooga and the Henley Bridge in Knoxville. Thompson was named the 2012 Tennessee Outstanding Employer of the Year by the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers. 

Posted on 09/26 • Permalink

Thompson Awards Exemplary Employees, Projects

Thompson Engineering is guided by core values that signify the company’s commitment to employees, clients and the community. Each year at the Annual Meeting, employees and projects are recognized for their commitment to company core values: Quality, Teamwork, Integrity, Responsiveness, Empowerment, Leadership and Safety.

The honorees of this year’s Core Value Awards are:

  • Impact Player Award: Ellis Pope
  • Responsiveness Award: Melissa Montgomery
  • Quality Award: Blake Betbeze
  • Empowerment Award: Chris Dugger
  • Paul Klotz Community Service Award: Wade Burcham
  • Integrity Award: Jake Gibbs
  • Leadership Award: Randy Brown
  • Teamwork Award: Renie Baya
  • Safety Award: Gerald Smith


Thompson also recognizes outstanding projects. This year’s project winners are:

Ooltewah Elementary School
Thompson Engineering has worked with the Hamilton County Department of Education from the onset of the Ooltewah Elementary School project, performing a boundary survey, environmental assessment and geotechnical work later used by the design team in developing the site plan. Thompson worked directly with the design team to complete a fast-track design, providing services from a topographic survey to construction materials testing and inspections for the building construction. The 135,000-square-foot new school is a single-story building with a central core and four wings. Ooltewah welcomes students to the new facility at the start of the 2013 school year.

Project Team:
Project Manager: Ric Gibbs
Project team: Roger Riemer, Jeff Dawson, Chris Turley, Phillip Mabry, Ric Gibbs, Chris Gillentine, Ron Wilkerson, Caleb Hammontree, Mack McCarley



Camp McCain Water System
The design of a potable water well, tank and connecting lines at Camp McCain was a fast-track design project. There were only four weeks between the issuance of the notice to proceed and the time plans were due back for a final client review. Thompson's team is recognized for working seamlessly and quickly to complete the design and prepare the project for the start of construction.

Project Team:
Project Manager: Tim Bryan
Team Members: Charles Williford, Dave Upton, Derrick Jones, Jim Payne, Michael Waters








FEMA Faith Wing Renovation
Thompson Engineering and its sister company, Watermark Design, worked together to design the renovation of a two-and-a-half-story, 37,500-square-feet building known as Faith Wing, a training center for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The design includes numerous conference rooms, classrooms and an auditorium used for interactive instruction and virtual simulations, as well as appropriate interior finishes and furnishings and a substantial amount of audio visual and information technology systems. The project was guided by LEED and sustainable principles to provide an energy efficient facility and to minimize environmental impact.

Project Team:
Project Manager: Ellis Pope
Team Members: Ben Busby, Bruce Steiner, David Barreiro, Frank Leatherwood, Johnny Holley, Sam Sternberg, Stan White, Bryce Moore, Joey Bass, Logan Griffin, Gerald Smith, Mike Webb, Jim Clarke, Jennifer Givens, Claudia Hymel, Michael Britton, Owen McDonald

Posted on 08/12 • Permalink
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