Thompson Engineering Receives Eagle Award for Safety

Fall prevention and protection is one of many safety courses Thompson Engineering offers.Thompson Engineering has been named an Eagle Award winner for Safety by the Associated Builders and Contractors of Alabama. The award recognizes companies that have outstanding corporate safety and health plans and exhibit superior safety initiatives. The Eagle Award is considered the state’s top safety award.

“We recognize that our employees are our most valuable resource, and our commitment and approach to safety continually supports that message,” said John Baker, president of Thompson Engineering. “Our company supports the implementation of behavioral safety concepts, which allows and expects every employee – any employee - to take action to make our worksites as safe as possible.”

In March 2015, Thompson Engineering was recognized for a safe workplace by the Mobile Section of the Alabama Associated General Contractors. Thompson took the top spot for safe work performed in 2014 in the “Engineering Under 650,000 Hours” category. Also in March 2015, Thompson Engineering Safety Director Alex Napier was named by his peers as the 2014-2015 Safety Professional of the Year by the Mobile Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers. Napier was recognized for his two years of success as Chapter President and also for his mentoring of young safety professionals entering the safety profession.

Photo: Fall prevention and protection is one of many safety courses Thompson Engineering provides for its employees.

Posted on 05/01 • Permalink

Thompson Engineering Project Wins Environmental Stewardship Award

For the third straight year, Thompson Engineering has been recognized by Partners for Environmental Progress (PEP) with an Environmental Stewardship Award. The 2015 award recognizes Thompson’s environmental compliance work on the Birmingham Northern Beltline project. “It’s exciting to be recognized locally for the work we do across the state in stormwater management and erosion control,” said Jimmy Shumock, CEO of Thompson Engineering. “Not only does our work have a real impact on water quality at the project site, it continues to impact the quality of water reaching Mobile Bay.”

In February 2014, Thompson began work on the Birmingham Northern Beltline Phase 1, a 1.34-mile section north of Pinson, Alabama in the environmentally-sensitive Black Warrior watershed. The environmental compliance aspects of this project involve more than 2.4 million cubic yards of soil that must be moved during this grade and drainage construction phase. Our role involves the engineering oversight and quality assurance monitoring of the best management practices employed during construction to minimize the impact on the water quality of the watershed. “Of the 78 discharge points routinely sampled since the project began in February 2014, there have been no compliance issues,” said Transportation Manager Mark Dison. “In fact, often water discharged from the project is cleaner than when it entered.”

The Birmingham Northern Beltline Project, Phase 1, is expected to be complete in Fall 2016.

Posted on 04/22 • Permalink

Solid Civil Employees Join Thompson Engineering

Thompson Engineering has announced that the principals of Solid Civil, an engineering firm in the Birmingham, Alabama area, have joined the firm. Johnny Carr, PE, Greg Lowe, PE, and Matt Chelette, PE, will strengthen Thompson’s transportation design service offerings to clients across the Southeast. 

“As Thompson strengthens our capabilities in Alabama, we are building on our ability to pursue projects from South Carolina and east Tennessee to Mississippi and south Louisiana,” said Thompson Engineering CEO Jimmy Shumock. “We are looking to build our team of transportation design experts to provide the Thompson quality of service across the Southeast, and the Solid Civil staff is a perfect fit.”

Solid Civil was formed in 2003 in Helena, Alabama. Project experience includes a state-wide engineering contract with ALDOT and a roadway design contract with MDOT. “We’ve been committed to these clients for more than a decade and are excited to continue to work with them,” said Carr. “We’re even more excited to offer new services now through the diversity of Thompson Engineering.”

Thompson Engineering will immediately begin operations in the former Solid Civil offices located at 173 Tucker Rd. in Helena, Alabama offering a complete range of services. 

Posted on 04/20 • Permalink

Thompson Employees Raise $16,000 for Charity with 5K event

Thompson Engineering’s 2015 Funky Monkey 5K & Fun Run raised $16,000 for the Thompson Foundation, the largest amount raised in the event’s four years. The event is managed by Thompson employees who plan, promote and volunteer at the event each year. “Our employees support the Thompson Foundation in many ways throughout the year,” said Jimmy Shumock, CEO. “This is one of our favorites, and combines many things that our company values including fitness, fun, a family-friendly atmosphere and philanthropy.”

Corporate sponsorships and more than 450 race registrations helped the Funky Monkey reach this year’s record fundraising amount. Participants from age 3 – 77 participated, and represented six states and Canada.

As it has every year, the Funky Monkey awarded the charity with the most participation at the event a $1,000 grant. The 2015 Charity Challenge winner is Gulf Coast Dementia Services, a group with the mission of enhancing the quality of life for individuals living with or affected by Alzheimers’ or dementia. 

Thompson employees are already looking forward to the 5th anniversary event, scheduled for March 5, 2016.

Posted on 04/13 • 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
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