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 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
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 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, 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 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 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 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 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
Thompson Engineering has been selected to provide engineering services for Package D of the Airbus Final Assembly Line project at Brookley Aeroplex. This work will involve design for the utilities, parking lots, airfield pavements, security, electrical, communications, infrastructure, and landscaping. The infrastructure includes taxiways, aprons, traffic and logistics areas, and green areas. "Thompson Engineering is extremely pleased to have been selected to provide engineering design and construction administration services on the Airbus project,” said John Baker, President of Thompson Engineering. “As a firm headquartered in Mobile, Alabama, we understand the significance of this project for the Gulf Coast community and the positive, generational effect it will have throughout the region.”
Package D is one of many that Thompson Engineering is involved in at Brookley for Airbus. Thompson will assist Honeywell with work on the Airbus Central Utility Plant (CUP), providing civil, structural, geotechnical and survey services. The CUP will produce and distribute all the utilities required across the site. Thompson Engineering is also providing Construction Material Testing / Quality Assurance services for the Final Assembly Line (FAL) Building Steel and Erection package. This work involves welding inspection, bolt torque testing of a representative sample of structural connections, along with installation inspection and water tightness testing of the roofing systems, wall panels, and glazing systems. Finally, Thompson and sister-company Watermark Design Group are working together on the new Airbus assembly plant, a multi-story training center for the Alabama Industrial Development Training program (AIDT). Thompson is providing engineering design, survey, construction inspection and other required services.
Posted on 08/01 Permalink
Sunshine and fish were plenty at the 11th Annual Thompson Fishing Rodeo. More than 190 people registered for this year's rodeo and fished the waters off of Dauphin Island competing for Master and Lady Angler titles. More than 28 prizes were awarded, with the Master Angler title going to Angler Rob Hurt from north Alabama. The Lady Angler title was earned by Theresa Manning, who flew in from Australia for the festivities.
In addition to fishing and family-friendly fun, the rodeo raised $10,500 (a record amount) for the Thompson Foundation, the charitable arm of Thompson Engineering. We extend a big thank you to our sponsors and volunteers for making this event a successful fundraiser!
2013 Fishing Rodeo Sponsors
Brasfield & Gorrie
Rob’t J. Baggett
First Mate Sponsors
Brand Energy Solutions
Enterprise Fleet Management
Henry & Kate Seawell
Orion Marine Group
Sonny Callahan & Associates
BancorpSouth Insurance Services
Burns & McDonnell Engineering
McDowell Knight Roedder & Sledge
Occupational Health Center
Personnel Management Inc.
Rogers & Willard
Southern Link Wireless
The Raven’s Nook
Posted on 06/18 Permalink
The 2013 Funky Monkey 5K & Fun Run raised $11,000 for the Thompson Foundation. More than 530 participants ran or walked the 5K and Fun Run courses on the University of South Alabama campus on March 9. Everyone celebrated with a taste of “Mobile’s Biggest Banana Split,” race awards and the announcing of the 2013 Charity Challenge winner. “The Thompson Foundation is proud to award a $1,000 grant as a symbol of our mission throughout the year, which is to improve the quality of life in the communities served by the Thompson companies,” said Thompson Foundation Chairman Chad Brown. This 2013 Charity Challenge winner is the Kyser Miree Memorial Scholarship.
Thompson Engineering, the Thompson Foundation and the Funky Monkey race committee would like to thank all of its sponsors and volunteers for help making this event a success!
Posted on 04/10 Permalink
The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Alabama, Mobile Section named Thompson Engineering Health and Safety Consultant Jackie Wallace its Safety Leader of 2012. Thompson Engineering also earned an AGC Safety Excellence Award, as well as an Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Alabama Gold Award for work in 2012. Both groups recognize exemplary safety performance and a commitment to jobsite safety.
Wallace, an employee of Thompson Engineering for the past six years, conducts safety training and audits at multiple job sites across the state. Her expertise was particularly important in disaster recovery work following the spring 2012 tornadoes in North Alabama. “Jackie had the difficult task of training a large number of temporary employees in a very short period of time,” said John Baker, President of Thompson Engineering. “Many had never received safety training before, and were working in rugged terrain and around downed trees. Comprehensive safety training was critical and Jackie delivered that.” Thompson Engineering Safety Director Alex Napier added, “Jackie is a natural at coaching, and that, combined with her genuine care for Thompson employees, makes her an example to follow in the safety field.” Thompson requires monthly safety training for all employees, a program Wallace revamped and now leads.
The AGC Mobile Safety Excellence Award honors Thompson Engineering for Engineering and Construction work in the over 650,000 hours category, and is kudos for the company’s thorough safety policies and procedures encompassing topics from new hire training to continuing education. The award also reflects Thompson’s declining EMR rating, which is determined by insurance companies based on a company’s safety history. Thompson’s second company award, the ABC Alabama Gold Award, will be presented at that organization’s “Safest in the Industry Day” honoring Alabama businesses.
For more information on Thompson Engineering’s safety culture, please contact Alex Napier at 251-666-2443.
Posted on 03/25 Permalink