The Baldwin County Commission of Alabama recently awarded Thompson Engineering the 2010 Environmental Achievement Award for our work on Comprehensive Management Plan for the D'Olive Creek Watershed. The award presented by the Commission stated:
Thompson Engineering and its sub-consultant Team, including Hand Arendall, Vittor & Associates, Alabama Coastal Foundation, and Tetra Tech, are being recognized for preparing a Comprehensive Management Plan for the D’Olive Creek Watershed, which has long been cited as a “poster child” example of environmental degradation from erosion and sedimentation caused by urban development. The work was guided by a diverse stakeholder group comprised of Baldwin County and the Cities of Daphne and Spanish Fort; federal, state and local agencies; property owners; and private interests. Based on a thorough examination of the watershed conditions and identification of critical issues and areas of concern, the plan describes the various management measures (such as green infrastructure and low-impact development techniques) that can be utilized to restore degraded areas and minimize impacts from future development. The plan also discusses the many factors (such as costs, regulatory framework, financing alternatives, and community outreach) that will affect the implementation of the recommended management measures.
During the year-long effort that was needed to prepare the D’Olive Creek Watershed Management Plan, the community-spirited Thompson Engineering Team dedicated countless hours beyond what was budgeted in order to provide a comprehensive and meaningful “path forward” to help solve the long-standing watershed problems. Thompson Engineering and the entire Team are to be thanked for their individual and collective efforts, going above and beyond contract requirements, and congratulated on producing a document that has been referred to as one of the premier Watershed Management Plans in Alabama.
Jay Morgan and Patrick Dawkins presented our Virtual Construction work on the new Shelby Hall Engineering and Computer Sciences building at the University of South Alabama to the student chapter of the Society of American Military Engineers last Tuesday. Following the lunch presentation the students were led on a tour of the currently under construction building by Pat Dawkins and David Birkelbach , Elkins Construction Project Manager.
The presentation illustrated some of the constructability issues identified by Thompson Engineering and the tour allowed the students to see how those issues were resolved. David told the participants that Thompson efforts resulted in significant savings since the air handling units that were specified would have been too tall to fit in the available penthouse space. Our identification of this issue allowed Elkins to revise the submittal and order an air handler that fit, avoiding a potentially huge expense and delay.
Here's an email we received from one of the student chapter officers.
The meeting and tour was amazing! We really enjoyed the presentation of Shelby Hall. The software they used during the presentation was very impressive. It became more impressive when we took the tour and everything in the building looked exactly the same as the drawings. The students were able to enjoy themselves, ask questions, and catch a glimpse of what it would be to be an engineer. That's exactly what I wanted to get out of this presentation and tour. Could you please tell Pat Dawkins and Jay Morgan we said thanks. ~ Patrick Gay | E&I Engineering Intern
For more information on the Virtual Design & Construction services provided by Thompson Engineering contact Jay Morgan.
The Associated Builders and Contractors Mid Gulf Chapter held its 2010 Safety Awards of Excellence, Excellence in Construction Awards and Safety Director of the Year dinner on May 27, 2010. The ABC Awards of Excellence Program has become the premiere competition within the construction industry. Each year the ABC Mid Gulf Chapter sponsors a special awards competition for commercial and industrial contractors. Entries, in a variety of categories, include a selection of the most outstanding construction projects built by Alabama Gulf Coast ABC member contractors. The ABC Safety Awards of Excellence Program recognizes companies whose safety performance and programs are judged to be exemplary and exhibit a lasting commitment to jobsite safety. Safety Excellence Awards are based on data submitted by company Safety Directors. Award categories are based on a company’s total work-hours per calendar year. A company must have zero lost time incidents to be considered for the highest level awards, the Eagle Award and the Safety Director of the Year Award.
Thompson Engineering received 6 awards
2010 Eagle Award – Gulf Coast Safest Company (Highest award given)
2010 Safety Director of the Year, Alex Napier
2009 Zero Lost Time Award
2010 Safety Award, Platinum Level
2010 Excellence in Construction Award, Excellence Level, ADCNR Gulf State Park New Concrete Fishing Pier
2010 Excellence in Construction Award, Excellence Level, ThyssenKrupp US 43 New Interchange and Access Road
Thompson Engineering recently won the 2009 American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Alabama "Engineering Excellence State Award" and the 2009 Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) "Excellence in Construction Award" for their accomplishment on the Gulf State Park Pier located in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Working with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Thompson Engineering provided design services for the new concrete pier which celebrated its grand opening on July 23, 2009.
Thompson Engineering weathered two Hurricanes (Gustav and Ike) and rough waters for the $16.3 Million project. The completed pier features a concession area (8,079 sf), restroom facilities, roadway and parking area, and a seawater intake system which includes a pumping station and pipeline that pumps saltwater several miles to 35 ponds at a fish hatchery. The Thompson Engineering team provided: surveying; permitting; architecture; geotechnical engineering; storm surge and wave analysis; site/civil design structural engineering; electrical/ mechanical engineering; plans/specifications; erosion and sediment control; fish and wildlife service coordination; construction materials/QA testing; and served as the resident project representative during construction.
The Gulf State Park Pier attracts nearly 250,000 anglers and sightseers each year. It serves as a critical component to the welfare of Gulf Shores and the State of Alabama.
The Henley Community Center opened its doors on September 21. It's located at 220 East Blount Avenue, directly across from the south side of Henley Bridge. The office is staffed by personnel from Thompson Engineering for community access to the information center about the closing and reconstruction of the Henley Bridge.
"This community center will be a valuable resource for the many people who live, work and travel in this area," said TDOT Region 1 Director Steve Borden. "Representatives from TDOT and the Henley Bridge project consultant working with the state, Thompson Engineering, will be on hand at the center to assist visitors with information." For more information on the project details and progress Click Here.