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Nov 2013

HGBD VP John Fleming Elected to ASCE Region 4 Governor’s Position

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Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina – HUSSEY, GAY, BELL & DEYOUNG, (HGBD), is pleased to announce that John W. Fleming, PE, Vice President of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung, Inc. was recently elected in the national election as a governor of Region 4 of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Region 4, one of the Society’s ten (10) regional governing boards, represents members from Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Mr. Fleming began his three-year term on October 1st.

An active member of ASCE, Mr. Fleming is a current member of the national committee on college accreditation.  He previously served on and chaired the national committee on career development.  He has also served as secretary, treasurer, vice president, president and director of the South Carolina Section Eastern Branch. Mr. Fleming received his Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Clemson University. He is a licensed professional engineer in more than ten (10) states.

Oct 2013

HGBD Celebrates Sims’ 40 Years With the Firm

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Savannah, Georgia – HUSSEY, GAY, BELL & DEYOUNG, (HGBD), is pleased to celebrate J. Michael Sims’ forty (40) years of service to the firm. From 1980 to 2013, J. Michael Sims, RLS, served as the Director of Surveying for Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung with responsibilities including the supervision, coordination, logistics, and planning of all boundary, topographic and hydrographic survey work required by the firm in core market segments including water/wastewater, transportation and municipal.  Under his direction, the Surveying Department has been involved in the development of several of the region’s most prominent developments including The Landings on SkidawayIsland, Savannah, Georgia; Palmetto Dunes, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; and WaterWaysTownship, Richmond Hill, Georgia.

Mike can say what few other HGBD employees can – he’s worked for every letter in the HGBD name – Roy Hussey, Ben Gay, Gus H. Bell, III, Buddy DeYoung and as of January 1, 2013, Chairman & CEO, G. Holmes Bell, IV. Mike joined the firm in June of 1973 at the age of 26. He began his career as a Survey Draftsman and when asked why  he decided to pursue surveying, he laughs, “It was picked for me.”  Forty years later, he still enjoys the business of surveying.  “It’s all about loving what I do and the people you deal with, even the engineers.  I won’t say I planned to be here for 40 years, it just evolved.”

As one might guess, one of the most prominent changes Mike has experienced during his career has been the evolution of technology.  Top three surveying tools in 1973?  Mike replies without hesitation:  “Hand-held calculator, scale, grid paper, scotch tape, and a light table,” and adds, “If you didn’t have a light table, you used the window back then.” He recalls the first computer the firm employed for surveying – a computer located in Atlanta at the Fulton National Bank. When asked one word he’d use to describe it, Mike doesn’t skip a beat saying, “archaic,” and then adds, “surveying hasn’t changed since they laid out the pyramids, the methods by which we gather and process data has changed tremendously, but the basics of horizontal and vertical measurement remain the same.” That said, when asked what is one thing related to surveying that technology has not replaced, Mike smiles and replies, “Very simple, cutting line.” To date technology has not come up with a substitute for good old-fashioned line cutting and in a southeast Georgia swamp,  that can be quite challenging.”

So what’s next?  Effective December 31th of this year, Mike will be officially retired; however, he’ll stay on, at a reduced schedule, in an advisory role with HGBD.  After all, when asked how many surveys he’s completed in 40 years, he looks startled, pauses for a moment and then replies, “Thousands. No one’s ever asked me that.”

Mike holds degrees from Savannah Technical Institute and Savannah State College.  He is a Registered Land Surveyor (RLS) in the states of Georgia and South Carolina and is an active member of The Survey & Mapping Society of Georgia (SAMSOG) and South Carolina Society of ProfessionalLand Surveyors (SCSPLS).


Oct 2013

Brown Promoted to Director of Surveying & GIS

Brown, Nathan-EDIT 2Savannah, Georgia – HUSSEY, GAY, BELL & DEYOUNG, (HGBD), is pleased to announce the promotion of P. Nathan Brown, RLS, to Director of Surveying for HGBD’s Savannah office and Director of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for all Bell companies. A graduate of Ogeechee Technical College, Mr. Brown is responsible for overseeing all surveying and GIS operations including database maintenance, distribution, map production and survey project management. Mr. Brown has been with the firm for over thirteen (13) years and has been responsible for surveying and GIS projects throughout the states of Georgia and South Carolina.  He is an active member of The Surveying and Mapping Society of Georgia (SAMSOG).

Oct 2013

HGBD Announces Five New Hires

Savannah, Georgia – HUSSEY, GAY, BELL & DEYOUNG, (HGBD), is pleased to announce the hire of  Ben Washburn, EIT, Civil Designer/Engineer, Kelly Farabee, EIT, Traffic Engineer, Lori Payne, Marketing Coordinator, and E. Alan Lewis, CAD/GIS Technician.

Washburn, Ben - EDITMr. Washburn brings five (5) years of survey experience and two (2) years of civil design experience to the team.  Mr. Washburn will be responsible for designing private development residential, commercial, and industrial projects. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of North Carolina at Charlotte.


Farabee, Kelly - EDIT 091013Ms. Farabee has a wide variety of experience, including work as an architectural intern, a transportation research assistant, and, at present, a traffic engineer.  Her experience includes field data compilation, signal timing and intersection analyses for both urban and rural facilities. Ms. Farabee holds Bachelor’s degrees in Civil Engineering and Architecture from Clemson University as well as a Master of Engineering degree from University of California, Berkeley.

Lewis, E.AlanMr. Lewis brings three and a half (3 ½) years of experience to HGBD’s surveying department team.  Mr. Lewis will be responsible for managing drafting on all survey and GIS projects for the firm’s Savannah office. He holds an Associate’s Degree in Computer, Drafting and Design from ITT-Technical Institute in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Payne, Lori-EDITMs. Payne has more than three (3) years of experience in the A/E/C community in addition to several internships completed during the completion of undergraduate and graduate degrees. In her current capacity, Ms. Payne will support promotional activity, pursuit management, and proposal management and production for HGBD’s family of companies located in four offices and two states including HGBD, Inc. (GA and SC), HGBD International, Inc., HGBD Environmental, Inc., and HGBD Surveyors, LLC. Ms. Payne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Creative Writing from Salem College in addition to a Master of Arts in Advertising Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design.


SONY DSCColumbia, South Carolina – HUSSEY, GAY, BELL & DEYOUNG, (HGBD), is pleased to announce the hire of Scott Hildebrand, PE, as a Professional Civil Engineer.  Mr. Hildebrand brings to HGBD more than fourteen (14) years of engineering experience in the A/E/C industry, with particular expertise in hydrology and hydraulic design. Mr. Hildebrand, a Citadel graduate, will primarily focus on transportation, stormwater management systems, water resource engineering and environmental permitting for typical clients such as South Carolina Department of Transportation and municipalities for transportation-related projects as well as private developers for commercial, residential, and industrial projects. This work will entail a multitude of tasks and require working closely with clients and regulatory review agencies. Some of Mr. Hildebrand’s previous project experience includes the City of Charlotte, NC Myrtle/Morehead Street and Hoskins Roadway/Drainage CIPs; City of Greenville, SC, Baldwin Rd. Culvert Replacement, and City of Raleigh, NC Beaverdam Creek, Culvert Replacement Project, which consisted of replacing three existing culverts with new twin (7’x7′), (6’x8′), and(10’x10’) concrete culverts.

Jul 2013

Grand Opening of Forsyth County Fire Station #3

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HGBD is pleased to announce that today marks the grand opening for the much-anticipated Forsyth County Fire Station #3. 

The new Fire Station #3 is located on Wallace Tatum Road in the Matt area of northwest Forsyth County. It replaces the old Fire Station #3 located nearby on Doctor Bramblett Road. The new station is designed for 24-hour occupancy, which the existing station, constructed by volunteers in 1981, was not.

HGBD served as the Architect of Record for the new two-bay, approximately 7,300-square foot facility which was funded by the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax Program, SPLOST VI, and Impact Fees.

Jul 2013

Governor Deal Appoints Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson, President of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung International, Inc., was sworn in on Thursday.  Appointed by Governor Deal to the Georgia Tourism Foundation, Mr. Johnson will serve on the Board of Directors. The mission of the Georgia Tourism Foundation, under the administration of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, is to increase the economic strength of Georgia by promoting tourism through public/private partnerships. The current board consists of representatives of 10 Georgia Authorities, DNR and GDEcD (Chair), seven appointed private sector members and 15 non-voting advisors. In addition to this commitment, Mr. Johnson serves on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Savannah Economic Development Authority, and Union Mission, Georgia Regents University’s Planning and Development Committee, the Armstrong Atlantic State University Foundation, the Georgia Cities Foundation and serves as Chairman of the Board of the new World Trade Center Savannah. He served 17 years in the Georgia General Assembly in both the House of Representatives and Senate. He was the Senate Republican Leader for four years and President Pro Tempore of the state Senate for six years.

Jun 2013

Next Generation Becomes Today’s Leader At HGBD

Holmes Bell Assumes Leadership; Gus Bell Becomes Chairman Emeritus for Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung.

On Jan. 1, the purchase was complete and Holmes Bell became CEO and chairman of all Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung companies. That includes HGBD Inc. of Georgia, HGBD Inc. of South Carolina, HGBD Environmental, HGBD International, HGBD Surveyors LLC and HGBD Arabia LLC.

With more than 150 professional engineers, architects and surveyors, the HGBD companies have offices in Savannah and Gaineville, Ga., Charleston and Columbia, S.C., and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The younger Bell is quick to point out that his father will remain active with the companies as chairman emeritus and will focus his attention on business development, particularly in South Carolina.

“As a native of South Carolina and graduate of the Citadel, Dad has a lifetime of contacts,” Bell said. “This will free him up to pursue new projects.”

Mary Mayle of Savannah Morning News has the story:

May 2013


Savannah, Georgia – HUSSEY, GAY, BELL & DEYOUNG, (HGBD), is pleased to announce the hire of Stephanie Dammen, Director of Marketing.  Ms. Dammen has more than seven (7) years of marketing and business development experience in the A/E/C industry, with particular expertise in the aerospace, federal/military, industrial, healthcare, higher education and K-12 education sectors.  In recent years, Ms. Dammen served in a similar capacity, assisting with the pursuit management and procurement of core market sector projects totaling in excess of $300 million in construction costs.   

In her current capacity, Ms. Dammen is responsible for overall marketing plan/strategy development and execution, business development support, pursuit management, and proposal management and production for HGBD’s family of companies located in four offices and two states including HGBD, Inc. (GA and SC), HGBD International, Inc., HGBD Environmental, Inc., and HGBD Surveyors, LLC.

A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Ms. Dammen is the recipient of the 2013 Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Colorado Business Developer of the Year Award and 2010 SMPS Colorado Marketer of the Year Award.

An avid supporter of personal and professional growth, Ms. Dammen has served in a variety of industry association capacities including:  SMPS Colorado Executive Board, SMPS Colorado Secretary, SMPS Colorado Director-at-Large, SMPS National MCA Juror, AIA National Convention Committee and ASHRAE Annual Conference Sustainability Project Committee.  In addition, Ms. Dammen has and continues to be an active participant in various Economic Development Council/Authority and Chamber activities.

A top ENR 500 Design Firm, Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung (HGBD), has provided professional engineering and architecture services in nineteen (19)countries and thirty-six states (36) for more than five decades. The firm provides full service in the fields of transportation, drainage, civil, water and wastewater systems, solid waste, site development, master planning, industrial plants and marine facilities, as well as support services in the fields of geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering and surveying. HGBD International, Inc. provides architectural, interior design and planning services in addition to landscape design and construction and project management.

Feb 2013

Effingham County Jail Groundbreaking

Effingham County leaders broke ground on a new jail designed by the Rives E. Worrell/ HGBD Design+Build team. The official ceremony took place late Tuesday, February 19. The new facility is expected to hold some 330 inmates & cost $16 million. It is being funded using SPLOST.  To read more check out the link below.

Oct 2012

HGBD, Inc. is Pleased to Announce the Promotion of Jennifer L. Oetgen, PE

Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung, Inc. is pleased to announce the promotion of Jennifer L. Oetgen, P.E. to the position of Water and Wastewater Manager for the Savannah office and Director of Wastewater Treatment Plant Design for all Bell Companies. Ms. Oetgen has been with the firm for over twelve years and has been responsible for water and wastewater infrastructure project design and management for municipalities in both Georgia and South Carolina. She has an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and a graduate degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa. Ms. Oetgen is a registered Professional Engineer in both Georgia and South Carolina.