Diane Hammonds, the Branch Manager for Sain’s Louisiana [...]
At a recent American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) conference I attended, a presentation showed a comparison between the current business climate and the climate from one year ago. More than 60% of respondents said the climate is better, and 90% said it was the same or better. I agree that we have seen things improve, more so in some sectors than others. We’ve seen the private market growing more, particularly land development and energy. I think the public sector is holding its own as well.
The year has also been good for Sain Associates, and we’ve had several successes. We’re proud of our survey department that worked hard to complete the Bonny Oaks Drive project. This was the largest survey project in our history and turned out to be very successful.
We have several great projects going on with the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), and we love working with both agencies.
We have grown several of our new divisions and areas of expertise, including Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Construction, Engineering & Inspection (CE&I). We’ve also been happy to welcome new members to our team, including a new Project Manager and Inspector/Designer for CE&I. As we continue to grow, we always strive to improve internally, so we’ve also worked to improve some of our administrative processes.
In another effort to improve internally, we hosted our first team leader and officer leadership retreat at the Alabama 4-H Center. We had a great time discovering our commonalities and finding new and creative solutions for challenges we often face.
One of the biggest government projects Sain Associates has been involved in is the Martin Army Community Hospital in Ft. Benning, Georgia. This year, we’ve gotten recognition for our work there and won two awards for Excellence in Construction, plus an ACEC/Alabama EEA Honor Award and Engineering News Record’s Design Build Project of the Year.
Last year, one of the biggest things that happened at Sain was winning 2013 Birmingham Business Alliance Small Business of the Year. Of course we weren’t eligible again this year, but I was honored to attend the awards ceremony and present the award to this year’s winner.
As we move toward the start of a New Year, we are excited to have been chosen to provide engineering services for the recently announced Oxford Pharmaceuticals project, a manufacturing center that will eventually bring 200 jobs and an investment of $29 million to Birmingham.
This has been a good year, and we are looking forward to an even better 2015. We’ll be taking the end of the year off from blogging to focus on celebrating Christmas, but we’ll be back after the New Year begins to talk about what we expect to see in 2015.