Expansion in the Automotive Industry

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017
Expansion in the Automotive Industry

Author: Darren Hamrick, SE Team Leader The auto-supplier industry continues to grow in Alabama and surrounding states and we are proud to be contributing to that effort. Within the last few years, Sain has had the opportunity to provide site design, surveying services and traffic engineering for multiple industrial projects that are tied to the […]

A Day in the Life of a City Engineer

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016
A Day in the Life of a City Engineer

Have you ever wondered what the duties of a city engineer are and what role he or she plays in your city? A city engineer typically works at the request of the mayor, city council or city manager to review issues related to public safety and welfare. Generally, the duties involve organizing and supervising engineering […]

Sain Associates Brand Words: COLLABORATIVE

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015
Sain Associates Brand Words: COLLABORATIVE

Collaborative — working together toward a common end, characterized or accomplished by cooperation>

Over the last few weeks, our team leaders and principals have explored and discussed our new brand words, trustworthy, experienced and forehanded. This brings us to our fourth and last word, “Collaborative.” As we wrap up this series, Jim Meads and Darren Hamrick share their thoughts about why this is such an important word for Sain and what it means to them.

Design-Build for Site Engineering and More

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015
Design-Build for Site Engineering and More

Because design-build can come into play in various kinds of site engineering projects, we’ve mentioned it in previous blog posts, but until now we’ve never devoted an entire post to this topic. It’s an important one, especially since design-build is starting to come up more and more in transportation projects as well.

Site Engineering Helps Revitalize Urban Areas

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015
Site Engineering Helps Revitalize Urban Areas

When tackling site engineering projects in urban settings, such as downtown Birmingham, the areas we’re working on typically have been developed multiple times in the past. This means that they frequently involve environmental remediation or rehabilitation. Redevelopment of these old sites is a very sustainable approach for planning a project or revitalizing a city. As we focus on sustainable design, cleaning up and improving sites in decayed urban areas can be a real benefit to the community and environment.

Why You Need to Worry About Wastewater Management

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014

I’m working on a project right now for a client who’s developing an industrial operations center for 120 employees. The client purchased the site for a really great price, but as with any deal like that, there was a catch – there were no utilities at the site when the client purchased it. Utilities had to be extended to the site, including sanitary sewer or wastewater services. The client is currently navigating through the process of getting cooperation from the local sewer authority, but they don’t know yet if they’re going to be successful in getting the administrators of this system to extend the sewer lines to them.

Coming Together with Online Collaboration

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014

The concept of using online collaboration for meetings has been out there for several years. In fact, we’ve been using this method effectively since 2007 at Sain Associates. It comes in handy especially with federal projects.

Pursuing Government Projects

Posted by on Nov 12, 2013
Pursuing Government Projects

In 2000, I was the leader of Sain Associates’ first design-build government project. This was Phase 1 of the Von Braun Complex at Red Stone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. Since that first project, our government work has increased significantly.

How Adoption Blessed My Family

Posted by on Aug 20, 2013
How Adoption Blessed My Family

Although my daughter Chloe wasn’t born to my wife Lynette and I biologically, there’s no doubt that God planned for her to be our daughter. We believe that all things work together for the good of those that love God, and while the process of having a child was very long and painful, it just made us appreciate our baby girl that much more.

Getting Creative to Handle Increased Storm Water Regulations

Posted by on May 28, 2013

When we start talking about storm water run-off and related regulations, most people’s eyes glaze over pretty quickly. But it’s an area of expertise for Sain Associates, and one that’s important in our Site Engineering division.