We are excited to announce the acquisition of Vision Engineering & Planning, a transportation planning and engineering DBE firm with offices in Columbia, MD and Atlanta, GA.
By: Darren Hamrick, PE, MS, LEED AP The City of Birmingham engaged Sain Associates to review the existing drainage conditions at 6th Avenue South near UAB, which experiences frequent flooding. These flooding problems are related to the large watershed draining to this location and the lack of storm water management which was implemented many decades ago […]
By: Darren Hamrick, P.E., MSCE, LEED AP It is a Whole New World in Alabama. With the recent announcement of Project New World, the Toyota-Mazda joint venture to build a $1.6 billion automotive production plant in Limestone County, Alabama, residents are celebrating a major win (which is not in football). As a result of this […]
Author: Darren Hamrick, PE, MS, LEED AP, Leader/Civil Engineering Division A relatively new topic, green infrastructure for drainage has become increasingly popular in recent years, as the desire to take care of our watersheds becomes even more important. In addition, new stormwater ordinances and more stringent criteria for state permit renewals are contributing to this […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.