Sain Associates Through 40 Years: The 2000s

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012

Vann gets hit with a pie for charity!

In August, 2012, Sain Associates celebrates its 40th anniversary! What started as a small company in 1972, has grown and changed significantly over the years. We thought it would be fun to go back through each of our four decades and reminisce about what has made Sain such a great company over the years AND look toward the future. Read about the 70s, 80s and 90s.

As we head into the 21st century, most of the styles, office tools and the overall work environment will be much more familiar.

One of the biggest challenges of this decade was actually keeping up with data storage demands and purging our old paper files. Cell phones and data packages quickly became ubiquitous, and like many others, we can’t do business without them. CADD is not only standard for engineering design, but we even started using Civil 3-D and working with clients in BIM (Building Information Modeling).

Birmingham Barons baseball game

During the 2000s, retirement was in sight for Randy Sain. He led a leadership transition plan that focused on adding new owners to the firm and growing future leaders through intensive leadership development programs.

By bringing in outside trainers and facilitators and conducting in-house small group studies, the firm developed an outstanding program to increase management and leadership skills among our staff.  On December 31, 2010, Randy retired and Sain entered its third generation of leadership with owners Jim Meads and Joe Meads.

We expanded our focus on being “A Great Place to Work” by adding a “Giving Back” initiative for our community.  We created a Charity Committee to coordinate the firm’s volunteer efforts and corporate giving.

Pig Iron BBQ

Over the years, Sain has contributed to Children’s Harbor through its annual Pig Iron Barbeque, raised money for the American Cancer Society and American Heart Association through the Relay for Life and Heart Walk events.  We’ve had blood drives and disaster relief collections.  Many of our employees volunteer on an individual basis with local ministries and charitable organizations.

We expanded geographically during this decade as well.  We opened an office in Mandeville, LA in 2009 and one in Cullman, AL in 2011. In 2006, we celebrated the 10thanniversary of our Pulaski, TN office.

Mandeville, LA Office

Our Transportation Division branched out into doing safety work with Road Safety Audits and Access Management studies.

We tackled some large, challenging commercial site projects, such as Patton Creek Shopping Center (Hoover, AL), Kendall Town Center (Miami, FL), Eastwood Mall Redevelopment (Birmingham, AL) and Colonial Promenade Tannehill (Bessemer, AL).

Cullman, AL Office

We did survey, site engineering, and roadway design for some large industrial projects like the Jefferson Metropolitan Parks at McCalla and Lakeshore, Jasper Industrial Park, Gadsden Airport Industrial Park and Prattville South Industrial Park.

The latest news of our fourth decade is the addition of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) services.

Pulaski, TN Office celebrating 10 years!

We were proud and honored to receive many awards during this decade.  In 2006, our founder, Charles “Hack” Sain, was inducted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame. A few other notable awards include being named in the “Top 50 Best Civil Engineering Firms To Work For” by CE News Magazine, receiving multiple Birmingham Business Journal Commercial Real Estate Deal of the Year designations for various projects and being named a “Top Three Consulting Engineering Firm in the State of Alabama for Economic Development” by Southern Business and Development Magazine. 

Sain Associates, Inc., is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, with offices in Cullman, Alabama, Pulaski, Tennessee and Mandeville, Louisiana. Sain is a site engineering, traffic/transportation engineering and planning and land surveying firm with experience in more than thirty states.

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