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Honda announces $85 million expansion

Honda last week announced an $85 million expansion to its Lincoln, Ala., auto manufacturing plant that will improve vehicle manufacturing flexibility, strengthen the logistic efficiency for future models and prepare for future technologies. The $2.2 billion, 3.7 million-square-foot plant in Lincoln employs more than 4,500 workers and has attracted a network of almost 30 Tier One suppliers, many located in the Birmingham region, that employ another 7,600 people.

“Honda has been a powerful economic engine in Alabama, creating thousands of well-paying jobs and new levels of opportunity for residents in Talladega County and across the state,” said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. “Honda has found a home in Alabama, expanding repeatedly to boost output and add capabilities. We’ll work hard to keep this fruitful partnership going strong.”

We are the geotechnical engineer of record for the $85 million expansion.   The expansion is the first Phase of the overall plant expansion which involves new civil infrastructure and warehouse construction.  The civil improvements will consist of 220,000 cubic yards of earthwork, 40,000 linear feet of new utilities, and 1.1 million square feet of new roller compacted concrete container lots and logistics roadways. 

HMA is currently one of the largest roller compacted concrete pavement industrial facilities in the world, and this expansion will increase the total amount of RCC pavement.  We assisted with preparation of the bid documents, including the including civil site, pavement, and foundation specifications. 

Our services included subsurface investigation, geotechnical evaluation and design (related to site preparation, roller compacted pavement design, and building foundations), utility mapping, and comprehensive construction material testing and inspections.  During the design and bid phases, we assisted HMA with evaluation of site design and Value Engineering options that reduced the sitework and building construction costs

.Click here to read more about Honda’s expansion at Made in Alabama

 
Four New Shareholders Added to BHATE Geosciences

BHATE Geosciences Corporation congratulates the following BHATE team members as new shareholders and corporate leaders. Each of these professionals has contributed to our company’s growth and success, but more importantly, helped us deliver on our commitment to serve our clients better than anyone in the industry.

Thomas E. Sanders, CFO  is a University of Alabama graduate in accounting and for the past 18 years has managed the company’s financial processes and HR duties. Tommy brings high integrity to his job and always looks after the best interest of our clients and employees. He is an important part of our company’s current and future growth. 

David L. Johnson, PE, Senior Consultant - Construction Materials Testing Manager functions as the Corporate Materials Consultant and also manages the Quality Assurance and Construction Materials Testing staff.  His duties have also included overseeing our testing laboratory’s national accreditation in Birmingham and branch offices for the past 14 years.  He has a BS and MS in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University and is a licensed PE in multiple states. 

Kevin A. Scott, PE, Senior Consultant - Engineering Research and Technology is manager of Engineering Research and Technology for the company.  His specialties include unique geotechnical testing, deep foundation and shoring design and geo-hazard assessment.  He has a 15 year tenure with BHATE Geoscience and is a Civil Engineering graduate of Mississippi State University.  He is a licensed PE in multiple states.

Drew Thornbury,PE, Senior Consultant – Geotechnical Group  functions as a Senior Manager and leader in the geotechnical engineering group.  His expertise includes complex projects in karst terrains, deep foundations, geotechnical forensics, and transportation/infrastructure.  He joined BHATE in 2006, and is a graduate of Auburn University in Civil Engineering, and is a licensed PE in Alabama.

 
BHATE CMT Team Awarded Pensacola Bay Bridge Project

Image result for pensacola bay bridgeThe Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) awarded a $399M design-build contract to Skanska, USA for the replacement of the Pensacola Bay Bridge in August of 2016.

BHATE Geosciences’ CMT team, led by David Johnson, P.E. and Tony Thomason, will provide Construction Materials Testing for the project, including Quality Control Services for the pre-pour and post-pour fabrication inspections, post-tension and reinforcing steel, concrete placement observation and documentation, as well as cast-in-place concrete testing.

We will have an on-site laboratory, accredited by the CMEC, for the curing and testing of concrete specimens. According to Mr.  Johnson, P.E., although the total project is scheduled for completion by August, 2020 (47 months), we expect to be on-site for about 29 months.

The three mile Pensacola Bay Bridge, connecting Pensacola to Gulf Breeze, is a primary hurricane evacuation route for the Northwest Florida coast. Built in the 1960’s, with a life expectancy of fifty years, the current bridge has withstood hurricanes, tropical storms and even a hit by a barge in 1989. The structure is nearing the end of its life cycle and has been deemed structurally deficient by FDOT.

Building the east and westbound bridges in stages will allow for the least interruption in traffic flow. Once the first bridge is complete, all traffic will shift to the new bridge, allowing for demolition and construction of the second. Each bridge will consist of three lanes in each direction as well as a ‘multi-use path’ on the westbound bridge to provide visitor observation areas and accommodate travelers using non-motorized vehicles.

Skanska has a global presence and is known for providing comprehensive construction services, including the design-build of the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey and the construction of Heron Tower, one of the tallest structures in London. Mr. Bhate says. “Working on this high profile, long-term project helps strengthen our working relationships with Skanska, USA as well as FDOT.”

 
VETERANS ADMINISTRATION CLINIC AND PARKING DECK

Image result for veterans va medical clinic  birmingham alabamaFor many years, the VA Medical Center in Birmingham had to utilize parking space in multiple parking decks (some 15 blocks away) and shuttle patients to the VA Medical Center. In an effort to provide better and more convenient patient care and convenient parking as well as provide efficient out-patient services to veterans without having to go to the main hospital, the Veterans Administration elected to build a new facility specifically for patient use. 

After considering numerous competitive submittals from multiple developer teams and designs, The U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs  selected a site on University Boulevard with the team led by Graham & Co. and subsequently by The Molasky Group to build a new Parking Deck and Medical Clinic building in downtown Birmingham valued at more than $60 million.

Due to the significant grade changes (nearly 40’ difference) from University Boulevard to 7th Avenue South, prior to site selection and preliminary concept submittal to the VA, BHATE Geosciences Corporation was retained to provide initial design guidance for excavation and foundations. The parking structure with three levels of parking below University Boulevard grade presented very unique design and construction challenges and the team needed a good understanding of constructability prior to submittal of the winning design. Other team members of the design-build submittal included B.L. Harbert International and Austin, Texas based Page Southerland Page as the architect. The plan included a three-story clinic an eight-story parking deck. The deck fronts University Boulevard and the clinic fronts 7th Avenue South.

 
BHATE Geosciences Corporation Appoints New Operations Director for Huntsville Office

Craig WardBIRMINGHAM, ALA., January 19, 2017 - Mr. Craig S. Ward, P.G., has assumed responsibility to direct and manage BHATE Geosciences' Huntsville office serving our clients in the corporate, educational, institutional, industrial, governmental, healthcare design and development, infrastructure and construction projects throughout North Alabama. As Operations Director for the company's Huntsville office, he is responsible for senior project direction, business development and provisioning BHATE Geosciences' full suite of services. 

Mr. Ward is returning to Huntsville after serving as VP/Director- Environmental Projects/Programs with a large engineering and design firm in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was responsible for engineering, consulting, testing and environmental services as well as industrial compliance and permitting for a variety of major projects and clients. He had previously worked as a consultant in Huntsville for several years. 

According to Mr. Uday Bhate, P.E., President/Senior Principal, "Craig's technical knowledge and 30 years of experience along with his ability to help clients successfully resolve complex issues fits well with our commitment to serve our clients better than anyone in the industry".

Our services in the Huntsville area go back to the early 1980's. Some of our projects and clients include Adtran Corporate Headquarters, Huntsville Hospital, Huntsville International Airport, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, John J. Sparkman Center for Missile Excellence, Thompson Tractor, Von Braun Center and Walmart Supercenters/Neighborhood Markets.