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Posted: June 2017

June 29, 2017

Evolution of Industrial Sites

Industrial sites and parks, which are large areas of land developed for industrial purposes, have had a major impact on South Carolina’s economy for years. After World War II, there was a concerted effort to attract more diverse industries to the state to provide jobs for returning veterans. Some may remember the State Development Board – the predecessor to what we currently know as the Department of Commerce. Part of their long-term mission was and is to assist communities prepare for industrial investment and the resulting job creation. Historically, as a state, we have been identifying and developing industry-ready properties for many decades, but the process has evolved.

In the early days, this type of development moved much slower than it does today. There was ample time to identify a suitable piece of land for an industrial site, survey the land, and if utilities weren’t there, providers and developers had plenty of time to get them there. Sadly, that’s not the case today. We move fast and so do our projects. In today’s world, manufacturing companies have to avoid risks associated with moving or opening an entirely new facility. Risks are usually in the categories of time and budget.

It’s easy to assume that a large area of land would make a great industrial site, but that’s not always the case. There are many factors that must be weighed, but two to consider when identifying an industrial site include:

1. Identify an existing site where operations have closed and repurpose the land. One benefit is that the required utilities typically are already in place. A challenge generally lies in existing environmental issues from previous operations that need to be mitigated.

2. Identify property that has been undeveloped that would be suitable for industrial development. For undeveloped property, there are many important factors to consider, including if utilities exist on the site or if they need to be brought in. If it’s the latter, that adds risk in both time and money. Not only is there a large cost involved in bringing in water, power, etc. to a site, but it takes more time due to coordination with various utility providers.

While there are many more details that go into developing an industrial site, these keys items are crucial in the beginning of the process and so is having the right team in place from the beginning to help evaluate the viability of a site. It’s important to work with a consulting engineer that understands not only land development, but also utilities, regulatory agencies, transportation, environmental issues, etc. At Davis & Floyd, our experienced industrial team has assisted in the development of sites and parks throughout the state and stands ready to help in the development process from start to finish.

Upstate South Carolina Industrial Site - April 2017

Upstate South Carolina industrial site – April 2017

Upstate South Carolina Industrial Site - June 2017

Upstate South Carolina industrial site – June 2017

June 19, 2017

Flood Risks Remain for SC Communities

Running from June 1 through November 30, the Atlantic hurricane season has begun. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasters predict an above-normal 2017 hurricane season with the predictions showing a 70 percent likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms of which 5 to 9 could become hurricanes and 2 to 4 are predicted to be Category 3 or above.

As we contend with the 2017 season and reflect on the devastating flooding events many in our state experienced in 2015 and again in 2016 because of Hurricane Matthew, it’s hard not to stress over the possibility of encountering such an event this year. Davis & Floyd has witnessed the challenges faced by those experiencing flood damages and those providing public services spanning from emergency responses through recovery and into mitigation, where possible, in advance of our next event.

As an engineering firm that provides stormwater management and flood hazard mitigation, Davis & Floyd recognizes the need to bring awareness to the risks associated with flooding. While we would like to find a simple solution to removing such risks, there are practical limitations in what truly can be accomplished in protecting our property against the forces of nature. Whether it’s increasing rainfall rates and depths or sea level rise along our coast and tidal systems, there’s little doubt that our challenge in becoming a better prepared and more resilient community will be ever increasing.

We recommend that everyone seek a basic understanding of flood risks to life and property. Be “Flood Smart” and review your insurance policies since flood coverage is not part of most and there is a 30-day waiting period for coverage to take effect. Visit the National Flood Insurance Program at www.FloodSmart.gov for more information on flood insurance coverage.

Finally, heed the guidelines and directives provided by the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) http://scemd.org/ and local agencies when a storm threatens your area.

Additional resources to assist in your hurricane season preparations and understanding of flood hazards may be found by visiting:

2017 South Carolina Hurricane Guide
SCDOT Evacuation Routes
National Hurricane Center
FEMA Flood Map Service Center
South Carolina Flood Mitigation Program

Tide overtopping Broad Street at Lockwood Drive in Charleston, SC (Photo - Jared Bramblett)

Tide overtopping Broad St. at Lockwood Dr. in Charleston (Photo – Jared Bramblett)

June 14, 2017

Jason Eppley Named to American Council of Engineering Companies of South Carolina Board

Jason Eppley, Chief Operating Officer

Jason Eppley, Chief Operating Officer

Davis & Floyd, Inc. is pleased to announce that Jason Eppley has been named to the American Council of Engineering Companies of South Carolina (ACEC-SC) board. New board members were elected at the ACEC-SC annual meeting last week in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Eppley serves as chief operating officer for Davis & Floyd and has been with the firm more than 20 years. As COO, Eppley is tasked with overseeing the company’s internal business operations. Along with his role as COO, Eppley provides principal management and structural engineering services for municipal, industrial, transportation, environmental, and federal clients.

In addition to ACEC, Eppley is affiliated with the American Concrete Institute, American Institute of Steel Construction, American Society of Civil Engineers, and Society of American Military Engineers.

He received his Master of Engineering in civil engineering with an emphasis in structural and Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Clemson University.

About ACEC-SC
The mission of ACEC-SC is to promote and protect the business interests and professional standards of engineers in the state of South Carolina; and to improve member firms’ ability to profitably provide quality services to their clients. For more information, visit www.acecsc.org.

About Davis & Floyd
Davis & Floyd, a multi-discipline professional engineering firm, works collaboratively with its clients to design and build innovative projects that improve the lives of the communities and residents it serves. With over 60 years of continuous operation and service to its clients, the privately-owned business has more than 175 employees located in five offices across South Carolina including Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Greenwood, and Florence. The firm focuses on the market sectors of transportation, water resources, industrial, federal government, local government, and private development. For more information about Davis & Floyd’s services and team, visit davisfloyd.com.

June 12, 2017

Michael V. Horton Named SC Civil Engineer of the Year

Michael V. Horton, Chief Engineering Officer

Michael V. Horton, Chief Engineering Officer

Davis & Floyd, Inc. is pleased to announce that Michael V. Horton has been named 2017 Engineer of the Year by the South Carolina Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Each year, this award is presented to the engineer that has demonstrated the most outstanding contribution to the profession in South Carolina. Horton was presented the award last week during the ASCE annual meeting of its South Carolina Section in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Horton is the chief engineering officer for Davis & Floyd and has been with the firm for more than 20 years. In this role, he oversees the technical delivery of professional services and leads the project management and project delivery programs. His specialty is hydraulics and hydrology where he continues to serve as a senior technical advisor in the study and design of projects that involve stormwater management and flood control facilities.

Active in his profession, Horton is the past president of the American Council of Engineering Companies of South Carolina (ACEC-SC) board of directors, past president of the ASCE-SC, and past chairman of the advisory board for the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering at Clemson University.

Horton obtained his Master of Engineering in applied fluid mechanics and Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Clemson University.

About Davis & Floyd
Davis & Floyd, a multi-discipline professional engineering firm, works collaboratively with its clients to design and build innovative projects that improve the lives of the communities and residents it serves. With over 60 years of continuous operation and service to its clients, the privately-owned business has more than 175 employees located in five offices across South Carolina including Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Greenwood, and Florence. The firm focuses on the market sectors of transportation, water resources, industrial, federal government, local government, and private development. For more information about Davis & Floyd’s services and team, visit davisfloyd.com.

June 8, 2017

Davis & Floyd Welcomes Six Engineering Students for Cooperative and Internship Summer Program

Davis & Floyd, Inc. is pleased to welcome six engineering students to the firm’s summer 2017 co-op and internship program. The program, for civil engineering majors, provides students the opportunity to gain educational hands-on experience while exposing them to various engineering disciplines.

Davis & Floyd’s co-op program consists of three 16-week periods during the students’ junior and senior years. Participants are offered opportunities based on the firm’s workload and are placed where their education, talents, and interests best match the staffing needs at the time of their participation.

“Our co-op and intern program was implemented to develop our next generation of engineers,” said Greg McElhannon, project manager and co-op program leader. “It allows serious engineering students the opportunity to experience real world engineering practices with the support of a full-time, on-site staff mentor, and it gives our firm a chance to observe and assess new talent that will soon be joining the job market.”

The summer participants are:

Charleston Office
• Matthew Barnes, Lancaster, SC, Clemson University
• Hunt McLeod, Summerville, SC, The Citadel
• Zach Reineke, Mt. Pleasant, SC, Clemson University

Clemson University Campus
• David Hilton, Lancaster, SC, Clemson University

Greenwood Office
• James Compton, Piedmont, SC, Clemson University
• Wiley Roper, Greenwood, SC, Clemson University

To participate in the program, students must be rising juniors or seniors with a declared civil engineering major at a South Carolina college or university. They must have completed all general engineering courses. For more information about intern or co-op opportunities, contact Casey Tompkins at ctompkins@davisfloyd.com.

About Davis & Floyd
Davis & Floyd, a multi-discipline professional engineering firm, works collaboratively with its clients to design and build innovative projects that improve the lives of the communities and residents it serves. With over 60 years of continuous operation and service to its clients, the privately-owned business has more than 175 employees located in five offices across South Carolina including Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Greenwood, and Florence. The firm’s primary market sectors include transportation, water, and industrial in addition to federal, local government, and private development. For more information about Davis & Floyd’s services and team, visit davisfloyd.com.