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Posted: August 2017

August 31, 2017

Davis & Floyd Executive Bryan Webb Selected to Leadership Charleston

Bryan Webb, PE, PTOE, Vice President

Bryan Webb, PE, PTOE, Vice President

Davis & Floyd, Inc. is pleased to announce that Bryan Webb has been selected to the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Charleston Class of 2018.

Webb serves as a vice president of transportation for Davis & Floyd. In this role, he oversees all aspects of project management and technical design services for traffic engineering and roadway design projects. This includes frequent communication with the project team, subconsultants, regulatory agencies, and clients.

Webb is a Registered Professional Engineer, Certified Professional Traffic Operations Engineer, and an International Municipal Association Traffic Signal Electrician, Level II.

For more than 43 years, the Chamber has offered Leadership Charleston, a 10-month program offering an intensive and up-close look at the most challenging issues and opportunities facing our region. Through community immersion and interactions with diverse leaders, Leadership Charleston is cultivating leaders and igniting the advancement of the Charleston metro.

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.

August 29, 2017

North Charleston Riverfront Park Honored with Beacon Award

The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce recently awarded the City of North Charleston’s Riverfront Park with the Beacon Award for elevating the aesthetics and improving the quality of life for the region. Davis & Floyd is proud to have been a part of the team that worked with the City to bring Riverfront Park to life.

The firm served as the park’s design engineer and provided the due diligence and design necessary for deconstruction or protection of existing structures, pavements, and utilities in addition to the design of new elements such as retaining walls, boardwalks, and structural foundations. Davis & Floyd also added new water, sanitary sewer, and stormwater facilities.

North Charleston Riverfront Park

North Charleston Riverfront Park

Located along the Cooper River, Riverfront Park is a world-class park that emerged from the grounds of the Officer’s Club and Golf Course within the former Naval Base. This facility includes amenities that cater to the general public, providing an interpretive and meaningful access to the river that the citizens of North Charleston previously lacked. Complete with a one-of-a-kind amphitheater, interpretive vistas, and interactive fountain, the park draws patrons to community events throughout the year.

Davis & Floyd was also commissioned by the City of North Charleston to lead a team of professional engineers and architects for the survey, design, and construction documentation for the Greater Charleston Naval Base Memorial. Located within Riverfront Park, this facility contains a pavilion structure, water features including a reflection pool with pedestrian bridges, sculptures, and landscaping that continue the unique sustainable fabric used in the construction of Riverfront Park.

Congratulations to the City of North Charleston and Riverfront Park on winning this great award!

Greater Charleston Naval Base Memorial

Greater Charleston Naval Base Memorial

August 28, 2017

North Charleston Intermodal Transportation Center Breaks Ground

On Thursday, Aug. 24, officials in North Charleston celebrated the groundbreaking of the North Charleston Intermodal Transportation Center. The Davis & Floyd team was thrilled to be there to witness this monumental event. Davis & Floyd has provided architectural and engineering services for the 15,500-square-foot, one-story passenger intermodal center that will be occupied by Amtrak, intercity bus service, and CARTA.

North Charleston Intermodal Transportation Center Groundbreaking

North Charleston Intermodal Transportation Center Groundbreaking

For this project, we’ve worked closely with local, federal, and private stakeholders to ensure needs were identified and conflicts resolved in a timely manner. Our team also engaged the surrounding Liberty Hill community to address concerns related to the project and incorporate the community’s rich history into the design.

Davis & Floyd led the civil design, which required realignment of existing roadways and addition of busways, loading areas, and parking lots to ensure safe access for large trucks and buses as well as taxis, passenger cars, bicycles, and pedestrians. Throughout this process, our design team worked closely with local businesses and city planning staff to ensure their needs and requirements were met.

The final design was completed in January 2017 and phased construction is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2018. The new facility will be a more welcoming site for visitors to the area and the Davis & Floyd team is proud to be a part of this effort!

August 23, 2017

Davis & Floyd Supports the South Carolina Memorial Reef’s Highway 41 Bridge Project

The steel swing bridge over the Wando River is slowly lifted out of place (Photo: Cameron Rhodes/SCDNR)

Davis & Floyd, Inc. is pleased to support the SC Memorial Reef with a $5,000 donation to help fund the repurposing of the Highway 41 bridge to become an artificial reef located 50 miles off the Charleston coast. The bridge, a 168-foot steel swing bridge that was built in 1939 over the Wando River in Mount Pleasant, was taken down and loaded on a barge on Aug. 18 by South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) and is scheduled to be sunk in several hundred feet of water at the SC Memorial Reef site by late summer 2017.

“We are excited to be a part of this wonderful project that takes what has been a part of the Charleston landscape for over seven decades and adaptively repurposes it to enhance the very successful Memorial Reef, which will positively impact our sport fishing opportunities for generations to come,” said Stephen Davis, president & CEO of Davis & Floyd. “As engineers, we love creating things that last and positively impact our state, and this aligns perfectly with our company’s core values of sustainability and conservation.”

According to SCDNR, the Memorial Reef fund was started by an independent group of anglers who wanted to honor the memory of late family and friends through the construction of an artificial reef. The South Carolina Governor’s Cup advisory board of directors, working in conjunction with SCDNR, now oversees management of the Memorial Reef, which is a part of the permitted Marine Protected Area called the Charleston Deep Reef.

“With an estimated cost of $180,000 to purchase, clean, and transport the structure, this project depends on contributions from conservation groups, private individuals and companies such as Davis & Floyd,” said Amy Dukes, tournament coordinator for the Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series. “We are thankful for their support of the Memorial Reef.”

The bridge is currently undergoing a careful cleaning process. All artificial reef structures placed by the SCDNR are stripped and cleaned to protect the marine environment. The cleaned bridge will then be welded to a 130-foot retired barge, adding complexity to the reef structure and providing 44 feet of vertical clearance in total. Finally, the completed structure will be sunk in several hundred feet of water at the South Carolina Memorial Reef site, joining two other structures that were place in 2014 and have already had great success attracting fish such as snowy grouper and large billfish such as blue marlin and sailfish.

The bridge section is lowered onto a waiting barge (Photo: Cameron Rhodes/SCDNR)

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.

August 23, 2017

Tunnel Boring Machine Launches in Charleston

Davis & Floyd is a proud member of the Spring / Fishburne US17 Drainage Improvements Project team for the City of Charleston. Together, we are celebrating the launch of a Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) that recently entered a 150-foot-deep shaft. Currently, the TBM is underground and headed generally along Septima Clark Parkway to Coming Street. At 12 feet in diameter, this is the largest tunnel to date in the Charleston region and will eventually convey stormwater runoff from flood-prone areas within the drainage basin to a pump station and outfall at the Ashley River (construction starting in 2018). Once all phases of the project are completed, this work will provide reliable drainage service independent of tides with provisions to accommodate and facilitate further mitigation efforts for addressing sea level rise. Resilient development relies on resilient infrastructure to support it and while the Spring / Fishburne and other similar projects will not prevent flooding within the Charleston peninsula, the impacts and damages resulting from the dry and wet weather flooding that are increasing in frequency today will be better avoided tomorrow.

Tunnel Boring Machine with project representatives from the City of Charleston, Black & Veatch, and Davis & Floyd

Tunnel Boring Machine with project representatives from the City of Charleston, Black & Veatch, and Davis & Floyd

30-foot-diameter, 150-foot-deep access shaft

30-foot-diameter, 150-foot-deep access shaft

Additional project information can be found at http://www.charleston-sc.gov/index.aspx?NID=1172.