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January 8, 2018

Davis & Floyd Joins the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation

Davis & Floyd, Inc. recently became a member of the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation (MBREDC). With offices in Florence and Charleston, we are excited about this partnership and growing our footprint in this area.

According to its website, MBREDC was founded to function as a vital, comprehensive resource for location and expansion assistance and to facilitate development programs throughout Horry County. It raises the profile of greater Myrtle Beach as a prime business location, unites key parties in the public and private sectors to accelerate economic growth, and diversifies the economy by attracting suitable and sustainable industries.

Davis & Floyd is proud to invest in Horry County and we look forward to working with our partners to support infrastructure and capital investment, create jobs, and boost the area’s economy.

Davis & Floyd’s Chris Haynes (center) presents the investment to MBREDC President & CEO Josh Kay and MBREDC Vice President & COO Sandy Davis

Pictured: Davis & Floyd’s Chris Haynes (center) presents the investment to MBREDC President & CEO Josh Kay and MBREDC Vice President & COO Sandy Davis

January 2, 2018

Davis & Floyd Hosts Walking Tour of Market Street Drainage Improvement Project

Davis & Floyd, Inc. partnered with the Urban Land Institute South Carolina (ULI SC) to host a walking tour of the City of Charleston’s Market Street Drainage Improvement Project. ULI currently has an Urban Resilience Program that “seeks to enhance community resilience with a focus on the built environment, real estate markets, and land use policy sector” and this tour was initiated to showcase local projects making Charleston more resilient. This tour provided the unique opportunity for participants to hear from Davis & Floyd professionals as they described the project in detail.

With approximately 4 million visitors each year, Charleston’s Market Street corridor is known for its beauty and rich history, but it’s also notorious for its frequent flooding. Davis & Floyd currently is working with the City of Charleston on the development of construction documents for the third and final phase of the Market Street Drainage Improvement Project. In 1995, the City of Charleston initiated the project, which continued the City’s previous ambition to develop deep conveyance (tunnel) drainage solutions for repetitive flooding issues within the peninsula. The project was split into three divisions. Division I involved upgrading the existing stormwater pump station near the South Carolina Aquarium to accommodate the additional flows from the Market Street drainage area. The second phase, Division II, included the design and construction of a 9-foot-diameter tunnel approximately 140 feet beneath Concord Street and Market Street connecting the Market Street drainage area to the pump station.

Division III, which currently is being designed by Davis & Floyd, includes design of the near-surface stormwater collection system. Construction of this system will require demolition of Market Street’s pavement sidewalks and the City of Charleston recognized this as an opportunity to enhance the corridor’s streetscape. Streetscape design elements, including expanded sidewalks, multiuse lanes, new landscaped areas, and undergrounding of overhead utilities, are being incorporated into the project to improve the aesthetics and pedestrian flow along the corridor.

We had a great time during the tour and look forward to working with ULI and local stakeholders on resilience projects. Stay tuned!

For more information on the project and to view a conceptual flyover video, click here.

November 2, 2017

American Planning Association Names Uptown Greenwood as one of 15 Great Places in America

Greenwood Uptown Market

Greenwood Uptown Market

Uptown Greenwood was recently named one of the 15 great places in America by the American Planning Association (APA). Davis & Floyd is honored to have been a part of this project.

Davis & Floyd worked with the City of Greenwood to provide engineering (civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical), landscape architecture, and construction management services for the 6,000-square-foot Greenwood Uptown Market. Completed in April 2016, the vibrant recreational facility encourages the community to come together to attend produce market days, concerts, parties, and festivals as well as play in the greenspace and 3,000-square-foot interactive water feature. This special project uniquely blends commerce with recreation and beauty with function.

In February 2017, Davis & Floyd received an Engineering Excellence Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of South Carolina (ACEC-SC) for our work in the development of the Greenwood Uptown Market.

Additionally, Davis & Floyd worked with the City of Greenwood on the Uptown Greenwood streetscape. The work included designing and managing eight Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)/South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT)-funded streetscapes, corridor, and parking lot projects for the City of Greenwood. Davis & Floyd also demolished and replaced roadways, sidewalks, and crosswalks and upgraded underground utilities including gas, water, and sewer.

According to the APA, “Great Places in America program, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, recognizes streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces in the United States demonstrating exceptional character, quality, and planning — attributes that enrich communities, facilitate economic growth, and inspire others around the country.”

Congratulations to the City of Greenwood on this well-deserved accomplishment!

Watch the Uptown Greenwood highlight video here.

October 24, 2017

Engineer vs. Professional Engineer

You might be surprised to learn that not all engineers are licensed professionals. While many people graduate with engineering degrees, they cannot claim the title of “Professional Engineer” (PE) unless they have completed the multiple necessary steps to earn this designation as competent and well-trained engineers.

Engineers were not required to become licensed until the early 1900s. The Wyoming Legislature passed the first-ever law mandating that professional engineers become licensed. While the bill was met with opposition, it ultimately was passed and signed into law in 1907 with other states soon following suit.

According to the National Society of Professional Engineers, PE licensure is the engineering profession’s highest standard of competence, a symbol of achievement and assurance of quality. In South Carolina, PEs are licensed through the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors, which is under the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

Why does it matter if engineers are licensed? Engineers are responsible for most everything around us. There are not many people who would knowingly drive over a bridge, enter a commercial or public building, or drink from a public water supply designed by an unlicensed professional. These projects require the highest level of quality and competency in the practice of the profession as lives depend on it. Likewise, people would not want to purchase, sell, or dedicate rights to real property without the work having been performed by a licensed surveyor. In South Carolina, the statute states, “In order to safeguard life, health and property and to promote the public welfare, the practice of the profession of engineering and surveying in this state is subject to regulation.”

Once the certification is earned, it also must be maintained through continuous professional development throughout the PE’s career. It is certainly beneficial to the engineer to do so. Many private companies and federal, state, and municipal agencies require that higher-level engineering management positions be filled only by licensed PEs and, while regulations vary from states to state, many also require individuals be licensed in order to teach higher education affiliated with a particular practice.

When working with engineers, take the time to confirm they are licensed professionals. It could save your project time, money, and potentially lives.

September 18, 2017

Davis & Floyd Voted Favorite Engineering Firm in 2017 Charleston’s Choice Awards for Second Consecutive Year

For the second year in a row, Davis & Floyd, Inc. has been voted the favorite engineering firm in the Charleston area in The Post and Courier’s 2017 Charleston’s Choice Awards!

This year, The Post and Courier received more than 21,000 readers casting 215,000 votes!

We are so thankful to all of our friends, clients, partners, and employees who voted for us. It is an honor just to be named among the other firms listed in this category. We are extremely grateful for all the partnerships we have in this region and feel privileged to serve the Lowcountry as well as the state of South Carolina.

We look forward to the future and are excited to be a part of the great things happening in Charleston.