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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.

July 31, 2017

Davis & Floyd Welcomes Katherine Hendricks as Local Government Market Sector Leader

Katherine Hendricks, Local Government Market Sector Leader

Katherine Hendricks, Local Government Market Sector Leader

Davis & Floyd, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Katherine Hendricks as the leader of the local government market sector, which works with local organizations and municipalities regarding their planning, environmental, construction, and engineering challenges. Hendricks’ more than 8 years of experience working in municipal governments will help guide Davis & Floyd’s efforts to formulate business, marketing, and strategic planning for this market sector.

“We are thrilled to welcome Katherine to the Davis & Floyd family,” said Stephen Davis, president and chief executive officer. “Her proven leadership abilities and admirable track record of working within local governments will strengthen our corporate team and give our local government clients an enhanced level of teamwork and service.”

Prior to joining Davis & Floyd, Hendricks was the assistant town administrator for the Town of Mount Pleasant. She is a certified Credentialed Manager from the International City/County Management Association. She holds a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in political science 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 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.