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Optimism increases for builders

After an especially harsh winter dragging on in Mississippi, contractors and others who work around the weather are looking forward to some relief with the coming spring season. Jay Carney, president of T.L. Wallace Construction based in Columbia, said contractors generally are “eternally optimistic and always look for a break in the weather” for activity to pick back up. “To ...

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Good architectural design standards for cities enhance the quality of life and the tax base

While superior architectural standards can make building more expensive, there is a pay off for everyone if the city creates an atmosphere that improves property values and attracts new residents. “Quality, attention to detail and creation of a consistency in improvements that come from strong architectural guidelines preserves the beauty of a place and contributes to protected and enhanced property ...

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Thompson Engineering is a full-service firm

Thompson Engineering was founded in 1953 in Mobile, Ala., and now has offices throughout six states in the Southeast, including Mississippi. The company offers a full range of services, including geotechnical engineering, design build construction and civil engineering. “Our specialty is problem solving,” said Don Bates, a vice president of the firm and manager of its Mississippi operations, with offices ...

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Historic Round Island Lighthouse restored in Pascagoula

There’s an amazing restoration project underway in Pascagoula. It’s the reconstruction of the historic Round Island Lighthouse. The lighthouse was built on the south side of Round Island — a few miles off the coast of Pascagoula — in 1859 and stood as a beacon of safety for all ships headed toward the southeast Mississippi shore. Through the years the ...

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WAGGONER ENGINEERING: ‘Better data makes for better decisions’

» Waggoner’s digital mapping provides a multitude of benefits for Mississippi Surveyors, geologists and engineers have been on a constant quest for a better way to represent the world we live in. “Paper maps provided us with information about where things were located, how near they were to a highway or stream and how high above sea level they were,” ...

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PROFILE: David Hardy's determination pays off with success

David Hardy, the new president of the Mississippi State Board of Architecture, says his determination helped him get through the architecture program at Mississippi State University. He chose architecture because he loved to draw and had always had an interest in construction. “My father was a small general contractor so it grew out of a combined interest in those two ...

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Dale Partners architecture firm targeting major projects

2013 has been a very good year for Dale Partners Architects, one of the state’s largest full-service architectural firms with offices in Jackson and Biloxi. Dale Partners is heading at least three of the largest projects in the works across Mississippi: The Grammy Museum in Cleveland, the Jackson Convention Complex Hotel and a minor league baseball park in Biloxi. “We ...

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Ridgeland's Terracon is country's largest geotechnical engineering firm

In 2009 Ridgeland-based Aquaterra Engineering, derived from Ware Lind Engineers, the first geotechnical engineering firm in Mississippi, had offices in five Southeastern states. The company decided to grow even larger by merging with Terracon Consultants Inc., a firm that is now the largest geotechnical engineering firm in the country with more than 3,000 employees and more than 130 offices in ...

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Quick-growth environment

FC&E becomes national player in less than decade BRANDON — It has been a quick trip for Ken Faulkner, P.E., from his kitchen table to leading a full-service environmental engineering firm with clients all over the U.S. “It has all happened so fast,” said Faulkner, founder and principal engineer at FC&E Engineering, LLC. “And, we’re still growing. Did I envision ...

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Neel-Schaffer engineering firm celebrates 30 years

  It has been a busy 30 years for Jackson-based engineering firm Neel-Schaffer. The company was founded in 1983 by Hibbett Neel and Gorman Schaffer, both professional engineers, with one office and 18 employees. As Neel-Schaffer celebrates its 30th anniversary, it has 400 employees and 39 offices nationwide with 19 of those in Mississippi. The company also has three subsidiaries ...

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