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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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Foil Wyatt Architects has specialties in veterinary schools, other campus buildings and health care

Foil Wyatt Architects & Planners, PLLC specializes in large institutional projects for hospitals and universities, including one $80-million building in excess of 1.5 million square feet. The firm has developed an expertise in buildings for veterinary schools having completed projects at 16 campuses, including the Large Animal Hospital at Texas A&M University, new Terry Companion Animal Center at North Carolina ...

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Why termites are good for our buildings

I recently spent some time back at Mississippi State’s fifth-year architecture school here in Jackson talking to some students about their work. I find these times a place where I can get inspired and find some hope and optimism back in the world from the pure and innocence of design that can be mired by a practice. Okay, admittedly, this ...

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Enrollment increasing at Mississippi’s engineering schools

The economy may be sluggish and jobs difficult to find, but engineering is still a sure bet. Student enrollment is up, the career outlook is good, new areas of engineering such as bio-medial are opening and engineers are becoming more well-rounded, say deans at two of Mississippi’s engineering schools. The Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University has seen ...

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Jared Pierce knew as a youngster that he wanted to become an architect

When he was an eighth-grade student in Louisville, Jared Pierce realized he wanted to be an architect. His pre-physics teacher asked the students to fill out an interest form and without hesitation Pierce listed architect as his future profession. That dream was realized when he graduated from the Mississippi State University School of Architecture in 1999. The son of J.L. ...

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Investor group is taking it one project at a time

Twenty successful Biloxi businesswomen have pooled their money and talents to buy old buildings in downtown Biloxi and rehabilitate them for retail or residential spaces. Their goal: To give downtown a much deserved facelift and to spark more retail and tourism activity. In less than two years, the women investors who make up Rue Vieux, LLC are already making their ...

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Safe to eat — or not?

Are genetically modified organism (GMO) foods safe? Information that is being spread widely on the Internet draws that into question, especially e-mails and videos about a recent report published in Food and Chemical Toxicology. “The first-ever lifetime feeding study evaluating the health risks of genetically engineered foods was published online on Sept. 19, and the results are troubling, to say ...

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Designing a green building rating system

Do you are in a new town that you have never visited before and you want to be a little adventurous in finding a place to eat. You are a tech-savvy person, so you whip out your smart phone. You consult various user-review sites such as Yelp, UrbanSpoon and Zagat to find the best rating for a restaurant. A Yelp ...

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