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  • Bell County, KY - Native, Adam Knuckles, PE Joins V&M a Johnson, Mirmiran, Thompson (JMT) Company

    Adam Knuckles, a professional engineer from Bell County, Kentucky, has been hired as the Kentucky Transportation Design Practice Lead and will be based out of V&M’s Middlesboro office. Mr. Knuckles recently retired from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) as KYTC’s Transportation Engineering Specialist for the State Highway Engineer’s Office. V&M was founded in Middlesboro, Kentucky in February of 1967, and was the first licensed engineering firm in Kentucky: holding the state license number 001. Mr. Knuckles’ decision to join V&M expands on the vision of its founders to be present in Bell County and to also provide excellent engineering services to the citizens and traveling public within the Commonwealth of Kentucky. V&M Regional Vice President Danl Hall, PE, PLS stated, "We are excited to have Adam as a part of our growing team in KY. His experience with the Bridging Kentucky program, along with his tenure at KYTC, is a valuable asset for our Transportation clients. We look forward to being a part of this next phase in his career." Adam commented, "V&M’s core values of integrity, respect and hard work align well with my own. After a 20-year career with KYTC, it was important for me to join a team passionate about transportation and committed to serving the communities in which we live and work. I am truly excited to be a part of this family." Adam and his wife Tonya have been married for 19 years and have 3 wonderful boys, Jared (15), Eli (12), and Jase (8). Adam enjoys being involved in his sons’ many activities. He has coached them in basketball--as well as back-to-back State Championships in Robotics--for Bell Central School Center in Pineville, KY. The Knuckles family loves to travel. Most recently, in June of 2021, they took a 7,000 mile road trip to Glacier National Park, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon. Adam stated, "It was the trip of a lifetime". In December 2021, JMT added V&M to its substantial geographic and engineering services footprint. JMT, ranked number 51 among the Engineering News-Record Top 500 Design Firms, provides engineering, architecture and related consulting services to a variety of clients in the public and private sectors. JMT is a 100% employee-owned company headquartered in Hunt Valley, Maryland. The addition of V&M creates a staff of 1,900 employee-owners across the United States.

  • Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson (JMT) and Pioneer Holdings (PHI) Combine Forces

    JMT, ranked number 51 among the Engineering News-Record Top 500 Design Firms, provides #engineering, #architecture and related consulting services to a variety of clients in the public and private sectors. JMT is a 100% employee-owned company headquartered in Hunt Valley, Maryland, with a staff of 1,600 employees across the United States. PHI, another 100% employee-owned company, is the parent company of Vaughn & Melton Consulting Engineers (V&M) and Tunnel Management, Inc. (TMI). As such, each of these firms is part of the new combined JMT structure. -V&M has a significant presence across the Southeast United States including Kentu cky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. They provide many of the same civil engineering and surveying services as JMT. -TMI operates and maintains the Cumberland Gap Tunnel located on US-25E between Kentucky and Tennessee. The combined total of these two companies will bring nearly 300 additional employees. PHI President and CEO David Harrell, PE, remarked, "It's an exciting time for PHI and its subsidiaries. Not only do our current clients in North and South Carolina gain immediate access to JMT's services and staff, we also increase our capabilities to serve the entire Southeast." JMT President Jack Moeller, PE, said, "The match in corporate cultures is key. We are so impressed with the way PHI's employee-owners treat their customers and each other. We think this will be an excellent fit." These two 100% #ESOP companies will join forces at the end of 2021, creating a combined company with approximately 1,900 #employeeowners.

  • Jackson Avenue Ramps: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach for Historical Renovation Projects

    UPDATE: 2021 ACEC Tennessee's Engineering Excellence Grand Award Winner for Large (over $2.5M) Special Projects The Jackson Avenue Ramps award-winning project applied a multi-disciplinary approach to a centennial replacement project for two structurally deficient bridges in the heart of Knoxville. The project not only retained the ramps’ architectural heritage and historic fabric, it also provided multi-modal access and connectivity to the traveling public, be they local residents, employees or customers of area businesses. The new 21st century ramps seamlessly link the elevated Gay Street to Jackson Avenue below, with close proximity to City-owned parking. This project showcases innovative engineering at the nexus of sustainable infrastructure investment, historic preservation and economic development. Case History Jackson Avenue Ramps Project The Project Back in early 2008, Vaughn & Melton was contracted by the City of Knoxville to participate in the development of the engineering and architectural plans as well as the oversight and construction inspection of the renovation and restoration of the Jackson Avenue ramps in downtown Knoxville. The Jackson Avenue ramps were built in 1920 as a structural component of the original Gay Street Viaduct that spanned the Southern Railway rail yard. The only major repair work on the century-old ramps since their construction occurred between 2008 and 2010 when the east ramp was closed by Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) after a routine inspection revealed some serious structural issues. The project extends only 656 feet, but the entire area, including the adjacent historic buildings, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, (NRHP) thus adding to the complexity of the project. The Challenge There were several factors contributing to the complexity of this project. The coordination of infrastructure construction, utilities and the historical aesthetics as well as having to work within the one half-inch space between the ramps and the adjacent buildings to remove two large ramps without inflicting any damage all while maintaining a safe thoroughfare for pedestrians were the overarching challenges to the project. In order to bring the structure back to its former glory and without any unnecessary damage, there were a number of diverse team members brought together to study and assess all the historical, socio-economical, archeological and architectural issues that could affect the project. These agencies spent an innumerable amount of hours conducting their studies and making their recommendations to the City as well as the Vaughn & Melton design team. All of these recommendations were considered and implemented in the design, modeling and construction renovation process to ensure that the historical aspects as well as the structural and architectural integrity were maintained. In addition, because of the proximity to several historic buildings -- which are also listed in the NRHP -- the owners of those buildings all had to be consulted with to ensure that the new construction would not hinder or damage the buildings and that the historical nature of the area would be preserved. History In its early days, the area in which the ramps are located was home to several railroad hotels and boarding houses that were located at the railroad yard. The surrounding area featured businesses such as restaurants and saloons patronized by railroad workers and visitors. Now, the area has evolved into a robust, energetic, and trendy commercial district with artist’s galleries, antique stores, pubs, dance clubs, and newsstands. Located in what locals call the “Old City,” the area also features private offices as well as loft apartments and condominiums. Much like many historical places, Knoxville’s antiquities hold great value with the local community which is why so much time and effort has gone into the preservation of this unique and iconic area of downtown Knoxville. The Solution Vaughn & Melton's recommendations included demolishing the existing elevated Jackson Avenue ramps on either side of the Gay Street Overpass, reconstruction of the ramp support structures, relocation and realignment of above ground and underground utilities, and replacement of ground-level features under the ramp. This new area under the ramps will feature a mix of retail and business space. A significant amount of research and planning went into choosing materials that would be similar in size, scale, massing and width of the original ramps. Every feature from the brick pavers covering the ramps, support columns, the railings, and ornamental lighting fixtures all had to contain elements complimentary to original ramps. The contractor selected to replicate and fabricate the one-foot thick pavers covering the ramps was able to preserve some of the original pavers and many of those were placed alongside the new replicated pavers. Altogether there were over 4900 man hours invested in the project in just the construction and engineering phase alone. Along with Vaughn and Melton, there were a total of 50 individuals from five other agencies who contributed their time and expertise. The nearly $10 million project spanned almost a decade and is just in the final completion stage as of February 2021.

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  • About | Vaughn & Melton

    Defined by more than the services we offer As a 100 percent employee owned company, Vaughn & Melton has grown to become a premier provider of civil engineering and surveying services with hundreds of employees delivering thousands of successful projects in multiple locations throughout the Southeastern United States. We are committed to our clients as one company with one voice. This enables us to deliver world-class professional services to every client on every project. So, whether it’s structural foundations, roadways, bridges, sidewalks, water distribution, water treatment, wastewater and sewer systems, storm water systems, or any other critical project, Vaughn & Melton is there, moving forward, always improving the quality of commerce and communities. Vision To be the most respected and preferred provider of civil engineering and surveying services in the Southeast, to be financially strong and to be an employer of choice in our industry. Purpose We believe that engineering excellence means a better world. What we do matters. We are defined by more than the services we offer. We are distinguished by what we stand for. We stand for excellence. We are passionate in our pursuit of quality, our commitment to innovation and technology, and unyielding in our focus on the safety of our people. We stand for the communities where our roots are deep. They are our communities. ​ We stand for our employee-owners who inspire, respect and support each other as we exceed client expectations. This is why we come to work each day. We are Vaughn & Melton Values Vaughn & Melton ’s value is the sum of the company’s individual values, which are . . . To do the right thing: To have uncompromising integrity and take responsibility. To be authentic and act ethically in all situations. We hold ourselves to the highest standards. We trust and rely on each other to always do the right thing. Period. To be team players: We roll up our sleeves as we learn, work and thrive as one team with rigor and unified purpose. We respect and value everyone’s individual talents, disciplines and responsibilities. We share ideas and credit. We are inclusive and collaborative. Relationships rule. To work passionately: To be relentless in using knowledge and skills to pursue engineering excellence as we design with community in mind. We boldly innovate and deliver quality as we keep people safe in all we do. We meet objectives, embrace change and achieve goals. We deliver. ​ To be respectful: We actively listen. We communicate openly. We make improvements, not excuses. We strive to be genuine and embrace different points of view across our geographies. We have the courage to care. To be good citizens: We take care of each other and serve the communities where our families live. We believe in profit, people and planet. Our business success builds communities. ​ ​

  • Services | Vaughn & Melton

    A customized solution for every project Vaughn & Melton’s civil engineering and surveying team offers a comprehensive portfolio of services tailored to our client’s specific needs. Our multiple services to meet growing and more diverse needs means that we can deliver turnkey solutions. Not only do we perform important infrastructure work for departments of transportation, but we also offer growing services for municipalities, cities, towns as well as various government agencies and commercial businesses. Civil Design Right-of-Way Acquisition (ROW) Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) Utility Coordination Community Engagement SmartCampus Surveying & GIS Water Resources Construction Engineering and Inspection (CEI) Structures Transportation

  • Vaughn & Melton

    Engineering better communities Discover more. Our Story Vaughn & Melton is a premier civil engineering and surveying firm that is dedicated to the delivery of quality, value and innovative solutions to our clients and the communities we serve. Services Starting from a single transportation engineering project, today we offer a full complement of engineering and surveying services. learn more → Locations Based in the Southeastern Appalachian region, we operate from 16 offices in five states: GA, KY, NC, SC, & TN. learn more → Insights Project histories, white papers, blog posts and news reflect how we deliver quality, value and innovative solutions. learn more →

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