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  • 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.

  • Prestonsburg Passage Project

    PRESTONSBURG, KY “Happy Trails” to the Prestonsburg Passage at one year of service to the local residents and regional travelers! At just past the year anniversary of trail completion, a local news outlet reports that traffic is continually busy and is inspiring property development near the trail that will help the region leverage its continued economic development. This news would be no surprise to Trail Champion and Prestonsburg Mayor Les Stapleton, who affirmed the transformative power of the Rails-to-Trails “Prestonsburg Passage”, saying, “This trail is very important to us. It is appropriately named the Prestonsburg Passage Rail Trail as it is another step for Prestonsburg’s passage from what it was to what it will be.” Indeed, Prestonsburg is located in the historic coal-producing region of Eastern Kentucky. The abandonment of coal production in this region has severely impacted this community and its citizens. As part of its efforts to seek alternative economies, the area’s significant natural resources are being leveraged to create destination-driven tourism attractions that draw statewide outdoor enthusiasts and local nature-lovers alike. As a premier civil engineering and surveying firm rooted in our communities, Vaughn & Melton is dedicated to the delivery of quality, value, and innovative solutions to our clients and the communities they serve. Our commitment is so strong, we have adopted “Connecting People and Communities” as our brand positioning line. We are proud to have been a part of the Prestonsburg Passage “Rails to Trails” project as it is an excellent example of how our commitment is helping a community rebuild its economy for resilience in the 21st century. The Prestonsburg Passage project was initiated and sponsored by the City of Prestonsburg and championed by Mayor Les Stapleton. The project’s $1.95 million funding was provided by an Abandoned Mines Land Grant (AMLG). Though challenging, the engineering and design requirements were greatly facilitated by the fact that the former railroad bed where the trail is located had little to no elevation changes to be considered. Still, there were several goals the city wanted to achieve with the project. First, and most pragmatic, was to transform the 8.6 mile stretch of abandoned CSX railroad bed into an asphalt-paved multi-use trail that would become a significant tourism asset. What’s more, the City was very invested in the new trail being easily accessible to anyone who wanted to use it. Thus, the final design and completed trail had to be able to accommodate a wide variety of user traffic, including hikers, runners, bike riders, horse riders, as well as support usage by people of all mobility-levels and wheelchair-bound visitors. Finally, the City wanted to further infuse the local economy by encouraging smaller, local contractors to competitively bid on the project’s various phases, so they requested that project bids be broken into four separate packages. To assist the client in reaching these goals, Vaughn and Melton applied our expertise in a variety of engineering and surveying services and disciplines. First, we conducted a preliminary scoping study to identify problem areas or existing issues along what was formerly known as the Middle Creek Subdivision Railroad. This study determined the feasibility of converting the old railroad bed to a recreational trail from West Prestonsburg to David, Kentucky. It also included design analysis, cost estimates, and bridge inspection that was used to determine the scope for the final design and create a set of plans that could be constructed within the projected budget. Next, Vaughn & Melton provided construction plans and bid document preparation for the construction of the trail. The construction plans included signing plans, plan sheets for the construction of the trail, and tie-ins for trailheads at Archer Park. Detail sheets were also created for signs and gates at both the public and private road crossings, and pavement details were also provided for those crossings that had existing asphalt. Preliminary plans for the bridge repairs and retrofit were provided along with all required permit applications. The final bridge structure repair plans were prepared by J.M. Crawford & Associates out of Lexington, Kentucky. On September 5, 2020, the Prestonsburg Passage Trail hosted an in-person grand opening, preceded on August 13th by the first-ever virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony by U.S. Rep. Harold Hal Rogers, Ky-05, and Gov. Andy Beshear in the Capitol Rotunda. Both events lauded projects that Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman said, “…are bringing jobs, tourism dollars and economic vitality to these communities.” The Prestonsburg Passage and its amenities are featured on travel websites, trail blogs, outdoor enthusiast non-profit sites, news outlets and even realty listings, showing that it has been enthusiastically accepted by the community and is attracting both tourists and local visitors of all ability-levels. Prestonsburg and Vaughn and Melton understand that to produce a quality enhancement that is inclusive of all ability levels is key to creating community spaces that serve all members of a community. A great example of this equity is the accessibility afforded individuals whose mobility is dependent on a wheelchair. This trail was designed specifically to reduce traditional barriers to access nature, thus providing an easier opportunity to get out and explore the rich natural resources of the Prestonsburg area for one and all. In addition, the Mountain Bike Trails Association has included Prestonsburg Passage in its national ranking of trails and given the trail a four-star rating. Finally, the trail and associated outdoor adventure activities are spawning additional tourist development with the opening of the Falcon’s Nest Cabins tourist attraction in David, Kentucky, adding to the growing critical mass of other attractions in the area such as music, theatre, arts, and history. At the virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony, Kentucky State House Representative Ashley Tackett-Laferty said she hopes that the Passage will serve as an avenue which will connect Eastern Kentucky communities not only around the region, but also the state. Through projects like the Prestonsburg Passage, Vaughn & Melton is truly “connecting people and communities.”

  • V&M Appoints Four New Leaders as We Continue to Grow

    Vaughn & Melton, a preferred provider of civil engineering and surveying services in the Southeast region, announces the appointment of four new leaders - Brett Abernathy, PE, PLS as Office Leader in Boone, NC and Transportation Services Manager for its Mid-Atlantic region, Barry Moose, PE as Client Services Manager for the Mid-Atlantic region, Hayden Gellineau, PE, IMSA as Office Leader and GA Transportation Services Manager in Kennesaw, GA, and Pete Falkenberg, PE, as Office Leader in Nashville, TN. Mr. Abernathy will focus on leading the transportation services sector with the continued goal to provide exceptional design products. Brett brings more than 33 years in the transportation service industry where he has been active in all aspects of the project delivery process from planning to project oversight. Prior to joining Vaughn & Melton, Brett served as the Division Project Development Engineer with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) where he managed a wide variety of comprehensive transportation projects. “I have watched Vaughn & Melton grow into a highly respected provider of transportation services for NCDOT—and more—over the past three decades”, stated Abernathy. “When it came time for me to make a change in my career from NCDOT to the consulting world, I knew Vaughn & Melton was the right choice for me. I look forward to helping my new company grow and continue being a trusted advisor for its client base.” Brett and his wife Beth have two beautiful daughters and live in East Bend, NC with their yellow Labrador retriever Sandy. Mr. Moose will focus on building client relationships and lead the company’s program to deliver enhanced client experiences and satisfaction. Barry brings more than 37 years in the transportation service industry where he has been active in all aspects of the project delivery process from planning to project oversight. His responsibilities at Vaughn & Melton will include client management, business development and mentoring project managers. Initially, he will focus on the company’s client base in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, as well as strategic teaming with design/build teams. Prior to joining Vaughn & Melton, Barry served as Senior Vice President for SEPI Engineering in Raleigh, NC. Previously he served as Division Engineer with the North Carolina Department of Transportation where he managed a wide variety of comprehensive transportation projects. Barry stated, “I have known DeWayne [Brown, V&M Executive Vice President] and his team for many years and I have always respected the quality of work and work ethic present at Vaughn & Melton. My goal is to assist with the overarching vision of the company, creating a culture where the best and brightest want to work”. Mr. Gellineau will assume the role of office leader at the Kennesaw, GA office while providing transportation services leadership for the company’s Georgia Operations. Before joining Vaughn & Melton, Hayden served as Transportation Group Leader for TY Lin International and Traffic Operations Division Manager for Douglas County, GA. He brings more than 28 years of transportation services leadership, with a specific knack for being a dynamic problem solver and analytical thinker. Hayden is an organized, self-motivated professional with extensive diverse experience in his field. He possesses a wealth of general and technical knowledge. He will bring his leadership skills, optimistic attitude, energetic personality and ethical values to each engineering project he touches. He will quickly establish himself as a change maker focused on teamwork, collaboration and delivering excellence for our clients. Hayden has led numerous governmental and private sector projects. His multi-functional experience in project management and operations will be beneficial to the Vaughn & Melton client base. Hayden has one daughter and is expecting his first grandchild (a girl) in January 2022. Mr. Falkenberg takes the helm of Vaughn and Melton’s newest office in Nashville, TN. His 43 years of experience in the engineering profession—40 of those with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT)—will serve this market well. Pete is well-respected around the state of Tennessee and knows from experience how to provide the high-quality service that the state expects from its consultants. Pete was born in Holland and is a very easy-going person who has never met a stranger. He is married to his wife, Janie. They have 3 children and 7 grandchildren, ages two to twelve. They share their home in Brentwood, TN with two Goldendoodles: Spunky and Bruno Mars. “We are very excited to have Brett, Barry, Hayden and Pete join our team. Each person brings a great wealth of expertise and experience in the transportation industry to our firm,” said V&M Executive Vice President DeWayne Brown, PE, PLS. "Our four new leaders are highly respected in each of their areas of expertise and will champion our firm’s growth and provide world class operational and organizational oversight to improve service for our clients throughout the southeast."

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  • Insights | Vaughn & Melton

    Civil Engineering and Surveying Insights , Perceptions and Trends Vaughn & Melton news, blogs, project histories, and white papers provide valuable and informative insights, perspectives and trends for civil engineering and surveying professionals. All Posts News Project History Blog Dec 11, 2021 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... Sep 15, 2021 Prestonsburg Passage Project PRESTONSBURG, KY “Happy Trails” to the Prestonsburg Passage at one year of service to the local residents and regional travelers! At... Sep 10, 2021 V&M Appoints Four New Leaders as We Continue to Grow Vaughn & Melton, a preferred provider of civil engineering and surveying services in the Southeast region, announces the appointment of... Aug 27, 2021 Just because you don’t have to doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. By Patrick Gallagher, PE, SE | Senior Bridge Engineer This is a story about how COVID-19 came into my home, how it progressed through my... Aug 19, 2021 Cassy Goldston, PE: Lifetime Learner, Construction Manager, Professional Engineer, Educator We caught up with Cassy in Knoxville, TN, out on the Jackson Avenue Ramps worksite, to offer our heartfelt Congratulations on passing the... May 19, 2021 "Yes Granny, I Drive the Train": A case study on an Engineer's soft skills Written by E. Wrenn Barrett, PE - V&M Regional Vice President [SC/GA] Having been a registered Professional Engineer now for over 30... Apr 20, 2021 Do the Right Thing: April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month “Oh my God Mom, we’re dying – I think Maranda’s dead!” The voice on the phone was in anguished pain and panicked hysteria. I didn’t think it Mar 17, 2021 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... Mar 3, 2021 Prayer, Ice, Steep Ledge and a Red Porsche By Patrick Gallagher, PE | Bridge Engineer and Adventurer When Working Passionately and Doing the Right Thing Collide A lot of people... Feb 27, 2021 Designing in the 3D World An Engineer’s Imagination Becomes Reality. They say hindsight is 2020. Had someone told me 30 years ago that my ideas and fingerprints would 1 2 3 4 Type All Posts (39) 39 posts News (7) 7 posts Project History (24) 24 posts Blog (5) 5 posts Areas of Interest CEI Structures Surveying Transportation Civil Design Right-of-Way Utility Coordination Subsurface Utility Engineering Water Resources Community Engagement SmartCampus Events

  • 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 →

  • 17th Street Bridge | Vaughn & Melton

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