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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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  • Surveying & GIS | Vaughn & Melton

    Surveying & GIS Return to All Services For over 50 years, Vaughn & Melton’s surveyors have provided government agencies and commercial organizations critical information gathered from surveying and geographical information systems (GIS) systems to coordinate construction projects. Utilizing modern mapping and data retrieval software and hardware technologies, our survey teams, provide project critical information for a wide variety of projects from spanning highway projects to complex cave mapping. By combining our years of survey experience with sophisticated GIS that utilize robotic systems, satellite data and aerial imagery, Vaughn & Melton surveyors easily manage, share, and analyze data while minimizing project time and maximizing the access to key information. Project History Improving Mobility and Safety for Freight Operators and Passenger Vehicles in Georgia The I-75 Commercial Vehicle Lanes Vaughn & Melton was contracted by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to oversee the surveying project for the construction of two, barrier-separated, northbound truck-only lanes approximately 41 miles in length along the I-75 corridor. Read More Expertise Surveying GPS control surveys Boundary surveys ALTA/ACSM surveys Topographic surveys As-Built surveys Utility mapping Utility easements Bridge surveys Construction layout Wetlands delineation Aerial mapping control Hydrographic surveys Corridor surveys Route location Subsurface utility engineering (SUE) GIS GIS development Mapping Database/information management Asset management Data & file conversions Database design Data collection Geospatial analysis

  • Structures | Vaughn & Melton

    Structures Return to All Services Vaughn & Melton’s structural engineers combine innovation, imaginative thinking and common-sense solutions to engineer and deliver a broad spectrum of structural projects. Our structures work includes safe, sustainable, and cost-effective projects such as bridges, culverts, and retaining walls. Additional Vaughn & Melton structural engineering services include maintenance condition assessments, NBIS-certified inspections, rehabilitation, construction support and resident engineering. We also offer phase construction plans for complete bridge replacement, as well as load rating, fatigue and seismic analysis and modeling. Project History A Multi-Disciplinary Approach for Historical Renovation Projects Case History Jackson Avenue Ramps Project - Knoxville, TN Read More Expertise Supporting our structural engineering team is a team of hydraulic engineering experts. These water resources specialists are proficient in: Bridge/railroad design Highways Pedestrian Railroad Bridge inspection Environment studies/permits

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