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We mourn the passing of Jon Benson, a well-respected leader in his profession, founder of the landscape architecture firm jB+a, and, most recently, the Client Service Leader for the Atlanta office of Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc.
Jon was a dynamic leader among his peers. His genuine, caring, and passionate nature was deeply rooted in his planning and landscape architecture practice. His professional experience was diverse, his projects varied and his designs innovative. Nothing captured his passion for landscape architecture more than the ultimate fulfillment of observing people using the spaces that he designed in both expected and unexpected ways.
In 1999, downstairs in his basement office, Jon’s desire to start a planning and landscape architecture practice was born. He set out to surround himself with talented, creative design professionals that excelled at the highest level of client service. Jon made sure that each jB+a client received quality service and a more livable, maintainable and sustainable project long past his time. It was his foresight, toward the end of his life’s journey, to leave his company in caring, capable hands, with the ability to carry on these standards.
It was his career experiences and leadership that uniquely positioned jB+a for success, providing clients across the southeastern United States with responsive service and a lasting impact on the community’s he served. That spirit now lives on through the team at Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc.
Jon was the winner of an international design competition for the Wilmington 1898 Memorial. Other notable projects include: The National Rose Garden – Washington, DC; Atlanta University Streetscape – Atlanta, Georgia; Olympic Whitewater Venue – Ducktown, Tennessee; One Buckhead Loop – Atlanta, Georgia; Lithonia Lighting Corporate Headquarters – Conyers, Georgia; Dallas Downtown Streetscapes – Dallas, Georgia; Woodruff Library Plaza – Atlanta, Georgia.
Jon’s legacy to the profession and to the larger community will continue to be served through the Benson Family Graduate Student Support Fund. Donations may be sent in memory of Jon directly to Ms. Jennifer Messer at 285 S. Jackson Street, Athens GA. 30602 and are payable to the "UGA Foundation".
Nashville, Tenn. – Bill Lockwood, ASLA, was recently presented with an Emeritus Certificate by the State of Tennessee for his eight years of service on the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners.
Lockwood has over 40 years of experience as a landscape architect and is a registered Landscape Architect in Tennessee.
He serves on the board of directors for The TMA Group, regional leader in customizing environmentally-friendly, multimodal transportation solutions, and is a member of the American Planning Association, International Council of Shopping Centers, American Society of Landscape Architects, and the Nashville Civic Design Center.
Atlanta, Ga. – Wayne Price, Director of Production Quality, has been elected an ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) Fellow.
According to the organization, “ASCE Fellows have made celebrated contributions and developed creative solutions that change lives around the world. It is a prestigious honor held by fewer than 3.5% of ASCE members.”
Price has spent 36 years in the areas of construction contracts and specification oversight, and also, designing significant pipeline and pump stations projects throughout the Southeastern United States. He is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology in Civil Engineering. Price is a Registered Professional Engineer in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina, as well a Certified Construction Specifier. Price was a contributor to ASCE Manual of Practice No. 117, Inspecting Pipeline Installation, published in 2009.
Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America's oldest national engineering society.
Nashville, Tenn. – The BWSC Community Fund has announced its fall 2016 Community Fund recipients, a release of $20,500 into area non-profits. Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc., has given out more than $84,000 since 2014.
The recipient list includes Alabama Rural Ministry, American Cancer Society (Dayton, Ohio), Junior Achievement of East Tennessee, The Pat Summitt Foundation, Rebuilding Together Dayton (Ohio), Southeast Alabama Youth Services, and Women's Hope Medical Clinic.
About the BWSC Community Fund
The Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc. Community Fund was established by the employee body to assist in carrying out the company’s inherent spirit of giving back to the communities where they live and work. The Community Fund impacts organizations that are close to the hearts of employees, clients and business partners, and advance the interests of society in the areas of health and wellness, education, and workforce development.
Employees can contribute through a one-time contribution or through payroll deduction. The Community Fund is administered by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, an organization that offers personalized charitable solutions which keep costs low and effective.
Atlanta, Ga. – Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc., has acquired the Atlanta-based planning and landscape architecture design firm jB+a, with offices in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia.
Clients need professionals that provide design solutions that shape how a user interacts within a given space. It is the space between that invites users to interact with what is engineered, and then constructed. Barge Waggoner understands this significant relationship and has expanded its planning and landscape architecture capability into a more comprehensive A/E/LA package for Georgia and beyond.
Together with jB+a, the intersection of our combined disciplines (planning, surveying, civil engineering, and landscape architecture) allows for a more unique position across the Barge Waggoner geographic footprint. The acquisition strengthens our comprehensive approach to projects, contributing more greatly to quality of life and economic growth.
jB+a will become a division of Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc., and continue to operate offices in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia.
“This opportunity accelerates the pace at which Barge Waggoner can expand its disciplines in the area. It broadens a marketplace that demands multi-disciplined solutions, solving more than just typical problems. A well-rounded approach to design services puts Barge Waggoner ahead of competition already in the state.” - Bob Higgins, President and CEO
“We are excited to help expand Barge Waggoner’s geographic footprint in Georgia and the Southeast. Over the years, the employee-to-employee relationship between the two firms has grown through various teaming opportunities. I am certain this will continue the strong growth of our landscape architecture group and will provide new opportunities for our employees and our clients.” - Jon Benson, jB+a President
Since 1999, founder Jon Benson and his team have built a diverse portfolio of projects. They have six primary Design Studios: Urban, Park, Education, Commercial, Housing, and Hospitality. These professionals have extensive experience in public and private sector markets. jB+a has worked with a variety of institutions, municipalities, and developers, and has earned the respect of their clients and teaming partners. jB+a offers a range of services that include community planning, land planning and zoning, architectural illustration, hardscape/amenity design, landscape planting design, and construction observation.
jB+a believes in creating better lives through design and stands toe-to-toe with our CARES Values. The 11-person team prides themselves on projects that provide livable, maintainable, and sustainable design solutions that outlive them. Barge Waggoner team has successfully teamed with jB+a and have found a common thread of commitments to collaboration and its communities. This collaborative nature allows Barge Waggoner to leverage its multi-discipline structure that maximizes client success. It all starts from within.
Barge Waggoner will now operate a second office in Atlanta, in addition to a new Savannah office. These additional offices increase our visibility and service potential.
Nashville, Tenn. – Barge Waggoner has been recognized by the Nashville Business Journal (NBJ) as a 2015 Corporate Giving Awards honoree. At the November 3 luncheon, the rankings for each honoree were revealed. It was announced that Barge Waggoner ranks nineteenth.
The list of honorees is comprised of companies nominated for their above average philanthropic efforts in the Nashville area. Nominees submitted a variety of information related to their corporate giving. NBJ used this data to determine a list of 25 honorees. Each nominee goes above and beyond expectations with employees volunteering their time and money to charitable organizations.
This recognition celebrates the company’s involvement in its local communities and the ongoing success of the BWSC Community Fund. It is the second time that Barge Waggoner has been recognized.
The BWSC Community Fund was established by the company’s employees to assist in carrying out the company’s inherent spirit of giving back to the communities where we live and work. This fund seeks to support charitable organizations which promote the wellbeing of children, the elderly, and those in financial need. In addition, the BWSC Community Fund also recognizes those organizations that advance the interests of society in the areas of health and wellness, education, and workforce development.
Nashville, Tenn. - Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc., has elected both Jeff Cundiff and John Hunter as Vice Presidents.
Cundiff joined Barge Waggoner in early 2007 and has over 12 years of experience in the engineering field. His experience includes specialties in sustainability within the built environment. Cundiff was named Nashville Civil Group Leader in August. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Tennessee Technological University and a Master of Business Administration from Lipscomb University.
Cundiff has also obtained a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Sustainability from Lipscomb and participated in the BWSC Leadership Institute. Cundiff was awarded by the firm with the Dan Barge Award of Merit in 2012.
Hunter joined Barge Waggoner earlier in 2016 as Client Service Leader. He received both his undergraduate and graduate civil engineering degrees from the University of Tennessee. Hunter also received a Master of Business Administration from the Haslam College of Business at the same institution. Hunter is licensed engineer in the State of Tennessee.
Nashville, Tenn. – Hanna Bacon, SHRM-CP, has joined the inaugural Haslam Young Alumni Board at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
In 2016 the Haslam College of Business created the Haslam Young Alumni Board to develop initiatives where students are gained exposure to a variety of industries and assist the college in recognizing the achievements of its young alumni.
Bacon is a University of Tennessee alumnus where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with concentration in Human Resources Management in 2012. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).
She joined Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc., in 2012 and is responsible for firmwide talent acquisition and retention. Additionally, Bacon is the Human Resources Business Partner for the firm’s Environment & Water Resources and Transportation business units.
Nashville, Tenn. – Mercedes-Benz Vans, LLC has selected Yates Construction and Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc. to provide design-build services for its new South Carolina plant expansion. The project will support the production of its next generation of Sprinter Vans.
Mercedes-Benz Vans, LLC marked the exciting start of its new Sprinter plant in a groundbreaking ceremony on July 27, 2016. Among the distinguished guests of the ceremony on-site were Volker Mornhinweg, Head of the Mercedes-Benz Vans Division, and Nikki Haley, Governor of South Carolina. The new plant is an expansion of the existing van assembly site. It represents an investment of around $500 million dollars and will create up to 1,300 jobs. In addition to its direct job impact, it is estimated that supporting suppliers will create approximately 400 new jobs in and around North Charleston.
The current production area and administration building of the assembly plant in North Charleston covers 409,000 square feet (approx. 38,000 m²). The new production facility will be more than double the current production site, and more than triple the total current site size. Construction will begin with the body shop followed by the paint shop and the assembly lines later this year. The new facility will implement Mercedes-Benz Vans’ most innovative production technologies and concepts.
“Yates is excited to be part of the Mercedes-Benz Vans project,” said William G. Yates III, President and CEO of Yates Construction. “Yates Construction and Barge Waggoner are committed to delivering one of the most advanced automotive manufacturing facilities in North America.”
Nashville, Tenn. – A few of Nashville’s landmark companies hosted a celebration of construction last week for 615 Third, a state-of-the-art 8-story, Class A office development currently under construction at the corner of Third Avenue South and Lea Avenue in the exploding SoBro district of downtown Nashville. Here are some pictures.
This ‘new view of Nashville’ will serve as the headquarters of The Mathews Company, R.C. Mathews Contractor, Colliers International, and Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc. It includes +/- 13,000 square feet on the ground floor for retail or office use. Nearly +/- 40,000 square feet of rentable space remains available for lease.
During the celebration, a time capsule filled with 2016 representative items, was placed at the site. Construction is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2017.