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Peachtree Corners, GA - Barge Waggoner announces that Michael Buhler, PE, has joined the firm as Office Lead in the firm’s Peachtree Corners office. Additionally, Raymond Cordon, PE, has joined the firm as Project Manager.


Buhler previously served as Principal of Community Development for Stantec Consulting, Inc. He spent 24 years with Atkins (formerly PBS&J), where his most recent role was Vice President. He has more than 35 years of civil engineering experience with a wide range of projects including heavy construction field engineering, Department of Transportation highway design, civil engineering project and client management, and the operational management and responsibilities of engineering business practices. Buhler received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina, as well as a certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP, BD+C).


Cordon previously served as Manager of Water and Wastewater Services for ICA Engineering, Inc. in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has more than 25 years of project management experience with a wide range of projects, including the design and construction of water and wastewater treatment facilities, water and wastewater system master planning and the design of water distribution systems, water and wastewater pump stations, water storage reservoirs and tanks, wastewater collection systems, and industrial site development.

Mike Buhler resumeRaymond Cordon resume

Mike Buhler (left) and Raymond Cordon (right)

CF Logo-RGB-01Nashville, Tenn. –The Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc. Community Fund was established in 2014 by the employees to assist in carrying out the company’s inherent spirit of giving back to the communities where they live and work. BWSC has long been a contributor in its communities, individually and corporately. This Fund achieves so much in the lives of our clients, employees and partners.


The fund seeks recognition for those organizations that advance the interests of society in the areas of health and wellness, education, and workforce development. In the first round of grants, participating employees witnessed either their weekly allocations or one-time contributions meet all of these areas. 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.


Grant Award Recipients Fall 2014

The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program - $2,500 – Knoxville

The Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition - $2,000 – Nashville


Thistle Farms/Magdalene - $2,000 – Nashville


One Bistro - $1,500 - Dayton


The Wings of Hope Pediatric Foundation - $1,000 – Birmingham


Middle Georgia State College Foundation - $500 – Dothan


Red Basket - Every Second with Nathan - $500 – Nashville


The Junior League of Nashville’s Kids in the Kitchen - $500 – Nashville


Just Checking – 24/7 Hot Line - $500 – Tri Cities

Chris Provost IMG 6837 directoryNashville, Tenn. –Christopher A. Provost, PE, has joined Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon, Inc., as Chief Strategies Officer.


“Our focus on client services is one of our strategic initiatives at Barge Waggoner,” says Bob Higgins, Chief Executive Officer.  “So I am thrilled to welcome Chris to our leadership team. He brings a wealth of experience in strategic planning, client relations, and business development.

Provost has 30 years of engineering experience, specifically with water, environmental and transportation projects. He has served in all project-related roles throughout the southeastern United States and has managed a multitude of large and small projects for a variety of public and private sector clients.


Most recently, Provost served as Senior Vice President at CDM Smith in Nashville. His professional career includes work in several CDM Smith offices in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee as well as work with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region IV serving in several water and remediation programs.


He is associated with the following professional organizations: American Water Works Association, American Society of Civil Engineers and the Tennessee Chapter of the American Consulting Engineers Council. He has previously served as Chair of the Kentucky-Tennessee Water Environment Association Government Relations Committee and Co-Chair of the Watershed Committee.


Provost earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tennessee Technological University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida as well as a Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE).

Thursday, 12 February 2015 15:17

ACEC-Tennessee Revives Leadership PE

 

Nashville, Tenn. – An organization that Barge Waggoner has supported through the years is one called the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Tennessee. In 2015, the firm partnered with the state organization to revitalize Tennessee Leadership PE, a six-month program focused on engineers who are new to or preparing for management and leadership roles. Carrie Stokes, PE, Director of Environment and Water Resources at Barge Waggoner, chairs this year’s program. 

 

JACEC TN-Leadership TDOT 016 RESanuary’s session included stays at the Tennessee Department of Transportation Region 3 office as well as the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The class engaged in conversations on self-assessment and leadership development from various speakers – Rebecca Hunter, Human Resources Commissioner; John Schroer, TDOT Commissioner; Bob Martineau, TDEC Commissioner; Mark Gwyn, TBI Director; Bob Higgins, PE, Barge Waggoner, CEO;  all facilitated by Trish Holliday, Assistant Commissioner and Chief Learning Officer for Tennessee.

 

Barge Waggoner's involvement with Leadership PE began when ACEC-TN took note of the firm’s leadership initiatives directed at its own employees, such as the Barge Leadership Institute developed by Lipscomb University. The Institute was launched in 2010 and has had 52 employees from across the firm participate. The 18-month program provides executive education in business, communication, negotiation and other skillsets needed in today’s workplace. 

 

Tennessee Leadership PE is a competency-based leadership program that includes: self-knowledge, building effective teams, communication, government advocacy, business acumen, and operating skills. Each participant gains leadership skills while networking with members from other A/E firms, industries, and Federal and State government agencies.

 

Nashville, Tenn. – Paula Harris, CPSM, Chief Marketing Officer, and Steve Fritts, ALSA, landscape architect, recently gave a presentation entitled “Simple Steps in Developing a Marketing Plan” at this year’s Alabama Parks and Recreation conference in Florence, Ala. The presentation discussed the importance of defining the department’s mission, goals and values to ultimately ensure that strategies are align with its administration. Harris and Fritts gave examples from Barge Waggoner’s parks and recreation portfolio on how the development process should look. This presentation was previously given at last year’s Tennessee Parks and Recreation Association conference in Chattanooga. 

 

Cover Slide MarketingPlanPresentation   Slide2 MarketingPlan Presentation   Slide1 MarketingPlanPresentation

 

 

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Nashville, Tenn. – Michele Herlein has joined Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc., as Chief Human Resources Officer. 

 

“Our focus on talent management, corporate culture, and employee engagement is an important component of the Barge Waggoner business strategy,” said Bob Higgins, Chief Executive Officer. “So, I am thrilled to welcome Michele to our leadership team. Her experience, talent and energy will greatly assist us in continuing to cultivate an engaging environment that is authentic inside and out.”

 

Prior to joining Barge Waggoner, Herlein spent eight years with Bridgestone Americas, most recently serving as Vice President of Talent, Organization & Culture. She was responsible for areas that include leadership development, performance management, succession planning, corporate culture and organizational development. Herlein once owned a consulting business, which provided training needs assessment, design, development, and facilitation which followed a successful stint with Drake Beam Morin, Inc. as Managing Consultant. 

 

Herlein graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a minor in Economics and a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Communication. She earned her Doctorate in Business Administration from St. Ambrose University. 

 

Herlein has published and presented articles on competency development, change management, coaching, leadership development, and cultural development.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015 19:49

Local charities benefit from Barge Waggoner

Birmingham, Ala. – Over the Christmas season, the Birmingham office held a food drive to support the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama. Staff contributed over 360 pounds of food. Large varieties of canned goods, bagged rice and beans, soup, and other essentials were given. Neighboring business also donated items as well. 

 

The food bank serves a 12-county area in central Alabama by providing food and household items to various nonprofit agencies in the community. Over 230 nonprofit community-based partners in 12 counties depend on them for food and other items. Through this outreach, over 11 million pounds of food was distributed in 2014.  

 

The Accounting Department in Nashville adopted two children from the Salvation Army Angel Tree and three elderly recipients (2 ladies and 1 gentleman) from Fifty-Forward. This organization is a resource for adults 50-plus in Middle Tennessee who seek to live longer, more fulfilling lives. Fifty-Forward provides educational and wellness program as well as assistance to those wanting to stay in their homes through our Living At Home Services.

 

 

 

Larry Zehnder DirectoryChattanooga, Tenn. - Larry Zehnder, Senior Parks & Recreation Planner at Barge, Waggoner, Sumner, and Cannon, Inc., has been elected to the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. Zehnder was inducted at the Academy’s Annual Meeting during the National Recreation and Park Association Congress in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

Zehnder, a Certified Park and Recreation Professional, has over 40 years of professional experience in parks and recreation including management roles for the City of Chattanooga, Norfolk, Virginia, and Charleston, South Carolina. He served for 15 years as Parks and Recreation Administrator for the City of Chattanooga. In 2000, he was appointed Southeast Region Executive Director for the National Recreation and Park Association. Zehnder is past president of both Tennessee and Virginia recreation and park associations along with founding chairman of the Tennessee Leadership Development Institute.

 

The Academy is a group of distinguished practitioners and educators who are leaders in the field of park and recreation. They must have served for at least 15 years in a high level of administration in a park and recreation agency or as a recognized educator in parks and recreation administration or they must manage a park and recreation department for an agency with a population of more than 500,000. They also must have demonstrated outstanding ability in administration, management or education in the profession; displayed broad interest with a direct service benefit to the advancement of public parks and recreation or assumed leadership with a keen desire to contribute to the advancement of the field. The Academy is limited to 125 active members.

 

About the Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. Established in 1980, the Academy was formed to advance knowledge related to the administration of recreation and parks; encourage scholarly efforts by both practitioners and educators to enhance the practice of park and recreation administration; promote broader public understanding of the importance of parks and recreation to the public good; and conduct research, publish scholarly papers and/or sponsor seminars related to the advancement of park and recreation administration. More information on the Academy is available at www.aapra.org.

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Knoxville, Tenn. – Barge Waggoner representatives joined Pigeon Forge Mayor David Wear and Cal Ripken Jr. for a groundbreaking ceremony at the future site of the new Ripken Experience, a $22.5 million youth baseball complex. 

 

Barge Waggoner has worked with the City and the Ripken organization to perform survey and design, and will provide construction phase services. The project is recognized as the largest parks and recreation project in the firm’s long history of completing park and recreation assignments.

 

“Our selection for this Ripken Experience complex recognizes and complements the firm’s extensive parks and recreation project portfolio as well as our ongoing relationship with the City of Pigeon Forge,” says Steve Fritts, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C, Vice President. “We look forward to working with the City, Ripken and Merit Construction towards the completion of this very important project for the future of City of Pigeon Forge.”

 

A three-year projection of The Ripken Experience in Pigeon Forge estimates more than 82,000 visitors will visit the East Tennessee area with another 30,000 more hotel nights booked. Economic developments claim the complex will bring in $38.5 million dollars a year.

 

Pigeon Forge’s Ripken Experience will host boy’s baseball and girl’s and women’s softball tournaments. According to a press release, Pigeon Forge has decade-long contract with Ripken Baseball that incorporates marketing the complex as well as facility management. Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge will host world-class youth baseball tournaments for nine months each year and offer branded programming, including events. 

 

“Pigeon Forge is an excellent location for our new facility, and soon, this ground will be home to thousands of young ballplayers running, playing and competing. We all look forward to that day,” Ripken said.

 

The complex will consist of six lighted baseball fields and a training area, all with synthetic turf. Construction will also include batting cages, a 14,137-square-foot, two-level clubhouse and a 2,749-square-foot concession/restroom building with an adjacent pavilion.

 

“Youth sports is an almost $9 billion industry in the U.S., and the Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge will steer some of that business to us. For several years, we have hosted summertime softball tournaments at our city park and have seen the impact of sports. However, this investment by the city means we’re taking youth sports to a totally new level,” said Pigeon Forge Mayor David Wear.

 

Ripken Baseball and The Ripken Experience, founded by Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., operate two other facilities similar to the future Pigeon Forge complex in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Aberdeen, Maryland. This new site will be located off Teaster Boulevard across the street from the City’s new 232,000 square foot LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge. 

 

 

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Nashville, Tenn. – Garland Rose was recently featured in an Op-ed Tennessean piece. He talks on the need for a long-term solution to fund the United States’ transportation infrastructure.

Rose, who retired from Barge Waggoner in 2009 and now serves as Chairman Emeritus, came to the firm in 1975. During his tenure he served in the Knoxville, Morristown, Tri-Cities, and Nashville offices. He has had numerous leadership roles within the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) over the years at Section, District, National Committee and Board of Direction levels. Rose has also been involved and held offices throughout his career in a multitude of other civic and community organizations.

 

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Advanced Power and Thermal Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson, AFB, Ohio

Peachtree Corners, GA - Barge Waggoner announces that Michael Buhler, PE, has joined the firm as Office Lead in the firm’s Peachtree Corners office. Additionally, Raymond Cordon, PE, has joined the firm as Project Manager.


Buhler previously served as Principal of Community Development for Stantec Consulting, Inc. He spent 24 years with Atkins (formerly PBS&J), where his most recent role was Vice President. He has more than 35 years of civil engineering experience with a wide range of projects including heavy construction field engineering, Department of Transportation highway design, civil engineering project and client management, and the operational management and responsibilities of engineering business practices. Buhler received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina, as well as a certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP, BD+C).


Cordon previously served as Manager of Water and Wastewater Services for ICA Engineering, Inc. in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has more than 25 years of project management experience with a wide range of projects, including the design and construction of water and wastewater treatment facilities, water and wastewater system master planning and the design of water distribution systems, water and wastewater pump stations, water storage reservoirs and tanks, wastewater collection systems, and industrial site development.

Mike Buhler resumeRaymond Cordon resume

Mike Buhler (left) and Raymond Cordon (right)

CF Logo-RGB-01Nashville, Tenn. –The Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc. Community Fund was established in 2014 by the employees to assist in carrying out the company’s inherent spirit of giving back to the communities where they live and work. BWSC has long been a contributor in its communities, individually and corporately. This Fund achieves so much in the lives of our clients, employees and partners.


The fund seeks recognition for those organizations that advance the interests of society in the areas of health and wellness, education, and workforce development. In the first round of grants, participating employees witnessed either their weekly allocations or one-time contributions meet all of these areas. 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.


Grant Award Recipients Fall 2014

The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program - $2,500 – Knoxville

The Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition - $2,000 – Nashville


Thistle Farms/Magdalene - $2,000 – Nashville


One Bistro - $1,500 - Dayton


The Wings of Hope Pediatric Foundation - $1,000 – Birmingham


Middle Georgia State College Foundation - $500 – Dothan


Red Basket - Every Second with Nathan - $500 – Nashville


The Junior League of Nashville’s Kids in the Kitchen - $500 – Nashville


Just Checking – 24/7 Hot Line - $500 – Tri Cities

Chris Provost IMG 6837 directoryNashville, Tenn. –Christopher A. Provost, PE, has joined Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon, Inc., as Chief Strategies Officer.


“Our focus on client services is one of our strategic initiatives at Barge Waggoner,” says Bob Higgins, Chief Executive Officer.  “So I am thrilled to welcome Chris to our leadership team. He brings a wealth of experience in strategic planning, client relations, and business development.

Provost has 30 years of engineering experience, specifically with water, environmental and transportation projects. He has served in all project-related roles throughout the southeastern United States and has managed a multitude of large and small projects for a variety of public and private sector clients.


Most recently, Provost served as Senior Vice President at CDM Smith in Nashville. His professional career includes work in several CDM Smith offices in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee as well as work with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region IV serving in several water and remediation programs.


He is associated with the following professional organizations: American Water Works Association, American Society of Civil Engineers and the Tennessee Chapter of the American Consulting Engineers Council. He has previously served as Chair of the Kentucky-Tennessee Water Environment Association Government Relations Committee and Co-Chair of the Watershed Committee.


Provost earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tennessee Technological University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida as well as a Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE).

Thursday, 12 February 2015 15:17

ACEC-Tennessee Revives Leadership PE

 

Nashville, Tenn. – An organization that Barge Waggoner has supported through the years is one called the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Tennessee. In 2015, the firm partnered with the state organization to revitalize Tennessee Leadership PE, a six-month program focused on engineers who are new to or preparing for management and leadership roles. Carrie Stokes, PE, Director of Environment and Water Resources at Barge Waggoner, chairs this year’s program. 

 

JACEC TN-Leadership TDOT 016 RESanuary’s session included stays at the Tennessee Department of Transportation Region 3 office as well as the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The class engaged in conversations on self-assessment and leadership development from various speakers – Rebecca Hunter, Human Resources Commissioner; John Schroer, TDOT Commissioner; Bob Martineau, TDEC Commissioner; Mark Gwyn, TBI Director; Bob Higgins, PE, Barge Waggoner, CEO;  all facilitated by Trish Holliday, Assistant Commissioner and Chief Learning Officer for Tennessee.

 

Barge Waggoner's involvement with Leadership PE began when ACEC-TN took note of the firm’s leadership initiatives directed at its own employees, such as the Barge Leadership Institute developed by Lipscomb University. The Institute was launched in 2010 and has had 52 employees from across the firm participate. The 18-month program provides executive education in business, communication, negotiation and other skillsets needed in today’s workplace. 

 

Tennessee Leadership PE is a competency-based leadership program that includes: self-knowledge, building effective teams, communication, government advocacy, business acumen, and operating skills. Each participant gains leadership skills while networking with members from other A/E firms, industries, and Federal and State government agencies.

 

Nashville, Tenn. – Paula Harris, CPSM, Chief Marketing Officer, and Steve Fritts, ALSA, landscape architect, recently gave a presentation entitled “Simple Steps in Developing a Marketing Plan” at this year’s Alabama Parks and Recreation conference in Florence, Ala. The presentation discussed the importance of defining the department’s mission, goals and values to ultimately ensure that strategies are align with its administration. Harris and Fritts gave examples from Barge Waggoner’s parks and recreation portfolio on how the development process should look. This presentation was previously given at last year’s Tennessee Parks and Recreation Association conference in Chattanooga. 

 

Cover Slide MarketingPlanPresentation   Slide2 MarketingPlan Presentation   Slide1 MarketingPlanPresentation

 

 

 Michele Herlein IMG 7473 resume     

   

 

Nashville, Tenn. – Michele Herlein has joined Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc., as Chief Human Resources Officer. 

 

“Our focus on talent management, corporate culture, and employee engagement is an important component of the Barge Waggoner business strategy,” said Bob Higgins, Chief Executive Officer. “So, I am thrilled to welcome Michele to our leadership team. Her experience, talent and energy will greatly assist us in continuing to cultivate an engaging environment that is authentic inside and out.”

 

Prior to joining Barge Waggoner, Herlein spent eight years with Bridgestone Americas, most recently serving as Vice President of Talent, Organization & Culture. She was responsible for areas that include leadership development, performance management, succession planning, corporate culture and organizational development. Herlein once owned a consulting business, which provided training needs assessment, design, development, and facilitation which followed a successful stint with Drake Beam Morin, Inc. as Managing Consultant. 

 

Herlein graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a minor in Economics and a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Communication. She earned her Doctorate in Business Administration from St. Ambrose University. 

 

Herlein has published and presented articles on competency development, change management, coaching, leadership development, and cultural development.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015 19:49

Local charities benefit from Barge Waggoner

Birmingham, Ala. – Over the Christmas season, the Birmingham office held a food drive to support the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama. Staff contributed over 360 pounds of food. Large varieties of canned goods, bagged rice and beans, soup, and other essentials were given. Neighboring business also donated items as well. 

 

The food bank serves a 12-county area in central Alabama by providing food and household items to various nonprofit agencies in the community. Over 230 nonprofit community-based partners in 12 counties depend on them for food and other items. Through this outreach, over 11 million pounds of food was distributed in 2014.  

 

The Accounting Department in Nashville adopted two children from the Salvation Army Angel Tree and three elderly recipients (2 ladies and 1 gentleman) from Fifty-Forward. This organization is a resource for adults 50-plus in Middle Tennessee who seek to live longer, more fulfilling lives. Fifty-Forward provides educational and wellness program as well as assistance to those wanting to stay in their homes through our Living At Home Services.

 

 

 

Larry Zehnder DirectoryChattanooga, Tenn. - Larry Zehnder, Senior Parks & Recreation Planner at Barge, Waggoner, Sumner, and Cannon, Inc., has been elected to the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. Zehnder was inducted at the Academy’s Annual Meeting during the National Recreation and Park Association Congress in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

Zehnder, a Certified Park and Recreation Professional, has over 40 years of professional experience in parks and recreation including management roles for the City of Chattanooga, Norfolk, Virginia, and Charleston, South Carolina. He served for 15 years as Parks and Recreation Administrator for the City of Chattanooga. In 2000, he was appointed Southeast Region Executive Director for the National Recreation and Park Association. Zehnder is past president of both Tennessee and Virginia recreation and park associations along with founding chairman of the Tennessee Leadership Development Institute.

 

The Academy is a group of distinguished practitioners and educators who are leaders in the field of park and recreation. They must have served for at least 15 years in a high level of administration in a park and recreation agency or as a recognized educator in parks and recreation administration or they must manage a park and recreation department for an agency with a population of more than 500,000. They also must have demonstrated outstanding ability in administration, management or education in the profession; displayed broad interest with a direct service benefit to the advancement of public parks and recreation or assumed leadership with a keen desire to contribute to the advancement of the field. The Academy is limited to 125 active members.

 

About the Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. Established in 1980, the Academy was formed to advance knowledge related to the administration of recreation and parks; encourage scholarly efforts by both practitioners and educators to enhance the practice of park and recreation administration; promote broader public understanding of the importance of parks and recreation to the public good; and conduct research, publish scholarly papers and/or sponsor seminars related to the advancement of park and recreation administration. More information on the Academy is available at www.aapra.org.

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Knoxville, Tenn. – Barge Waggoner representatives joined Pigeon Forge Mayor David Wear and Cal Ripken Jr. for a groundbreaking ceremony at the future site of the new Ripken Experience, a $22.5 million youth baseball complex. 

 

Barge Waggoner has worked with the City and the Ripken organization to perform survey and design, and will provide construction phase services. The project is recognized as the largest parks and recreation project in the firm’s long history of completing park and recreation assignments.

 

“Our selection for this Ripken Experience complex recognizes and complements the firm’s extensive parks and recreation project portfolio as well as our ongoing relationship with the City of Pigeon Forge,” says Steve Fritts, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C, Vice President. “We look forward to working with the City, Ripken and Merit Construction towards the completion of this very important project for the future of City of Pigeon Forge.”

 

A three-year projection of The Ripken Experience in Pigeon Forge estimates more than 82,000 visitors will visit the East Tennessee area with another 30,000 more hotel nights booked. Economic developments claim the complex will bring in $38.5 million dollars a year.

 

Pigeon Forge’s Ripken Experience will host boy’s baseball and girl’s and women’s softball tournaments. According to a press release, Pigeon Forge has decade-long contract with Ripken Baseball that incorporates marketing the complex as well as facility management. Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge will host world-class youth baseball tournaments for nine months each year and offer branded programming, including events. 

 

“Pigeon Forge is an excellent location for our new facility, and soon, this ground will be home to thousands of young ballplayers running, playing and competing. We all look forward to that day,” Ripken said.

 

The complex will consist of six lighted baseball fields and a training area, all with synthetic turf. Construction will also include batting cages, a 14,137-square-foot, two-level clubhouse and a 2,749-square-foot concession/restroom building with an adjacent pavilion.

 

“Youth sports is an almost $9 billion industry in the U.S., and the Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge will steer some of that business to us. For several years, we have hosted summertime softball tournaments at our city park and have seen the impact of sports. However, this investment by the city means we’re taking youth sports to a totally new level,” said Pigeon Forge Mayor David Wear.

 

Ripken Baseball and The Ripken Experience, founded by Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., operate two other facilities similar to the future Pigeon Forge complex in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Aberdeen, Maryland. This new site will be located off Teaster Boulevard across the street from the City’s new 232,000 square foot LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge. 

 

 

garland rose   

Nashville, Tenn. – Garland Rose was recently featured in an Op-ed Tennessean piece. He talks on the need for a long-term solution to fund the United States’ transportation infrastructure.

Rose, who retired from Barge Waggoner in 2009 and now serves as Chairman Emeritus, came to the firm in 1975. During his tenure he served in the Knoxville, Morristown, Tri-Cities, and Nashville offices. He has had numerous leadership roles within the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) over the years at Section, District, National Committee and Board of Direction levels. Rose has also been involved and held offices throughout his career in a multitude of other civic and community organizations.

 

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