As an engineer, I enjoy improving people’s lives, whether making their travel safer or helping revitalize neighborhoods. Two memorable projects from my career with Qk4 are examples of each.
The Back River Bridge for the Georgia Department of Transportation replaces an extremely dangerous bridge spanning from Georgia to South Carolina in Savannah. During the design process, three fatal accidents occurred along the existing bridge, each time motivating GDOT and our team more to get the project built as soon as possible. After meeting a couple from Savannah who described the personal importance of the project to them, I mentioned the bridge being under construction at the time and that we had done the design. The response was overwhelming gratitude and how much the replacement was needed. I love knowing that I’m helping create safer roads for people and moving GDOT toward their goal of zero fatalities on Georgia roads.
Midtown Roswell Streetscape for the City of Roswell, Georgia – This project narrowed a two mile stretch of State Route 9 by four feet through the heart of Roswell to make room for a beautiful new pedestrian friendly streetscape. The project was challenging, as there are many small commercial properties close to the road. By setting a new alignment, we were able to meet the needs of targeted properties that required the additional four feet of frontage. We added a meandering sidewalk, landscaping, and attractive streetlights. The revitalization of the area has led to upscale restaurants moving in and replacing pawn shops. I am proud of my contribution to the improved quality of life for folks in the area, and the increased values of the properties on the corridor. As I am a licensed real estate broker, this is doubly satisfying.
Qk4’s Atlanta regional office has been my home base since 1994. Over the past 21 years at Qk4, I’ve been the engineer of record on over $100 million of construction projects. With each new project, large and small, I look forward to continuing to make roads safer for the traveling public and to revitalize communities.