A Wild Day at the Birmingham Zoo
The Birmingham office spent an afternoon at The Birmingham Zoo enjoying the newly-opened Henley Park Event Lawn. The new event space is the first phase of a three-phase, $18 million project GMC has been working on to revamp the attraction. It was a perfect day to celebrate with fellow employees and their families. Phase two includes the Zoo’s new front entrance, which will provide enhanced features allowing members to enter the Zoo with ease, self-service kiosks, concierge services and a 2,500 square-foot gift shop expansion, as well as other amenities. The final phase, the Asian Passage exhibit, will be home to the Zoo’s Sumatran orangutans, Komodo dragon, red pandas, white-handed gibbons, Malayan tiger and other Asian species.
College and Career Ready
More than 800 high school seniors participated in the Elmore County College + Career Day at the Wetumpka Civic Center on Sept. 5. Throughout the morning, students from public and private schools across the county, as well as homeschool students, had the opportunity to network with colleges, military recruiters and business representatives from various industries. The annual event exposes students to different professions and the multiple pathways available to them after high school. Members of the GMC team met hundreds of students and shared with them about the numerous career opportunities available in the architecture, engineering and environmental fields. Students also saw firsthand some of the technology revolutionizing the industry as they watched 3D printing in action, along with 3D architectural models the team has developed for recent projects.
Total Eclipse of the Park
The Greenville Drive hosted a game of epic proportions on Aug. 21, throwing out the first pitch as the solar eclipse began passing over South Carolina. Everyone who entered the gates of the newly-renovated Fluor Field received a pair of glasses to safely view the natural phenomenon. The game against West Virginia was delayed as totality hit at approximately 2:38 p.m., with fans joining the players on the field to get a glimpse of the historic event. GMC’s Greenville team, which was part of the design team for the recent stadium updates, was among the crowd celebrating in the stands. Enhancements to the Drive’s home field include a new rooftop space overlooking Fluor Field and an additional 100 seats above the iconic Green Monster. Ballpark Digest recently named Fluor Field the Best Ballpark Renovation (MiLB) for 2017.
NASAO Lands in Alabama
The National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) held its 86th annual convention and tradeshow at The Grand Hotel Marriott Resort in Point Clear, Alabama on Sept. 10-12. This is the first time in more than 30 years the national conference has been held in Alabama. NASAO represents the men and women in state government aviation agencies who serve the public interest in all 50 states, Guam and Puerto Rico. State aviation leaders, FAA officials, directors of transportation, airport managers, airport planners & engineers, corporate executives and airport consultants came together to examine issues facing the states and the industry. The conference covered topics such as reauthorization, NextGen, unmanned aerial systems, economic forecast, aviation outlook and other matters impacting aviation across America. GMC sponsored the annual convention, which was hosted by the Alabama Department of Transportation.
Take Me Out to the Ballgame
GMC Nashville spent an evening cheering on the Nashville Sounds at First Tennessee Park. With several team members joining the Tennessee office over the last few months, a night at the ballpark proved to be an ideal setting to hang out with coworkers and their families. Some of the newest members include Brantley Beeler, Project Manager; Stacey Bennett, Business Development/Marketing; Keeja Browder, Interior Designer; James Felts, Inspector; Andrew Hostetler, Architectural Associate; Amanda LeBeau, Architect; Charles Mashburn, Architectural Associate; Nathan McFarland, Engineering CADD Tech; Allie Newman, Office Administrator; Alex Palko, Engineer; Craig Sutton, Construction Administrator and Alan Troy, Architecture Senior Tech.