Gresham Smith Expands Construction Services Work Across State of Tennessee

Firm Has Seen Number of New Hires and New Projects

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Gresham Smith continues to grow its expertise and portfolio of construction services work across the state of Tennessee with several new hires and projects.

Over the past year, the firm has made more than 10 new hires, including two new senior leaders in construction services, Senior Inspector Bonnie Good and Senior Construction Manager Steve Morgan. Good brings nearly three decades of construction engineering inspection experience through her previous employer, the City of Memphis. In that role, she managed large teams of inspectors and surveyors. Morgan joins the firm with four decades of experience, most recently with TDOT, where he served as an operations district supervisor in Memphis. While at TDOT, he oversaw multiple highway and bridge construction projects, including the MemFix 4 accelerated bridge construction project.

The team has also taken on a number of new construction engineering and inspection (CEI) projects across the state, including Nolensville Road and the Walton Ferry Road/Old Shackle Island Road project in Middle Tennessee, Accelerate Memphis, and a number of other roadway and bridge projects in East Tennessee.

“Construction services is a growing part of our portfolio of work, and we’re thrilled with the growth we’ve seen across the state of Tennessee,” said Kent Black, P.E., executive vice president of Transportation at Gresham Smith. “With new senior leaders in place and recent wins across the state, we’re optimistic about the continued growth of this technical service line in Tennessee ”

For the Nolensville Road project, the firm is providing CEI services for a 4.4-mile widening project near the Davidson County/Williamson County line that began construction in late 2023. The project will widen the existing two-lane roadway into a five-lane facility, including two travel lanes in each direction, bike lanes and sidewalks.

Through Accelerate Memphis, the City of Memphis issued $200 million in bonds to facilitate catalytic community projects throughout the city that are intended to accelerate its growth by improving quality of life, driving equity and inclusion, improving connectivity, and solving stubborn problems that are deeper than any single capital budget can solve. Gresham Smith was selected to be a part of the program management team to provide CEI services implementing the Accelerate Memphis Program. The various types of projects include traffic signal modernizations; intersection improvements; traffic calming; streetscape, hardscape, and landscape installations; curb ramps; and safety improvements.

In East Tennessee, the firm has won a new TDOT regionwide contract as well as additional projects with local municipalities including Alcoa and Knox counties. In addition, our field crews are assisting the City of Knoxville, supplementing their staff in the condition assessment of bridges and guardrails.