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HRC Surveys New Parkland in Southwest Atlanta

The Atlanta City Council announced this month the purchase of nearly 13 acres in Southwest Atlanta slated to become a park. Working with The Conservation Fund, HRC is playing a role in creating new greenspace for neighborhood residents in the Cascade area of Atlanta to enjoy.

Located at 4391 Danforth Road, the property includes 10 acres of mature trees, which will be protected. The Department of Parks and Recreation will include additional amenities to be enjoyed by those who live close by.

“Our firm is pleased to be part of this initiative,” said Aaron M. McCullough, R.L.S., vice president of HRC (Hughes Ray). Aaron, who heads up the surveying unit of the firm, which also provides civil engineering, landscape architecture, and construction management services, provided surveys needed to thoughtfully create the new public space.

“Facilitating the creation of spaces that make communities better is at the core of what HRC does,” Aaron added.

Stacy Funderburke, assistant regional counsel at the Fund, an American non-profit with a dual charter to pursue environmental preservation and economic development, added: “We certainly appreciate the longstanding partnership with Hughes Ray in adding new parks to the city.”

The purchase, one of the largest acquisitions of greenspace ever in Southwest Atlanta, makes good on a goal Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms established during her 2017 campaign—that every Neighborhood Planning Unit would have its own park. This parcel is located in NPU-Q, a few miles southwest of downtown.

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HRC Professionals Honored by Douglas County Chamber

The evening of Saturday, Feb. 8 was meaningful for HRC. Two members of the team were honored at the annual Douglas County Chamber banquet.

Office Manager Laura Mullins was named Young Professional of the Year by the DC chamber for her service to the business community and the community at large.

President Howard B. Ray, P.E. formally turned over the gavel as chamber president after his year-long leadership term.

These individuals exemplify a key HRC value: HRC team members work hard to make our clients more successful, while striving to make the places we live better.

Laura was named a Top 10 Young Professional in 2019 and 2017 by Advancing Modern Professionals in Douglas (AMP’D), a program of the Douglas County Chamber Foundation. This year’s honor was a special surprise to the active professional.

“When the announcement was made, I was honestly stunned,” said Laura. “There are so many worthy men and women who served with me, which makes getting this award even more special.”

In addition to her work with the chamber, Laura has supported her church, served on the board of the the Boys and Girls Club in Douglas County and chaired the organization’s golf tournament. She’s also done plenty of volunteering at her three children’s schools and with their extracurricular activities.

Howard was honored for his service as chairman of the Douglas County Chamber. During his tenure he undertook several initiatives to advance the interests of the business community, and to instill collaboration among members. He officially passed the gavel to Craig Owens, president, Wellstar Douglas Hospital, who takes the leadership role for the next 12 months.

In addition to leading the HRC team of 25+ civil engineers, surveyors, landscape architects and other professionals, and spearheading business development, Howard serves on the boards of Tanner Health, Douglas UnitE, the Carroll Symphony and the Carroll County Chamber.

“It’s been my pleasure to serve,” he said. “I’m proud of the opportunity I’ve had to work with very talented folks who are invested in the betterment our communities,” he said. “I look forward to staying involved over the long term—to contribute to the well-being at the local, state and Southeast regional area where we serve.” Howard added.

For more information about HRC’s give-back efforts, read this blog.

 

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HRC’s footprint expands as demand for services grows

Most of our clients and friends know that our firm is located in Douglasville, Ga. That means we’re well positioned to serve the metro area of Atlanta, as well as West Georgia and East Alabama.

What many might not know is that our footprint expands even farther. We cover the entire Southeast, with an increasing number of projects in the Carolinas, Tennessee and Mississippi. In fact we’re accredited in 13 states.

The public and private entities we serve are helping to spread the word about our civil engineering, land surveying and landscape architecture abilities—and our client-first approach to business. We’re gratified by the referrals and business expansion we are experiencing.

From truck stops in Western states to a high school in Columbus, Ga. From leading-chain locations (Starbucks, Bojangles, Taco Bell and more) to the Foxhall resort located right here in our hometown. From hotels and healthcare centers to various municipal, county and state governments. We’re working in partnership to help make these clients and others more successful, and their communities better.

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HRC Sponsors South Douglas Elementary School’s Gravity Games Team

The engineers, surveyors and landscape architects of HRC spend their days in the office and on-site—helping clients be more successful. But you’ll also find members of our team out and about—helping to make our communities better.

That was the case on Oct. 23 when Howard B. Ray joined students, teachers and staff at South Douglas Elementary School for a check presentation. The firm donated dollars needed to build a gravity-only car to compete in this year’s Georgia Gravity Games, to be held Nov. 2 in downtown Douglasville.

This is HRC’s fourth year sponsoring a car to be entered into the annual race, sponsored by Google, Georgia Tech and the City of Douglasville.

“The Georgia Gravity Games are an educational, hands-on activity designed to get young people excited about STEM subjects,” said Howard B. Ray. “We are proud to support these students as they take the concepts learned inside the classroom and apply them in a creative way. After all, what other advanced engineering challenge involves getting to zoom at top speed through downtown streets?”

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HRC: Helping to make the places we live, better

At HRC, we’re focused on delivering high value engineering, surveying and landscape architecture services, in partnership with our private and public clients. But that’s not all. While each one of our 25-plus team members work hard on-site and in the office to deliver high-value services that make those we serve more successful—we also prioritize making the places we live, better.

As a company and as individuals we support organizations that are good for business, and our community. That’s why we contribute to organizations that promote education, the arts, and the health and welfare children, animals and adults by providing donations, in-kind services and volunteer time.

Following are the community causes HRC supports. For more information, visit our Who We Are page.

  • Tanner Health System
  • Tanner Medical Foundation
  • Beyond the Front Porch
  • Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta
  • Carroll County Chamber of Commerce
  • Carroll County Child Advocacy Center
  • Carroll Symphony Orchestra
  • Carroll Tomorrow
  • Cultural Arts Council Douglasville/Douglas County
  • Douglas County Chamber of Commerce
  • Douglas County Schools
  • Georgia Gravity Games
  • Humane Society of Douglas County
  • Mississippi State University/National Collegiate Landscape Competition
  • National Wild Turkey Federation
  • Sanctuary Village
  • University of Georgia Master Gardner Program
  • University of West Georgia Townsend Center for the Performing Arts
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HRC’s Laura Mullins Named a Top 10 Young Professional

Congrats to Laura Mullins. HRC’s finance manager was recognized recently as a Top 10 Young Professional by Advancing Modern Professionals in Douglas (AMP’D), a program of the Douglas County Chamber Foundation.

It’s my pleasure to contribute my time to worthy causes that help make our community a better place to live and work,” said Laura. “HRC’s support of its employees’ volunteer activities—and the chamber’s recognition—are truly appreciated.”

Laura’s passion to give back to the community where she was raised is aligned with AMP’D’s mission to encourage young professionals to engage, develop and serve in Douglas County.

This is the second time Laura’s received this honor: She was named in 2017 as well.

Also recognized this year were Whitney Constien, Douglas County Chamber; Mark DeNyse, DeNyse Companies; Emily Lightner, Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville and Douglas County; Nadia Faucette, GreyStone Power Corporation; Meitra Perry, Douglas County Schools; Jordan Phillips, Chick-fil-A Arbor Place Mall; Jennifer Rogers, Extreme Images, LLC; Aaron Szarowicz, City of Douglasville; and Andre Weaver, Douglas County Schools.


Douglas County Chamber’s 2019 Top 10 Professionals, including HRC’s Laura Mullins (5th from right).

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HRC’s surveying services are now GDOT prequalified

HRC (Hughes-Ray Company) is putting its credentials to work. The firm’s land surveying team recently applied for—and received—GDOT prequalification. Prequalification is required in order to work as a consultant for the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Detailed documentation of relevant projects, as well as the instrumentation (tools) used by the company’s surveyors, was provided to the GDOT as part of the prequalification process. Aaron McCullough, R.L.S, Malcolm McWhorter, R.L.S., and Engineers-in-Training Jared Norton and Jim Steele were instrumental in securing certification in three area classes on behalf of the firm: Land Surveying (5.01), Engineering Surveying (5.02), and Geodetic Surveying (5.03).

“We now have the credentials to work in partnership with large engineering firms on publicly funded projects in Georgia,” said Aaron M. McCullough, R.L.S., vice president of Douglasville, Ga.-based HRC. “Our firm is in a position to solicit new projects as subcontractors to complement the services of engineers needing surveying expertise.”

“With today’s growing demand for quality surveying services, prequalification helps meet an important market need,” McCullough said. “HRC looks forward to diversifying our project mix, growing our business—and meeting the needs of partner firms and the state of Georgia.”

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HRC’s Taylor Pounds named co-chair of Youth Leadership Douglas County

Taylor Pounds, HRC’s design department manager, has been named co-chair of the Youth Leadership Douglas County (YLDC) class of 2019 – 2020. He was tapped for the position by the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce following his graduation from the 10-month Leadership Douglas program earlier in 2019.

YLDC is a program for students. Fifty high schoolers are accepted for either the fall or spring program to learn more about their community and develop their leadership potential. For one full day each month, the students participate in activities including ropes courses, law enforcement training, interviewing with members of the media and visiting local legislators and county commissioners.

“Our first get together was a day retreat where the students participated in team building exercises led by AmeriCorps volunteers from the Youth Villages of Inner Harbor campus and the YLD chairs. It was amazing to see a group of strangers at the beginning of the day leave as friends. The smiles and laughter throughout the day that we see is what this program is all about.” The students were also made aware of the standards, expectations, and graduation requirements.

The next session for the fall class was public service day. “We were given behind the scenes access of the county jail and local fire station. The interaction and information that was provided by our local law enforcement and firefighters was invaluable and helped us all realize how fortunate we are to have them and their resources in Douglas County,” said Taylor.

Taylor described his mission as program co-chair: “I want to put YLDC participants in scenarios that challenge their beliefs and help them think outside the box.”

YLDC is modeled off of Leadership Douglas, a program for professionals in business, government and other sectors. Participants benefit from getting to know one another and through exchange of ideas and experiences. They gain knowledge and understanding on issues facing the community, and also attain leadership skills.

“I look forward to applying what I learned in Leadership Douglas to make an impact on youth in Douglas County,” said Taylor. “My co-chair and I strive to instill a passion for active community involvement among the high-school students in the 2019 and 2010 classes.”

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HRC’s Laura Mullins Gives Back to Her Community

Douglasville, GA – “It takes a village to make the community great, when everybody’s hands are involved it makes a better impact in the community.” HRC’s Laura Mullins has been volunteering in her local community of Douglasville since she was 17. Mullins has always enjoyed helping young children have a better life. 

“When I was younger, I was very involved in my church. I was the nursery lead, making sure the scheduling was correct, I was involved in Awana and was the photographer for my church.”  

Today Mullins is still giving back to the community. She is an Executive Chair on the Douglas County Chamber and she assisted in the Winter Ball events. Mullins is on the Board of Boys and Girls Club in Douglasville and was a chair of the 2019 Golf Tournament. 

“I oversaw the entire 2019 Golf Tournament; we planned this event from March to June and it ran smoothly, we also met our goal of $25,000.” 

Mullins spends on average five to 10 hours a week dedicating time to the programs she is involved in—in addition to working a four to seven-hour shift at HRC. HRC strives to give back to the community and supports its employees in their efforts to make the places we live, better. HRC helps Mullins and other team members stay involved by allowing time-off, paying dues and sponsoring various non-profit programs. 

Mullins tries to motivate young adults to get into volunteering in their local communities as well because it is a wonderful opportunity to give back. 

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Howard B. Ray Named to ARC Regional Leadership Institute

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Howard B. Ray Named to ARC Regional Leadership Institute

HRC president one of 56 metro- Atlanta leaders selected

Douglasville, GA (July 12, 2019) – HRC Engineers, Surveyors and Landscape Architects announced today that its president, Howard B. Ray, has been named as a participant in The Atlanta Regional Commission’s 2019 Regional Leadership Institute (RLI).  

Mr.Ray is one of 56 public, private, education and non-profit leaders selected from around metro-Atlanta to serve as a member of the RLI, he will have the opportunity to dig into key regional issues during the week-long leadership development program.

“I look forward to the opportunity to participate in this important initiative,” said Mr.Ray, who heads a collaboration of more than 25 team members dedicated to delivering the high-value services that make clients more successful and communities better. “The goals of RLI align closely with our firm’s core values,” he added. 

According to Jim Jaquish of the Atlanta Regional Commission, the 2019 RLI class will delve into the importance of regional collaboration to ensure metro Atlanta’s success, with topics including water sustainability and resources, barriers to full employment and regional and community planning.

 “RLI provides the Atlanta region with a priceless resource – leaders who understand the power of collaboration and who can think beyond their local jurisdiction,” said Doug Hooker, ARC executive director. “We collaborate on issues like water, transportation, workforce development and other topics that don’t recognize political boundaries.” 

“Since 1991, more than 1,500 leaders from the business, government, education and nonprofit sectors have participated in the RLI program. This program is designed to expose current organizational and community leaders to the importance of understanding specific issues and challenges facing our region and how they are all interconnected,” said Jaquish

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HRC is a team of civil engineers, land surveyors and landscape architect. Led by principals with hands-on involvement and characterized by a client-comes-first attitude, the firm offers a variety of planning and design services to municipalities and private land developers within the metro-Atlanta area, the state of Georgia and the United States. Headquartered in Historic Downtown Douglasville, Ga. since July 2000, HRC has delivered on numerous master planning, surveying, civil design and landscape architecture projects. The company is known for its strong commitment to clients and communities over the past years.


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