Jamie recently joined the Bramhall team as a member of our Transportation Services section. Jamie’s background is primarily in the design and construction of transportation projects for public agencies. With over 13 years of experience, Jamie has participated in a variety of projects, from interchange upgrades to safety projects to recreational trail and sidewalk installation. Jamie will be primarily responsible for all aspects of roadway design on projects for the Ohio DOT and the Local-Let program. Jamie is a registered as a P.E. in the State of Ohio and is also a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control. Please join us in welcoming Jamie to the BRAMHALL team!
Drag racing has been a part of Stephen's entire life, from watching his uncle and dad race, until he was old enough to start racing himself. At the age of 11 years old, he began his racing career. His first car was a junior dragster with 5 horsepower (hp) Briggs and Straton engine that wasn't the belle of the ball by any means, but he was hooked.
Once he was on the cusp of ending his junior career, his dad surprised him with a bigger motor that produced more horsepower, changing his 1/8 mile speed to 9.2 seconds at 60 miles per hour. His junior dragster days ended when he turned 17.
The following season he jumped into the adult program and raced his dad's 1972 Chevy Nova for a couple of years. His dad decided to sell the Nova and they bought a hard tail dragster. They put a Nova's motor in the dragster and man, did that thing fly! It took his 1/4 mile speed to 9.3 seconds at 145 miles per hour. Two years later they upgraded motors to a 427 Dart Little M Block that was producing 650 hp at the flywheel (in other words, real fast). This picked them up a whole second in the 1/4 mile to 8.3 seconds at 160 miles per hour.
Stephen's current project is a new swing arm dragster with a mono shock, which will allow him to compete at different tracks that aren't as smooth as Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio that he currently races at. He tried to debut the new dragster at the 2016 spring warm-up at Summit but, alas, the car was not quite ready. Although the new dragster currently isn't performing as good as he'd hoped, his passion and drive for the sport are one that no car can pass.
Join us in congratulating three Bramhall team members who have reached significant professional milestones:
Bramhall provided design, EPA permit coordination and construction management for a $500,000 expansion and upgrade to the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools waste water treatment plant. Timeline was everything, as the plant had to be back on line for the start of the 2015-2016 school year.
Bramhall provided site engineering and foundation design services for the Northfield Oldcastle Building Expansion 2015. Elements of the project also included building coordination, building foundations and equipment foundations.
Bramhall provided site, foundation, and structural engineering for the Shelly Materials W. 130th St. aggregate yard. The project also involved coordination with railroad, local and state agencies.
In the late days of June one of our co-ops embarked on a journey to Guatemala to change the life of a family - little did he know he would be the one returning changed. Patrick Sours, a senior civil engineering major at The Ohio State University, traveled to Panajachel, Guatemala with OSU's Humanitarian Engineering Scholars Program.
Colaboración Guatemala worked with families on five different projects: (1) gray water recycling, (2) comparative study of cook stoves, (3) comparative study of solar lanterns, (4) comparative study of water filtration systems, and (5) STEM education. Within these five different projects, the students were able to chose which project they wanted to focus on. Patrick chose the analysis and installation of cook stoves for Mayan families based on their needs.
Before the group could get to the meat of their work, they had to research the skeleton - what are the characteristics of a cook stove? Once the students had this understanding they identified factors that would influence the final decision of which stove would be installed. The parameters were discussed with Mayan families and are listed based on the factor the families considered most important - safety, availability in Guatemala, fuel efficiency, cost, size, and the ability to produce warmth. After researching four different cook stoves and interviewing multiple families, the group decided that the Chispa Hogar was the best option. Due to the group's research and hard work, 8 Guatemalan families received new cook stoves.
The Project Site has a varied and multi-faceted land use history. In the 1930's the site included portions of an inter-urban trolley rail line. The majority of the site was used predominantly as agricultural land up to the 1950's. In the 1960's, portions of the property were used as a borrow site for construction of IR90/SR2. The site was briefly used as a recreation park up until the early 1970's with a 30 acre and 38 acre lake that were both approximately 25 feet deep. In the 1970's the site began to be used as a storage facility for fly ash, which is a residual waste material produced in the combustion of coal. The property was purchased from a local utility company by the City of Avon and in 2004 began a creative site redevelopment planning process. The Design Phase for the French Creek recreation Complex began in 2008. The baseball stadium opening for play 12 months later on June 2, 2009 on schedule and under budget, with a sold-out capacity crowd of over 5,000.
A. 5,000 seat capacity independent league stadium; cost: $12 million
Bramhall was responsible for all civil/site engineering, infrastructure design, value engineering, construction administration including continuous critical path construction determination to condense the construction timeline from 16 months to 12 months, private utility company coordination including gas, electric, telephone, and cable, weekly progress meetings, change order review, pay application review, construction staking and construction inspection, OEPA compliance storm water pollution prevention inspections, as-built drawing preparation, coordination of government agency permitting and compliance with Ohio Environmental Agency Division of Solid and Infectious Waster Management, Division of Surface Water, Division of Drinking Water, US Army Corps of Engineers, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Coordination of Wetland Investigation and Delineation, Coordination of Phase 1 & 2 Environmental Site Assessments, Dedication Plat, Private Utility easement preparation, and the continued development and layout of the site for future use.