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Staff Geotechnical Engineer Glenn Cooke obtains EIT

Congratulations to Glenn Cooke – he very recently passed his FE exam and has obtained his E.I.T.!  We are proud of Glenn and his accomplishment! 


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Staff Golf Architect Proud to Have Worked on Courses Mentioned in Virginia Business Magazine

Ed Carton, our staff Golf Architect has worked on four of the golf courses listed in the Virginia Business article “Teeing Off”. He is the architect on record for #4 Spring Creek and #45 Poplar Grove. He was a design associate for Tom Fazio on #23 Two Rivers Country Club and #34 Trump National Golf Club (Riverview “Lowes Island”). Here’s the link to read the article!


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H&P Acquires Anderson & Associates

Hurt & Proffitt (H&P) and Anderson & Associates, Inc. (A&A), are excited to announce that we are combining the two employee-owned companies. The combination of H&P and A&A brings together two well-respected, Virginia civil engineering and surveying firms, who have both been serving clients throughout the Commonwealth for over 40 years.

On January 1, 2017, Anderson & Associates will join Hurt & Proffitt’s operation, and do business as H&P. The office will remain in Montgomery County, VA, and will continue to emphasize responsiveness and close attention to our current clients’ needs. Moving forward, our clients will continue to maintain the relationships with the individuals they have worked with in the past.

Jessica Littlejohn, PE, who joined Anderson & Associates in 2013, has been named Vice President of Blacksburg Engineering for the newly consolidated company, and Chris Kaknis, LS, who joined A&A in 1985, will be the Vice President of Blacksburg Survey.

“We are excited about the opportunities that the combined forces of our two firms will hold for the future,” says H&P President Bif Johnson.  “Our industry is rapidly changing and growing.  This acquisition will allow us to meet those changes head on and allow us to expand our services.”

Founded in 1968, A&A is a progressive professional design services firm specializing in civil engineering, surveying, and GIS. Over the past four decades, A&A has served as planners, designers, stewards, and advocates for institutional, municipal, state, industrial, and private sector clients.  

H&P was founded in 1973 and has offices in Lynchburg, Roanoke and Wytheville.  Combined, H&P and A&A will be a full-service civil engineering and surveying firm, strategically positioned to serve our clients on commercial, industrial, institutional, and municipal projects.

Hurt & Proffitt’s vision is “To responsibly grow our firm to provide opportunities for our employee-owners and innovative solutions for our clients.” Our mission includes recruiting and retaining employee-owners who share our vision, providing outstanding customer service, and positioning ourselves to serve existing clients and expanding markets.  “We see bringing Hurt & Proffitt and Anderson & Associates together as a great way to accomplish our vision for growth,” says Johnson.

H&P Vice President of Blacksburg Engineering, Jessica Littlejohn said, “We are eager for our two firms to join forces.  Combining our organizations will give us more depth to help our clients move their projects forward efficiently.  We can’t wait to get started.”

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Hurt & Proffitt Hires Sharon Carney as Economic Development Consultant/Grant Writer

Hurt & Proffitt welcomes Sharon Carney to our staff adding a new line of service as Economic Development Consultant and Grant Writer. Sharon comes to H&P with over 22 years of grant writing and administration experience.

For the last 12 years Sharon has worked for Prince Edward County, Virginia as Director of Economic Development. She has written and/or administered over $10 million in grants for the development of county infrastructure and the attraction of new businesses and industries. In addition, Sharon administered the County’s Enterprise Zone Program whereby more than 69 businesses received grant awards exceeding $4,166,704 since 2004.

Prior to coming to Hurt & Proffitt and Prince Edward County, Sharon worked for 10 years as the City of Danville Project Coordinator in the Community Development Department. In that position Sharon was the Zone Administrator for the City’s two Enterprise Zones; wrote and administered more than $15 million in grants, primarily for the revitalization of the City’s Tobacco Warehouse District; and the development of the award winning “Crossing At The Dan” Project.

Since her arrival in August, Sharon has already submitted grants for the following localities: 1. Brunswick County (3 grant applications) 2. Appomattox County (2 grant applications) 3. Old Dominion Ag Center, Chatham, VA (1 grant application and authorized to submit a second) 4. Bedford County (Assisted in preparing grant for site characterization for New London Business & Technology Park.

Sharon started her career in the world of finance for 20 years, promoted to Vice President in charge of Operations and moving on to a full service Commercial Loan Officer position with over 125 clients and attracting more than $20 million in new loans a year. Sharon was also selected as the Bank Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Officer, specializing in small business development.

Sharon recently attended the Virginia Economic Developers Association (VEDA) Conference at The Homestead and came away with new opportunities available to localities in Virginia. If you would like further information on grant opportunties, please contact Sharon Carney at or 434-847-7796.

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VDOT Projects – Over 20 Projects for Facilities Improvements

Over the past three years Hurt & Proffitt has been a subconsultant to Virginia A&E on over 20 projects involving the Virginia Department of Transportation Area Headquarter facilities improvements. These projects have included new chemical storage buildings, office buildings, truck sheds, and headquarter combo buildings. From Warrenton and Marshall to Brosville and Volens (and everywhere in between), Hurt & Proffitt has been working with Virginia A&E and VDOT to see their vision for new, modern facilities come to light.

Hurt & Proffitt has been providing all of our in-house services on these projects. We started with topographic surveys of the properties to formulate the base information for the designs. We also performed geotechnical investigations and recommendations to ensure solid building foundations. Our civil engineers worked closely with the architects, engineers, and VDOT to design efficient sites that met the challenge of achieving a high level of utilization from small lots.

Andy Klepac, PE, H&P’s Project Manager, provided sound design solutions that met the new stormwater regulations, BCOM requirements, and VDOT’s site operational goals. “It has been a rewarding experience to work on a wide range of sites with such a knowledgeable, attentive, and detail-oriented team,” said Andy of his experience with two valuable clients like Virginia A&E and VDOT.

For more information, contact: Andy Klepac, P.E., Project Manager (434) 847-7796.

Mr. Klepac is a project manager in Hurt & Proffitt’s Civil Engineering Department. He has designed site, grading, utility, and stormwater management plans for commercial, industrial, municipal, and residential sites, churches, offices, school sites, and recreation areas. His expertise lies in commercial and residential site design, road design, stormwater management, erosion and sediment control, water and sewer line extensions, temporary traffic control, construction administration, construction cost estimating, and governmental permitting processes.

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Inflow & Infiltration – Reducing Sewer Systems I&I

Inflow & Infiltration (I&I) is a term attributed to rainwater and/or groundwater entering a sanitary sewer system and being treated at wastewater treatment facilities. I&I can come from variety of sources, some are easy to identify while others are not. Some examples of inflow include roof drains, yard drains, missing cleanout covers, foundation drains, vented manhole covers, and combined sewers while sources of infiltration include broken sewer laterals, defective collection pipes, or leaking manholes.

During 2010, Hurt and Proffitt (H&P) completed an Inflow & Infiltration study for the Town of Crewe to evaluate increased wet weather flows for the eastern portion of the collection system. After completing the I&I report, H&P prepared and submitted a Preliminary Engineering Report (PER) to USDA-Rural Development and Virginia Department of Environmental Quality for funding assistance. The Town was awarded $6.3 million for sanitary sewer improvements that included:

• Replacement of 2,900 feet of sanitary sewer pipes
• Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP) lining of 34,900 feet
• Rehabilitation of 123 manholes
• 1,015 LF of force main extension
• 20,000 gallon pump station equalization basin
• Pump station telemetry
• Generators
• Maintenance equipment
• 200,000 gallon off-line storage basin at the WWTP

Construction began in late September 2014 and was completed earlier this year. The pump station and rainfall data from the 2010 I&I Study was compared to post construction pump station and rainfall data. For the September to June monitoring periods, rainfall increased from 1.8% (49.4″ to 51.3″) while the pumped gallons reduced 34.7% (49.6 MG to 32.4 MG).

Hurt and Proffitt has five (5) Hach wireless flow meters for placement in sanitary sewers. Once installed, the wireless capability enables H&P, as well as clients, to review the results without having to visit the site. Each meter can also be programmed to send messages when increased flow is observed.

For more information on our flow meters and how we can put them to work for you, contact: Mike Wilson, P.E (434) 847-7796 or

Mr. Wilson has over 24 years of civil engineering experience, including site design, land development, modeling sanitary sewer systems for inflow & infiltration, as well as analyzing and reporting information collected for contaminated sites. His engineering responsibilities include project management, designing and monitoring project infrastructure / construction, review of site plans and construction drawings, and creating documents for municipal sanitary sewer and water main projects.


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Hurt & Proffitt Partnership with Lynchburg College and Historic Sandusky

We are proud to be partnering with Lynchburg College and Historic Sandusky on our Archaeological Materials Laboratory where we now employ one former and four current LC students.

Virginia Living recognizes LC for Sandusky partnership

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Hurt & Proffitt Participates in the 100 Mile Challenge

Twenty-five employees of Hurt & Proffitt have signed up for the City of Lynchburg’s 100 Mile Challenge. One week into the challenge, we have already logged 352 miles!

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Activists begin archaeological dig at former site of slave dwellings


An activist group has started an archaeological dig at the former site of two slave dwellings at the Botetourt Center at Greenfield to search for artifacts on the site.

In February, two historic slave dwellings were relocated in Botetourt County to make room for an industrial shell building. People digging at the site said they are optimistic they’ll uncover history before construction begins.

“It’s not like going to Charlottesville and hearing about, you know, their slaves,” said Lisa Farmer, vice president of the Friends of Greenfield Preston Plantation. “This is our own unique spot of history right here.”

The Friends of Greenfield Preston Plantation have been opposed to the relocation of the slave homes and construction on the site. Several archaeologists and volunteers are helping with this dig after artifacts were already found in an initial survey, including ceramic shards and nails, Farmer said.

“It was really exciting to be a part of that – to see things and hold them in your hand that haven’t been touched since the 1750’s,” she said.

“It represents some of the earliest European inhabitation of the area,” said Keith Adams, an archaeologist who is serving as site director for the dig.

The team is digging on one area that might have been a cellar used to store valuables, he said.

“We may well be digging up information about an enslaved population for which there is very little written history,” Adams said.

“There’s good preservation here in that there are features that are in the ground that have materials in them, and they have not been disturbed, amazingly,” said Jack Gary, president of the Council of Virginia Archaeologists.

The county wants to start construction of the shell building soon, Farmer said. Volunteers will be working at the site for two weeks, she added.

The Friends of Greenfield Preston Plantation are still seeking donations to fund the second week of their dig.
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Lynchburg firm conducts archaeological work on plantation deemed a ‘threatened site’

The Rebel Gold program, featuring Oak Hill Plantation, aired last year. In it, a group of treasure hunters was seeking in various spots around the plantation a cache of Mexican silver dollars—a part of the treasury of the Confederacy whose fate has been a subject of speculation through the ensuing years. Some believe the coins are buried in Danville, the last Confederate capital.

Oak Hill Plantation belonged to Samuel Hairston, who may have been the wealthiest person in Virginia around the time of the Civil War and whose holdings included land and thousands of slaves across multiple states.

According to the Danville Register & Bee, the treasure hunters were given permission to be on the property by members of the Hairston family. State archaeologists, however, were appalled by methods used during the program, such as the use of a backhoe around the site of an icehouse.

“There was a very slim thread or connection between this plantation and that whole story,” said Randy Lichtenberger, Hurt & Proffitt director of cultural resources.

Nate Starck, listed as a supervising producer for the Rebel Gold series on the Internet Movie Database at, declined to comment when reached by the Danville Register & Bee. Alyssa Sales, senior publicist for Discovery Communications, also declined to comment.

According to Lichtenberger, a major difference between treasure hunters and work performed by archaeologists is artifacts recovered by archaeologists carefully are recorded with information such as the type of object found and the object’s placement within a three-dimensional grid, which allows analysis of the artifacts in relation to others at the site.

The Danville Register & Bee reported the treasure hunters donated some items found at Oak Hill to a Danville museum and a historical society. Items sent to the Pittsylvania Historical Society last spring include buttons, coins, thimbles and beads, which, for the most part, cannot be attributed to any room or feature at the site, according to Hurt & Proffitt’s proposal to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.

“If it’s all just mixed together, it becomes meaningless in terms of archaeology,” said Keith Adams, Hurt & Proffitt director of archaeological materials laboratory. “They become curios, essentially, or treasures rather than artifacts.”

A four-member team from Hurt & Proffitt, with assistance from a small group of volunteers, performed excavations within two rooms of slave dwellings last fall. The brick structure was comprised of four attached one-room dwellings that were built sometime in the mid-1820s. Now in various states of deterioration, each room of the structure possibly held a single family, likely household slaves owing to its proximity to the big house.

Hurt & Proffitt has performed archaeological work at other threatened sites in Central Virginia, including Cabellsville, an early Amherst County seat that now lies within Nelson County. At Oak Hill Plantation, the firm was tasked with excavating and documenting the findings within two subfloor pits inside the slave dwellings.

Subfloor pits were common features in dwellings of the enslaved, as well as poor whites, and were places where people stored items such as root crops or personal valuables, Lichtenberger said.

According to Lichtenberger, one of the two subfloor pits was rather unusual, containing a second compartment deep enough to extend below the present-day water table such that it was filling with water as the archaeologists were working.

The treasure hunters only disturbed about a foot in depth of that particular pit before losing interest, fortunately leaving as much as two or two-and-a-half feet of the pit undisturbed.

The deep subfloor pit possibly served as a secret compartment, Lichtenberger said.

Samuel Hairston was a strict man, and oral history speaks of slaves carrying out various clandestine acts of defiance; perhaps the uncommonly deep subfloor pit served in that manner, Lichtenberger said.

Artifacts from the Oak Hill excavation that now sit in a laboratory in Historic Sandusky offer clues to the lives of the enslaved. Bones and shells give insight to the occupants’ diet: cow, chicken, turtle and fish. Buttons and small beads may have decorated clothing, while pottery fragments, including Chinese porcelain, were possibly secondhand objects passed down from the slaves’ owners.

Other artifacts found within the pits may have served as humble treasures to the dwelling’s enslaved occupants, including a fossilized shark’s tooth and a prehistoric Native American projectile point, possibly found in a field and carried home as a curio.

“We don’t know that for absolutely certain, but it’s probably the most reasonable explanation of how something prehistoric got into a very historic context,” Adams said.

The artifacts from Oak Hill Plantation will be catalogued, and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources will determine a final curation facility for the items.

When speaking of history, it wasn’t slaves who were recording what was happening within plantations, Lichtenberger said.

“What you do have is really biased. When we excavate, we get an unbiased look at history,” he said. “There’s a lot of data there. There’s information on everyday life that you don’t get in records.”

The Danville Register & Bee contributed.

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Utility project in downtown Lynchburg yields historical artifacts

The evolution of an American mainstay is evident in a room at Historic Sandusky. One plain brown bottle bears the words Coca-Cola and Norfolk, Va. while a more modern green bottle is embossed with Lynchburg, Va.

Other objects include the sole of a shoe and an ornate glass lid, while the purpose of a large rusting object resembling an enormous safety pin is unknown.

“There is a saying in archeology: ‘What archeologists call artifacts, somebody else call trash,’” said Keith Adams, Hurt & Proffitt director of archeological materials laboratory.

In a very real sense, the items now sitting in a laboratory in Sandusky were garbage. During the mid-19th century, the Kanawha Canal served as the superhighway of Virginia as goods and passenger boats were transported to and from Richmond, said Lynchburg Museum Director Doug Harvey. By 1880, flooding and the railroad spelled the canal’s demise and the site became a place where people would toss trash.

Today, replacement of the James River Interceptor, a seven-mile long sewer line, is in the final stages of completion along the downtown riverfront. Hurt & Proffitt is contracted by the city to serve as a monitor during the project work to ensure the historical structure of the canal is not disturbed. Any historically significant artifacts that are found are set aside, cleaned and catalogued before eventually being sent to the Lynchburg Museum, where they may one day be put on display.

The laboratory inside Sandusky includes numerous glass and ceramic pieces found at the interceptor site, including early beer bottles from Anheuser-Busch and Pabst Brewing Co. to those with more medicinal purposes, such as those once containing Capudine, which claimed itself good for headaches and grippe, better known as the flu. Various railroad-related items also are within the collection, such as a brake wheel and a railroad switch lock.

According to Harvey, large stones that once comprised sections of canal walls and are roughly the size of a desk have been set aside and could potentially be used in future city projects.

“We were able to salvage a number of wonderful resources out there, and that’s the goal, and I think it’s been pretty successful,” Harvey said.

Certain clues denote the era in which an artifact was made. Some glass bottles used a “lightning” closure, a metal clasp with stopper that was invented in 1875. With that information, archeologists know the bottle can date no earlier than that year. Bottles that would have been sealed with crown caps — metal tabs found on many of today’s glass bottles — mean the artifact dates no earlier than 1892.

In addition to monitoring the interceptor project, Hurt & Proffitt is involved in archeological sites including Mead’s Tavern in Bedford County and Cabellsville in Nelson County.

“We work with people to impact their work as little as we can, and at the same time, to preserve what is essentially the interest of the public,” Adams said.

“A lot of different people said it in a lot of different ways, so it’s nothing new, without knowing your past, or to ignore your past, you do so at your peril.”

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Charles F. Hurt, Co-Founder of Hurt & Proffitt, Passes Away

It is with great sadness that we let everyone know of Charley passing away on Saturday, January 30, 2106. Charley & Erskine W. Proffitt founded Hurt & Proffitt in 1973. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time of loss.

Charles Fuqua Hurt, P.E., 84, of Lynchburg, Virginia, went to be with his Lord and Savior, on Saturday, January 30, 2016, at Westminster Canterbury. Charley as he was often known was born October 13, 1931 in Abingdon, Virginia, to the late Wallace Owen Hurt and Mary Helen Bickley Hurt. He attended William King High School in Abingdon and Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and rose to the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves. He was a member of Rivermont Evangelical Presbyterian Church, where he served as deacon and elder.After working with the firms of Milstead Boiler Works and Wiley Wilson Engineering, Charley founded Charles F. Hurt Associates in 1964. In 1973, he merged with Erskine W. Proffitt, LS, to form Hurt & Proffitt Inc. in Lynchburg, which became one of the largest civil engineering firms in Central Virginia. Known by Charleys’ family and many in the community for generosity, Charley frequently gave to those around him. Many lives quietly benefited from his care. Charley delighted in making others smile through jokes told (and retold) and to annual appearances as Santa Claus, to sharing cookies with friends and strangers. Charley served his community as Board Member of the Old City Cemetery in Lynchburg as a long-time member of the Kiwanis Club and many other service organizations. He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Betty Ann Cox Hurt; his son, Charles Kincaid Hurt and his wife, Dr. Terry Wright Hurt, and their two daughters, Katherine Leslie Hurt Riedel and her husband, Karl William Riedel, and Alisa Anne Schula and her husband, Peter Jerome Schula; and 10 grandchildren, Samuel Kincaid Hurt, James Matlock Hurt, Jackson Charles Hurt, Peter William Riedel, Joseph Kincaid Riedel, Jennifer Anne Riedel Wied, Paul Thomas Riedel, Jon Marshall Schula, Amanda Alyse Rios, and Sarah Lynne Huff. A memorial service for Charley will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Rivermont Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Lynchburg, Va. with Lowell Sykes officiating. A private committal will be held at the Old City Cemetery Columbarium. Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family. To send condolences, please visit

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Congratulations to our newest retiree, Page Cockrell!

Today we are honoring Page Cockrell who was a faithful employee for 13 years as our Vice President and General Manager of our Norfolk office. Best wishes, Page!


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Mead’s Tavern Restoration Moves Swiftly; Inspires New LU Course

Restoration work on the Revolutionary War-era tavern in New London remains on schedule and held its last archaeological dig for the first phase of restoration earlier this month.

Friends of New London, which has owned the property since 2012, sold Mead’s Tavern this summer to Liberty University.

Friends of New London continue to help with tours, archaeology, research and are in a mutually beneficial partnership with the university, said Revely Carwile Jr., public relations chairman of Friends of New London.

Liberty agreed to purchase the Alum Springs Road home for $120,000 and stipulated it would restore the tavern built in 1763.

Roger Schultz, dean of the Liberty’s College of Arts and Sciences said a new history course at the university was inspired by Mead’s. The class, “Public History,” is taught by Donna Donald.

The students are focusing their final project on the tavern.

“Students are really pumped about working with an 18th century colonial dwelling,” he said.

The university will follow up in the spring on a digital history class that will include work on the tavern.

Friends of New London and Liberty University have been busy since the acquisition, Schultz said.

“Since we acquired the property, our task has been to do some ground work focusing on two things: one was an archaeological survey where [archaeologist] Randy Lichtenberger and his crew had an incredible time using archaeological techniques to try and find out the age and project if there were any other historical items of interest required for any further restoration work,” he said.

Second, a study was performed on the house’s architecture and filed with the state.

“This is the platform for any subsequent work and a way of making sure we have initial inventory to find out what’s there before subsequent work is done,” Schultz said.

The next stage is to work with an architectural historian who would know the different kinds of construction of dwellings over the years, what was original and what was added on or changed.

“They can make recommendations for the best way to restore it,” Schultz said. “We are close to going into the second phase after we have all documentation.”

Schultz said the project never had a tight schedule because it is a new experience for all involved.

“This is such a unique project,” he said. “We’re really inexperienced in doing this kind of project and just figuring things out as we go along. We had a goal in mind and the university has pledged to do things in a certain time frame but there are so many variables.”

The project’s budget remains somewhat flexible as well, Schultz said.

“We still don’t know the final cost for restoration,” he said. “The university has given us a project budget and as we get bids in we will ask for that project budget to be amended.”


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The Employees of Hurt & Proffitt Wish You a Warm and Merry Christmas!

From all of us at Hurt & Proffitt, we extend our sincere thanks for your steadfast support this past year. We thank you for the opportunity to serve you, and we look forward to continuing our relationship in the coming year.

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Congratulations to Randy Lichtenberger for the Sallie Locher Letcher Award!


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Randolph College students help find buried Nelson County history

Ruptured tomatoes oozing at her feet, Randolph College student Sara Woodward dragged a ground-penetrating radar across a recently-ruined garden at the Cabellsville Archaeological Site in Nelson County on Friday afternoon.

She and her colleagues hope to find another ruin hidden beneath the soil.

Cabellsville is the past site of the county seat for Amherst, back before Amherst and Nelson counties split. On what’s now the rural property of Lawrence and Cora Wood Clements, a courthouse, jail and lawyer’s home once stood.

Professional archaeologists from the land surveying and civil engineering firm Hurt & Proffitt are busy with a volunteer excavation of the site, which already has yielded some fascinating finds. Now, Sweet Briar student and Hurt & Proffitt employee Jessica Barry is hunting for the jailhouse, which likely dates back to the 1760s.

Barry said evidence suggests the jail’s inmates included debtors, who would set up shop outside to sell handicrafts on the once-per-month court days in an attempt to raise the money they owed. Others would work as servants in the courthouse.

The archeologists have found a trench of bricks — likely are remains of the jail. They still hope to find the outline of the walls, which documents lead them to suspect fall somewhere in the vicinity of the garden that Lauren Anderson graciously allowed them to tear up Friday morning.

Anderson and her husband live in the house on the land owned by her parents, who now live in Appomattox. The property was first purchased by her great-grandfather, and Anderson remembers finding bits and pieces of the past when she’d visit.

Now she is eager to have the archaeologists discover more history in her backyard.

Potentially saving themselves from fruitless digging, Barry and the other archeologists drafted a team from Randolph College to bring over the school’s ground penetrating radar.

“It’s not my background but I’m always looking for something to do with it,” said physics and environmental science professor Sarah Sojka, who inherited the radar from her predecessor at Randolph.

Woodward and fellow student Hagay Haut had experience using the device as part of a side project related to their experiments this summer building models of eco-friendly houses on the Randolph College campus.

So Woodward, Haut, and professor Sarah Sojka made the trek out from Lynchburg to spend a pleasantly-warm October afternoon with Anderson and the archeologists, looking for clues.

The radar, which looks like a plastic suitcase trailing a single wheel, feeds data directly to a laptop. On each pass, Woodward or Haut sweep a straight line.

The radar detects the density of material beneath their feet. What they are looking for are disruptions or fluctuations in the pattern that occur in roughly the same horizontal position across multiple vertical passes. That could be a wall.

In the field Friday, they saw a few leads, but said they’ll have a better sense when they get back to Randolph and lay out the data across a grid for comparison.

Then they’ll be able to make suggestions to the archeologists about promising places to dig.

“It’s kind of a neat combination of a lot of different people and places working together for something important to Virginia history,” Sojka said.


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Sewer Rehabilitation in Crewe, VA

A major sewer rehabilitation project is under way in the Town of Crewe, Virginia. The project consists of providing improvements to the sanitary sewer infrastructure to reduce inflow and infiltration. In order to do so, the project was divided into two parts. Division 1A is for work related the gravity sewer replacement and forcemain extension. Division 1B work pertains to sanitary sewer CIPP lining, manhole rehabilitation, as well as lateral lining.

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Archeologist Dig Up Lost Colonial Town in Nelson County

8540363_GNelson County, VA – Archaeologists have recovered a lost colonial community in Nelson County. Cabellsville was the Amherst County seat in the 16th century, and then later became a part of Nelson County.

Nelson County, VA – Archaeologists have recovered a lost colonial community in Nelson County. Cabellsville was the Amherst County seat in the 16th century, and then later became a part of Nelson County.For a while all that was left of Cabellsville were folk tales passed on to one generation after another. But now archaeologists are bringing this town back to life.. piece by piece.

If the trees on the Clements’ farm could talk, they might tell you about a young and curious Lauren Anderson gardening with her grandmother. “We’d probably be in the yard picking flowers” said Anderson.

They might tell you about the previous owner of that Nelson County property. “Elizabeth Wells, I try to picture what it was like her being here”.  But if you listen really carefully they might let you in on a little secret. “There was a community here and it needs to be known. It’s calling out to me to be found” said Anderson.

For centuries folks in Amherst and Nelson County would pass down stories of the lost village of Cabellsville, a village that archaeologists have now uncovered in Anderson’s own backyard. “You could characterize this as a jackpot” said Archaeologist Keith Adams.

Adams says this painting of an oral depiction of what the Cabellsville courthouse might’ve looked like is the only image they have of the colonial town. But on the ground they’ve found so much more, they even found the old county jail.

“Architectural materials, nails, bricks and mortar were the largest amount of anything” said Adams.

But they say these discoveries are just the tip of the iceberg for them. “This is Cabellsville, and I can only imagine when they had a community here how much they enjoyed it. It’s beautiful” said Anderson.

Keith Adams says they don’t have an end date yet. He says finishing up this project will all come down to funding.

But what would help them immensely is if anyone had a photo of the old Cabellsville courthouse before the last standing property burned down.

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New Partnership Brings Archaeology Lab to Historic Sandusky

A new partnership between the engineering firm Hurt & Proffitt, Lynchburg College, and the Historic Sandusky Foundation will create more opportunities for LC students and enhance archaeological research at the 19th-century home.

H&P will move an archaeology laboratory to Sandusky beginning this month. The firm will use the lab to analyze and catalog artifacts from numerous sites throughout Virginia. LC students will use the facility in research they do at Sandusky, as well as H&P projects they work on.

This partnership will be instrumental in the ongoing study of archaeology at Sandusky, said Greg Starbuck, executive director of Historic Sandusky.  “This will be an important resource for training future archaeology professionals, assisting with cultural resource management projects, and helping us learn more about Sandusky’s history through the study of our extensive artifact collection,” he said.


For the past two summers, LC students have participated in archaeological digs to search for the foundation of a kitchen that once stood near the home. The artifacts they uncovered were processed on site in a makeshift laboratory that will be upgraded to H&P’s permanent laboratory.

The Bank of the James has pledged support to help develop the physical space for the archaeology lab. Historic Sandusky is seeking additional corporate sponsors, Starbuck said.

H&P’s archaeology laboratory previously was located at Sweet Briar College, where one H&P employee was an adjunct professor. After Sweet Briar announced plans to close, Randy Lichtenberger, H&P’s director of cultural resources, contacted Sandusky and LC to find a new location for the lab. “We were looking to stay in a college environment,” he said. “It was working really well for us to do some projects that students could work on.”

Having a lab on site will increase the ability to study the site’s artifacts and give students more hands-on learning. “They will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience working with artifacts: cleaning them, identifying them, processing them, and labeling them,” said Dr. Clifton Potter, LC history professor and president of the Historic Sandusky Foundation.

“This will facilitate and speed up the whole process of identifying what’s there and placing it in its proper time frame,” he added.

H&P’s lab equipment will be set up at Sandusky this month so it can be in place when LC’s summer archaeology field school convenes in July. The space for the lab will be finished and renovated later this year.

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Brian Cossman Obtains PE Licensure in West Virginia

Congratulations to Brian Cossman on obtaining his Professional Engineers license in West Virginia. This gives us two licensed professional engineers in West Virginia and another step towards opening up opportunities in West Virginia. Well done Brian!

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Cultural Resources Collaboration

H&P is proud to be collaborating with Lynchburg College and the Historic Sandusky Foundation to provide a portion of our CRM services. H&P has teamed with the nearby college and its associated museum to establish our Archaeological Materials Laboratory. The lab is located in a portion of the Historic Sandusky Museum, a former plantation house that served as the Union headquarters during the Civil War Battle of Lynchburg.  Under an exclusive agreement, the lab processes, records and temporarily curates artifacts discovered as a result of our archaeological work. The lab gives college students who may aspire to a career in archaeology an opportunity for on-campus employment that teams them with H&P’s professional archaeologists on ‘real world’ projects. H&P and our clients benefit from having a top-notch laboratory accessible for all of our artifact needs.

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Adam Bryant, LS and Troy D. Williams, LS Pass Professional Land Surveyors Exam in Guam

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Adam Bryant, LS and Troy Williams, LS for passing their Professional Land Surveyors exam in the U.S. territory of Guam. Well done, Adam and Troy!

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Archaeology at Natural Bridge’s Historic Barger Cabin

May 30 @ 10:00 am5:00 pm

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Exploratory archaeological test excavations will be undertaken at the historic Barger cabin, one of several existing log dwellings on the Natural Bridge property. The cabin, once owned by Fanny Barger, remained in the Barger family until 2003. Oral history suggests that the site dates to the 1790s or earlier but existing architectural elements support an early nineteenth-century origin for the cabin. Both the archaeological work and the ongoing documentary research may make possible a more accurate dating of the site’s occupation and the cabin’s construction.

This work is made possible by several sponsoring organizations, including the Mountain Valley Preservation Alliance (MPVA), the Natural Bridge Park and Historic Hotel, the Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund, the Bank of Botetourt, and Hurt and Proffitt, Inc., a land surveying and civil engineering firm located in Lynchburg. The on-site archaeological work will be conducted on 30 May 2015. There will be openings for twenty individual volunteers to participate in all aspects of the work, from excavation to artifact processing and identification. In addition, the general public is invited to stop by the Barger Cabin from 10am until 5pm on the day of the work to observe, free of charge, the site survey and excavations. On-site interpreters will discuss the history of the site as well as the goals of the work.

The cost for individual volunteer participants will be $40.00 per person. This fee will cover a seminar/lecture by the professional archaeologists on the evening of 29 May 2015 at Natural Bridge’s Historic Hotel, interaction with the professional archaeologists during the excavation, expendable field equipment, and a box lunch with drink. Hotel rooms will be available at a special rate for participants who wish to stay over on either 29 or 30 May. A participant contacting the hotel to book a room should provide the code “CABIN#DIG” in order to receive the appropriate discount. To reserve your place as a participant, please send your check for $40.00 to the Mountain Valley Preservation Alliance, Inc., 128 South Main Street, Lexington, VA 24450. For additional information contact MVPA Executive Director Kurt C. Russ at 540-958-8534, or visit our new MVPA website at



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Hurt & Proffitt and Warner White Engineering Partners Combine Forces


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Hurt & Proffitt (H&P) is pleased to announce its acquisition of Warner White Engineering Partners (WWEP), a civil engineering and leading land development design firm in Lynchburg, VA.  WWEP will join H&P’s Lynchburg operation and do business as H&P. They will remain in their current location at 118 Cornerstone Street.


“We are excited about the opportunities that the combined forces of our two firms will hold for the future,” says H&P President Bif Johnson.  “Our industry is rapidly changing and growing.  This acquisition will allow us to meet those changes head on and allow us to expand our services.”


Founded in 2010, WWEP specialized in land development projects for commercial, residential, and institutional clients.  The firm also provided infrastructure planning and designs for VDOT and municipalities including transportation, water, and wastewater projects.  Notable projects include Fifth Street Streetscape, the Cornerstone Development, Fifth Street Roundabout, Westlake Commons Roundabout, Greenview Drive Widening, Wards Road Pedestrian Crossing and Streetscape, The Gables Apartment Complex, The Gables at Spring Creek, Autumn Run, Fieldstone Manor Townhomes, Willow Brook Apartment Complex, Improvements to B&W Facility at Mt. Athos, Tree of Life Ministries, Timberlake Christian School in Campbell County, and campus improvements at Liberty University.

Trent Warner, PE, an engineering graduate from VMI; Marc Woodell, EIT, an engineering graduate from Bluefield State College; Mike Bryant, an engineering graduate from ODU; and Amanda Dodgion, a studio arts and business graduate from Lynchburg College will be joining the Hurt & Proffitt team.


H&P was founded in 1973 and has offices in Lynchburg, Norfolk, Roanoke and Wytheville.  Combined, H&P and WWEP will be a full service civil engineering and surveying firm, strategically positioned to serve our clients on commercial, industrial, institutional, and municipal projects.


The acquisition of WWEP is the first of its kind for H&P.  The firm’s vision is “To responsibly grow our firm to provide opportunities for our employee-owners and innovative solutions for our clients.” Our mission includes recruiting and retaining employee-owners who share our vision, providing outstanding customer service, and positioning ourselves to serve existing clients and expanding markets.  “We see this and future acquisitions as a great way to accomplish our vision for growth,” says Johnson.

Founding WWEP President Trent Warner said, “We are very excited about joining forces with such a well-established and professional organization as Hurt & Proffitt.  This will give us more depth to help our clients move their projects forward with sound experience and more efficiency.  We really can’t wait to get started.”


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Hurt & Proffitt Recognized for 50 Year Membership with Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce

Hurt & Proffitt was recognized at the Annual Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce Breakfast for maintaining their membership for the last 50 years. Patrick Proffitt accepted the award from Jim Richards.

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Cost to upgrade CVTC water, sewer lines estimated at $14.1 million

What lies beneath Central Virginia Training Center concerns county officials nearly as much as what stands aboveground.
The cost to fully replace the center’s aging water and sewer lines may be as high as $14.1 million, based on a report that Public Utilities Director Dan French presented earlier this month at an Amherst County Service Authority meeting.
CVTC is slated for closure by 2020, and whether the property would come under the ownership of a public or private entity after its scheduled closure is still unknown.

According to the report, conducted by Hurt & Proffitt, the $14.1 million estimated cost would bring the center’s water and sewer facilities up to regulatory standards. “A large portion” of water and sewer lines at CVTC were installed in the early half of the 20th century, states a summary within Hurt & Proffitt’s report. At 50 to 75 years old, those lines now are approaching their useful life expectancy.

The study notes that CVTC’s system has two public water connections — one located at River Road and a backup connection on Colony Road in Madison Heights.

The pipes’ composition may include ductile and cast iron and copper. The study notes corrosion buildup as a concern.

“Some or all of the water lines and components may need upgrades to meet ACSA standards as well as the Virginia Department of Health regulations for water systems,” the report states.

According to French, “the large volume of utilities on site are not in good shape” and will need upgrades or replacement.

Most of the water and sewer facilities have “gone past their life expectancy,” he said. In addition, some lines have broken and need repairs in the last few years.

French said he informed the service authority board at an earlier occasion of inadequate fire flows to an occupied building because of a buildup of rust inside the pipe. While that pipe has since been cleaned, “it’s a very temporary fix. It’s going to rust up again,” French said.

In addition, there have been at least three “significant” sewer line stoppages within the last five years because of apparent root intrusions, he said.

“These are a lot of unknowns that we don’t have any information on,” French said.

The $14.1 million estimate is “just a starting point” based on sewer and water lines that are known to exist, “and there may be others,” French said. Because of those uncertainties, the estimate may be higher, he said.

“The purpose of all this is not — please understand — is not to discourage the board in seeking any opportunities because with challenges, I know opportunities will still arise,” French said. “But when you face those challenges and you look for those opportunities, it’s critical your eyes be wide open to all of the liabilities, because you’ve got to try to figure out what the assets are and what the liabilities are, and figure out if it’s worth doing anything.”
Contact Sherese Gore at (434) 385-3357 or

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Happy Holidays from Hurt & Proffitt

May The Magic Of The Holidays Bring You Peace and Joy

From all of us at Hurt & Proffitt, we extend our sincere thanks for your steadfast support this past year. We thank you for the opportunity to serve you, and we look forward to continuing our relationship in the coming year.

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Several Exciting Projects Starting Up for Hurt & Proffitt

Hurt & Proffitt is having an exciting fall / winter with several projects starting up as well as on their way to being completed. We have been working on teaming with great firms like RK&K, Parsons & WR&A to name a few. We are just starting a new waterline replacement project for the City of Lynchburg in the Denver Ave. area with teaming partner RK&K. We have a proposal into the City of Lynchburg with WR&A for a waterline replacement project on Main Street as well as a multi-phase project in the downtown area. We are also moving along nicely on the New AEP 500kV Station in the Cloverdale Area as well as expansions on the 765kV Station and 345kV Station in Cloverdale that has included all divisions in the company.  We are also happy to see the road network around the Softball Stadium at Liberty University finished up as well as the Parking Deck and vehicular tunnel to Wards Rd all open. We are grateful for the teaming efforts of Branch Associates, Branch Highways, Baskerville & Hurt & Proffitt, Inc. to help Liberty University see their dreams become a reality!

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Adam Bryant, LS Obtains West Virginia Land Surveyor License

Hurt & Proffitt congratulates Adam Bryant, H&P’s Director of Survey Department, on obtaining his West Virginia Professional Land Surveyor license. Adam has held his Virginia license since 2007. Well done, Adam!

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Archaeologists Map Civil War-Era Graves at Old City Cemetery

Four archaeologists stood among a 45-foot by 10-foot trench within “Yankee Square” at Old City Cemetery in Lynchburg on Sunday afternoon.


Using brooms and shovels, they uncovered a patchwork of soil about 10 inches below the surface. To the common observer, the trench was just a mix of red and orange squares with splotches of brown; but to the archaeologists, it affirmed what they believed they would find in an area of unmarked land — Confederate soldiers’ graves.


The goal of the project is to be able to identify the boundaries of Yankee Square so cemetery staff can map the graves and match them to a book that documents where soldiers were buried during the Civil War. Once the soldiers are identified, cemetery staff members hope to put markers in place so visitors can see who is buried where. The project will help people understand the cemetery’s history and offer closure for descendants of those buried there, said Ted Delaney, Old City Cemetery’s assistant director.

“It’s always been an unsatisfying answer for me to say, ‘We know your ancestor is here somewhere, but we don’t know exactly where,’” Delaney said.

Sunday’s work marked the second phase of what Delaney hopes to be a several-year-long project dedicated to identifying and maintaining Civil War soldiers’ graves. The project, which utilizes an annual $2,500 grant from the Virginia Department of Historic Records Work to document Yankee Square’s unknown inhabitants, began in April 2013.

During that phase, 50 graves were identified. About 35 graves were discovered this year between the two trenches dug, said Randy Lichtenberger, the director of cultural resources with Hurt and Proffitt — the Lynchburg-based company performing the archeological work

About 180 soldiers are buried throughout Yankee Square, which was started as a site for deceased Union soldiers. Within months of its creation, Confederate soldiers who died of diseases, usually small pox, also were added.

Work on this year’s phase began last Monday, but rain delayed the project. Sunday was the third workday. Archaeologists plan to spend another half day this week cleaning the site so the graves are easier to identify and record.

Based on the size and depth of the trenches, Delaney said the work doesn’t take long.

“You can cover a lot of area and learn a lot in just a few hours,” he said.

The red clay patches show either the head or the feet of soldiers buried there about 150 years ago, while the surrounding orange dirt shows an untouched area.

“We can see any time that a hole or disturbance is put in the ground because the soil’s not the same,” said Crystal Collins, one of the team members working on the project.

The holes often were filled with the soil in reverse, leaving the bottom layer on the top. In this case, the red clay at the base of the graves is now on top, she said.

The straight edges in the ground show the graves have not been excavated since the soldiers were buried, unlike the 18 graves the team discovered last Monday, where Union prisoners of war were buried during the war. Those soldiers were exhumed in 1866 so the bodies could be buried in a Petersburg cemetery, Lichtenberger said.

Before this phase of work began, Delaney said, the team wasn’t sure where they would find the exhumed Union graves.

“Now we can clearly know they’re outside the hedge, between the hedge and the road,” he said.

Since the graves are in columns and rows, the entire site doesn’t need to be excavated, just the perimeter to identify where the rows and columns start and end. The cemetery is uniform, consisting of the same size graves with the same spacing between them, Delaney said.

This year’s work brought the team a step closer to completing the map of graves, especially with the possible discovery of an untouched patch that corresponds with a spot in the records for six graves that weren’t made. If the spot is correct, then staff can begin numbering the graves to match the records, Lichtenberger said.

“We get a little further every time,” he said. “We find out more information every time, but it also raises questions every time because we find things we didn’t expect.”

One of the questions they now face is what a patch of discolored dirt represents. Archaeologists found a circular dark brown patch on top of some of the graves.

Lichtenberg doesn’t believe the spot is related to either a nearby tree or the soldiers’ graves. The patch could be the remnants of an old flowerbed or some other landscaping element, he said, but the team might never know its actual purpose.

“That’s a complete mystery,” he said.

Overall, Delaney and Lichtenberger said the discoveries are close to what they expected to find this year based on last year’s work.

“What we didn’t expect was finding the disease burials as far out as they are and crosscutting these,” Lichtenberger said, pointing to the marked graves surrounding the excavation site.

The biggest surprise has been finding some graves placed perpendicularly on top of other graves, they said.

The perpendicular graves often were noticeable as dark brown patches crossing the reds and oranges, showing a newer grave.

“To me, that’s the most interesting thing because it goes against everything you understand about the integrity of a grave,” Delaney said. He wondered how such grave placement could be approved but understood how the chaos of war could cause that to happen.

Lichtenberg also said the overlapping graves are interesting.

“The fact a good number are crosscutting, you don’t expect that,” he said.

Contact Katrina Koerting at (434) 385-5530 or Find her on Twitter: @kkoerting. Courtesy of the News & Advance.

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Hurt & Proffitt Receives Term Contract with Town of Christiansburg

Hurt & Proffitt recently received a Notice of Award for a term contract with the Town of Christiansburg. H&P looks forward to working with the Town and building new relationships with them!

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Archaeologist Digs Up the Past at Old City Cemetery, Historic Sandusky

For nearly 15 years, Randy Lichtenberger has been shedding light on the long-buried secrets of the Lynchburg region’s history.   Lichtenberger, an archaeologist, has helped unearth the pasts of historical treasure troves like Old City Cemetery, Historic Sandusky, and Cabellsville in Nelson County.   “There’s a sense of discovery to it, I think, figuring out what was there and the meaning behind it,” said the Upstate New York native.

“Not everybody wants to be out digging all day, but it’s fun to see what comes out of it.”

Lichtenberger, 46, first arrived in Central Virginia in 2000 as a field director for Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest. Today, he is a regional archaeologist for the Virginia Department of Transportation and director of cultural resources for Hurt & Proffitt Inc.

His work has given him a hand in countless projects throughout the region. In January, he was named Preservationist of the Year by the Lynchburg Historical Foundation.

“It’s so wonderful to have a local person to work on all of these historic sites instead of hiring a big contractor from out of the city or even out of the state,” foundation director Sally Schneider said.

“He’s just a really great man who has given so much back to the community. He is a local person, and his passion is for the history of Lynchburg and its surrounding areas.”

Lichtenberger’s interest in archeology was first sparked in college by a chance sighting of a poster advertising an archeology field program.

“It was 10 weeks for one summer,” he said. “And after that, I was hooked on archeology.”

Since then, elbow-deep in dirt is Lichtenberger’s ideal day at the office. The painstaking work requires patience and fortitude.

“You have to be willing to do a lot of work without finding much, if you’re talking about field work,” he said.

“But I just enjoy it so much. I wish I had more time in the day to do more.”

Last year, Lichtenberger led the most extensive excavation to date at Old City Cemetery, a popular Lynchburg historical site and Virginia’s oldest public burial ground.

The project helped pinpoint the location of more than 40 unmarked graves belonging to Confederate soldiers. Old City Cemetery curator Ted Delaney said they hope to get Lichtenberger back this year to continue the work.

“He has been great to work with, no question,” Delaney said. “He’s really passionate about history and archeology. He does it as a day job, but also spends a lot of his weekends and free time volunteering and doing these kinds of things.”

Over the years, Lichtenberger has lead educational workshops and was part of creating Sweet Briar College’s archaeology lab, which opened in 2011 and works closely with Hurt & Proffitt to give students hands-on experience.

Delaney, who wrote one of the letters nominating Lichtenberger for Preservationist of the Year, said he brings a wide range of expertise to each project.

“Because I’ve worked with him for so many years and because I know how much he cares about local history, it seemed very fitting to me that he should get this award,” Delaney said.

This year, Lichtenberger’s projects will include monitoring the City of Lynchburg’s combined sewer overflow construction along the downtown riverfront to ensure it doesn’t disrupt the historical remnants of the old canal. He also has been pursuing his doctorate at the University of Virginia, and is weighing his choices of dissertation topics.

Lichtenberger, who lives in Campbell County, said he felt this region was more preservation minded than many other places he’s hailed from.

“It’s something apparent in just the number of people involved in historical and preservation organizations in the area,” he said. “There are hundreds of people involved in those groups, and it’s really impressive.”

When asked for his favorite historical period, Lichtenberger heaved the sigh of someone who’s been presented with too many choices.

He finally settled on the nation’s early history leading up to the Revolutionary War.

“I think partly it’s just how things were so unsettled at that time in terms of what we were going to look like as a nation,” he said.

“And the artifact assemblage is really interesting. There is a huge variety of artifacts that come out of that period, particularly a nice variety of ceramics. You get attached to certain kinds of ceramics, I think, when you’re an archaeologist.”   .

Contact Alicia Petska at (434) 385-5542 or Follow her on Twitter: @AliciaPetska. Courtesy of The News & Advance.

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Hurt & Proffitt Expands The Environmental Department

Hurt & Profittt is pleased to announce the addition of two employees in the Environmental Services department.

Mr. Ken Hundley brings over 30 years of experience in the environmental industry. He has extensive experience in Radon, Mold, Lead-Based Paint and Asbestos Remediation and Mitigation.  He holds licenses in Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina. Mr. Hundley will be performing Inspections, Management Planning and Design for Asbestos Abatement / Remediation, Radon Assessments and Mitigation Protocols, Mold Assessments and Mitigation Protocols, and more.  Ken will be working out of our Wytheville office.

Ms. Danielle Montalbano, is a recent graduate of Virginia Tech in Environmental Science / Management. Ms. Montalbano will be working within the Environmental Department as an Environmental Scientist / Industrial Hygiene Technician. She will juggle many plates, working with Environmental Geologists, Permit Writers and Senior Environmental / Industrial Hygiene Personnel performing Phase I, II ESA’s, Inspections and Designs.

H&P’s environmental department provides services including Phase I site assessments, site characterizations, radon testing, lead testing, asbestos testing and management planning.  UST analysis, groundwater exploration and analysis, drainfields and septic systems, pump plans, gas and groundwater monitoring wells, wetland delineation, environmental remediation, corrective action plans, and other environmental permit applications.

For more information, please contact Chris Nixon, Director of Environmental Services at (434) 847-7796 or email him at

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Hurt & Proffitt Now Offers Certified Welding Inspection Services

John D. Wright has joined the staff of Hurt & Proffitt as a Certified Welding Inspector.  Mr. Wright brings over 29 years of experience to the firm allowing Hurt & Proffitt to add a level of service not previously offered.
Special Inspections, whether it be soils, concrete, masonry or structural steel are an integral part of our geotechnical and materials testing division.  Having Mr. Wright on staff allows us the capability to provide structural steel inspection services and provide our clients with full inspection services from project beginning to end.
The Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) certification is widely recognized, both nationally and internationally, in the welding industry. Mr. Wright’s certification credentials are as follows:
* AWS CWI CERT #00040821
* NACE CIP CERT #14328
If you would like to learn more about how these services can benefit your company, please contact Ken Meritt, PG, PE at (434) 847-7796 or email him at

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Hurt & Proffitt Earns a 0.84 MOD Rating

Hurt & Proffitt recently received an updated MOD rating of 0.84 for 2014.  Also known as an EMR (Experience Modification Rate), this figure is relative to a company’s safety record to help evaluate its safety competence.  The score dropped from a 0.91 in 2013 and is the lowest possible score that Hurt & Proffitt can achieve.

Hurt & Proffitt has obtained such an outstanding MOD rating through our management’s commitment to a strong safety culture and the continued efforts and awareness of each of our employees to a healthy and safe work environment, especially the employees working on job sites on a regular basis. 

“A low MOD rating allows us to approach and develop relationships with larger industrial and commercial clients that require vendors to maintain and demonstrate the highest levels of commitment to safety.  Many of our competitors simply can’t compete with us on this level.” stated Brock Jones, Safety Manager at Hurt & Proffitt.  “Our clients continue to place increased focus and demands on safety compliance and we will be at the forefront of our field and in a position best able to meet those requirements.” 

If you would like to learn more, please contact Brock Jones, Hurt & Proffitt’s Safety Manager at (434) 847-7796 or email him at

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Happy Holidays From Hurt & Proffitt

May The Magic Of The Holidays Bring You Peace and Joy

From all of us at Hurt & Proffitt, we extend our sincere thanks for your steadfast support this past year. We thank you for the opportunity to serve you, and we look forward to continuing our relationship in the coming year.

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The Cabellsville Dig Featured in Blue Ridge Life Issue

The Cabellsville dig in October was featured in the November 2013 issue of Blue Ridge Life.  View the article in the current issue at



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Hurt & Proffitt Employees Participate in 100 Mile Challenge

Congratulations to Hurt & Proffitt employees on their accomplishments on the 100 Mile Challenge with the City of Lynchburg. As a team they ran/walked 2,282.30 miles in 90 days. Awesome job!


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Check Out Our Summer Newsletter

The Summer edition of our client newsletter has been posted on our website. Topics include Hurt & Proffitt celebrating 40 years in business, our Survey department’s new HDS capabilities, recognition of the state TrigStar winner, and the Centra Health groundbreaking of a new medical center in Gretna, Virginia.  Please check out our newsletter and call us for help on your next project at 800-242-4906.

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Hurt & Proffitt, Inc. Introduces High Definition Surveying

Hurt & Proffitt (H&P) would like to introduce our latest addition of surveying and mapping equipment. H&P purchased a C10 Leica Scanner in April and will began delivering High Definition Surveys to our clients. In addition to our traditional mapping of sites we will be able to deliver 3D mapping on all features. This will allow the design community in the visualization of sites as well as the ability to have images and millions of points to measure from.

This technology also can be applied for indoor scanning of buildings for space studies, building facilities management & asbuilts during construction. Also for structural steel asbuilts, bridge asbuilts, clearance surveys for powerlines & bridges. Call us today at 434-847-7796 to find out how we can help on your next project!


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Congratulations to Our Newest Licensed Survey Professionals!

Please congratulate Joe May in the Lynchburg Office for passing the final portion of his Land Surveyor Exam. He has completed all the experience and exam requirements and is now a licensed Land Surveyor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. His survey career spans 13 years and began in high school.

Also, please congratulate John Hodnett in the Lynchburg Office on passing the LSIT Exam on the first try. He has been with Hurt & Proffitt for 12 years and with the Survey department the last 10 years.

Way to go Joe and John!

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Hurt & Proffitt Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Open House

Hurt & Proffitt is hosting an Open House celebration at our Lynchburg office on Langhorne Road at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 23rd. We hope you will join us as we celebrate 40 years in business. There will be refreshments and appetizers and also a chance to win a mini iPad. We hope to see you there.

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Hurt & Proffitt Hosts Dam Owner Workshop

Hurt & Proffitt and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (VDCR) Dam Safety Program invite you to attend a regional Dam Owner Training Workshop to be held in Lynchburg, VA on Friday, May 17th. During this one-day training workshop, presenters from Hurt & Proffitt and the Virginia DCR Safety Program will conduct sessions on a variety of topics geared towards updating and keeping you abreast of dam related regulations. Topics include Performing an Owner’s Inspection, Seepage – Inspection & Repair, and Owner Liability – Why Your EAP Is So Important. Call for more details.

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Virginia Town Receives Iron & Manganese Treatment System

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Check out our Fall 2012 Newsletter

The Fall edition of our client newsletter has been posted on our website. Topics include staff participation in the Genworth Virginia 10 Miler, Granite Falls Boulevard almost complete, Brian Cossman, PE, presents seminar at Virginia Municipal League (VML) Annual Conference, and a monitor of the James River completed by Ben Leatherland.  Please check out our newsletter and call us for help on your next project at 800-242-4906.

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Check out our Summer 2012 Newsletter

The summer edition of our client newsletter has been posted on our website. Topics include survey challenges at Havens Wildlife Management Area, Ken Meritt receives his Professional Engineer license, new solar panels at Tangier Wastewater Treatment Plant, archaeologists discover lost architecture of Historic Sandusky Museum and more. Please check out our newsletter and call us for help on your next project at 800-242-4906.

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Check Out The Spring Edition Of Our Newsletter!

The spring edition of our client newsletter has been posted on our website. Topics include Hog Island’s efforts to beat mother nature in Surry County, Route 628 roadway project in Prince Edward County, Hurt & Proffitt now classified as a federal small business, Prince Anne Wildlife Management Area improvements, and information on grant money available for Virginia dam owners.  Please check out our newsletter and call us for help on your next project at 800-242-4906.



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Dam Owner Training Workshop

The Dam Owner Workshop training session was held Saturday, March 3, 2012 at the Holiday Inn Select Koger Conference Center in Richmond, VA.   Thank you to all the dam owners who attended!  If you could not make it, CLICK HERE for pdf files of the presentations.  Please feel free to contact the presentors if you have any questions. 

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Dam Owner Training

Saturday, March 3, 2012
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Holiday Inn Select Koger Conference Center, Richmond, VA

Click HERE for more details and to register online.


8:30 – 9:00 Registration / Check-In
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome / Introductions / Overview
9:15 – 9:30 DCR Dam Safety Updates
9:30 – 10:15 New General Permit (Low Hazard Dams)
10:15 – 11:00 Grant Funding Opportunities
11:00 – 12:00 Funding Through Watershed Improvement Districts (WID)
12:00 – 1:00 LUNCH BREAK  (Lunch Is Provided)
1:00 – 1:45 Owners Responsibility After Extreme Events
1:45 – 2:30 Corrugated Metal Pipe Spillway Rehabilitation (Case Study)
2:30 – 2:45 Break
2:45 – 3:15 Dam Inspections:  What The Owner Needs To Know
3:15 – 4:00 Seepage – Inspection & Repair
4:00 Adjourn

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Hurt & Proffitt is now a SITEOPS® Certified Provider

Hurt & Proffitt recently became a SITEOPS® Certified Provider.  Click here to learn more.

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VAWEA Conduit Magazine Publishes Article by Hurt & Proffitt’s Shannon Cotulla

In their premiere issue of Conduit Magazine, the Virginia Water Environment Association published an article written by Shannon Cotulla, PE. Shannon has been with Hurt & Proffitt for five years. He has an extensive background in dam design, an in-depth knowledge of the regulations, and an understanding of issues faced by dam owners attempting to bring their dams into compliance. 

He is currently serving on the Regulatory Advisory Panel for the Virginia Soil and Waster Conservation Board which will focus on how limited-use roadways impact the hazard classification of dams, developing simplified methodology for dam break and inundation zone studies, and developing permits for low hazard dams. Please call Shannon for your next project at 434-847-7796.

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Lynchburg Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courthouse Earns Gold Certification

The Lynchburg Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courthouse has earned LEED gold certification and was featured in a recent article in the News & Advance in Lynchburg.

Hurt & Proffitt was responsible for all civil design for the new Lynchburg Juvenile & Domestic Relations Courthouse located in downtown Lynchburg. The $13M project will be 46,000 SF courthouse. The courthouse has a 12,400 SF roof, about half of which is green. Hurt & Proffitt teamed with DMJM Design (now AECOM) in Arlington, VA and Craddock Cunningham Architectural Partners of Lynchburg, VA. Hurt & Proffitt was also responsible in incorporating LEED design principles into the project and completion of applicable LEED credit templates for the United States Green Building Council submittal.

Hurt & Proffitt provided all civil aspects of the project which included, but not limited to, site plan, grading plan with erosion and sediment control, utility plan, stormwater management plan, landscape plan, site details, and specifications. Hurt & Proffitt was also responsible for all construction testing services including monitoring the fill placement, compaction testing, inspections of foundations, reinforcing steel, masonry construction, fire proof testing, and structural steel.

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Check Out The Winter Edition Of Our Newsletter!

The winter edition of our client newsletter has been posted on our website. Topics include the opening of our new office in Roanoke, a dam owners workshop we will be sponsoring in March, a Norfolk Southern railroad bridge replacement in Lynchburg, and Randy Doss achieving new licensure. Please check out our newsletter and call us for help on your next project at 800-242-4906.


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Happy Holidays From Hurt & Proffitt

May The Magic Of The Holidays Bring You Peace and Joy

From all of us at Hurt & Proffitt, we extend our sincere thanks for your steadfast support this past year. We thank you for the opportunity to serve you, and we look forward to continuing our relationship in the coming year.

In this season of giving, Hurt & Proffitt has sent donations to the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia, The Salvation Army, Daily Bread and the Presbyterian Children’s Home of the Highlands, Inc.

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Randal Doss Obtains Asbestos Licensure In Two Disciplines

Hurt & Proffitt would like to congratulate Randal Doss for achieving licensure by the Virginia DPOR Board for Asbestos, Lead, Mold and Home Inspectors in two disciplines: Asbestos Building Inspector and Asbestos Abatement Project Monitor.

Randy has been an employee with Hurt & Proffitt for 14 years and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Ferrum College. In addition to his asbestos license, he is also an Authorized Onsite Soil Evaluator (AOSE). Randy has worked hard through course work to achieve his goals. Congratulations Randy!

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Check Out The Fall Edition Of Our Client Newsletter!

The fall edition of our client newsletter has been posted on our website. Topics include the Chesapeake Bay restoration and on-site sewer systems, construction beginning on the new George and Rosemary Dawson Inn, our laboratory receiving AMRL certification, and an article from our surveyors appreciating the past while using present technology. Please check out our newsletter and call us for help on your next project at 800-242-4906.


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Hurt & Proffitt Assists With Reviving A Historic Cemetery

If the importance of a cemetery was measured by the number of prominent people interred there per square foot, Central Virginia’s most historic graveyard would not be the Old City Cemetery or Spring Hill.

Rather, the leading candidate would have to be an obscure Campbell County burial ground measuring just 20-by-30 feet. The eight graves it contains include those of:

– John Clark (1745-1819). A captain in the Revolutionary War and cousin of Lynchburg founder John Lynch, he was one of the original city trustees. Later, he was a judge in Campbell County, a member of the House of Delegates and Campbell County sheriff.

– William Clark (1790-1822), who fought in the War of 1812 and served in the House of Delegates.

– Christopher Henderson Clark (1767-1828), the one-time owner of historic Sandusky. Born in 1767, he was one of Bedford County’s earliest commonwealth’s attorneys, then a delegate, and finally served a term in the U.S. House of Representatives. His brother became governor of Kentucky.

– John “Captain Jack” Leftwich (1783-1833), a planter and captain in the Virginia militia. Yet another House of Delegates member, he rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel during the Civil War.

Cham Light is proud of all of them, along with the four women (Martha Clark, Mary Bullock Moore, Sally Walton Leftwich and Mary Moore Clark) who are also spending eternity there.

“They had a hard life back then,” he said. “They were pioneers.”

If they were still around, they’d probably be proud of him, too.

Saturday, all this family pride will come into focus with a rededication of the family cemetery — located at the bucolic corner of Lawyers and Missionary Manor roads — at 11 a.m. Clark and Leftwich family members will be coming in from as far away as Plano, Texas and Pittsburgh.

The location is fitting, because Cham Light is, himself, a lawyer. And so was Christopher Clark.

Light had known about the cemetery since he was a child, but grew up away from Lynchburg. When he returned, he couldn’t help but notice that the plot had become overgrown, the iron fence surrounding it rusted and swaybacked.

“What really got my attention,” he said, “was the fact that the bank on one side was badly eroded. If that had kept up, some bodies might have ended up in the middle of the street.”

The gravestones were long gone, so there was no way of knowing who was buried there. That prompted some archaelogical detective work, undertaken by the Lynchburg Historical Society and the engineering firm of Hurt & Proffitt, and Light and others used the Internet to track down descendants and information.

The county highway department fixed the erosion, the fence was taken down and donated to the Old City Cemetery, and local mason Wesley Ward built a lovely enclosing wall out of Campbell County stone.

“Since we don’t really know who’s where,” Light said, “we’ve put up a marker listing the names of all eight people.”

This area is full of little forgotten cemeteries like the Clark/Leftwich plots, orphaned when all the family members either died off or moved away.

“Putting this back together has really brought the family closer together,” Light said. “It’s been a three-year project, and I’ve gotten in contact with a lot of relatives I’ve never met.”

The owners of the house that abuts the cemetery have also been supportive, Light said. A sign in their yard reads: “No Trespassing. Guard Dogs on Duty.”

And now, so is the Clark family.

Courtesy of The News & Advance

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Culpeper Town Council Awards Contract to Hurt & Proffitt

The Culpeper Town Council last night awarded a $135,000 contract to Hurt and Proffitt, a Lynchburg firm, to design the proposed inner connector that will run from Wendy’s to the Sperryville Pike and include a roundabout at the Old Rixeyville Road.

Shannon Cotulla, representing Hurt and Proffitt, said that construction on the project could begin as soon as the Virginia Department of Transportation builds its roundabout at the junction of James Madison Highway and North Main Street.

“We want to get that out of the way before we begin the inner connector,” Cotulla said. He estimated that VDOT would have its roundabout done by the beginning of 2013.

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Hurt & Proffitt Assists Dollar General At Madison Town Council Meeting

The Madison Town Council postponed making a decision at its Oct. 7 regular meeting on approving the site plan for a proposed Dollar General store that may be coming to Madison.

The store has applied to build on a business-zoned vacant lot at the south end of town between F.M. Graves Veterinary Clinic and the former ABC store/sheriff’s office on Main Street. Representatives of the firm designing the building submitted the site plan to the town planning commission a few months ago, Councilor Dan Painter said after the meeting.

However, the site plan for the proposed 9,000-square foot building was not approved at the meeting as members of the council voiced concerns regarding several details of the site, including the color of brick being used by the store and the layout of the parking lot.

“We’d love to see the store here, we’d like to see it as a good addition to our town,” Painter said. “We don’t have a lot of land left so we’d like to see as good quality a building as possible put in – we’re not trying to make it the Taj Mahal of Dollar General (buildings) but that’s not to say there can’t be some improvement.”

Representatives of the store were not present at the council’s regular Thursday, Oct. 7 meeting. However, Lynchburg-based survey and engineering firm Hurt and Proffitt, which is designing the building for their client GBT Realty, sent two representatives, Troy Williams and Adam Bryant, to relay any issues back to the firm. The building, once built to town and Dollar General specifications, would be sold or leased by the realty company to Dollar General, Williams said at the meeting.

“GBT Reality, who is our client, comes in and gets a site approved by Dollar General and they either turn it over to Dollar General or they lease it to Dollar General for a number of years,” Williams said at the meeting. “I know (the realty company) has been very amicable about the materials on the building and we went back and relooked at the lighting plan … so they’ve been through a process as far as making changes with all the people who’ve been reviewing (the plan) so I’m sure that they would take the suggestions that you all may have.”

Town councilors gave the pair a list of recommendations, including changing the color of the building material to a red brick and muting the color of the metal roof, that would need to be changed or reexamined before a green-light could be given to the building project.

“So you’d like to see a better landscaping plan, the roof you’d like to change from the (unpainted metal) to a painted dark green or red … and then have a reduction of the (parking lot) drive aisles from 40 to possibly 24 feet,” Williams said. “We’d be glad to defer until the next meeting.”

Even with the suggested changes, Mayor Willie Lamar said the deal is likely to go forward after the town’s regular Nov. 4 meeting.

“I think (the Dollar General) is a good opportunity for the town and for the community,” Lamar said. “It will change, it obviously change some of the complexion of the town and the devil’s in the details, but the property’s zoned commercial so they complied with the zoning … I think that it overall will be good for the town and the community by allowing more commerce to stay in the community.”

Courtesy of the Madison County Eagle

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Archaeological Excavation Underway at Historic Sandusky

Archaeologists from Hurt & Proffitt are onsite this week searching for remains of Sandusky’s 1808 porch and artifacts from the site’s earliest occupation. The project, which is funded by a grant from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources’ Threatened Sites fund, is taking place in advance of ground disturbance related to the rebuilding of the house’s dilapidated Victorian-era porch.

The archaeologists will be working in an area that has been covered and undisturbed for over 100 years. The dig may lead to the discovery of a foundation, piers or posts that may shed light on the appearance of the home’s original porch.

Additionally, many artifacts may have been casually discarded or lost in the vicinity of the porch. The recovery and study of these remains will aid in the study of daily life at the historic plantation.

This effort is the fourth archaeology project performed on Historic Sandusky since the site was taken over by the Historic Sandusky Foundation in 2001.

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Lynchburg Was Recently Distinguished As One Of Forbes Magazine’s Top 50 “Best Places For Business And Careers”

Lynchburg and the surrounding area have been recognized by Forbes Magazine once again, as one of the United States’ Top 50 Best Places for Business and Careers.  The Lynchburg region was ranked 49th, which beat out urban areas like Richmond, Roanoke, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Boston.  Lynchburg also ranked 45th in the nation for low-cost business environment.

This important distinction is due to Lynchburg’s low-cost business environment and innovative core industry clusters of energy, technology and health care, bolstered by quality higher education institutions.

Marjette Upshur, Lynchburg’s Director of Economic Development, stated that in the past seven months the office of economic development has successfully competed against other states to secure business expansions in Lynchburg that created 457 new jobs and fostered more than $36M in new capital investment.

As you can see in this post and the recent posts on, CNBC Ranks Virginia as Top Business State for 2011 and Lynchburg Schools Make The Country’s Top Public High Schools List, Lynchburg truly is the City of Opportunity! Who wouldn’t want to live here in Lynchburg?

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Lynchburg Humane Society Establishes New Home

Hurt & Proffitt is pleased to be part of a project to establish a new home for the Lynchburg Humane Society. The proposed site will be located on Old Graves Mill Road near its intersection with Graves Mill Road (see rendering) We first became involved with the project by providing a complimentary conceptual site plan and rendering which was displayed at the annual Best Friends Ball fundraiser and used for two neighborhood meetings to inform nearby residents of the Society’s plans to relocate.

Currently, Hurt & Proffitt is assisting the Humane Society with the rezoning of the proposed site. If the rezoning is approved, we will provide a site design, topographic and boundary surveying services, and stormwater permitting. The Lynchburg Humane Society has been providing services in the Lynchburg community for over 55 years. In 2009 the Board of Directors changed the mission and vision of the organization to make it a “No Kill” community. A big part of that mission is the creation of this new site which will house a Humane Education and Adoption Center.


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Hurt & Proffitt Participates In Relay For Life For Third Straight Year

This year marked Hurt & Proffitt’s third straight year participating in Lynchburg’s Relay for Life to raise money for the American Cancer Society. This year our team consisted of 10 team members. The Hurt & Proffitt team raised a total of $6,600.00 in less than six months. Along with individual fund raising efforts, the team held two pancake breakfasts, a yard sale, and a very successful lunch cookout in which we delivered over 120 lunches to area businesses.

The Relay for Life event was held on June 3rd at Heritage High School’s track where 144 teams walked or camped around the track throughout the night. Because cancer never sleeps, relays are overnight events where each team is asked to have a representative walking around the track at all times. Our fundraising efforts continued into the evening where we held our annual college sports ball raffle. The raffle consisted of a Virginia Tech football autographed by head coach Frank Beamer, a Virginia Tech basketball autographed by head coach Seth Greenberg, a UVA football autographed by head coach Mike London, and a UVA basketball autographed by head coach Tony Bennett and players.

The Relay for Life event can be bittersweet. Some participate to honor those who have battled or who are battling cancer, some to remember loved ones who lost their battle, and all participate to help bring an end to this terrible disease. Whatever the reason, the community comes together for a great cause.

Even though the event is over, you can still donate through August 31st. Please visit our team page if you are interested in making a donation.



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Hurt & Proffitt Participates in Lynchburg Day of Caring

Recently, six of our dedicated Hurt & Proffitt employees spent the day assembling and staining picnic tables for the Lynchburg Regional Soccer Complex as part of the annual United Way Day of Caring event.

The Lynchburg “Day of Caring” is an annual event sponsored by the United Way of Central Virginia. Over 1300 volunteers participated this year from all over the area; businesses, churches, non-profit organizations and many others joined together for a day of giving back to our community.

Approximately 50 companies and select employees worked on more than 200 projects at 40 non-profits throughout the City for the annual Day of Caring. Serving projects ranged from landscaping, city clean-up, building wheel chair ramps, painting, washing vehicles and much, much more. This yearly event is great opportunity to partner with our local organizations for the purpose of serving our community.

Hurt & Proffitt loves serving our community whenever possible and really enjoys this event in particular. Our company looks forward to this every year and plans on volunteering in it for many years to come.

Day of Caring in Lynchburg

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Andy Klepac Passes PE Examination

We are pleased to announce that Andy Klepac, in our Lynchburg office, has passed his PE exam. Andy graduated in 2006 from the University of Virginia with a degree in Civil Engineering. He has 5 years of engineering experience, with an emphasis on site layout, grading, E&S plan preparation, and stormwater management. During his almost 3 years at Hurt & Proffitt, he has had the opportunity to work on a variety of land development, utility, and roadway projects. Congratulations Andy on your achievement.

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Albert Hammett Awarded Land Surveyor License

We are pleased to announce that Albert Hammett, in our Norfolk office, has been awarded the Land Surveyor license for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Albert has over 22 years of field and office survey experience as a party chief, survey technician, field crew supervisor, and project surveyor. His expertise is in ALTA, control, construction, mortgage, topographical, and boundary surveys. He is proficient in courthouse research, survey computations, and has extensive experience with both AutoCAD and Microstation. He has been employed at Hurt & Proffitt for 3 years. Congratulations Albert!

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Chad Hodges Passes EIT Exam

Hurt & Proffitt (H&P) is pleased to announce that Chad Hodges, in our Lynchburg office, has passed his EIT exam. Chad will graduate in December 2011 from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering Technology and a minor in Engineering Management. He has been employed by Hurt & Proffitt for over four years. During his time here at Hurt & Proffitt, he has helped draft/design multiple water and sewer systems, including the eight mile water line from Concord to Appomattox. We applaud Chad’s hard work and commitment.

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Hurt & Proffitt’s IT Director Presents At Virginia Region 2000 Technology Council’s “Wired Wednesday”

On April 27th , Hurt & Proffitt’s IT Director, Gerald Cox presented at the Virginia Region 2000 Technology Council’s Wired Wednesday. Wired Wednesday is a quarterly Lunch & Learn event that focuses on a specific business technology topic from a regional expert. Recent topics have featured Cloud Computing, the Center for Advanced Engineering and IT Risk Assessments.

The most recent topic was “Mobile Computing For Business & Education”. Gerald’s presentation covered Hurt & Proffitt’s past and present use of wireless technology, particularly our use of GPS equipment for surveying in the field. After the presentation, Gerald participated in a panel discussion with other presenters from Lynchburg City Schools, TBL Networks and Ntelos.

Hurt & Proffitt is a proud member of the Virginia Region 2000 Technology Council.


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Hurt & Proffitt’s Green Social Recognized On Recent Blog

Dan Smolen, author of the book “Tailoring the Green Suit”, has featured Hurt & Proffitt’s Green Social in a blog post titled “10 Things I Didn’t Know About Lynchburg, Va.” Mr. Smolen was the guest speaker at the Green Social in March.

Next time you’re in town, don’t forget to stop by the Green Social held every first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Depot Grille in downtown Lynchburg. It is an open forum for people working with environmental issues (academia, business, government, environmental groups, and individuals). Anyone can come to discuss their thoughts, opinions, related to environmental issues.

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Check Out The Spring Edition Of Our Client Newsletter!

The spring edition of our client newsletter has been posted on our website. Topics include our work on three projects in three different states and on three distinct islands, the Hog Island Wildlife Management Area Shoreline Stablization project, how growth and change all start with surveying, and our attendance at the Brownfields Conference. Please check out our newsletter and call us for help on your next project at 800-242-4906.


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Hurt & Proffitt’s Extraordinary Response To An Unusual Request

One of the most attractive aspects of a career in civil engineering is the wide diversity in types of work, and, at Hurt & Proffitt (H&P), that aspect is certainly evident. We are asked to provide a wide variety of services, some of which are unusual, to say the least.

An example of that is our recent assistance in the removal of a pickup truck that had rolled into a lake. The property owner called H&P and requested immediate assistance so as to prevent leakage of fuel, oil, grease, or other contaminants which could adversely impact the environment. H&P has many contacts, in many different fields of work, and was able to have a local subconsultant at the site less than 1½ hours after receiving the property owner’s call. With assistance from H&P in preparation and in monitoring the equipment, dive, and communications, our subconsultant was able to locate the submerged vehicle and hook a wrecker’s winch cable to it.

The truck was pulled from the lake and onto the bank about five hours after its disappearance.The truck owner cannot expect to get his truck restored to him, but the lake owner was satisfied that H&P’s quick response to an unusual problem prevented any damage to his property or the environment.

Although the facts of this story are unusual, the Hurt and Proffitt response is not. Responding to the varied needs of our customers and finding effective solutions is our mission. Please call our Civil Engineering Department at 434-847-7796 to explore solutions our experts can design for your project.


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Hurt & Proffitt Hires W. Chris Nixon As Director of Environmental Services

Hurt & Proffitt, Inc is pleased to announce the hiring of W. Chris Nixon as the Director of Environmental Services. Mr. Nixon is returning to Hurt & Proffitt after a fifteen year period working throughout the Northern U.S. specifically for medium and large A/E firms. Chris has over nineteen years of experience within the environmental and industrial hygiene industry. Mr. Nixon holds several certifications and/or licenses: Asbestos Inspector, Management Planner, Abatement Designer, Project Monitor and Lead Risk Assessor, etc.

Mr. Nixon has extensive experience as an industrial hygienist providing indoor air quality assessments for microbiological agents, methamphetamines and unknown chemicals. Mr. Nixon broadens our abilities to provide OSHA compliance monitoring for industrial/manufacturing facilities. Environmentally, Mr. Nixon will bring his expertise to Hurt & Proffitt, developing Phase I, II and III Environmental Site Assessments, air permitting and other DEQ related permitting activities. We are excited about the new opportunities that Chris brings to Hurt & Proffitt.

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Hurt & Proffitt Welcomes Angela Rivas, PE To Our Norfolk Office

Hurt & Proffitt would like to welcome Angela Rivas, PE to our Norfolk office. Angela has a varied background in site planning, water, wastewater, stormwater, and pump station design. She has worked on private development projects in the Hampton Roads area for the past four years. Previously, she was involved in municipal work for the City of Virginia Beach.  She has worked with Bowman Consulting, Massey Design, the City of Virginia Beach Public Utilities and Autometric, Inc, now a part of Boeing Corporation.  Her work with Autometric included GIS, mapping and photogrammetric work for the Department of Defense. 

Ms. Rivas is a graduate of Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering. She will serve as a Project Manager for the firm and is the professional in responsible charge for all engineering design activities in the Norfolk office. We are excited about having Angela on board and are looking forward to having her help us grow the Norfolk office.

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Troy D. Williams Re-Appointed Region IV Director of Virginia Association of Surveyors

Troy D. Williams, LS, a Vice President at Hurt & Proffitt, was re-appointed Region IV Director of the Virginia Association of Surveyors (VAS) for 2011. He has been part of Hurt & Proffitt for over 20 years and holds surveying licenses in Virginia and West Virginia.

Troy is the manager of Hurt & Proffitt’s Survey Department in Lynchburg, VA. He has served as survey field crew member, survey technician, and coordinator of Hurt & Proffitt’s many survey field crews; he is especially proficient with the in-house processing of field data & GPS systems.

Troy has had a direct role in many of Hurt & Proffitt’s largest surveying projects over the past 20 years. Troy is currently serving as President of the Southern Chapter for the Virginia Association of Surveyors and now has been re-elected as Region IV Director. He holds memberships in the National Society of Professional Surveyors and the West Virginia Association of Surveyors.

Troy’s interest in surveying began at eighteen when he began his career at Hurt & Proffitt and has been technology-driven throughout his career being the first to implement the latest technology into Hurt & Proffitt’s field and office procedures throughout the years.

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Work Begins On New Dormitory At Fork Union Military Academy

Hurt & Proffitt is proud to announce a partnership with English Construction Company and Bowie Gridley Architects for the new dormitory project at Fork Union Military Academy. The facility will be known as Jacobson Hall and will be a 3-story 92,000 square foot facility when complete. The team has prepared a turnkey design build project that will house 500 cadets in 250 sleeping rooms.

Hurt & Proffitt is providing full survey, civil engineering design and materials testing services for the project. The structure is designed to be extremely durable and long lasting with minimal anticipated maintenance. The building will be constructed of load-bearing concrete masonry exterior walls with pre-stressed, precast concrete plank floors.

The exterior of the building has been designed to compliment the Academy’s existing architecture and it is anticipated that the building will receive a LEED silver certification. This is a continuation of our services and commitment to Fork Union Military Academy which most recently has included the campus maintenance building.

Check out more news about our current projects in the winter edition of our client newsletter.

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Check Out The Winter Edition Of Our Client Newsletter!

The winter edition of our client newsletter has been posted on our website. Topics include our new Cultural Resource Management service, how to find funding for your project, and work on a new dormitory at Fork Union Military Academy. Please check out our newsletter and call us for help on your next project at 800-242-4906.

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Hurt & Proffitt and Sweet Briar College Open New Archaeology Laboratory

Hurt & Proffitt Inc. is collaborating with Sweet Briar College to expand its cultural resource management services. The company has teamed with the nearby women’s college to establish the Sweet Briar College Archaeological Materials Laboratory. Under the agreement, the lab will process, record and temporarily curate artifacts discovered as a result of work performed by the company for its clients.

The laboratory is expected to be fully operational by the end of January, although work has already begun to process materials from an ongoing Hurt & Proffitt project. Archaeologist Randy Lichtenberger is H&P’s director of cultural resources. He said the new lab complements the cultural resource management, or CRM, services the company already offers for clients, whether they are meeting regulatory requirements to investigate their project’s impact on historic properties or conducting an investigation solely for research purposes.

“The Sweet Briar lab is an essential component of our archaeological services. It allows us to offer a complete range of those services to our clients,” Lichtenberger said, noting that with archaeologists Keith Adams and Perry Tourtellotte directing its operation, it will be led by highly qualified and experienced professionals.

In addition to cleaning, labeling and cataloging artifacts, the lab will coordinate with consultants in specialized subfields such as conservation and faunal or macro-botanical analysis when required.

Two rooms in Gray Hall, home to the College’s archaeology program, are being renovated and equipped to accommodate the new lab. Adams and Tourtellotte, both adjunct instructors at Sweet Briar, will supervise paid student employees who will do much of the work.

“Perry and I will direct the lab and train students in cultural resource management, artifact processing, curation and analysis — all hands-on skills training for students in archaeology or arts management,” Adams said. “Depending on students’ background and interest, we could employ anthropology, art history, history and classics majors.”
Adams also is hoping a new one-credit course on archaeology lab management will be approved to be taught with SBC’s archaeology field course beginning next fall. “In that case the lab will be used as a full-fledged classroom teaching environment,” he said.

H&P’s staff archaeologists and architectural historians are experienced in helping public and private clients meet complex regulatory requirements in projects ranging from small developments to interstate transmission lines. Lichtenberger said each one meets or exceeds Department of the Interior requirements for professional qualifications. And they’re experts in developing CRM plans as the most cost-effective way to balance development with the preservation of significant cultural resources.

They also have worked with private preservationists and museums, including the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest.

“In fact, all of our cultural resources personnel are actively involved in historical societies, professional associations and personal research projects,” Lichtenberger said, noting that among his colleagues, history is as much a passion as a job.

Hurt & Proffitt’s complete company portfolio includes environmental engineering, geotechnical services, land development, and construction testing and inspection. Employee-owned since 1996, it is one of the largest civil engineering firms in Central Virginia and has offices in Norfolk and Wytheville.

Beyond the new lab, the collaboration between Hurt & Proffitt and the College offers great potential for Sweet Briar students. Those with appropriate excavation experience will be given priority for paid summer internships or employment as archaeological field technicians for the company. But as the relationship matures, both parties envision opportunities extending to students in the engineering, business, environmental studies and other programs.

“The opportunities created by this collaboration have been terrific” said Bif Johnson, Hurt & Proffitt’s chief executive officer and president. “Sweet Briar students get exposure to real-world projects, the College gets a well-equipped lab, Hurt & Proffitt is able to offer an entirely new service, and our clients get high quality services offered locally.”

Sweet Briar President Jo Ellen Parker agrees the new lab is a plus all the way around. “It is good for education, good for business and good for our community,” she said. “Sweet Briar is very proud to be partnering with local business to create value. While providing a valuable service to Hurt & Proffitt, our students will gain hands-on experience — and show why archaeology matters outside the academy.”

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Season’s Greetings from Hurt & Proffitt

Wishing you every happiness this Holiday Season and prosperity in the New Year.

As 2010 comes to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to once again extend our sincere thanks for your steadfast support throughout this past year.

In this season of giving, Hurt & Proffitt has sent donations to the Daily Bread, Lynchburg Grows, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, HOPE Inc. ‘Helping Overcome Poverty’s Existence,’ and the Presbyterian Children’s Home of the Highlands, Inc.

Thank you for being our client. We look forward to continuing our relationship in the coming year. Hoping you and your family have a healthy, happy 2011.

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Green Social – Meeting Date and Time Change as of January

As of January our Green Social meetings will be changing to the first Thursday of every month at 6:30, immediately after the USGBC Southwest Chapter meeting. For more information on the USGBC SW Chapter please visit their website:

For those of you who are not familiar with the Green Social in Lynchburg.

An open forum for people working with environmental issues (academia, business, government, environmental groups, and individuals). Anyone can come, to discuss their thoughts, opinions, releted to environmental issues. Attendees are welcome to actively invite people to the meetings.

This is a great way to network!

To learn more about Green Drinks please visit

First Thursday of every month at 6:30

Depot Grille
10 9th Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504

Walk, bike, bus, or carpool

Anyone interested in environmental issues or studying them

Networking, fun, contacts, information, inspiration, business and pleasure

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Joseph’s Dream – Providing Housing Opportunities For The Elderly in Bedford

Joseph’s Dream is a 50-unit apartment community located on a hillside in the City of Bedford, VA. It is composed of five 4-unit buildings, five 6-unit buildings and one community center/office building. Each one-bedroom apartment unit measures 540 square feet. Joseph’s Dream is a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program project, designed to support the low-income elderly. Construction was completed in August 2010.

The project team consisted of Rev. David L. Moore of Metropolitan Housing and CDC, Inc. (sponsor), Brett Massey and Stan Starr (housing consultants), Hurt and Proffitt (civil engineering/land development, geotechnical engineering, surveying, and construction staking), Moore Riley Architects PA (architecture), and E.D. Parker Corporation (general contractor). This was the first project this team worked on together. The team is currently working on two additional HUD 202 projects: one in Christiansburg, VA and one in Franklin County, VA.

The major design challenge faced on this project was the topography. The site’s large footprint required a significant amount of earthwork and several tall segmental block retaining walls. Approximately 25,000 cubic yards was moved on this balanced site and rock was encountered in some of the cuts.

Check out more news about our current projects in the fall edition of our client newsletter.

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National Water Access Organization SOBA Recognizes Five States and Three Individuals with Outstanding Achievement Awards

The States Organization for Boating Access (SOBA), a national organization devoted to the acquisition, development and administration of public recreational boating facilities throughout the U.S., announced today the recipients of its 2010 annual SOBA Awards Program. Awards are given to states and individuals for their work in creating public boating access areas. Recognized include Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin. In addition to the five state awards, three boating access professionals were recognized for their service to SOBA and their individual state boating programs. Awards were distributed during SOBA’s 24th National Meeting in Park City, Utah in October.

The SOBA Awards Program recognizes the outstanding work that goes into growing and maintaining water access for the nation’s estimated 66 million boaters. Award recipients are selected by SOBA’s Executive Board. Visit to learn more about the annual Awards and how to nominate someone for the 2011 program.

“Recreational boating is big business in the U.S. and access to the water is what makes this possible. State agencies are a critical component in providing affordable access to our nation’s public waterways and lakes,” said SOBA president James Adams.  “State agencies overcome numerous challenges to continue providing some of the best facilities for our boating constituents and we are proud to recognize them for their efforts.”

The 2010 National Awards are as follows:

Public Boating Access:

Small Access Category: Eight Point Lake Boating Access Development Project, Clare County, Michigan:  The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment constructed a new one lane ramp with 22 parking spaces to provide anglers and boaters access to the largest public water body in Clare County. The total project cost was $30,000.

Mid-size Access Category: Lawnes Creek Boating Access Facility, Surry County, Virginia:  The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries rehabilitated the popular Lawnes Creek Boating Access site to provide boaters with a safer updated launch site using new alternative construction materials.  The total project cost was $220,000.

Large Access Category: Huron River Wildlife Area Ramp Access, Erie County, Ohio.  The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft constructed a large scale boating access site on the Huron River Wildlife Management Area to provide boaters and anglers increased access to Lake Erie’s western basin.  This new 9 acre development features 4 launch lanes, 135 parking spaces, courtesy docks and modern restroom facilities. The total project cost was $2.4 million.

Marina and Harbor Development: Straits State Harbor, Mackinaw, Michigan:  The Michigan Department of Natural Resources converted a previously used ferry terminal into a state of the art public marina.  The marina has 134 slips, a 3 lane launch ramp, sewage pumpout facilities while utilizing “green’ technologies to limit the environmental impact. The total project cost was $11 million.

Overall Boating Access Boating Program: The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ boating access was recognized for their efforts with providing access to the state’s public waters.  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources owns and operates 620 boating access sites statewide and partners with local governments to operate an additional 2,290 facilities.  The agency developed and released its popular internet website in 2007.

Clean Vessel Act Program Excellence Award: New Jersey’s diverse and public/private partnership based Clean Vessel Act program was recognized for its efforts with providing sewage pumpout facilities for recreational boaters.  The program cooperators include the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife,  New Jersey Division of Coastal Engineering, the state Marine Trades Association, as well as the New Jersey Marine Science Consortium.  The overall program is credited with safely collecting and disposing of more than 5 million gallons of sewage and waste removed from recreational vessels.

Individual Award Recipients for 2010:

SOBA Outstanding Service Award: Kim Elverum, Boat and Water Safety Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Elverum was recognized for his expertise and commitment to providing Minnesota’s boaters and anglers with public boating access sites and consistently seeking ways to maximize the amount of the public access sites completed by the agency.

Special Recognition Award: Lacy E. Nichols, Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife. Nichols has been a member of SOBA since 1991 and has been involved in numerous committees and task forces. He was instrumental in developing SOBA’s renowned Operational and Maintenance Program Guides for Recreational Boating Facilities and also the Boating Access Construction Best Management Practices instructional DVD.

William H. Ivers Award: Mike Hough, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife (retired). Hough has been actively involved in countless SOBA activities, including serving as the organization’s President in 2000. This award is SOBA’s most prestigious individual award named to honor the memory of its namesake who helped found the organization.


About the State’s Organization for Boating Access: SOBA is the nation’s premier organization for boating access engineers and public access providers. SOBA will celebrate its 25th anniversary at its upcoming annual meeting in La Crosse, Wisconsin on September 25-29, 2011.  For additional information, please visit SOBA’s web site (

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Check Out The Fall Edition Of Our Client Newsletter

The fall edition of our client newsletter has been posted on our website. Topics include work on the Route 221 Improvement Project in Roanoke County, the Joseph’s Dream apartment project, and a wetland delineation regulation update. Please check out our newsletter and call us for help on your next project at 800-242-4906.

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Environmental Scientist Tiffany Clifton Licensed As Professional Wetland Delineator

Please join us in congratulating Tiffany Clifton on receiving her licensure from the DPOR Board for Professional Soil Scientists and Wetland Professionals as a Professional Wetland Delineator.

Tiffany is an Environmental Scientist in our Environmental Department. Her areas of concentration lie in Phase I & II site assessments, transaction screenings, and regulatory updating, compliance, and reporting. Her expertise also includes performing wetland and aquatic area delineations, coordinating onsite approvals from the US Army Corps of Engineers, performing stream assessments using the Unified Stream Methodology, watershed planning, assisting with 404 and 401 permitting, compensatory mitigation requirements for impacts to wetlands and streams, permit compliance monitoring and reporting, Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) permitting, and NPDES Stormwater Phase II and Stormwater/Watershed Management.  She assists clients and project managers with the arduous state and federal requirements allowing the project to move smoothly through to a successful process.

Thanks to her knowledge, experience, and hard work, she is now one of only 109 Professional Wetland Delineators in the state. Should you have any questions concerning environmental assistance for your next project, call her at 800-242-4906.

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Hardware River WMA Boat Ramp Now Open with Completion of New Bridge

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has officially opened the new bridge across the Hardware River leading to the boat ramp on the James River and improved the access road into the 1,055 acre WMA. The access road and boat ramp were opened on August 4 and officially dedicated September 2. The new bridge replaces the one originally constructed in 1932, and re-built by the Department in 1984.

Hurt & Proffitt provided surveying, geotechnical engineering, environmental permitting and civil engineering services to the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries for the development of this bridge in Fluvanna County, VA. Our services included hydraulic analysis of the Hardware and James River required to determine the elevation of the new bridge. The project included on-site and off-site borrow pits where erosion and sediment control plans and restoration plans were required for the General Contractor to construct the new bridge.

Hurt & Proffitt participated with officials of DGIF in reviewing the General Contractor proposals and conducting a thorough investigation of the proposals before the project was awarded. We provided all documents for obtaining the release of the permits to construct the new bridge. These documents included the release letters from the various reviewing agencies leading to the permit to construct from the Virginia Marine Resources Commission. Hurt & Proffitt also provided construction observation and materials testing services during the construction process.

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Hurt & Proffitt Helps Provide New Bridge For Henry County Community

Hurt & Proffitt provided construction stakeout on the new bridge in Henry County. The crew from Hurt & Proffitt was made up of Kenny Kemp, Tim Bagby, Donnie Scrivener, and Josh Venable. The new $2.4 million bridge is located in the Fieldale community and connects to Appalachian-Koelher Road. It replaces the original bridge that was built in the 1930’s.

According to VDOT, about 4,500 cars are expected to use it each day. Henry County leaders hope more industrial businesses will settle into Fieldale since the bridge, which is a main thoroughfare, is now strong enough to handle heavy-duty trucks and cargo. The project was completed three months ahead of schedule. Work on the bridge began in April 2009. A truss from the old bridge is on permanent display at the nearby Fieldale ballpark.

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Green Social Topic: Compensatory Mitigation Banking. Come Out And Network On Tuesday, August 3rd

Please come out and listen to speaker, Cindy Hankley, owner of Glenthorne Farm, talk about compensatory mitigation banking for unavoidable impacts to waters of the US. It will take place at our next Green Social held this Tuesday, August 3rd at 5:30 p.m. at the Depot Grille (Downtown Lynchburg). This is a great way to come out and network as well as discuss/learn about green ideas. We hope to see you there.

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Save Money With A Geotechnical Investigation Early In Your Project

A critical key to the success of a project is identifying the costs as early as possible. All too often, subsurface investigation is left out of projects at the conceptual phase. Later in the project development, geotechnical investigation is typically required to evaluate bearing pressure for foundations or suitability of the soil for use on the project. At that point it is often when we uncover issues like high water tables, contaminated soils, expansive clay, sink holes, or rock which drive up the cost of the project.

If we are called out at the conceptual stage to do a preliminary subsurface investigation, we can identify and minimize these costly problems in advance.  For example, by knowing the depth to rock on the project your Site Design team can layout the project to minimize added cost of rock excavation.

Unlike most companies that provide drilling services, Hurt & Proffitt  provides a geologist on sight during drilling operations. Our knowledgeable and experienced staff can provide insights far beyond classification of the soil coming out of the borehole. They can identify environmental issues and provide overall sight characterization that can help you minimize future expenses.

Please contact Shannon Cotulla, PE at 434-847-7796 in our Geotechnical Department for more information on how an early geotechnical investigation can reduce cost on your next project. Read more about what’s going on at Hurt & Proffitt in our client newsletter by clicking the link at the top of the page.

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Check Out The Summer Edition Of Our Client Newsletter

The summer edition of our client newsletter has been posted. Topics for this edition include decentralized wastewater systems, our various work across the state, and how to save money on your next project by getting a geotechnical investigation early in your project. Please check out our newsletter and call us for help on your next project at 800-242-4906.

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Hurt & Proffitt Awarded Another Five-Year Contract with James Madison University

Hurt & Proffitt, Inc. is proud to announce that we were awarded another five year contract with James Madison University. We have been working with JMU since 2003 and this is the second award of a 5-year term contract with them. We are very proud of our relationship with the staff and leadership of JMU and are looking forward to continuing our work with them.

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Hurt & Proffitt Participates In United Way of Central Virginia’s Annual Day of Caring

Hurt & Proffitt employees (Matt Leslie, Mike McPeake, Patrick Proffitt, Scott Beasley, Mike Condrey, Kenny Kemp, Josh Venable, Donnie Scrivener, and Tim Bagby) volunteered to build one large picnic table and three small childrens’ picnic tables for the Rivermont Avenue Baptist Church Early Learning Center. 

We arrived at 8:00 am on Wednesday, May 12th, and met with the center’s Director, Greta Morris, to set up our construction area.  Team 1 (Kemp, Bagby, Beasley, Scrivener, and Venable) built the large picnic table and the Team 2 (Leslie, McPeake, Proffitt, and Condrey) built the small childrens’ picnic tables. Once the tables were completed, they were stained by Josh Venable and Tim Bagby.  Team 1 finished their table and then drilled drain holes in the playground’s “Discovery Box” and lifted up the box from the ground by putting landscape timbers underneath the box. 

Ms. Morris was very pleased with the picnic tables and improved “Discovery Box”.  Hurt & Proffitt also donated the cost of the building materials. Both teams enjoyed the building project and look forward to next year’s Day of Caring!

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Hurt & Proffitt Selected By Northampton County To Help Two Regions Meet Wastewater Needs

Hurt & Proffitt, Inc. was selected by Northampton County to work with them on projects that will meet wastewater needs in two regions of the county. Northampton County sought proposals from qualified engineering firms in early April and selected Hurt & Proffitt from a field of six proposals that were submitted. 

The northern “Project A” will bring public sanitary sewer service to portions of the Towns of Exmore and Nassawadox and the areas in between. It will also provide an upgrade to the treatment facility in Exmore to give additional treatment capacity. The Southern “Project B” will expand sanitary sewer in the Cape Charles area ultimately bringing in portions of the Town of Cheriton. 

Hurt & Proffitt, Inc. brought Eldon James & Associates and Sue Rowland Consulting to the team to handle Grant Administration and Community Facilitation aspects of the projects. Dominion Soil Science was a part of the team to assist with the on-site dispersal system that will be a part of the project. Golder Associates is also a part of our team and will provide Eastern Shore experience and expertise in soils and water sources issues. 

Northampton County officials, along with the Towns of Exmore, Nassawadox, Cape Charles, and Cheriton, will be a part of the Management Team that will be brought together to work on the project. The team is committed to bringing a successful project to the citizens and communities of Northampton County.

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Shannon D. Cotulla, PE Promoted To Department Head

Hurt & Proffitt is pleased to announce that Shannon D. Cotulla, PE, has been promoted into the Department Head position for the Geotechnical and Materials Testing Department.

Shannon graduated from North Carolina State University in 1998 with a BS in Civil Engineering. He has been with Hurt & Proffitt for nearly 5 years. His first 3 years were in the Civil Department before leaving to join VDOT. Since he’s been back with us he has done a number of municipal and dam related projects that have expanded his knowledge and expertise. While at VDOT he filled a number of managerial and leadership positions that afforded him the opportunity to gain significant skills in these areas. His last two years with VDOT were spent in the Executive Leadership program, including sitting in the position of Acting District Construction Engineer. While in that capacity he was over the District’s Preliminary Engineering Departments and the Construction Inspections and Materials Testing Departments. The leadership skills and familiarity with the technical aspects he gained while in that capacity will bring great benefit to our Geotechnical and Materials Testing Department.

In addition to filling this new role, Shannon will also continue to provide engineering services to our clients through the Civil Department.

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Hurt & Proffitt’s Relay For Life Team Gets Help From Buffalo Wild Wings

Hurt & Proffitt’s Relay for Life team has a fundraising opportunity with Buffalo Wild Wings on Wards Road. Between Friday, April 30 and Friday, May 14, they will donate 15% of your food purchase to our Relay team to help fight against cancer. You must have a specially marked card to participate. Please call 434-847-7796 for more information on how to receive one of these cards.

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Hurt & Proffitt Has Been Selected By The Town of Troutville

Hurt & Proffitt has been selected by the Town of Troutville Town Council to prepare the Preliminary Engineering Report to cover the water system leak problem the Town is experiencing. Hurt & Proffitt was also chosen to prepare the plans and specifications for the water system improvements that will be recommended in the Preliminary Engineering Report. The PER will be prepared to the standards of the Virginia Department of Health and the USDA – Rural Development. The original water system for the Town appears to be the source of the problem where over 30,000 feet of various plastic pipe sizes have been laid.

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Join Us At The Green Social Featuring Kelly Hitchcock With Region 2000

Come out to our next Green Social on Tuesday, May 4th at 5:30 p.m. at the Depot Grille. Kelly Hitchcock from Region 2000 will be doing a mini presention on how we can cleanup eight local streams. This event is an open forum for people working with environmental issues. Anyone can come to discuss their thoughts and opinions related to environmental issues. Don’t miss it! Green Social events are held every first Tuesday of the month. To learn more about Green Drinks please visit

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David Wells Receives Surveyor Photogrammestrist Designation

Hurt & Proffitt (H&P) is pleased to announce that David Wells, in our Norfolk office, has received Surveyor Photogrammetrist designation in the Commonwealth of Virginia. David is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and has been employed by H&P for over four years. He has provided various services at H&P, including GIS and aerial mapping. He was also part of the team that surveyed the 57 mile boundary at Fort Pickett in Blackstone, VA. Congratulations, David, we applaud your hard work and commitment toward obtaining your Surveyor Photogrammetrist license!

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Hurt & Proffitt Has Been Selected For The Prince Edward County Alternative Route 628 Project

Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors recently selected Hurt & Proffitt to provide all the engineering design services, environmental permitting and construction administration and inspection services for the development of the new alternate Route 628 in Prince Edward County. The new roadway will be approximately 4,000 feet in length and it will serve the new Granite Falls Hotel and Conference Center. The new roadway will provide two 12 ft wide travel lanes with bike lanes on either side of the roadway. The new roadway will connect to Route 15 at its intersection with Dominion Drive. The intersection signals will be upgraded to allow for the new 4 way intersection. The project will be a Locally Administered Project funded through VDOT’s revenue sharing program.

The new roadway will provide the opportunity for Prince Edward County to remove existing through traffic from the current location of Route 628. Existing Route 628 serves the educational school complex for the County.

The project manager for Prince Edward County will be Ms. Sharon Carney, EDA Director.

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Upgrades Begin At The Henry H. Lanum Jr. Water Filtration Plant

The Henry H. Lanum Jr. Water Filtration Plant, located on Route 130 in Amherst County, was built in 1955. The plant was expanded in 1977 to increase the capacity to 2.0 million gallons per day (MGD).

In 2006, Amherst County Service Authority (ACSA) began a process to address ongoing changes in the regulatory landscape and the need for modernization. As a result, the project team of Hurt & Proffitt, Arcadis U.S. Inc., and Kincaid-Bryant prepared construction documents for a technological upgrade that will address new regulatory requirements, replace and repair aging equipment and structures, and prepare the plant for a future production capacity of 4.0 MGD. Improvements to the facility include a new clearwell, control room, chlorine room and loading dock. 

In the fall of 2009, ACSA entered into a $6 million contract with English Construction Company, Inc. to complete the technological plant upgrades over an 18 month period. Limited open space and the need to keep the facility in operation will require continued H&P coordination of communications between the County, design team, and the contractor.

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Woodland Retirement Community Holds Ground Breaking Ceremony

The Woodland Retirement Community in Farmville, VA held a ‘Ground Breaking Ceremony’ for the new therapy facility and 30 bed addition on March 19, 2010. Members of the Board of Trustees, administrative staff, architectural and engineering consultants, and the general contractor participated in the event.

Hurt & Proffitt completed all the surveying, civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, and environmental permitting required for the project. The design consists of a large parking lot of a proposed building addition, which will eliminate an existing 76-space parking lot. We are working with the building’s architect to design site improvements associated with the proposed addition.

The project has two phases. The first phase consists of the advanced site package and includes construction of a new 153-space parking lot, service drive, utility relocation, management of stormwater quantity and quality, relocation of an existing nursing school building, and other related work.

The second phase consists of site work associated with the building addition, an additional 37-space parking lot, utility connections, relocation of a back-up generator and electrical transformer, and management of stormwater quality and quantity. Despite the harsh winter in Farmville, the project is close to being on schedule for completion by the end of 2010.

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