Jones, Blair, Waldrup and Tucker Inc.

Engineering Projects for the Public Sector

Inducted in 2002

The consulting engineering corporation called Jones, Blair, Waldrup and Tucker has been productively involved and invested in Gadsden and surrounding areas since 1944. Its reputation as an authority in public engineering is long-standing and well-deserved. The firm serves today as the city engineer of 14 Northeast Alabama municipalities (across seven counties), and it remains a steady source of technical assistance to all kinds of public and private clients working to better the living conditions of the region. All projects — from parks to pipes — are designed with an eye toward future, as well as present, needs.

Jones, Blair, Waldrup and Tucker provides expert help in traditional civil-engineering matters: street and highway design, storm drainage system design, boundary and topographic surveys, subdivision platting and site planning. Furthermore, they know when a project may in fact not be necessary, or could be approached in a far less costly manner, and they do not hesitate to so advise their clients. In addition, the preservation and the delivery of clean water supplies have become something of a specialty at JBWT. Over the years, the firm’s professionals have kept abreast of evolving environmental regulations, both from the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. In their work they have met and surpassed these directives during projects involving drinking water supply and treatment; sewage collection, treatment, and disposal; landfill design and closure; and rainwater runoff control.

In Calhoun, Etowah, and Marshall counties, JBWT is responsible for expanding public water service to more than 60,000 citizens. The firm’s innovative engineering of the Calhoun County direct filtration plant enabled the county to begin treating raw water from two existing, but previously untapped, sources. JBWT engineers also directed the development of Clay County’s water plant and the construction of Gadsden’s finished water pumping station. The latter increased that city’s pumping capacity threefold. So knowledgeable are the JBWT professionals of clean-water matters that ADEM turned to one of them to serve on an advisory committee helping to revise the state’s drinking-water regulations.

The people of Jones, Blair, Waldrup and Tucker participate in many other facets of civic and professional life, as well. For more than 15 years in a row, firm employees have served on the Industrial Development Board of Etowah County. A JBWT engineer has served as president of the board of the Bevill Manufacturing Technology Center, in Gadsden, which is a public organization providing workforce development and technical support to Alabama companies. Two JBWT engineers have fulfilled terms as president of the Consulting Engineers Council of Alabama. Other professional associations among the staff include the American Water Works Association, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Alabama Natural Gas Association, the Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors, the Alabama Rural Water Association, and the Alabama Environmental Federation.

Jones, Blair, Waldrup and Tucker has been described as a “competent and caring firm from the top to the bottom” of the organization. The firm’s current principals are Doyle W. Blair, M. D. Waldrup Jr., and Rebecca Blair-Crane. Staff members now number more than 30 engineers, designers, drafters, technical assistants, and support personnel. The Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame salutes each one: for the respect JBWT brings to the engineering profession, and for the future it is helping to bring to Northeast Alabama.

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