Church, Tradd, Queen & Legare, Charleston, SC

An Upgrade for 1800s Water Mains

In 2013, Hussey Gay Bell’s professional design staff reached final completion on the construction phase of this project which consisted of the replacement of potable water mains constructed in the late 1800s in the Charleston Historic District along Church, Tradd, Queen and Legare Streets in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. Most of these water mains were manufactured of cast iron and were installed in the late 1800s. This project replaced approximately 12,400 LF of existing 6-inch cast iron with primarily 8” and 12” ductile iron pipe and valves. The primary challenge during the design was finding a location for the new line that was constructible, while keeping the existing water services active. Placement of the pipeline was extremely difficult due to the numerous underground utilities, including the old stormwater drainage arches. Trenchless alternatives investigated included cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) and pipe bursting to minimize disruption to traffic and residents. Due to the sensitive nature of these old historic neighborhoods, an organized community outreach to neighborhood councils was implemented.

Church, Tradd, Queen & Legare
Charleston, SC

Completed for the Charleston Water System (CWS), this project was designed and constructed utilizing CIPP and pipe-bursting trenchless technology installation for water line replacements in a heavily congested, historical area. This project featured evaluation of trenchless technologies and coordination with residents and businesses, while maintaining service.

Hussey Gay Bell's Status Re: COVID-19

Dear Clients, Industry Partners and Friends of the Firm:

Throughout Hussey Gay Bell’s 62-year history, we have seen times of prosperity and times of struggle. The common denominator during these six decades has been our commitment to our clients, employees and the communities in which we serve. As we now face the COVID-19 crisis, this resolve is no less diminished. 

Currently our offices in Savannah, Charleston, Columbia, Atlanta, Nashville and Statesboro are open and operating, per jurisdictional guidelines. Our leadership team continues to monitor the fluid COVID-19 situation and has adopted new procedures within our offices to ensure the health and well-being of Hussey Gay Bell's greatest asset - our employees and associates. We are adhering to recommendations from the CDC and limiting face-to-face interactions, restricting non-essential travel, and utilizing video conferencing and other smart technologies for communications. We have also developed contingency plans so that we remain in a position of strength to continue our projects remotely, if and when needed, for the weeks and months to come. 

While the typical way we interact with you may be temporarily disrupted, we remain resolute in our dedication to providing the same level of exceptional service you deserve. Thank you for the continued trust you have placed in Hussey Gay Bell for all of these years. We are committed to a high level of service to you, despite these difficult times. We will all emerge from this crisis stronger and more resilient.

Stay safe!


G. Holmes Bell, IV, PE

Hussey Gay Bell CEO & Chairman