Hammontree & Associates, Limited Celebrates 50 Years of History.
We owe the success of Hammontree & Associates, Limited to every client, project, and employee. The following are some of the many important milestones, significant events, and projects in our 50-year history.
We offer complete civil engineering and surveying services with departments specializing in oil and gas well site development, pipelines, civil site development, transportation, structures, environmental science, environmental remediation, municipal engineering, landscape architecture, and surveying.
R. James Hammontree established Hammontree & Friedl, Engineers and Surveyors, consisting of four employees. Services focus on land development engineering and surveying. The tools of the trade included slide rules, T-bars, ink pens, linen tracings, theodolites, and transits.
Hammontree & Associates, Limited is formed by R. James and Irene Hammontree. New offices were eventually established in North Canton, Ohio on South Main Street. Services continued to focus on land development engineering and surveying. Bruce M. Bair, Robert A. Kolopus, and Lawrence D. Phillips are asked to join the partnership of the firm. Additional services offered include water and wastewater treatment, bridge, highway and structural engineering. Offices move to our current location in AKCAN Industrial Park near Akron-Canton Airport. Our staff is comprised of 20 employees. ODOT prequalification for bridge and highway work is obtained.
Key projects initiated in the 1970's include:
- Republic Steel’s wastewater treatment plant and wastewater reclamation design for world’s largest billet grinding plant.
- Designs earn national engineering awards.
- AKCAN Industrial Park
- Satellite Sanitary Sewer Treatment
- Plants in Northern Stark County
- Sherwood Village and Robin Hood Acres in Stark County
- Ohio/Erie Canal lock restoration design
- Covered bridge restoration plans for Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Morris Knowles & Associates, Inc., a firm founded in 1916 in Pittsburgh, PA is acquired by Hammontree & Associates. Morris Knowles is known throughout Pennsylvania for municipal water and wastewater treatment plants design. Morris Knowles is the original designer of Philadelphia’s wastewater treatment plant works. Florida offices acquired and opened in
Lake Wales and Orlando. AutoCAD is introduced to the engineering
industry and Hammontree is one of the first in the area to adopt this technology.
Key projects initiated in the 1980's include:
- Kumho Tire testing track design located in South Korea
- Design of the first mechanically stabilized embankment bridge abutments in Loudonville, Ohio
- Yellow Creek bridge in Summit County
- U.S. 62 improvements and rebuilding project through Canton, Ohio
- Water quality testing of rivers and streams throughout Ohio for the OEPA
- Applegrove and Everhard Road development plans and environmental studies
- Mapping of Atwood Lake’s floodplain for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- Initiated countywide bridge inspection programs for over 1500 county bridges throughout the State of Ohio
- Inspection of the Pomeroy-Mason bridge over the Ohio River in Meigs County
- City Engineering services for Waynesburg, Canal Fulton and Sugarcreek, Ohio
- Inspection and restoration plans for 30 of Pittsburgh’s municipal pools
- Morgantown, WV sanitary sewer study, and design
Charles Hammontree replaces Irene Hammontree on the Board of Managers. Founder R. James Hammontree retires. Bruce M. Bair becomes Chairman and President. Partner and friend Lawrence D. Phillips passed away. Barbara H. and Keith A. Bennett are promoted to Board of Managers. Morris Knowles’ personnel discovers original colored topographic surveys of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Waters in archives and donates tracings to the Falling Waters Historical Society.
Key projects initiated in the 1990's include:
- Estates of Glenmoor and Jack Nicklaus signature golf course
- Sippo Lake Dam Rehabilitation
- Design of longest curved galvanized steel bridge in the nation carrying Blough Avenue over the Tuscarawas River in Stark County
- Faircrest Street roadway improvements
- Jackson County covered bridge rehabilitations
- Swimming Pool Renovation in Vienna, West Virginia
- Water tower designed in Weirton, West Virginia
- First segmental post-tensioned concrete box girder to carry vehicular traffic in Ohio over the Muskingum River in Marietta
- First five phases of the Villages of Nobles Pond in Stark County
- NEOMODAL Intermodal Facility in Navarre, Ohio
- City Engineer for the City of Louisville, Ohio
- CAK Industrial Park at the Akron/ Canton Airport
- The Strip road system design in Stark County
- NEOCOM Industrial Park in Massillon
James C. Bollibon is promoted to the Hammontree Board of Managers and
President of Morris Knowles. Weirton, West Virginia office opened to supplement northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania service corridor. Bruce M. Bair retires and ESOP acquired its first installments of Hammontree stock.
Key projects initiated in the 2000's include:
- Dressler Road - Hall of Fame Bridge design over I-77 serving as a gateway
- to Stark County
- Structural engineering and surveying for Jackson, Northwest, and Minerva
- Schools in Stark County.
- Gander Mountain complex in Stark County
- D.O. Hall Industrial Park in Cambridge
- Mills Industrial Park in Canton, OH
- Morristown, Ohio sanitary sewer collection system design
- Belmont County water study and service expansion
- Nickles Bakery railroad siding in Navarre, Ohio
- Multiple projects along the Ohio Erie Canalway including a tunnel under the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway, a pedestrian bridge over I-77 near Bolivar, and reconstruction of the canal aqueduct over the Tuscarawas River
- Residential developments including Aberdeen, Emerald Estates, and North Pointe
- Applegrove Phase 2 roadway improvements
- ODOT Surveying and Right of Way Design Task Order contract
Hammontree & Associates, Limited celebrates 40 years of service and subsidiary, Morris Knowles, celebrates 90 years of service. Tools of the trade include personal and laptop computers more powerful than mainframe computers of the 70s, Global Position Systems (surveying by satellite), digital photos, email, faxes, total station digital surveying and wireless communications. In 2006, Hammontree designed the Pedestrian Bridge over I-77 near Bolivar, Ohio. Hammontree was hired by Stark County Park District.
In 2009, Hammontree was hired by Stark Regional Transit Authority
(SARTA) as the project manager for the Belden Village Transit Center in Canton, Ohio. The Hammontree Team was responsible for the full design and permitting, shop drawing review, periodic site observation, and bidding services. Construction commenced three months after the design contract was approved. The facility was scheduled to be open 10 months after the design contract was authorized.
In 2011, Stark Parks District hired Hammontree as the design engineer for the new Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail Tuscarawas River Aqueduct Bridge. This 14-foot wide bridge reconnects the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath at a location where an aqueduct once transported canal boats over the river. Plans were prepared for the construction of the bridge and about 1/2 mile of trail work. This is a LPA project administered by the Stark County Park District and coordinated with ODOT District 11.
In 2012, Hammontree was hired by the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority to improve the Walnut Avenue transit corridor in accordance with SARTA and the City of Canton guidelines. This is Ohio’s first “Contraflow” bike lane and Stark County’s first dedicated bike lane. This project received the “Great Lakes Region Project of the Year for Projects under $3 million” from the American Society of Highway Engineers and an “Honor Award” from the American Council of Engineering Companies, Ohio.
In 2013, Hammontree was hired by Chesapeake Energy to design all roads, utilities, mass grading, environmental permitting and construction staking for this new 280-acre industrial park shown above. The team followed this project from conceptual design through construction administration services.
In 2014, Hammontree was hired by Elliott & Associates Architects from Oklahoma to design civil site plans and work with the local agencies on obtaining required permits for this new field office complex for American Energy - Utica, LLC in Cambridge, Ohio. This $10 million facility, was split into two phases. Hammontree also provided the base topographic survey, mapping, and construction administration. Also in 2014, Hammontree was selected by the Akron-Canton Airport to study alternatives and complete the detailed design for a major reconstruction of the Entrance/Exit Loop Road at the airport. Hammontree also provided surveying and construction management services.
In 2015, Hammontree was hired by OHM Advisors as the civil site engineer and surveyor for the Green Central Park project. This project involved designing a new parking lot and a new parking lot expansion, stormwater control plan, including a detention pond and storm sewer system. This site will serve as a community park for the City of Green and includes a new community hall, an amphitheater and playground and water park.
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