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McGill’s Practice Areas Collaborate as a Full-Service Firm on the Bobby Setzer Fish Hatchery

McGill Assists the NC Wildlife Resources Commission with Upgrades to the Fish Hatchery

Bobby N. Setzer Fish Hatchery in Pisgah National Forest

At McGill, we offer a wide variety of resources through multiple practice areas on projects of all scopes and sizes. These practice areas include: water and wastewater; civil engineering; water resources; solid waste; electrical engineering; mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP); survey and construction; land planning and recreation; environmental; and consulting services. The Bobby N. Setzer Fish Hatchery renovation project is a large, in-progress project through the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) and involving many of these services. As a full-service firm, our team has been working together to upgrade a vital North Carolina resource and provide our client with valuable services to better assist the area and upgrade vital functions of the fish hatchery.

Collaboration with Subconsultants

McGill – with the aid of trusted subconsultants, including Form & Function Architecture, HTH Engineering & Equipment, Bunnell Lammons Engineering, and Medlock & Associates Engineering – is charged as the prime consultant with the design of the fish hatchery renovation, including repairs and modifications to both intake dams that feed water to the hatchery, new water filtration and treatment facilities, replacement of the hatchery building, installation of a generator to power the entire facility during power outages, construction of new outdoor raceways, replacement of all existing outdoor raceways, construction of a steel cover structure, and construction of facilities to treat the hatchery effluent. This project is currently in its early stages and will reach completion in the next few years.

Ben cathey civil practice area lead
Ben Cathey, PE, Civil Practice Area Lead

“We have assembled a great team to collaborate on an exciting project. The Bobby N. Setzer Fish Hatchery is a captivating and well-known facility in our region, and it is a vital component of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission’s stocking program. We are excited to have the opportunity to assist the NCWRC with its reconstruction,” remarked Senior Project Manager and Civil / Site Practice Area Lead, Ben Cathey, PE.

Survey Team Uses A Variety of Skills to Map Bobby Setzer Fish Hatchery

In addition to McGill’s planned work in water, wastewater, civil, environmental, MEP, and construction services, our surveying team recently completed the first stage of the project. Surveying services included unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) aerial mapping, color orthophotography, photogrammetry, and field surveying to map the existing fish hatchery facility, including planimetric site features and one-foot contour topography on the 17.5-acre site in Transylvania County. We coordinated subsurface utility mapping and marking at QL-B with Accumark, as a subconsultant, and surveyed all marked underground utilities.

Our goal of building and maintaining strong partnerships internally, with subconsultants, and clients is what makes our firm different. Through a collaborative approach, the McGill team will incorporate many of our practice areas to provide the NCWRC with quality-driven services on the Bobby N. Setzer Fish Hatchery project. We hope to deliver these same services along with our core values to many clients in the future. To learn more about how we’re different and how our practice areas can aid your project, email us at

To learn about how our team collaborated with several firms to achieve a successful project, check out this article on the City of Asheville’s North Fork Reservoir Spillway and Embankment Improvement Project.

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