Adapting to Change Through Utility Rate Studies

October 29, 2020

Rate Study Featured Image
In McGill Minute’s Episode 4: Utilities Under Stress, Part 2, Joel Storrow (Principal and Past President of McGill) interviewed Dale Schepers (Consulting Services Analyst at McGill) about utility rate studies and what communities can do in the wake of COVID-19 and in relation to the protocol of wading through difficulties in the future. With over 30 years of experience with municipalities and 24 years of managing public infrastructure and utilities, Dale encourages communities of all… READ MORE »

5 Tips to Land Your First Engineering Job – Advice from McGill’s Young Professionals

October 6, 2020

Landing Your First Engineering Job
In our most recent McGill Minute podcast, we discussed some of the tips that helped two of our Engineering Associates – Noah Green, EI, and Natalie Croom, EI – with their job search process. It can be a stressful time: trying to find a firm that shares your values, figuring out the direction of your career path, and deciding where you want to live, all while trying to network and set up interviews. Noah and… READ MORE »

Greener Water Alternatives in the Town of Andrews

September 24, 2020

New Sludge Pump Station and Valve Vault
As McGill celebrates Pollution Prevention Week, we spotlight a special project from our past that displays how our firm worked with a local community to create a greener future. McGill worked in collaboration with the Town of Andrews to create solutions for the Town’s water system and generate new alternatives and upgrades to better the community. READ MORE »

Shaping Communities Through Community Development Block – Infrastructure Grants

September 10, 2020

McGill was founded in Western North Carolina in 1984 and has been assisting communities – large and small – ever since, now serving a four-state region. One of our core services includes helping our local government clients secure funding for capital projects. This is especially important for smaller towns and counties, as they often need financial aid to complete critical water and sewer projects to meet regulatory drivers and the growth needs of their communities.… READ MORE »

Embracing Change in Parks and Recreation

September 9, 2020

A resurgence of interest in parks and recreation is taking place, while cities and towns are struggling with how to address safety, lost revenues, and staffing issues in parks and recreation departments, as a direct result of COVID-19. During the 2020 Parks and Recreation Month, McGill’s land planning staff interviewed municipal clients across North Carolina to better understand in what ways the world has changed. In the latest episode of McGill Minute, we took a… READ MORE »

Ocean Isle Beach Town Center Park Opens

September 4, 2020

Town of Ocean Isle Beach
McGill partnered with the Town of Ocean Isle Beach to design and develop Town Center Park, which was completed in June of this year. The unique 1.7-acre park served as part of a 2017 master plan for the Town. Town Center Park has recently officially opened to the public. READ MORE »

David Honeycutt, PE: From Intern to Owner

September 2, 2020

David Honeycutt
David Honeycutt, PE, began college with an aspiration to obtain a degree in computer and electrical engineering. Like many, what he set out to do at age 18 quickly changed with real-world experience. David was an avid whitewater kayaker and rafter, even serving as a whitewater river guide in Western North Carolina during his summer breaks. This experience and passion for clean water and the environment led him to change course and pursue a degree… READ MORE »

Lamyaa Negm, PhD, Co-Authors Article in the Journal of Agriculture Water Management

August 18, 2020

Lamyaa Negm, PhD
Lamyaa Negm, PhD, Engineering Associate on the water resources team in Raleigh, co-authored an article that was recently published in the Journal of Agriculture Water Management. This publication is a second to another article that was just published in the same journal, titled: “Evaluation of nitrogen loss reduction strategies using DRAINMOD-DSSAT in east-central Illinois.” READ MORE »

Thermal Belt Rail Trail Wins NCDOT Mobi Award Honorable Mentions

August 12, 2020

The Thermal Belt Rail Trail project was nominated for two Mobi Award categories: tourism and MVP (most voted project). We are proud to announce that the Thermal Belt Rail Trail won Honorable Mention for both categories! It is a huge accomplishment for this project to be recognized for 2 categories out of the 68 participating projects. The project received over 11,500 votes for the MVP project, showing how much this trail means to these communities.… READ MORE »

Improving Productivity and Decreasing Cost in Electric Utility System Software

August 7, 2020

Town of Apex
The Town of Apex uses Milsoft’s WindMil software to model, monitor, and analyze its electric utility system, which interfaces with its geographic information system (GIS). Utilization of the software involves importing organized data representing the various elements of its electric distribution system, including transformers, fuses, overhead and underground conductors, and customers. Apex’s electrical model contained more than 58,000 elements, with each element named and assigned a value to represent the various characteristics of the element,… READ MORE »



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