Known as being a part of the “Great Locomotive Chase” during the Civil War, the Texas made its mark in history as Confederate soldiers drove the locomotive in reverse from Big Shanty (Kennesaw), Georgia towards Chattanooga, Tennessee in pursuit of Union soldiers who had stolen The General in an effort to ruin the Confederate railroad. The General only made it a few miles north of Ringgold, Georgia. These two locomotives are the last of the Western & Atlanta Railroad that was so critical to Atlanta’s existence.
Since 1927, the Texas was located deep underground in the basement of the Cyclorama Building in Grant Park. Long Engineering, Inc. prepared the excavation drawings that allowed the basement wall to be exposed, sawcut and removed, so the locomotive could be rolled out. It was lifted from the deep hole by a crane and transported to a facility in North Carolina for restoration. It will be showcased at the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead upon its return.
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The Atlanta United Football Club, Major League Soccer’s 22nd franchise, selected a 32 acre site for their headquarters and training facility on Franklin Road in the City of Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia. The site will serve as the training facility for the team’s inaugural team and youth academy, as well as host various youth development programs and tournaments.
Long Engineering, Inc. was selected to provide the land surveying and site design for the 28,000 s.f. headquarters building, three artificial turf and three natural turf fields, along with a surface parking for 176 vehicles. The Franklin Road site was selected in December 2015 and due to the extremely accelerated schedule, Long Engineering, Inc. began a phased approach to the site design and permitting that allowed construction to begin in February 2016. The training facility is expected to open early 2017.
Landscape Architectural services are being provided by jB+a, inc., also a Cobb County firm.