The Famed Texas Extracted from Cyclorama

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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Construction Completed on Georgia State University’s Indian Creek Lodge


Long Engineering, Inc. is proud to have provided the civil engineering services on the newly constructed Indian Creek Lodge Conference and Recreational Facility, located in Decatur, Georgia.  The new lodge was built to replace an existing 5,345 sf building with an environmentally sensitive, energy efficient, sustainable Rustic Contemporary Lodge.  The building is located on a 15-acre site which also features a large pool, picnic grounds, sand volleyball court, ropes course and outdoor event space for weddings and reunions.  We were responsible for preparing a full set of construction documents, including a grading/drainage plan, and erosion, sediment and pollution control plans.  We also provided permitting through DeKalb County.


This is the 7th project completed by Long Engineering, Inc. for Georgia State University.  We have also provided similar services for the South Building Addition, Law School Programming, Piedmont North Dining Hall Addition and Kitchen Expansion, to name a few.





Lending a Helping Hand for the Heart Hats Program with McCarthy

A big THANK YOU to Joe Severin, Vice President of Long Engineering, Inc., for donating his time to volunteer alongside a group of McCarthy employees to help update/renovate the home of a local Gwinnett family as part of McCarthy’s Heart Hats program.  This program encourages employees to volunteer in a variety of causes to ensure real needs are being met in communities where employees work, live and play.  Similarly, Long Engineering, Inc. encourages their employees to volunteer for organizations and events that they are passionate about, including mentoring programs, food drives and community/park cleanups.  We look forward to new opportunities this year to give back to our community!



Continuing to Improve the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Infrastructure

Long Engineering has been retained to perform the civil engineering to relocate the Low Level Wind Shear Alert System (LLWAS) for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The project is part of the new inbound roadways project currently under construction and includes a new 120 ft. monopole, along with the relocation of the existing LLWAS equipment, all according to FAA guidelines and standards.

Long Engineering, Inc. has previous experience working on the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.  We have served as civil engineer on Maynard Holbrook Jackson International Terminal (MHJIT), the Consolidated Rental Car Facility (CONRAC), Gate F As-built Surveys, 5th Runway Paving and Sullivan Road Relocation, to name a few.  We also provided the construction staking services for the MHJIT project.

Improving the Bridges for our Local Community

downloadThe City of Smyrna has hired the Long Engineering, Inc. bridge group to rehabilitate the Spring Road bridge over CSX Railroad.  Spring Road is one of the two main entrance-way corridors to the City.  Our work includes strengthening the piers to remove the load posting requirement, bringing the approach guardrail up to current standards, and painting the steel beams. The beams will be painted using a High Ratio Co-polymerized Calcium Sulfonate paint system to avoid having to blast clean and dispose of the existing lead based paint


Harmony Greene wins the 2013 EarthCraft Communities Project of the Year Award

2013 EarthCraft Communities of the Year Award  Harmony GreeneAt this year’s Atlanta Southface’s 2013 EarthCraft Awards ceremony, Harmony Greene received the 2013 EarthCraft Communities Project of the Year Award.  Long Engineering, Inc. is proud to have provided the civil engineering services for this affordable, multi-family housing development located in Pooler, Georgia.  Our services included site design, grading and earthwork balancing, stormwater management facilities including water quality, utility layout, erosion and sediment control and NPDES documentation.

The unique stormwater management system designed for Harmony Greene maintains the existing drainage patterns of the site in an effort to minimize the impact of the development on the adjacent ecosystem.  Stormwater flows are conveyed across the site through sheet flow at the surface and into localized detention areas, in lieu of standard catchments and piping.  By promoting sheet flow in place of piping, the effect of concentrated flows discharged at a point is minimized.  Detention for the site is provided by localized detention basins created through the elevation of a proposed walking trail.  Stormwater volumes are detained behind the walking trail and controlled using a 6” low flow orifice and emergency weir built into the trail.  The goal of the basins is to be undetected and blend into the existing landscape during fair weather; only during periods of rain will their purpose be evident.

Harmony Greene is also certified as both an EarthCraft Coastal Community and LEED for Homes Gold.


Long Engineering, Inc. Welcomes Tim Slaton, PLS

Tim HeadshotLong Engineering, Inc. is pleased to announce the return of Tim Slaton, PLS as our Survey Director. Tim has over 35 years of experience and led Long’s survey group from 2003 until 2010, when it was acquired by a national firm.  His background includes survey work for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA), the Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Penn Station in New York City, the New Atlanta Stadium Project and for Departments of Transportation in every state in the Southeast. We are glad to have Tim back at the helm!