Municipal Engineering Services Company was established in 1978 as a new type of civil / sanitary engineering firm that would cater to the communities and local governments of North Carolina. Prior to founding the company, Jimmy D. Woodie held several positions within local government that enabled him to experience the daily responsibilities, concerns, and activities of a municipal employee. These positions included Supervisor of Water Treatment, County Engineer, and Director of Utilities. Mr. Woodie has operated a water treatment plant (and still maintains a Grade A Operator’s License), a wastewater treatment plant (and still maintains a Grade IV Operator’s License) and has been in the field assisting with utilities construction. This experience has given Mr. Woodie a unique perspective that allows him to approach each project from the viewpoint of both an operator and an engineer. During his years as a municipal employee, he discovered a need for an engineering company that understood the unique issues facing North Carolina’s municipalities and government agencies.
Mr. Woodie’s vision soon became a reality. In 1978 he opened an office in Garner, North Carolina which included four employees and offered only civil/sanitary engineering services. The company began to grow and in 1984, he opened a branch office in Boone, North Carolina. The services performed by his firm also grew. Surveying was added with a host of other services soon to come, including leak detection, Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE), funding assistance, grant administration and GIS – to name a few. Today the firm still operates both offices fully staffed with professionals and ready to serve the needs of our North Carolina communities and local governments. The firm relies on its foundation as a successful, well-managed enterprise to provide a full range of consistent and reliable services to local governments, State agencies and private corporations. Municipal Engineering provides a toll free number to our clients to further execute our promise to customer service.
Municipal Engineering is built on diversity from our staff’s qualifications to our list of services.
We have two Ph.D.’s on staff along with staff members who have Masters Degrees. Our experienced staff of professionals includes Professional Engineers (civil, environmental, chemical, biological and agricultural), Professional Land Surveyors, AutoCAD Specialists, Rendering Specialists, GIS Mapping Specialists, Environmental Technicians, Hydraulic Modelers, a Financial Analyst, Grant Writers/Administrators, Funding Application Writers, Construction Contract Administration Specialists and Advanced Construction Observers. We have on staff a licensed well driller, licensed general contractor, licensed plumber, two employees who hold certificates in GIS, two licensed Grade A Water Treatment Plant Operators and a licensed Grade IV Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator. As a matter of fact, our licensed WWTP Operator served as an interim Operator of Record for one of our clients until they could hire one. One of our engineers is also a Certified Hydraulic Modeler.
Over the years we have been involved in a variety of unique projects:
- We designed one of the largest wastewater land application innovative/alternative projects in North Carolina under EPA’s 201 Facilities Plan.
- We designed a solid waste baler facility which was highlighted in PUBLIC WORKS MAGAZINE.
- We designed the first stand-alone Microsand Enhanced Flocculation (MEF) Water Treatment Plant in North Carolina.
- We received the first Subtitle D (lined) Municipal Solid Waste Landfill Permit issued by NC DEQ in North Carolina.
- We were instrumental in getting grants for two areas of North Carolina where pesticides had previously been used on orchards making the water unsafe to drink and in some cases, bathing time was limited to no more than five minutes. New waterlines were designed and installed giving the citizens safe water.
- We have been instrumental in obtaining over $100 Million in Grant/Loan monies for our clients since our funding department was established in 2007.
- We designed and provided construction contract administration/observation for raising an existing 500,000 gallon water tank 39 feet in order to achieve the same hydraulic profile throughout the pressure zone.
- Completed a hydraulic planning study of approximately 500 miles of waterlines, 6 pump stations and 7 water storage tanks for one client.
- An industry was interested in constructing a new facility that would invest over $110 million within the county. The company needed 1.8 million gallons of raw water per day for manufacturing of a specialized paper product. In addition, the new facility required water storage for fire protection. Municipal Engineering coordinated well sites and distribution lines for the raw water as well as 2,300 LF of 16” waterline connecting to the City’s system for potable water. We also designed a 750,000 gallon elevated water tank (175 feet tall). Project was completed in 2014 and the company continues to create new jobs.
- In 2016, Municipal Engineering was able to assist a North Carolina town to obtain the first N.C. Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan to construct a 100 KW Photovoltaic Renewable Energy System to offset the cost of electricity at its 0.83 mgd wastewater treatment facility. Once construction is complete, the town is estimated to save as much as $1,273.00 per month on their electric utility bill. Since the demand load also appears when the sun is not shining, the project is being designed and constructed such that a large cell battery system can be integrated for future peak shaving as those costs become more affordable. In addition to reducing its energy costs, the town plans to use the facility as an educational resource for local schools.
- MESCO prepared a preliminary industrial park layout for a North Carolina county to enhance interest in their location. We designed water and sewer systems for two industrial parks that would allow the flexibility to continually develop the property while businesses could simultaneously select suitable locations for their operations. The industrial park has been very successful.
- MESCO has provided GIS electronic mapping of water and sewer systems for several clients.
- We designed and provided construction contract administration/observation for several pre-engineered metal buildings including a grain drying facility, airport hangers, MSW Transfer stations, community buildings, etc.
Additionally, some of our development work has won awards from the Boone Chamber of Commerce:
2014 – Award of Merit – New Construction – Large Commercial: AppalCART
2012 – Award of Merit – New Construction – Small Commercial: Animal Emergency Clinic, Dr. David Linzey. As stated by the Chamber, “…The creative use of the site reinforces the owner’s sensitivity to the environment, which is evident in the protection of the flood plain and control of storm water run-off…”
2012 – Award of Merit – New Construction – Large Commercial: First Presbyterian Church
2013 – University Nissan located on U.S. 421 received The Award of Merit for Development in the large commercial category for its design which blends into the natural surrounds without losing commercial identity.
2015 – Award of Merit – New Construction – Small Commercial: Bubbles Car Wash on U.S. Highway 421 E for good positioning on frontage lot; good landscaping and well placed buffers; good use of materials for a natural look; well laid on ingress and egress for vehicular traffic and great options for a great car wash.
Since 1978, Mr. Woodie and his team of dedicated engineers and surveyors continue to provide communities and government agencies of North Carolina an alternative to the excessive overhead costs and detached customer service. He and his staff continue to offer high quality, functional projects at a reasonable cost. Ultimately, it is Municipal Engineering’s strict adherence to the original mission set forth by Jimmy Woodie that has made this company the premier engineering firm of choice in North Carolina.